The following is a listing of all graduate courses. Click on the four-letter code to review the graduate courses within that discipline.
ACCT – Accounting
ACCT 5381 Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Environment for Accountants
Prerequisite: MKTG 2380 – Legal Environment of Business (or equivalent) with a grade of C or greater. A comprehensive overview of business law and ethics topics, such as the Uniform Commercial Code, accountant’s liability, government regulation of business, agency, contracts, debtor-creditor relationships, real property, insurance, and other topics covered in the CPA exam. This course is open to all graduate business students, but is not open to students with credit for ACCT 4381.
ACCT 7100 Accounting Methods and Reports
Uses of accounting data are taught in this course. The topics covered include financial statements, mechanics of recording, theory, working capital, property and plant, long term debt, owner’s equity, costing of products, control of costs, and non-routine decisions. This is a Foundation-Level course that cannot be used as an elective in any graduate business program. Open only to students in the MBA program and the MS in MIS or Pre-MS in MIS programs.
ACCT 7302 Accounting Methods and Reports
Uses of accounting data are taught in this course. The topics covered include financial statements, mechanics of recording, theory, working capital, property and plant, long term debt, owners; equity, costing of products, control of costs, and nonroutine decisions. The curriculum includes case studies to illustrate application of accounting principles and procedures to the decision process. This is a Foundation-Level course that cannot be used as an elective in any graduate business program. Open only to students in the MBA program and the MS in MIS or Pre-MS in MIS programs
ACCT 7304 Accounting for Managerial Decision-Making
Prerequisite: Principles of Accounting I and II (ACCT 2310 and 2330) or ACCT 7100 and passing score on accounting assessment. Course Description: This course provides an overview of financial and managerial accounting as well as an introduction to tax planning. The emphasis will be on how various events and transactions in the life cycle of a business affect the basic accounting equation so that the manager can identify the important accounting issues. The course will look at choice of entity, accrual accounting issues, financial statement analysis and differences between U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). In regard to tax planning, this course is intended to fill the gap between a manager well-trained in finance but unfamiliar with taxes and the tax experts on which the manager will rely. This course will examine the structure of tax codes (state and federal) and how taxes influence the finance decisions the manager will be expected to make (e.g. investments, choice of entity, capital structure, like-kind exchanges, mergers and acquisitions, timing of transactions, etc.).
ACCT 7305 Analysis of Financial Statements
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304 with a grade of B or greater. User-oriented analysis of the operating performance of an organization based upon accounting information and related financial statements; emphasizes comparative profitability, liquidity, and operating performance measures; examines statistical techniques and electronic spreadsheets used to analyze and manipulate data. Open to students in the MBA program. This course can not be applied to the Graduate Certificates in Accountancy or Taxation, the MACC or the MST.
ACCT 7320 Tax Planning for Business Decisions
Prerequisites: ACCT 3321 with a grade of C or greater. Impact of federal tax laws, regulations on a variety of business decision areas; opportunities for tax planning in those areas. This course is open to all graduate business students.
ACCT 7330 Managerial Accounting for Information Systems Specialists
Principles of Accounting I and II (ACCT 23 I 0 and 2330) or ACCT 7100 and passing score on accounting assessment. Application and use of accounting information for managerial decision making in the information technology environment; major topics include cost accumulation systems, cost management systems, planning and control systems, and the use of accounting information in decision making. This course cannot be applied against the graduate certificate and masters programs in accountancy or taxation.
ACCT 7340 International Accounting
Prerequisites: ACCT 3311 and ACCT 3312, each with a grade of C or greater. This course examines international financial reporting developments, procedures, and standards (IFRs) with an emphasis on financial statement interpretation and analysis. Specific attention is given to the financial reporting requirements of multinational enterprises operating in a global business environment. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7355 Research in Federal Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 3321 – Federal Taxation with a grade of C or greater. Methods and tools of tax research as applied to both closed fact and controllable fact cases. Methods of locating and assessing relevant authority on specific tax questions is emphasized. This course is open to all graduate business students, but it cannot be taken by students with credit for ACCT 4323, ACCT 5323, or ACCT 7367.
ACCT 7356 Federal Corporate Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 3321 (or equivalent); and ACCT 4323 each with a grade of C or greater or ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Study of federal income taxation provisions affecting the formation, operation, liquidation, acquisition, and reorganization of Subchapter C corporations. There will be an emphasis on research and tax planning. This course is open to all graduate students, but can not be taken by students who have taken ACCT 4322.
ACCT 7360 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
Prerequisite: ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Study of small business entities, emphasis on partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations; includes choice, formation, and operation of above and distributions, sales, and exchanges of ownership in interests, and transfers by death. Emphasis on research and tax planning. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7361 Advanced Topics in Auditing
Prerequisites: ACCT 3341, 4351, or their equivalent, each with a grade of C or greater. The expansion of the auditing function, including internal auditing, operational auditing, auditing EDP systems, and statistical sampling. SEC requirements, legal and ethical responsibilities, comprehensive review of auditing, and application of accounting research skills. This course is open to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs. It is not open to students with credit for ACCT 5352.
ACCT 7362 Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems
Prerequisite: ACCT 3341 and 4351 (or equivalents) each with a grade of C or greater. Accounting systems in a database environment; structured systems analysis and other approaches to systems analysis and design; current developments in computerized systems technology; risks and controls in computerized information systems; application of accounting research skills. Open only to MBA students and to students enrolled in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7363 Accounting Theory and Research
Prerequisite: ACCT 4351 (or equivalent) with a C or greater. Undergraduate degree in accounting or equivalent. Investigation of the development of accounting theory. Focuses on the nature and development of accounting theory and its relation to the standard setting process. The relationship of accounting theory to the resolution of current issues is examined. Emphasis on accounting research. This course is open to students in all graduate business programs.
ACCT 7364 Advanced Topics in Managerial Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 3330 and 3341 (or equivalents) with a grade of C or greater. Continuation of managerial accounting. Use of accounting information for planning and control, profit planning and control, cost/volume/profit and incremental analysis, capital budgeting, responsibility reporting and performance evaluation, transfer pricing, quantitative models, and decision simulation. Application of accounting research skills. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7365 State and Local Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. The constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and judicial principles affecting state and local taxation of business transactions, with emphasis on Arkansas taxation. Emphasis on research and tax planning. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7368 Advanced Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 3361 with a grade of C or greater. This course involves the advanced study of accountability, financial reporting and performance measurement in government and not-for-profit organizations. Accounting principles, rules and procedures are also examined to develop an understanding of the day to day operating activities of government and not-for-profit organizations. Open only to MBA students and students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7369 International Taxation
Prerequisite: 7355 with a B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a C or greater, and ACCT 4322 with a C or greater, or ACCT 7356 with a B or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. U.S. federal taxation of international transactions, e.g., “inbound” transactions (affecting nonresident aliens and foreign corporations) and “outbound” transactions (affecting U.S. persons, business, and investment activities outside the U.S.). Topics include jurisdiction, source of income rules, residency tests, transfer pricing, and tax treaties. In connection with “inbound” transactions, the course will address U.S. taxation of investments, business, U.S. real property investments; and branch profits tax. As to “outbound” transactions, the course will include the foreign tax credit; controlled foreign corporations, foreign currency issues; and other cross-border transactions. Open to MBA students and students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7370 Estate and Gift Taxation
Prerequisite: ACCT 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Federal tax implications of wealth transfers as it relates to estate planning, including a review of the alternative ways to hold and to transfer property, during life, at death, or after death; the use of legal devices; acceptance and rejection of gifts; property valuation; generation skipping tax; and the estate tax return. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7371 Federal Tax Accounting
Prerequisite: ACCT 7367 or 5323 or 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is permitted. Adoption of changes in accounting periods and methods; income recognition and deduction allowances in connection with cash and accrual methods, interest; OID, time value of money, deferred payments, installment sales, prepaid and contested items, reversals, capitalization, amortization, and depreciation; inventory accounting; accounting for long term contracts; carryovers; claim of right; tax benefits; conformity between tax and financial reporting. Open only to MBA students and students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7372 Federal Tax Practice and Procedure
Prerequisite: ACCT 7367 or 5323 or 7355 with a grade of B or greater or ACCT 4323 with a grade of C or greater. Concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7355 is allowed. To gain a general knowledge about the IRS’s organization and the procedures used to administer the Internal Revenue Code, including the rules of practice before the IRS, ethical considerations, statute of limitations, examinations, penalties, appeals, assessments, collections, claims for refund, and some of the basic rules concerning criminal tax fraud. Open only to MBA students and students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 7199, 7299, & 7399 Independent Study
Prerequisites: A GPA of at least 3.0, at least 12 graduate credits, and consent of department. Intensive research under faculty supervision on approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required. Open only to students in graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 8208 Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
Only open to Executive MBA students. Introduction to the framework for doing business in the U.S. legal system. Constitutional principles; crimes affecting business; tort and product liability; contract formation and remedies; intellectual property; environmental regulation and mandates. All topics will address the ethical, social, and political issues that influence the workplace and American society.
ACCT 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
Prerequisite: ACCT 4351 with a grade of C or greater, ACCT 5323 with a grade of B or greater, or consent of Department Chair. Topics of current importance and interest in accounting. Open to MBA students and to students in the graduate accounting and taxation programs.
ACCT 8400 Accounting Information for Decision Making
Only open to Executive MBA students. Understanding financial statement components; preparing and using financial, managerial, and cost accounting information in making business decisions. Application of basic tax principles to the decision making process is also included.
ADED – Adult Education
ADED 5301 Psychology of Adult Learning
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Research, practices related to adult learning, development; cognitive, behaviorist, humanist adult learning theories; stage, basic development theories. Offered on demand.
ADED 5303 Teaching Adults
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Teaching/learning process from planning to presentation; approved practices working with “disadvantaged” adult learners. Offered on demand. (Requires a B or greater)
ADED 5304 Methods and Materials in Adult Education
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Andragogical methods; emphasis on individual and group learning methods and procedures, selecting materials appropriate for adult learners. Offered on demand.
ADED 7105, 7205, 7305 Independent Study in Adult Education
Prerequisites: advanced graduate standing, consent of advisor. Specific problems in adult education. Only three hours can count towards the degree; program students may take up to six hours. Offered on demand.
ADED 7301 Foundations of Adult Education
Prerequisite: program admission or graduate standing and consent of instructor. Past developments, present goals and objectives of adult education. Offered on demand.
ADED 7302 Organization and Administration of Adult Education
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. Organizational procedures, administrative practices for implementation, maintenance of effective programs. Offered on demand.
ADED 7303 Program Planning in Adult Education
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. Models for planning, designing, implementing, evaluating programs. Offered on demand.
ADED 7304 Teaching Reading to Adults
Prerequisite: ADED 7301. Methods, materials for teaching reading to adults; emphasis on adult learner’s needs. Offered on demand.
ADED 7307-7607 Internship
Prerequisite: 12 program hours. Practical experience in concentration, specialization area; requires at least 40 contact hours for each credit hour. Offered on demand.
ADED 7308 Seminar
Prerequisites: ADED 5301, 7301, 7303. Recent adult education research having direct application to adult educators in public schools, continuing education, cooperative education, related agencies, programs. Offered on demand.
ANTH – Anthropology
ANTH 5155 Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
Prerequisite or corequisite: ANTH 5355. Hands-on experience in use of anthropometric, morphological, and statistical techniques employed in age and stature estimation as well as sex and race determination; also includes forensic archaeology, treatment and proper handling of forensic anthropology evidence, and writing a forensic anthropology report.
ANTH 5310 Urban Anthropology
A survey of urbanization throughout the world, with emphasis on urban adaptation of rural migrants and the phenomenon of urbanization in emerging nations.
ANTH 5316 Linguistic Anthropology
Introduction to the subfield of linguistic anthropology. Examines the impact of linguistic structure on culture, socioeconomic factors in linguistic variation, intercultural and intracultural verbal and nonverbal communication. Also examines the theories and methods of descriptive anthropological linguistics applied to non-Indo European languages and introduces the student to structural linguistic analysis. Required for majors.
ANTH 5320 Sociocultural Change
Sociocultural change resulting from contact of acculturation, question of acceptance and rejection, pressures toward change, the role of the individual, appraisal of anthropological information and theory in a changing world.
ANTH 5355 Forensic Anthropology
Application of human variation knowledge to legal matters; emphasis on human skeletal variation; theoretical basis of sex determination, age estimation, and ethnic origin classification based on skeletal characteristics; also includes fire death scene investigation, interval since death, and forensic archaeology.
ANTH 5382 Anthropological Theory
Examines the range of theories used to describe and explain variability in sociocultural phenomena. Explores the organization of particular theories as well as issues that separate divergent theories. Major theoretical orientations to be explored include evolutionism, Marxism, Freudianism, structuralism, structural functionalism, ethnoscience, diffusionism, historical particularism, cultural ecology, sociobiology, and cultural materialism.
ANTH 5398 Special Topics in Anthropology
Selected topics in anthropology.
ANTH 5485 Ethnographic Methods
Lecture, laboratory. Data-gathering methods, analyses in native or ethnic settings.
ANTH 5600 Principles of Archaeological Research
Lecture, laboratory. Methods, theory; Arkansas prehistory, public archaeology.
ANTH 7300 Seminar in Anthropology
Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Readings in professional literature and extensive discussions under faculty guidance. Course may be repeated for credit.
ANTH 7305 Teaching Internship
Prerequisites: consent of the instructor. Students will assist with the teaching of an undergraduate course. They will have opportunities to present course material, lead activities and review sessions, facilitate discussions, and prepare a syllabus. Three credit hours.
ARED – Art Education
ARED 5194, 5294, 5394 Independent Study in Art Education
Prerequisite: approval of art education advisor, consent of instructor. Research on a subject selected in consultation with the instructor. Variable credit of one to three hours. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
ARED 5325 Foundations of Art Education
History of art education; emphasis on changing philosophies, theories of learning, subsequent goals and objectives made apparent in curriculum development. Offered in spring.
ARED 7331 Studio Experiences in Art Education
Studio-based art experiences for students of all ages, ability levels; emphasis on individual student’s studio strengths; augmented by curriculum in drawing, painting, printmaking, three-dimensional materials. Offered in spring and summer.
ARED 7332 Curriculum Instruction in Art Education
Past, present curriculum, instruction; includes historical component as foundation for understanding current teaching strategies; various teaching approaches are analyzed and formalized into applicable classroom art experiences. Offered in fall and spring.
ARED 7333 Selected Topics in Art Education
Prerequisite: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Topics may include past, present approaches to curriculum development; special populations; aesthetics; art history, criticism; art and technology; art and society; critical analysis; philosophic reflections on art, art education; others. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Offered in fall, spring and summer.
ARED 7334 Research Trends in Art Education
Past and present art education research; emphasis on understanding the nature of educational research in art, various research methods, how research translates into practical classroom application; includes review, critique, application, development of research topics. Offered in fall.
ARED 7399 Thesis Project
Prerequisite: 27 graduate hours. Prepare and complete final thesis project. Offered in fall and spring.
ARHA – Art History and Appreciation
Prerequisites for all advanced courses in the history of art: ARHA 2310 for ancient and medieval; ARHA 2311 for all other courses; or consent of instructor. ARHA 2310 must precede ARHA 2311. Upper-level courses are offered no more frequently than once every two years; they are offered on an irregular basis during summer terms.
Each art history credit hour requires three clock hours of work each week. One hour is scheduled in class and the additional two hours are scheduled outside class.
The undraped human figure appears as a significant subject throughout much of art history and is evident within the art history curriculum.
ARHA 5110, 5210, 5310 Special Topics in Art History
Individual artists, particular periods, geographic areas, media, especially those not covered by normal course offerings. Content, subtitle, and organization change each time offered. Offered on demand.
ARHA 5300 Studies in the History of Art
Required for art history concentration. Art historical methodology; directed readings, research on topics, selected in consultation with the instructor, to be presented in class. Offered in fall on even years.
ARHA 5302 Art Museum Studies
Policy development, museum administration, staff management, operations funding, budgeting, collection organization, program design. Offered in spring on odd years.
ARHA 5305 Italian Renaissance Art
Painting, architecture, sculpture in Italy from c. 1300 to c. 1600; emphasis on major Florentine, Roman, Venetian artists.
ARHA 5306 Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
Painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic art in Northern Europe (especially Low Countries, France, England) from end of Gothic period through Reformation.
ARHA 5307 18th- and 19th-Century European Art
Painting, architecture, sculpture in 18th-19th-century Europe. Offered in fall on odd years.
ARHA 5308 20th-Century Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts Since 1945
Major artists, movements; emphasis on 1945 to present; importance of new materials, techniques; critic’s role. Offered in fall on even years.
ARHA 5309 A History of Arkansas Architecture
Development of architecture in Arkansas from origins through contemporary period.
ARHA 5315 Modern Architecture
Major developments in European and American architecture from 1900 to present; focus on European from 1900 to 1930, United States from 1930 to 1970; includes technological innovations, current design issues (e.g., preservation, adaptive re-use of historic buildings).
ARHA 5384 Baroque Art
Painting, sculpture, architecture in Northern Europe (Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy) from 1600-1725. Offered in spring on odd years.
ARHA 5387 Late 19th-and Early 20th-Century Art
Painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture from Post- Impressionist period until World War II. Offered in spring on even years.
ARHA 7197, 7297, 7397 Special Problems in Art History
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Content, length varies.
ARHA 7303 Seminar in Modern Architecture
Personalities, theories, styles of specific 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century architects.
ARHA 7315 Seminar in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
Directed reading, research on selected topics in Italian Renaissance, Baroque art.
ARHA 7316 Seminar in Northern European Renaissance and Baroque Art
Directed reading, research on selected topics in Northern European art.
ARHA 7327 Seminar in 19th-Century Art
Directed study, seminar presentations on topics in 19th-century painting, sculpture, architecture.
ARHA 7328 Seminar in 20th-Century Art
Selected problems in 20th-century art.
ARHA 7398 Internship in Museum Studies
Prerequisites: 21 graduate hours, consent of coordinator. Concentrated program of practical experience (paid or volunteer), under professional guidance, with a museum, gallery, or other arts organization; requires a journal of internship activities; final written report. Offered on demand.
ARHA 7399 Thesis
Prerequisite: 24 graduate hours. (Required for art history concentration.) May be repeated once for credit. Offered fall and spring.
ARST – Studio Art
Each studio art credit hour requires four clock hours of work each week. Two of these hours are scheduled and the additional hours occur outside of scheduled class time in the open studio workspace. Each studio is scheduled to be open for these additional hours.
The undraped human figure is a significant subject within the studio art curriculum.
ARST 5115, 5215, 5315 Advanced Problems in Design
Experimental materials, techniques in two- or three-dimensional design; includes correlation of visual design elements with those of various multidimensional work not usually covered in normal course offerings. Content, subtitle, and organization change each time offered. Offered on demand.
ARST 7197, 7297, 7397 Special Problems
Prerequisites: graduate standing; consent of coordinator, instructor. Content, length varies.
ARST 7311 Graduate Drawing I
Various drawing media, techniques as resource for expression; philosophical, historical roots of contemporary drawing; students encouraged to pursue drawing that incorporates or is tangential to their major area of study. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7312 Graduate Drawing II
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7311. Continuation of Studio Art 7311. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7313 Graduate Drawing III
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7312. Continuation of Studio Art 7312. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7314 Graduate Drawing IV
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7313. Continuation of Studio Art 7313. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7315 Graduate Drawing V
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7314. Continuation of Studio Art 7314. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7316 Graduate Drawing VI
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7315. Continuation of Studio Art 7315. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7321 Graduate Painting I
Contemporary painting concepts, techniques; emphasis may be on oil, acrylic, watercolor, or mixed media. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
ARST 7322 Graduate Painting II
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7321. Continuation of Studio Art 7321. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
ARST 7323 Graduate Painting III
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7322. Continuation of Studio Art 7322. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
ARST 7324 Graduate Painting IV
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7323. Continuation of Studio Art 7323. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
ARST 7325 Graduate Painting V
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7324. Continuation of Studio Art 7324; emphasis on development of personal direction or style. Offered in fall, spring and summer.
ARST 7326 Graduate Painting VI
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7325. Continuation of Studio Art 7325. Offered in fall, spring and summer.
ARST 7331 Graduate Printmaking I
Production of prints using various print processes, including relief, intaglio, planeographic process; research of printmaking techniques’ historical development; museum visits, print workshop participation encouraged. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7332 Graduate Printmaking II
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7331. Principles, characteristics of printing element as surface for direct drawing; studio workshop productions generated conceptually or with aid of outside references; basic black-and-white prints, multiple color- separation methods for fine art print (all color-separation positives produced by hand methods). Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7333 Graduate Printmaking III
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7332. Principles, chemistry of printmaking techniques; includes drawing materials, printing elements, printing papers, solvents, inks, ink modifiers; preservation, print publishing practices. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7334 Graduate Printmaking IV
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7333. Technological developments in commercial industry; their application to fine art printing processes; includes technology primarily designed for photocopy, word processing industries, computer-generated designs, color photography and color separation methods. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7335 Graduate Printmaking V
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7334. Experience working with other artists; includes printer working with non-printmaker artist, printmaker working with non-artist printer; insight into complex community of atelier environment dependent on collaboration. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7336 Graduate Printmaking VI
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7335. Selected special research topics; may include health hazards in printmaking, development of printmaking as a fine art, acceptance and controversy of chroma-lithography in the 19th-century, nontraditional metals used in printmaking processes, other areas of interest to students; student research presented in text with supporting visuals. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7341 Graduate Graphic Design I
All aspects of graphic design for the print medium; emphasis on creating professional graphic design works within restricted time periods. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7342 Graduate Graphic Design II
Continuation of Studio Art 7341; more complex projects with strict deadlines.
ARST 7349 Practicum in Art Direction
Student works as an assistant director at UALR Graphic Design (campus studio that does work for Arkansas nonprofit organizations); duties include work with undergraduate designers on their roughs, comprehensives, mechanicals; working with studio’s clients. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7351 Graduate Ceramics I
For advanced graduate students in ceramics. Individual research in consultation with instructor; emphasis on personal expression in form, content of work. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7352 Graduate Ceramics II
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7351. Continuation of Studio Art 7351. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7353 Graduate Ceramics III
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7352. Continuation of Studio Art 7352. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7354 Graduate Ceramics IV
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7353. Continuation of Studio Art 7353. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7355 Graduate Ceramics V
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7354. Continuation of Studio Art 7354. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7356 Graduate Ceramics VI
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7355. Continuation of Studio Art 7355. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7361 Graduate Sculpture I
Serial development of student-generated concept; required number of substantive pieces completed under faculty supervision, advisement. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7362 Graduate Sculpture II
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7361. Continuation of Studio Art 7361. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7363 Graduate Sculpture III
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7362. Continuation of Studio Art 7362. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7364 Graduate Sculpture IV
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7363. Continuation of Studio Art 7363. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7365 Graduate Sculpture V
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7364. Continuation of Studio Art 7364. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7366 Graduate Sculpture VI
Prerequisite: Studio Art 7365. Development of professional portfolio; includes curriculum vitae, 8”x 10” photographs or color Xerox reproductions, slide plates, exhibitions, pertinent publicity; requires oral presentation of work. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7371 Graduate Photography I
First of six consecutive photography courses. Student writes proposal for a body of creative work to be completed in the course series. Up to six hours may be taken concurrently. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7372 Graduate Photography II
Prerequisite or corequisite: Studio Art 7371. Continuation of Studio Art 7371. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7373 Graduate Photography III
Prerequisite or corequisite: Studio Art 7372. Continuation of Studio Art 7372. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7374 Graduate Photography IV
Prerequisite or corequisite: Studio Art 7373. Continuation of Studio Art 7373. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7375 Graduate Photography V
Prerequisite or corequisite: Studio Art 7374. Continuation of Studio Art 7374. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7376 Graduate Photography VI
Prerequisite or corequisite: Studio Art 7375. Continuation of Studio Art 7375. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7391 Graduate Illustration I
All aspects of illustration for print medium; emphasis on creation of professional illustration works within strict deadlines. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7392 Graduate Illustration II
Continuation of Studio Art 7391; more complex projects. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7395 Graphic Design/Illustration Portfolio
Student prepares, for faculty review, a portfolio of work of a quality to compete in today’s graphic design/illustration job market. Offered in fall and spring.
ARST 7399 Thesis
Students will undertake a scholarly investigation of their art studio production as related to art historical, social, and cultural influences. This investigation will culminate in an exhibition, a written thesis and oral defense. May be taken only once for a grade. Offered in fall and spring.
ASCI – Applied Science
The following list of courses in applied science (ASCI) with descriptions is provided. Additional courses offered within the participating departments can be found under the “Master of Science in Biology,” the “Master of Science and Master of Arts in Chemistry,” the “Master of Science in Computer Science,” the “Master of Science in Information Quality,” and the “Non-program Courses” sections of this Catalog.
Students admitted to the UALR Graduate School but not the applied science program must have the instructor’s consent to take any applied science (ASCI) course.
Courses in Applied Science
ASCI 5310 Introduction to Signal Processing
Prerequisite: MATH 3322 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental concepts in signal processing. Use of the fundamental transform techniques (Laplace transform, discrete Fourier transform, z-transform). Discrete time representation of signals, linear time invariant systems. Correlation, coherence, and time delays. Standard system models (ARMA, ARMAX). FIR and IIR filters. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
ASCI 5315 Advanced Dynamics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2453. Kinematics of translating and rotating vectors. Dynamics of systems of particles and rigid bodies. Angular momentum. Newtonian mechanics. Lagrangian mechanics. Examples drawn from the fields of robotics, vehicle motion, and planetary motion. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
ASCI 5355 Elastic Wave Theory
Prerequisites: MATH 1451, MATH 1452, MATH 2453 and MATH 3322. Elasticity theory developed as a basic necessity to the theory of seismology. Analysis of stress and infinitesimal strain. Perfect elasticity. Equation of motion in term of displacement. Vibration and waves. Theories of body and surface waves. Ray theory and energy partition.
ASCI 5360 Potential Theory
Prerequisites: MATH 1451, MATH 1452, MATH 2453 and MATH 3322. Solution to Laplace’s equation using different boundary and initial conditions. One-, Two- and three-dimensional equations will be analyzed. Various coordinate systems (rectangular, cylindrical and spherical) will be used in the solution of the Laplace function, the Associate Legendre function and othogonality of the Legendre function.
ASCI 7145, 7245, 7345 Introduction to Research in Applied Science
First semester orientation course to allow new students in the applied science doctoral program to work in a number of faculty research areas. This course will aid the student in the selection of his/her doctoral research director. Variable credit of one to three hours. Offered on demand.
ASCI 7118 Research Ethics in Science and Eng.
The course uses a case-based method to cover various topics related to professional research ethics. It is intended for entering science and engineering graduate students in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (DCEIT). The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with professional ethics related to research and to prepare them to deal with typical ethical situations that may occur in the course of their graduate studies and professional careers.
ASCI 7189, 7289, 7389.Research in Instrumentation
Design, research in basic, applied instrumentation; requires laboratory research project involving instrumentation characterization or development. F, S.
ASCI 7190 Applied Science Seminar
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of thesis advisor and graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present, discuss, and exchange ideas on research topics of general interest. Credit must be received at least one semester before enrollment in the last research semester. One hour session per week. Course may not be repeated for credit. Graded credit-no credit.
ASCI 7191, 7291, 7391 Cooperative Education in Applied Science
Prerequisite: full time attendance for one semester in the applied science program with a GPA of 3.00 or better and the approval of the major professor and the graduate coordinator. Complements the classroom experience by allowing the student to apply the concepts of instrumentation in the work place. Minimum of one 10 week summer term. Written report, minimum of 200 hours work per credit hour are required. The exact number of hours, and the nature and responsibilities of the work will be specified in writing by the student, the sponsoring faculty member, and the employer. The course may be repeated for credit. The course cannot be used for credit toward the requirements for an applied science degree.
ASCI 7192 Biosciences and Bioinformatics Seminar
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of thesis advisor and graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present, discuss and exchange ideas on research topics of general interest in the field of Biotechnology. One-hour session per week. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded: credit/ no credit. Cross-listed with BINF 7192.
ASCI 7295 Practical Topics in Science Management
A survey of practical topics relevant to practicing scientist and engineers such as ethics, project management, and grant writing. While an emphasis is placed on bioinformatics, topics will be if interest to all participating in science and engineering projects. Two credit hours. Cross-listed with BINF 7295.
ASCI 7307 Smart Materials
Prerequisite: ASCI 4320 or equivalent. This course will deal with the unique nonlinear, hysteretic response of smart materials that arise due to coupling between mechanical and thermal or electric or magnetic fields. Specifically, microstructural characteristics and constitutive modeling of shape memory alloys, ferroelectric materials and ferromagnetic materials will be covered. Use of these smart materials in sensor and actuator design will be addressed.
ASCI 7318 Micro- and Nano-Fabrication
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. This course will introduce some of the important micro- and nano-fabrication techniques that are mostly used in the areas of microelectronics and nanotechnology. Some of the topics that will be covered include diffusion of impurities, thermal oxidation, ion implantation, optical lithography, thin film deposition, etching, nano-lithography, nano-imprinting, growth of nano-rods and nano-springs by glancing angle deposition, and growth of carbon nano-tubes. During the course, students will become familiar with some of the basic experiments including thin film and glancing angle depositions, etching, and film characterization techniques. The course is intended for graduate students from science and engineering majors.
ASCI 7317 Nano-structural Materials: Physical and Chemical Properties
Prerequisites: SYEN 3372 or PHYS 4340 or CHEM 4340 or equivalent. This course introduces students to the area of nanotechnology and the novel properties of the materials built at the nanoscale. The course will cover the main properties of nano-materials, various methods for synthesis and characterization and the most up-to-date applications from nano-electronics, advanced materials, bio-medicine, etc. The course is designed for graduate students with a background in chemistry, physics, and engineering.
ASCI 7340 Applied Instrumental Optics
Fundamental concepts in design and implementation of optical principles in analytical instrumentation; solving optics engineering problems; includes electromagnetic wave analysis, reflection and refraction, interference and diffraction, optical waveguides, Fourier analysis, coherence and holography. On demand.
ASCI 7341 Electro-Optics Instrumentation
Prerequisite: Applied Science 7340 or equivalent. Physical principles and operating characteristics of electro-optical devices and systems; gas, chemical, solid state and semiconductor lasers; Gaussian beam optics, laser modulators and scanners; imaging devices; thermal and photon detectors; fiber and integrated optics; nonlinear optical devices. Offered on demand.
ASCI 7344 Plant Hormonal Biology
This class will provide fundamental knowledge about major classes of phytohormones (auxins ABA, ethylene, gibberellins, cytokinins) as well as new plant hornones such a brassinosteroid strigolactones jasmonates. The structure and function of the all classes of plant hormones will be discussed in some detail and the interactions and crosstalks between different phytohormones will be highlighted. Special attention will be given to regulation of biosynthesis of phytohormones for biotechnological applications and agriculture.
ASCI 7355 Introduction to Geophysics
Prerequisite: MATH 1451. Application of geology and geophysics to study the interior of the earth and the development of its surface features.
ASCI 7365 Advanced Seismology
Prerequisite: MATH 3322. Analysis of seismic waves in a uniform medium from a pressure pulse in a spherical cavity. Solution to Sharpe’s problem using Laplace Transform. Wave propagation from sources in layered medium of different physical conditions. Numerical integration of equation of motion. Seismometry. Foca mechanism and source characteristics. Internal structure of the earth. Nuclear testing and other explosions. Offered in spring.
ASCI 7375 Biochemistry of Biological Molecules
Prerequisites: introductory biochemistry course or permission of the instructor. Three, five-week modules providing a critical introduction into the structure and biological functions of nucleic acids, proteins and membranes. Topics in the first section, nucleic acids, include structure-function relationships among DNA, RNA, and proteins during replication, transcription and translation. Topics in the second section, proteins, include the principles of protein folding, function, purification and enzyme kinetics. Topics in the third section, membranes, include mobility of membrane constituents, properties of membrane proteins, mechanisms of membrane transport, membrane synthesis and flow, secretion, receptors and signal transduction.
ASCI 7380 Biomedical Instrumentation
Principles of biomedical instrumentation; special constraints in safety, signal transduction, signal-to-noise ratio; special problems in medical instrument design; includes Food and Drug Administration regulations, electrical processing, data acquisition; medical instrument design case studies; emphasis on theory, common difficulties, present research directions of bio-instrumentation design; requires laboratory assignments, major laboratory project. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Offered on demand.
ASCI 7381 Physiological Measurement Techniques
Principles, physiology, physics, instrumentation of modern physiological measurements; includes measurements of electrocardiogram, pulmonary function, metabolic rate, blood flow, human performance; ultrasonic imaging, stress tests, impedance cardiology; emphasis on theory of each technique’s measurement difficulties, present research directions; requires proposal of a technique that overcomes some disadvantages of existing methods. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Offered on demand.
ASCI 7385 Concepts in Genetic Analysis
Prerequisites: introductory undergraduate genetics or molecular biology course. Methods of genetic analysis including mutant isolation, genetic and physical mapping, receptors genetics, evolutionary mechanisms, molecular variation and genomic evolution.
ASCI 7399 Special Topics in Applied Science
Detailed study in applied science and related areas; may be lecture or lecture and laboratory, depending on specific topics. Variable credit of one to three hours. Offered on demand.
ASCI 7405 Principles of Analytical Instrumentation
Modern analytical instrumentation; physical, chemical basis for measurements; basic signal processing; basic optics; includes specific instrumentation, methods for ultraviolet-visible and infrared spectrophotometry, atomic and mass spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, x-ray methods, analytical separations.
ASCI 7451 Introduction to Air Contamination Evaluation
Generation, propagation, measurement, evaluation of air contaminants (including aerosols, gases, vapors); principles of sample collection and analysis, direct measurement, statistical analysis and interpretation of results; applications include monitoring and modeling of industrial, community, transportation, indoor environments and sources.
ASCI 8100 – 8600 Master’s Thesis
Prerequisites: consent of advisor.
ASCI 9100 – 9600 Doctoral Research/Dissertation
Prerequisites: consent of advisor. One to nine credit hours to be determined at the time of registration.
ASCI 9700 – 9900 Doctoral Research/Dissertation
Prerequisites: consent of advisor. One to nine credit hours to be determined at the time of registration.
ASTR – Astronomy
PHYS 2322 required. ASTR 2300 recommended, but not required. A graduate level course in astrophysics, with an emphasis on applying the tools of mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum theory to understand the processes inherent in galaxies, cosmology and the structure and evolution of stars, including a focus on extragalatic astronomy. This course is dual listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as ASTR 4301. This course is not open to students with credit for ASTR 4301. Three hours of lecture per week.
AUSP – Audiology/Speech Pathology
The first number listed for courses is for the UAMS College of Health Related Professions; the second (in parenthesis) is for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
AUD 5013 (AUSP 7360) Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Introduction to research methodologies in audiology and speech pathology. Includes prospectus development, funding sources, data collection and analysis, and professional research writing and editing in communicative disorders and/or speech sciences.
AUD 5023 (AUSP 7380) Basic Diagnostic Audiology
Principles and techniques for basic audiologic evaluation, including pure tone testing, speech audiometry, and the clinical application of masking, immittance, and otoacoustic emissions. Relevant calibration issues will also be discussed.
AUD 5033 (AUSP7370) Educational Audiology
The delivery of audiology services to a school-based population. Includes the development, management, and utilization of hearing and middle ear system screening programs, classroom acoustics, selection and fitting of classroom-based amplification, and federal laws associated with children who have special needs.
AUD 5041 (AUSP 7181) Clinical laboratory
Lab instruction in clinical procedures and methods for evaluation and treatment of clients and care, maintenance and use of technology in audiology clinical practice. Perform evaluation and rehabilitation procedures under faculty supervision.
AUD 5043 (AUSP 7331) Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems I
Detailed information of the anatomy, physiology, electrophysiology, and neurophysiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.
AUD 5053 (AUSP 7332) Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Basic information regarding the physics of sound, the measurement of sound and an introduction to the psychoacoustic basis of hearing and its clinical applications.
AUD 5063 (AUSP 7333) Auditory Processing
Theoretical overview, differential assessment, and treatment of adults and children with auditory processing disorders (APD). Intended to blend theoretical knowledge with practical clinical methods and techniques. Prerequisites: AUD 5023 (7380).
AUD 5073 (AUSP 7381) Advanced Diagnostic Audiology
Principles of and techniques for advanced audiometric evaluation, including speech audiometry, reflex decay, audiometric special tests and otoacoustic emissions. Report writing and making appropriate recommendations will also be discussed.
AUD 5083 (AUSP 7382) Clinical Electrophysiology
Principles and techniques in the use of evoked potentials to assess auditory function. Includes case studies and analysis of waveforms. Lecture and laboratory.
AUD 5103 (AUSP 7383) Medical Audiology
Introduction to the major pathologies of the auditory and vestibular systems, as well as medical/surgical treatment of those pathologies. Audiologic assessment and management of the disorders will also be discussed. Prerequisites: AUD 5023 (7380) and AUD 5043 (7331).
AUD 5112 (AUSP 7321) Instrumentation in Audiology & Speech Pathology
Designed to introduce students to basic principles of electronics and electrical safety and to proper use and care of equipment used in the evaluation and treatment of the auditory and vestibular systems. Two credit hours.
AUD 5123 (AUSP 7335) Advanced Psychoacoustics
Advanced information regarding how listeners with normal hearing and those with hearing loss process sound. Topics include: loudness, frequency selectivity, temporal processing, pitch perception, space perception, object/pattern perception, speech perception, experimental design, and signal detection theory. Prerequisites: AUD 5053 (7332).
AUD 5132 (AUSP 7222) Speech Perception
This course is designed to examine the perception and production of speech sounds and the prosodic features of speech. Several theories of speech perception will be presented and discussed, and the effects of hearing loss on speech perception and production will be explored. Two credit hours. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.
AUD 5133 (AUSP 7367) Infant-Toddler Communication
Investigation of prelinguistic/early linguistic communication and feeding/swallowing development. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention for infants and toddlers (birth to five) with special needs and their families. Current formal and information assessment tools and techniques, current intervention strategies, enhancing the therapeutic process across environments, utilizing team collaboration, and facilitating parent-infant interaction.
AUD 5143 (AUSP 7323) Advanced Electrophysiology
Principles and techniques in the use of mid- and late-evoked potentials to assess auditory function. Course includes case studies and analysis of waveforms. Laboratory assignments will be made. Two credit hours. Prerequisites: AUSP 7282. Electrophysiologic Assessment of the Auditory System I.
AUD 5152 (AUSP 7323) Advanced Electrophysiology
Principles and techniques in the use of mid- and late-evoked potentials to assess auditory function. Prerequisite: AUD 5083 (7382).
AUD 5152 (AUSP 7261) Organization and Administration of Clinical Programs
Organization, administration, and accreditation of school, university, and community programs. Private practice and billing procedures. Various and alternative career opportunities including corporate speech pathology practice. Issues related to Medicaid, Medicare, and other third-party payors as well as current legislation. Governmental and professional practice issues.
AUD 5153 (AUSP 7334) Pediatric Audiology
Normal auditory development and theoretical, clinical, and practical issues involved in screening, assessment, and management of children with hearing loss. Prerequisite: AUD 5023 (7380).
AUD 5162 (AUSP 7224) Genetics of Hearing Loss
Basic information on the genetic basis of hearing loss and an overview of syndromic and non-syndromic hearing losses. Strategies for referral to genetic counselors and other health care professionals will be included. Prerequisites: AUSP 7383 Medical Audiology.
AUD 5163 (AUSP 7320) Auditory Based Intervention
Auditory-based speech/language intervention is based on a normal neurological developmental model aimed at maximizing the child’s use of his/her residual hearing to communicate. The focus of this course is to provide information about current amplification and implant technology and to detail auditory- based principles, strategies, and techniques used to facilitate spoken communication.
AUD 5173 (AUSP 7365) Counseling in Communication Disorders
Principles of counseling for working with persons with communication disorders and their families throughout the life span. Students review major theories of counseling and select those most useful for the various settings and practices of audiology and speech pathology. Students demonstrate their understanding of the counseling process through case presentations.
AUD 5183 (AUSP 7326) Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Provides students with understanding of the principles of outcomes research, and the levels of evidence supporting clinical practice. Students will understand the principles of critical evaluation of diagnostic procedures and critical evaluation of the evidence for treatment efficacy and effectiveness as well as the importance of practice guidelines that define best practices. Two credit hours.
AUD 5192 (AUSP 7230) Cultural Competence in Audiology
Knowledge and skills needed by audiologists to provide culturally competent services to diverse clients. Sources of diversity and application of concepts to the field of audiology will be discussed.
AUD 5193 (AUSP 7336) Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems II
Continuation of the first anatomy and physiology course with greater focus on skull anatomy and on peripheral and central nervous system embryology, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology.
AUD 520V (AUSP 7V87) Topics in Audiology
Emphasis on topics related to clinical or rehabilitative audiology. May be repeated for up to six hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
AUD 5212 (AUSP 7227) Hearing Conservation
Noise measurement, OHSA requirements, occupational noise management, recreational audiology, and designing and implementing hearing conservation programs for adults and children. Prerequisites: AUD 7221 Instrumentation; AUD 7380 Basic Diagnostic Audiology. Two credit hours.
AUD 5222 (AUSP 7228) Professional Issues in Audiology & Speech Pathology
Personal and professional ethical values and their applications to dilemmas encountered in the clinical practices of speech pathology and audiology will be explored with students. Preferred practices and criteria for quality services will be topics for discussion. Two credit hours.
AUD 5223 (AUSP 7384) Amplification
Prerequisite: AUSP 7380 Basic Diagnostic Audiology. Theory and practice in effective use of hearing aids, auditory training equipment; includes their component parts, electro-acoustic analysis, hearing aid orientation and counseling, approaches to hearing aid evaluation.
AUD 5232 (AUSP 7229) Audiology: Practice Management
Provides students with a broad understanding of the roles of audiologists in meeting the needs of the communicatively impaired. Students will understand preferred practices, criteria for quality services and quality improvement through the evaluation of service delivery models and exploration of the laws affecting service delivery in health care and educational settings. Two credit hours.
AUD 5233 (AUSP 7385) Pediatric Amplification and Intervention
Advanced strategies specific to pediatric hearing assessment, applicable technologies and management utilizing a family centered approach to intervention. Prerequisites: AUSP 7380, 7381.
AUD 5243 (AUSP 7386) Audiologic Rehabilitation
Adult Principles of audiologic rehabilitation for adults, including diagnosis, counseling, use of amplification and other assistive devices, and communication strategies. Various models of audiologic rehabilitation presented with students presenting case studies demonstrating the basic procedures underlying each model.
BINF – Bioinformatics
BINF 5445 Bioinformatics Theory and Applications
Prerequisites: Course Director’s permission plus the following: BIOL 3300: Genetics or equivalent, IFSC 3320: Database Concepts or equivalent, IFSC 2300: Object-oriented Technology (Java Programming) or experience with another programming language such as “C” or “C++”, STAT 3352: Applied Statistics I or equivalent, MATH 1304: Calculus I or equivalent recommended, BINF 2345: Introduction to Bioinformatics recommended, some exposure to molecular biology recommended. An overview of concepts central to the study and application of bioinformatics drawing upon the fields of biostatistics, computer and information science, and the life sciences. Three hours of lecture plus two hours of laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
BINF 7145, 7245 Introduction to Bioinformatics Research
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Rotations through the bioinformatics, biostatistics, information science, and/or life sciences research laboratories of faculty participating in the bioinformatics graduate program.
BINF 7193 Bioinformatics Seminar
Prerequisites: bioinformatics graduate student status or instructor’s consent. A survey of scientific and technical topics relevant to bioinformaticists. The seminar has two components: attending seminars hosted primarily by BINF Ph.D. students and participating in a presentation workshop where students present seminars on their research interests. A passing grade is required in both components for a passing grade in the course. One credit hour.
BINF 7199, 7299, 7399, 7499 Special Topics in Bioinformatics
Prerequisites: instructor’s consent. Detailed study in bioinformatics and related areas; may be lecture or lecture and laboratory, depending on specific topics. Variable credit of one to four hours. Offered on demand.
BINF 7295 Practical Topics in Science Management
A survey of practical topics relevant to practicing scientists and engineers such as ethics, project management, and grant writing. While an emphasis is placed on bioinformatics, topics will be if interest to all participating in science and engineering projects. Two credit hours. Cross-listed with ASCI 7295.
BINF 8445 Bioinformatics Master’s Capstone Project
Prerequisites: Course Director’s permission and completion of at least one graduate-level course in each of the four core areas of the UALR/UAMS Joint Graduate Program in Bioinformatics (must include BINF 5445: Bioinformatics Theory and Applications). This course provides a structured context in which the student completes an individual capstone project for the Masters Degree in Bioinformatics. The project draws upon all four core areas of the graduate program and is done under the direction of a project mentor who is a member of the graduate faculty of the UALR/UAMS Joint Graduate Program in Bioinformatics. Four credit hours.
BINF 9100-9900 Doctoral Research/Dissertation
Prerequisite: Consent of advisor. Bioinformatics doctoral research leading to Ph.D. dissertation.
BINS – Business Information Systems
BINS 5310 Network Technologies Local
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. A study of the role of telecommunications in information resource management, with emphasis on business applications in a network environment. Principles of network and installation, system component selection, administration, security, and control. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4310 or BINS 4310.
BINS 5350 Business Database Management Systems
MBA Elective, MS in BIS prerequisite course. Does not apply toward MS in BIS Core requirements. Addresses the concepts and principles underlying the design and application of relational graphics based data modeling, relational algebra, the database language SQl, database design, and normalization theory. Projects, which typically are implemented using a current commercial database management system software, are assigned to reinforce most of the concepts taught in the course. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4350 or BINS 4350.
BINS 5351 Data Analysis and Reporting
Prerequisite: C or better in MGMT/BINS 4350/5350 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Students will gain practical experience in using advanced database techniques and data visualization, data warehousing, reporting, and other Business Intelligence (BI) tools. Contemporary BI tools and technologies will be used to create intelligent solutions to realistic business problems. Students with credit for BINS 4351 may not take BINS 5351 for additional credit.
BINS 7250 Strategic Mgmt of IS & Tech
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304, ECON 7313 and MGMT 7180. Focus on strategic and operational roles of information systems and technology (IS) and other information resources, including their applications, value-adding processes, sourcing, governance, organizational and strategic alignment as well as limitations. Management of the IS asset portfolio using a risk/reward framework considering life cycle, obsolescence, innovation, and strategic impact.
BINS 7303 Systems Development and Database Design
MS in BIS Foundation Core Course. The course is a survey of information system development. It will provide students with non-IS backgrounds with foundation knowledge and skills in information systems development. The course overviews the process of system development using SDLC (system development life cycles) with an emphasis on database development. Three credit hours.
BINS 7304 Business Applications for Decision Making
An exploration of the integration of business application technologies and procedures, such as cloud computing, business intelligence, mobile applications, and security being leveraged by corporations.
BINS 7305 Advanced Database Management Systems
MS in BIS Core Course or MBA Elective. Prerequisites: MGMT 4350/5350, BINS 4350/5350, or equivalent. Advanced concepts in database management, expanding from the relational data model to the multidimensional model, object-relational techniques, and web accessed data.
BINS 7307 Systems Analysis and Design Methods
MS in BIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Prerequisite: MGMT 3307, BINS 3307, or equivalent. Application of system analysis and design methodology with emphasis on Object- Oriented (OO) methodologies. Includes basic concepts, modeling techniques, and tools for systems analysis and design.
BINS 7309 Cloud-Based Business Intelligence
Students will experience a hands-on exploration of cloud-based business intelligence tools, technologies, and procedures being leveraged by corporations.
BINS 7315 E-Commerce Technologies
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. An overview of e-commerce technologies, including analysis of e-commerce infrastructure, technology, and managerial and implementation strategies. Focus on web development.
BINS 7350 Information Systems Management
MBA and MS in BIS Core Course. The strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems. Development, implementation, and management of information systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees.
BINS 7351 Management Information Systems: Theory and Application
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Information flow between various decision points in functional areas of a variety of organizations; develops understanding of routine information flow, how it can be made more effective and efficient in terms of handling, processing, refining, dissemination; uses executive and systems design perspectives; reviews and uses real systems in local government and business organizations.
BINS 7352 Emerging Technologies and Strategic Issues
MS in BIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Prerequisite: BINS 7350 or equivalent. In-depth examination of the strategic use and development of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment. Strategic use of technologies for intra- and inter-organizational systems.
BINS 7353 Project Management
Prerequisites: BINS 7304, 7305, 7308, 7312, 7350, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7330. MS in BIS Core Course. Capstone course to be taken at the end of the program. A study and application of project management techniques through the development and implementation of an application development project. Includes all stages of the project development life cycle, with focus on enterprise application integration.
BINS 7370 Issues in Manufacturing and Operations Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: All Core courses. Concerns of manufacturing, service management; includes product and process design, plant capacity and location, work force development, scheduling, inventory control, product and service improvement, vendor relations; emphasis on resource and functional integration, information systems use, team solutions, global marketplace competition strategies; decision-making tools such as forecasting, queuing theory, simulation, network analysis.
BINS 7371 Production/Operations Management
MBA or MS in BIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7320 or ECON 7313, or equivalent. A study of traditional ideas and techniques of production/operations management as well as contemporary practices and concepts being employed by businesses. In this course, the term “production” refers to the conversion of labor hours, dollars, materials, and skills (inputs) into products or services.
BIOL – Biology
BIOL 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics in Biology
Prerequisites: 20 biology hours, consent of instructor (other prerequisites may be required depending on topic). Specialized areas of study in biological sciences. Credit varies with depth of content. One to four hours lecture per week; up to four hours laboratory per week. Offered on demand.
BIOL 5201 AIDS
Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, graduate standing. The disease AIDS; includes cell biology, the disease process, and the social, economic, legal, and political aspects related to the disease and society.
BIOL 5305 Animal Behavior
Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, 2403, eight additional biology hours or consent of instructor. Known behavior of various vertebrate, invertebrate phyla; emphasis on adaptive significance; special attention to mating, defensive, nutritive, social behaviors; ontogeny of behavioral patterns (where known); relationship of behavior to ecology of various animal populations. Three hours lecture per week.
BIOL 5310 Evolution
Prerequisites: four hours of the core science requirement, graduate standing. Basic principles of evolutionary biology: Darwinian Theory, principles of inheritance, microevolution, and speciation processes; includes the evolution of humans.
BIOL 5311 Neurobiology
Prerequisites: 16 hours in biology or consent of instructor; CHEM 1401 or 1403 strongly encouraged. This course examines the functioning of the nervous system, with emphasis on vertebrates- in particular, humans. The course covers the structure and function of neurons as fundamental unit of the nervous system, functional neuroanatomy, and the basic principles of nervous system development. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.
BIOL 5312 Population and Community Ecology
Prerequisites: BIOL 3303 and at least junior standing. Graduate standing required if student enrolled in BIOL 5312. Basic principles of population ecology will be discussed, including niche concept, demography, population growth and regulation, life history patterns, sociality, competition, predation, mutualisms, and control of community structure. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as BIOL 4312. Students cannot receive graduate credit for BIOL 5312 if they have previously taken BIOL 4312. Three hours of lecture per week. Three credit hours.
BIOL 5314 Soil Biology
Prerequisites: BS in biology or permission of the instructor. Concepts of soils are presented with emphasis on biological processes and soil/ecosystem relationships. Hands-on laboratory exercises and field exercises will supplement course lectures. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as BIOL 4314. This course is not open to students with credit for BIOL 4314. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.
BIOL 5315 Toxicology
Prerequisites: BS in biology or permission of the instructor. Principles of toxicology are presented with an emphasis on toxicokinetics and toxicity mechanisms. Laboratory testing, risk analysis, and study design requirements are applied to various settings. Lectures will be supplemented with case studies. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as BIOL 4315. This course is not open to students with credit for BIOL 4315. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.
BIOL 5401 Cell Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 1402, 12 additional hours in biology, CHEM 1401 or 1403; microbiology is strongly encouraged. A study of the organization of cells as related to the structure and function of biological molecules. Emphasis is placed on eukaryotic cells. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5402 Limnology
Prerequisites: BIOL 1401, 2402, 2403, 3303, CHEM 1403 or equivalent. Physical, chemical characteristics of water; morphometry, physiography of lake, stream basins; ecology, taxonomy of aquatic communities; laboratory includes physical, chemical, biological sampling and analysis methods; field work includes various types of aquatic habitats and sampling methods involved; requires some extended Saturday field trips. Two lectures, one four-hour laboratory per week.
BIOL 5403 Comparative Physiology
Organ function in a wide range of organisms, including vertebrates and invertebrates. A comprehensive survey of functional relationships in more than one group of animals. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
BIOL 5404 Mammalogy
Prerequisites: Biology 3404, 3409, equivalent, or consent of instructor. Classification, distribution, ecology, natural history of mammals; emphasis on Arkansas species; field studies, preparation of study specimens. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5405 Ichthyology
Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, 3404 or 3409 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. Classification, phylogeny, morphology, physiology, and ecology of fishes concentrating on North American and Arkansas freshwater fishes. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5406 Pathogenic Microbiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, 2401, or their equivalents. Survey of pathogenic microbiology, immunology, and virology with emphasis on fundamental principles of each science and their application to the diagnosis and control of human diseases. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5407 Herpetology
Prerequisites: BIOL 3404, 3409, or equivalents, or consent of instructor. Classification, anatomy, distribution, ecology, natural history of amphibians and reptiles; emphasis on Arkansas species in field techniques, student projects, laboratory work, curatorial training. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5409 Plant Taxonomy
Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401 2402, or their equivalents. A study of the principles of plant identification, classification, systematics, and nomenclature. Major families of flowering plants with emphasis on the floristics of the immediate area. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5410 Fisheries
Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, 2403, 3303 or 3409, or their equivalents, or consent of the instructor. A survey of fish management and fish culture principles and techniques including population assessment, habitat improvement, pond culture, commercial fish farming, and an introduction to fish diseases. Three hours of lecture, three hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5411 Ornithology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2403, 12 additional biology hours. Selected aspects of avian biology; emphasis on ecology, evolutionary biology, natural history, classification of birds; includes lecture, discussion, laboratory, field study.
BIOL 5412 Plant Ecology
Study of plant species ecology (life history and reproductive biology) and vegetation ecology (abundance, structure, dispersion, patterns, and dynamics), with emphasis on quantitative methodology and management principles. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5413 Immunology
Immunobiology and immunochemistry of humoral and cellular mechanisms of immunity. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5415 Biometry
Prerequisites: 12 hours of biology, environmental health science, or earth science (in combination or singularly), MATH 1302 or higher numbered course, three hours of statistics or consent of instructor, graduate standing. Computer-based course in experimental design, data analysis, and interpretation; objective is the application of statistical procedures relevant to the academic emphasis of students, not statistics per se; especially beneficial to those students planning to seek an advanced degree or to go into quality control or research positions. Offered in spring on even years.
BIOL 5416 Microscopy
Prerequisites: 15 hours of biology, graduate standing. Laboratory in the fundamental theory and practical application of light and electron microscopy including specimen preparation, photomicrography, and digital computer image processing and enhancement; topics include brightfield, darkfield, phase, differential interference contrast, polarized, and epi fluorescent light microscopy and scanning and transmission electron microscopy; emphasizes experimental design and use of the microscope as an experimental tool.
BIOL 5417 Molecular Biology
Prerequisites: nineteen hours in biology including both BIOL 2401 and BIOL 3300; CHEM 1401 or 1403; BS in biology or permission of instructor. Successful completion of either BIOL 3400 or BIOL 4401 is strongly encouraged. A study of molecular biology theory and practice. Emphasis is on the study of model systems to understand the current approaches and laboratory techniques necessary to answer basic questions in current molecular biology. Two hours of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week.
BIOL 5418 Biotechnology
Prerequisites: 19 hours of biology including 2401 and 3300; CHEM 1401 or 1403. BIOL 3400 and 4401/5401 are strongly recommended. BIOL 4417/5417 is also recommended or may be taken concurrently. A study of the applied science of biotechnology designed to introduce students to the elements of a biotechnological career. Topics range from traditional biotechnology such as animal and plant tissue culture to contemporary molecular biotechnology and the use of recombinant DNA technology and genetic engineering in research and industry. Emphasis will be placed on current biomedical, pharmaceutical, and agri/industrial applications. Graduate students must complete and defend a term paper. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5419 Plant Physiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, 2402, CHEM 2450, or their equivalents, or consent of instructor. Study of water relations, nutrition, and metabolism including photosynthesis, growth, and development. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory per week.
BIOL 5421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites: ERSC 2320 or ENHS 3415 or BIOL 4309, or consent of instructor. This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. The lecture portion of the course focuses on the data models used to represent spatial features and on the processes involved in creating, acquiring, analyzing, and displaying georeferenced information. The laboratory portion of this course employs a project-based methodology including applications from geology, biology, environmental science, and political science to foster basic GIS software proficiency. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.
BIOL 5422 Mammalian Physiology
General physiological principles and a treatment of functions and interrelations of mammalian systems. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
BIOL 5423 Plant Anatomy
Detailed coverage of the microscopic anatomy of all the organs of seed plants and a critical evaluation of the major tissue types found within these plant organs. Two hours lecture, hour hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
BIOL 5424 Entomology
Prerequisites: BIOL 3303 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. A study of insects including their anatomy, physiology, behavior, development, diversity, classification, and economic importance. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Four credit hours.
BIOL 5426 Plant and Human Nutrition
Prerequisites: BS in Biology or permission of the instructor. Plant nutrition refers to the needs and uses of the basic chemical elements in the plants, which are essential for plant growth and development. Thus, plant nutrition is an area of fundamental importance for both basic sciences (Plant physiology, Plant cell and molecular biology, Plant development) and applied sciences (Agronomy, Crop physiology, Horticulture, Human nutrition and health). Human nutrition refers to the needs and uses of the basic chemical elements and compounds in the human body, which are essential for human development and healthy life. The course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises, and case studies. Dual-listed in the hours lecture, and four hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
BIOL 5427 Tissue Engineering
Prerequisites: BS in Biology or the permission of the instructor. Tissue engineering (TE) is defined as the development and manipulation of laboratory-grown molecules, cells, tissues, or organs to replace and/or support the function of injured body parts. TE applies the principles and methods of biology, stem cell biology, immunology, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, cell and drug delivery, nanobiotechnology, and bioinformatics to understand physiological and pathological systems and to modify and create cells and tissues for therapies for structural tissue repair (e.g., skin, bone, cartilage, tendon, muscle, and blood vessel), for enhancing metabolic function (e.g., liver), for improved drug delivery (localized delivery of a drug), and as a vehicle for cell-based gene therapy. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as BIOL 4427. The course consists of two hours of lectures and four hours of laboratory per week. This course is not open to students with credit for BIOL 4427. Four credit hours.
BIOL 7110 Independent Study
Independent study provides an opportunity for a student to gain depth in a specialized area to support a particular aspect of their research. The specific topic and course of study will vary by student and are to be developed with a faculty member in the department and the student’s advisory committee to augment the student’s background in a specific area or to fill a gap in knowledge when no regularly-scheduled courses are available. No more than two hours of independent study may be counted toward a graduate degree.
BIOL 7210 Independent Study
Independent study provides an opportunity for a student to gain depth in a specialized area to support a particular aspect of their research. The specific topic and course of study will vary by student and are to be developed with a faculty member in the department and the student’s advisory committee to augment the student’s background in a specific area or to fill a gap in knowledge when no regularly-scheduled courses are available. No more than two hours of independent study may be counted toward a graduate degree.
BIOL 7191 Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers present, discuss, and exchange ideas on research topics and methods in biology. MS students required to enroll three times and obtain three hour credit. Graded C/NC.
BIOL 7199, 7299, 7399 Selected Topics in Biology
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Advanced studies in specialized areas of biological science, such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, organizational biology, ecology, fisheries and wildlife management. One to three hours lecture per week depending on credit hours. Offered on demand.
BIOL 7310 Experimental Design in Biology
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and 4415/5415 Biometry or equivalent. Experimental design in biology is designed to provide students with an appreciation of the utility of a rigorous experimental design and the use of inferential statistics in research with biological systems. Students will be given a background in the statistical requirements of manipulative experiments and will critique research designs in recently published literature.
BIOL 7311 Behavioral Ecology
Prerequisites: BIOL 3303, BIOL 4305/5305 or the equivalent or consent of the instructor. This course is a broad introduction to the field of behavioral ecology and how evolutionary and ecological constraints shape behavioral strategies and tactics. Topics to be addressed include the evolution of life histories, reproductive decisions, resource acquisition and utilization, and the costs and benefits of sociality. Three hours lecture per week. Computer exercises during some scheduled lecture times will include foraging and habitat use models, game theory, and species interaction models.
BIOL 7410 Phylogenetic Analysis
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and completion of two courses (or equivalent) from the following: Biometry (BIOL 4415/5415), Linea Algebra (MATH 3312), Mathematical Models (MATH 3324), Molecular Biology (BIOL 4417/5417). Student may also enroll with the consent of the instructor. A computer based course in phylogenetic analysis of molecular sequence data through the use of both distance and character based models. Parsimony, maximum likelihood, and Bayesian inference are key procedures used to assess, test and characterize molecular evolution. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
BIOL 7499 Selected Topics in Biology
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Advanced studies in specialized areas of biological science, such as cell and molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, organismal biology, genetics, ecology, fisheries and wildlife management, Two or three hours lecture per week and 2-4 hours laboratory per week. Offered on demand. Four credit hours.
BIOL 8100, 8200, 8300,8400 Thesis Research
Prerequisite: full admission to the program. Thesis research in biology is designed to provide students with graduate level research experience. Under the directions of the student’s major advisor and graduate committee, the student will carry out original research to support his/her thesis.
BSAD – Business
BSAD 7100 Managing Your Career
Course Description: MBA Core Course. Empowers students with the knowledge and tools to effectively manage their own careers. The course offers career development and placement support to help students identify their ideal career based on interests, motivational traits, personality, values, abilities, aptitudes, personal work style, and work environment preferences. Addresses career related concerns such as: exploring career options, building and leveraging a professional network, developing a personal marketing plan, job-search and transition skills, behavioral interviewing, job and company-specific research, business etiquette, and offer negotiation.
BSAD 7395 Cooperative Education
MBA Electives Prerequisite: all MBA foundation courses, 12 credits of MBA core courses and consent of the graduate program director. Designed to complement and extend the classroom learning experiences through the application of theories and concepts in a professional work environment. A deliverable project, designed in consultation with a faculty member, and a minimum of 200 hours with a participating employer during the semester are required.
CHEM – Chemistry
CHEM 5251 Organic Preparations
Prerequisite: CHEM 3151 or 4250. Advanced experiments in organic chemistry using special apparatus and techniques. Two three-hour laboratories per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 5321 Biochemistry II
Prerequisites: CHEM 4420 or 5420. Continuation of Biochemistry I, covering energy generation, metabolism of lipids and amino acids, integration of metabolism, DNA replication and repair, transcription, translation, and control of gene expression. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4321. Students who have completed CHEM 4321 may not enroll in CHEM 5321. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours.
CHEM 5330 History of Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3350 with C or greater. This course is a survey of the growth and development of chemistry. Lectures will stress connections of modern commiserate to past chemists/scientists and how ideas are passed from generation to generation. The personality and human side of the scientists will be emphasized along with the interactions between science and society. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4330. Students who have completed CHEM 4330 may not enroll in CHEM 5330.
CHEM 5340 Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 3340, and 3572 or 3371 (3371 may be taken as corequisite). A study of inorganic chemistry with detailed emphasis on chemical bonding of covalent molecules, transition metal complexes and their bonding theories, spectroscopy of inorganic complexes, magnetism, organometallic chemistry with catalysis, and introduction to bioinorganic chemistry. Laboratory will reinforce concepts developed in lecture. Required for BS major. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4340. Students who have completed CHEM 4340 may not enroll in CHEM 5340. Lecture two hours and laboratory three hours per week. Three credit hours.
CHEM 5342 Environmental Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350 and CHEM 2310 with grade of C or greater. A survey of environmental chemistry. Topics covered will include: Composition of the atmosphere and behavior; energy and climate; principles of photochemistry and surfactants; harloorganics and pesticides, water and air pollution (tropospheric and stratospheric) and connections to climate change; elemental and molecular environmental chemistry in geological media; water cycle and water treatment; principles of nuclear chemistry and radiochemistry; nuclear environmental chemistry; and evaluation of energy sources that are sustainable. dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CHEM 4342 may not enroll in CHEM 5342. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours.
CHEM 5350 Intermediate Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 3351. Reaction mechanisms; correlation of structure with reactivity; literature survey of recent advances in the field. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 5360 Medicinal Chemistry
Prerequisites: General Organic Chemistry I and II, CHEM 3350 and 3351, General Organic Laboratory 1 CHEM 3151, and General Organic Laboratory II CHEM 3151 or Qualitative Organic Analysis Laboratory CHEM 3250, all with grades of C or greater. This course will serve as an introduction to the chemistry and theory of drug action that includes general drug design, drug- receptor interactions, drug design through enzyme inhibition, pharmacokinetics, and drug metabolism. Additionally, the mechanism of specific drug classes will be examined. Lecture three hours per week. Three credit hours. This course cannot be used as a substitute for the Biochemistry requirement of the ACS certified degree.
CHEM 5380 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3151 and 3351 or 4250 (recommended but not required: Chemistry 3170, 3271, 3371, 3470, 3572). Coordination of theoretical, practical aspects; includes history, types of polymerizations, kinetics, molecular weight, physical properties including thermal and spectroscopic characterization, biopolymers, engineering resins. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered in spring on even years.
CHEM 5399 Special Topics in Chemistry
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Topics may include chemical carcinogenesis, environmental chemistry, solid state chemistry, radiochemistry, macromolecules, surface chemistry, quantum chemistry, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 5411 Instrumental Analysis
Prerequisites: CHEM 2310 and 2311; PHYS 1322 or 2322. Most common modern instrumental methods of analysis; includes topics in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography. Three hours lecture, one four-hour laboratory per week. Offered in fall.
CHEM 5420 Biochemistry I
Prerequisites: CHEM 2510, 3151, 3351. Basic chemistry and metabolism of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids; action of vitamins, hormones, enzymes. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered in spring.
CHEM 7190 Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of thesis advisor and graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present, discuss, and exchange ideas on research topics of chemical interest. Required of the MS student. Credit must be received at least one semester before enrollment in the last research semester. One hour session per week. Course may not be repeated for credit. Graded credit/no credit. Offered in fall and spring.
CHEM 7240 Inorganic Preparations
Prerequisite: CHEM 4411/5411 or equivalent. Techniques of synthesis and identification of inorganic compounds. Six hours laboratory per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7311 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 4411/5411 or equivalent. Complex solution equilibria and selected topics in spectroscopy, electro-analytical techniques, separations procedures. Three hours lecture per week.
CHEM 7317, 7318, 7319 Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Topics may include electro-analytical techniques, modern functional group analysis, instrumental design and control, others. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 4340/5340 or equivalent. Advanced theoretical concepts; includes atomic structure, molecular and solid structures, bonding, ligand field theory, organometallic chemistry, metals chemistry, reaction mechanism. Three hours lecture per week.
CHEM 7347, 7348, 7349 Selected Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 4340/5340. Topics may include magnetochemistry, X-ray crystallography, chemistry of diamond-like semiconductors, chemistry of rare earth elements, chemistry of boron and its compounds, reaction mechanisms, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7350 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350 or equivalent, 3351 or equivalent. Reaction mechanisms of classical organic reactions; includes ionic and free radical addition and substitution, oxidation, reduction, elimination reactions. Three hours lecture per week. Offered in fall.
CHEM 7351 Modern Synthetic Reactions
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350 or equivalent, 3351 or equivalent. Modern organic reactions, their applications in synthesis. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7357, 7358, 7359 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3350, 3351. Topics may include natural products, stereochemistry, photochemistry, heterocyclic
compounds, free radicals, carbenes, polymers, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7370 Physical Principles of Chemical Reactivity
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371 or equivalent, 3470 or equivalent. Chemical, physical properties of selected species in terms of thermodynamics, kinetics, molecular structure; examples in scientific literature illustrate how physical chemistry principles may be applied to chemical reactivity. Three hours lecture per week. Offered in spring.
CHEM 7371 Chemical Thermodynamics
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371, 3470. Application of the three laws of thermodynamics to chemical systems; relates spontaneity and equilibrium in gaseous, heterogeneous-phase, and solution reactions to thermal, electrochemical measurements. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7372 Chemical Kinetics
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371, 3470. Chemical reaction rates; includes determination of empirical rate laws, collision and transition state theories, activation energy and catalysis, reaction mechanisms, kinetic intermediates. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7377, 7378, 7379 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 3371, 3470. Topics may include quantum chemistry, statistical thermodynamics, semi-empirical molecular orbital calculations, molecular spectroscopy and photochemistry, states of matter, mathematical methods in chemistry, others. Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 7390 Selected Topics for Teachers
Prerequisites: experience in teaching secondary science and/or consent of instructor (based on assessment of student’s chemistry background). For secondary science teachers to improve and extend their knowledge of basic chemical concepts. These concepts are related to modern chemical topics wherever possible. Laboratory emphasizes techniques for conducting classroom demonstrations. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered on demand.
CHEM 8100-8400 Thesis Research
Prerequisites: consent of coordinator, thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected chemical problem, culminating in a written thesis with oral defense; student presents a seminar on the research in the last course/hours, typically during the final semester, to faculty and fellow students. Eleven hours required for MS degree. May not be applied to the MA degree. Variable credit. Credit/no credit grade based on written progress reports.
CNMG – Construction Management and Construction Engineering
CNMG 5329 Construction Planning and Scheduling
Prerequisite: CNMG 4211 or equivalent. An in-depth study of the process of creating and monitoring a construction project schedule. Creation of project schedules on a variety of scheduling software, with primary focus on Primavera. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4329. Students cannot receive graduate credit for CNMG 5329 if they have previously taken CNMG 4329.
CNMG 5334 Construction Contracts and Law
A study of construction contracts in relation to project delivery systems and the basic principles of construction law. Case studies are used to analyze selected areas that affect the construction process. Topics include standard agreements and conditions, negligence, risk, indemnities, modifications, mechanics lien, claims, dispute resolution, conflicts of interest, ethical consideration, and labor law. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4334. Students cannot receive graduate credit for CNMG 5334 if they have previously taken CNMG 4334.
CNMG 5342 Construction Safety
A study of the principles of construction safety management and OSHA 29 CFR PART 1926. The OSHA Construction Industry Training Course 500 topics covered in depth. Students develop a company safety plan and hazardous communications program, perform safety analysis, conduct safety meetings, and write accident investigation reports. Students complete the topic requirements for the OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour Construction Safety and Health training card. Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Three credit hours. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4342. Students cannot receive graduate credit for CNMG 5342 if they have previously taken CNMG 4342.
CNMG 5361 Green Construction
Overview of design and construction delivery systems for high performance green buildings; relevant criteria and established guidelines; green standards; high performance green buildings and sustainability; vocabulary associated with sustainability and green buildings; physical limitations of materials. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4361. Students cannot receive graduate credit for CNMG 5361 if they have previously taken CNMG 4361.
CNMG 5389 Professional Engineering Licensure
Prerequisite concurrent: Registration for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, or consent of instructor. Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the practice of engineering; preparation for engineering licensure examinations. Two hours lecture. Three hours lab. Three credit hours. Cross listed as SYEN 5389. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4389. Students cannot receive graduate credit for CNMG 5389 if they have previously taken CNMG 4389.
CNMG 7100, 7200, 7300 Independent Study
Topic and method of procedure must have approval of the supervising faculty member. Typically four to six hours per week of work on the project for each hour of credit earned. The exact hourly commitment per week and credit hour value depends on the nature of the project and must be agreed on in advance by the student and instructor, and must be submitted in writing to the student’s graduate advisor. With approval, may be repeated for up to nine credit hours. One to three credit hours.
CNMG 7318 BIM and 4D Simulation
Prerequisite: CNMG 4218 or equivalent. Advanced techniques of using Building Information Modeling (BIM) together with scheduling control to do 4D simulation. Potential applications of computer and information systems in construction industry. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
CNMG 7345 Applied Construction Management
Prerequisites: CNMG 4211 and CNMG 5329 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. This course discusses design, development, estimating, scheduling, contracting, and administering small construction projects, including extensive site and feasibility analyses. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
CNMG 7376 International Construction Business Management
Construction contracting , with emphasis on international economics, marketing , contracts, design, and specifications. Issues of local construction techniques, construction marketing, international construction, sustainability, global economics, and influence on construction of local culture, traditions, architecture, history, and political climate. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
CNMG 7385 Construction Management Graduate Project
Prerequisites: graduate standing, completion of at least 18 graduate credit hours in the MS in construction management program, or consent of the advisor. Students, under faculty supervision, will work on practical problems related to construction management, and will submit a project report documenting the results. Three credit hours.
CNMG 7399 Special Topics
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Selected advanced topics in construction. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
CNMG 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, 8500, 8600 Construction Management Master’s Thesis
Prerequisites: graduate standing, completion of at least 18 graduate credit hours in the MS in construction management program, or consent of the thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected problem in an area related to construction management culminating in a written thesis and an oral defense. A maximum of six hours may be applied toward the MS degree. Variable credit of one to six hours.
CNSL – Counselor Education
Prerequisite for all courses: graduate standing and approval of program coordinator.
CNSL 7109, 7209, 7309 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of advisor. Topics of individual interest; might include aging, at-risk children, adolescence, handicapped children, child abuse, children of divorce, single parent families, ethics, children of alcoholic families, etc. One to three hours credit. Offered on demand.
CNSL 7206 Orientation to Industry and Occupations
Includes social, economic perspectives of work world; emerging views of work; various topics related to employability and employment; plant/business tours; shadowing of workers; requires an individual project.
CNSL 7211 Guidance and Counseling Fundamentals for Educators
(Course for non-majors) Issues, functions, scope of guidance, counseling program in public education setting; programmatic components, counselor roles; counseling, delivery of services in multi-ethnic setting.
CNSL 7300 Foundations for School Guidance and Counseling Programs
Pupil services; includes pupil personnel services, models of guidance, the professional school counselor, pupil populations with special needs; emphasis on history, philosophy, organization, functions of guidance and counseling programs in the schools.
CNSL 7301 Counseling Theories and Applications
Experiential, relationship-oriented, cognitively-oriented, behaviorally-oriented approaches to counseling; emphasis on counselor as an instrument of counseling, development of a personal theory of counseling, legal and ethical responsibilities of counselors.
CNSL 7302 Models and Techniques for Counseling Interviews
Prerequisite: CNSL 7301. Techniques, procedures for counseling interviews; emphasis on mastery of levels of skills within a microskills hierarchy for counseling interviews, appropriate use of skills in various stages of counseling.
CNSL 7303 Career Development, Planning, and Information Services
Theoretical approaches to career development, planning; includes career development theories, planning, education, guidance models; needs of special populations, delivery systems.
CNSL 7305 Appraisal Resources and Services in Counseling
Emphasis on appropriate selection, administration, uses of a variety of testing, and other techniques; individual analysis; case management in the counseling setting.
CNSL 7307 Theories and Techniques of Group Counseling
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Processes, theories of group counseling; developing personal approach for applying concepts, processes.
CNSL 7308 Cross Cultural Counseling
Prerequisites: CNSL 7300, 7301, and 7302, or consent of instructor. Environmental, personal, socio-economic, psychological characteristics of special client (culturally different) groups; counseling theories, techniques applied to culturally different individuals, and groups; emphasis on knowledge, skills in cross- cultural counseling; includes potential sources of misunderstanding investigated from various counseling modes.
CNSL 7310 Human Sexuality
Prerequisite: EDFN 7330, CNSL 7300, 7301, and 7302 or consent of instructor. Biological, psychosocial, behavioral, clinical, cultural factors; literature of; skills of communicating knowledge via counseling strategies for human sexual behaviors.
CNSL 7312 Advanced Cross Cultural Counseling
Prerequisite: CNSL 7308. This course expands upon the curriculum base in CNSL 7308 Cross Cultural Counseling through the identification of multiple intervention strategies with emphasis on advanced focus on school-aged youth and their families. It includes advanced emphasis on content and process development.
CNSL 7313 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Counseling
Profession Review of legal and ethical standards in school and community counseling related to counselor training, research, and practice. Topics include: client rights, confidentiality, the client-counselor relationship, professional relationships, duty to warn, counselor supervision, counseling minors and case law in counseling.
CNSL 7320 Practicum: Counseling Services-Elementary Education
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in program management, information services, appraisal services in elementary school counseling; focus on operationalizing cognitive content of core courses. Requires 75 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a (B) or greater before enrolling in an internship.
CNSL 7321 Practicum: Counseling Services-Secondary Education
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in program management, information services, appraisal services in secondary school counseling; focus on operationalizing cognitive content of core courses. Requires 75 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a (B) or greater before enrolling in an internship.
CNSL 7330 Practicum: School Counseling
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in program management, information services, appraisal services in school counseling; focus on operationalizing cognitive content of core courses. Requires 100 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a B or greater before enrolling in an internship.
CNSL 7331 Practicum: Counseling-Secondary Education
Prerequisite: 20 – 24 semester hours completed in the CNSL program and consent of the instructor. Supervised experience in individual counseling, group counseling, case management in secondary schools; emphasis on application of cognitive content, practice of skills. Requires 75 clock hours of counseling activities. Students must achieve a B or greater before enrolling in an internship.
CNSL 7340, 7640 Internship: School Counseling
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Supervised internship in school setting; requires student involvement in a variety of on-the-job activities; includes program management, appraisal services, information services, case management, individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, teacher consultation, parent consultation, career guidance. Requires 100 clock hours of work per credit hour; 600 hours for degree. May enroll for three hours each of two semesters or six hours in one semester.
CNSL 7341, 7641. Internship: Counseling Services-Secondary Education
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Supervised practice in secondary school setting; requires student involvement in variety of on-the-job activities; includes program management, appraisal services, information services, case management, individual and group counseling. Requires 50 clock hours of work per credit hour; 300 hours for degree. May enroll for three hours each of two semesters or six hours in one semester.
CNSL 7399 Thesis
Prerequisites: 36 hours of graduate credit in counseling and educational foundations including Educational Foundations 7171 and 7303, and consent of the program advisor. Development of a formal research project; content determined in conjunction with a faculty committee chosen by the student. May be repeated for six hours total.
COUN – Counseling: Rehabilitation Counseling
COUN 7190, 7290, 7390 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Students under faculty supervision, can explore advanced topics in rehabilitation counseling not normally covered in regular course offerings.
COUN 7360 Rehabilitation Foundations
The purpose of this course is to provide both a broad foundation for students beginning their journey into the profession of rehabilitation and a broad-based reference for current practitioners. The content provides a conceptual overview of the professional, historical, theoretical, research, and applied foundations of the rehabilitation profession as they relate to the services for individuals with disabilities.
COUN 7361 Medical Aspects of Disability
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 or the consent of the instructor. This is a course that covers the medical aspects of disability. Managing the medical aspects and functional assessment of frequently occurring medical diseases and disorders of older adolescents and adults are stressed. Topics include the medical aspects and functional assessment of neurological/ cognitive/neuromuscular disorders, psychiatric/developmental disabilities, sensory losses, and various acute and chronic physical diseases and disorders. Case management activities and a process for determining the educational/rehabilitation implications of the effects of each disability will be presented.
COUN 7362 Psychological Aspects of Disability
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 or the consent of the instructor. This course outlines the psychological and sociological aspects of disability, including community attitudes toward individuals with disabilities, strategies to change negative attitudes, adjustment factors in living with disabilities, and methods for supporting successful adjustment to disabilities.
COUN 7363 Career Counseling and Placement
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 or the consent of the instructor. The purpose of this course is to provide students with theories and techniques for empowering adults with disabilities to obtain integrated, community-based employment from a career decision making perspective.
COUN 7364 Rehabilitation Case Management
Prerequisites: COUN 7360, COUN 7361, COUN 7362, COUN 7367 or the consent of the instructor. This course is a study in case management in rehabilitation which is a skill that rehabilitation professionals must possess in order to successfully guide clients through the rehabilitation process from referral to case closure. It provides guidelines that will enable rehabilitation professionals to collect information from the intake interview, physician, psychologists, vocational evaluation, and other resources, in an effort to develop appropriate ethical rehabilitation plans with clients.
COUN 7365 Rehabilitation Counseling Practicum
Prerequisites: Must have completed all phase 1 courses and should have completed all core courses or consent of the program fieldwork supervisor. The purpose of this course is to provide students initial exposure to learning in a community based rehabilitation agency under faculty supervision. The course is designed to give the student an opportunity to practice the role of a rehabilitation professional. The student will apply rehabilitation counseling methods, techniques and vocational knowledge in working with clients and in consulting with business and industry for job development and placement opportunities. One-hundred contact hours in a fieldwork setting is required.
COUN 7367 Assessment in Rehabilitation
Prerequisites: COUN 7360 and EDFN 7303 or the consent of the instructor. The purpose of this course is to provide students with theories and techniques for empowering adults with disabilities to explore their aptitudes, interests, and other vocational assessments areas that assist them in career decision making.
COUN 7368 Foundations of Substance Abuse
This course focuses on substance abuse and coexisting disabilities from the perspective of risk and the challenges to rehabilitation practice. It provides the student with an in-depth understanding of substance abuse, drugs of abuse, patterns of abuse and consequences of abuse. Treatment models and needs are addressed from the rehabilitation model. New legislation and contemporary issues are presented to support the examination of the impact of policy on treatment and rehabilitation. The role of employment and the challenges of recovery and the return to employment are examined, within a comprehensive plan for relapse prevention. This course utilizes a diverse range of on-line resources as well as personal stories relating the challenges and dynamics of the recovery process.
COUN 7369 Introduction to Family Counseling
This course will provide knowledge about work with couples and families. This course will include understanding and application of general systems theory and the major schools of family theory. Methods for working with families with a disabled family member will be presented.
COUN 7370 Psychopharmacology for Counselors
A course intended to cover the areas of Psychopharmacology and the application of medication to all the major diagnostic categories contained in DSM-IV-TR. This course is intended for non-prescribing professionals.
COUN 7660 Internship in Rehabilitation Counseling
Prerequisites: The completion of all course work in the core and professional experience areas and the approval of the department faculty. The internship consists of advanced field work in rehabilitation counseling in an off campus field site placement. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification requires 600 hours of applied experience in a rehabilitation agency or facility under the supervision of an experienced certified rehabilitation counselor on-site or facility supervisor. This course will provide a minimum of 300 of those field work hours. The course may be taken twice in the same semester to meet the 600 hour requirement. Completion of the second section of this course requires passing grade on the certified rehabilitation counselor (CRE) exam.
CPSC – Computer Science
CPSC 5360 Computer Security
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Increasing reliance on our computer based infrastructure elements along with the information driven nature of today’s business require a solid and in-dept understanding of security issues pertinent to these systems. The topics include threats, assumptions, assurance, confidentiality, integrity, availability, access control matrix and policies, security models, requirements imposed by policies, protection models, covert channels, formal methods for security, designing and evaluating systems, intrusion detection, auditing, and other contemporary issues. Three hour lecture; three credit hours. Not open to students with credit for CPSC 4360.
CPSC 5366 Interactive Computer Graphics and Animation
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Knowledge of C, C++ or Java Programming. Approval from the instructor. This course introduces computer graphics and all details of the design of modern graphic architecture. The topics covered include two – and three – dimensional modeling and transformation, lighting and shading, animation techniques, and an introduction to OpenGL. Three hours lecture; three credit hours. Not open to students with CPSC 4366.
CPSC 5372 Object-oriented Programming
Prerequisites: working knowledge of a procedural programming language and UNIX operating system, or consent of the instructor. Concepts of object-oriented analysis, design, and implementation. Object-oriented programming in C++, Smalltalk, Java, and/or another current object-oriented programming language. Graduate Standing. This is a foundational course that covers fundamentals of modern software engineering. Topics included are: requirements definition, analysis, and modeling including use cases and use case paths, domain names, state transition diagrams; techniques to increase robustness and avoid disastrous defects; object oriented architecture and design patterns and specification in UML; performance impact of design choices; analysis of designs regrading maintainability and testability; security engineering; practical system test and glass – box testing fundamentals; verification of test coverage via decision tables and state transition tables. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours. Not open to students with credit for CPSC 4373.
CPSC 5376 Applied Cryptography
Prerequisites: CPSC 2380, MATH 2310, and STAT 3352 or equivalents. A survey and study of the major cryptographic techniques, algorithms, and implementations, with emphasis on applications to communications and network security. Intended as a practical introduction to the current state-of-the-art of cryptographic usage. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
CPSC 5199-5499 Special Topics
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Various topics in applied computer science, selected from the areas of intelligent systems and computer systems design. On demand.
CPSC 5373 Fundamentals of Software Engineering
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Various topics in applied computer science, selected from the areas of intelligent systems and computer systems design. On demand.
CPSC 5381 Computer Architecture and Design
Graduate Standing. This course addresses the architecture and design of modern microprocessor computers. In it adheres to the principle of “no mysteries” and reveals all the details of the design of modern pipeline microprocessor system. The topics covered include formal description of computer architecture and design, instruction set architectures, processor design of modern computers, pipeline and instruction level parallelism, memory system design, and input and output systems. Not open to students with credit for CPSC 4381.
CPSC 5382 Compiler Construction and Theory
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. The fundamental principles of compilers such as finite state machines, context free grammar, are studied. The compilation techniques covered include compile and run- time symbol tables, lexical analysis syntax analysis, semantic analysis, object code generation, error diagnostic and optimization. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Not open to students with credit for CPSC 4382.
CPSC 5384 Computer Networks
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. This course is an introduction to the design and analysis of computer networks. The course covers a breadth of topics including computer communications architecture and protocols, local and wide area networks, IP networks, bridging and routing, Ethernet, wireless LANs, sockets programming, and distributed applications. Three hours lecture; three credit hours. Not open to students with credit for CPSC 4382.
CPSC 5388 Smart Software Systems
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. Ability to perform independently and as a team member is absolutely essential. A working knowledge of C, C++, Java and a course in digital logic/ assembly language programming is very much desired. This class will involve extensive independent work with your group and the instructor to plan and implement an embedded software systems project. Three hours lecture; three credit hours. Not open to students with credit for CPSC 4388.
CPSC 7101 Research Methodology
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research in the Integrated Computing field. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the Integrated Computing discipline.
CPSC 7102 Research Tools
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research in the Integrated Computing field. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the Integrated Computing discipline.
CPSC 7103 Research Application
Prerequisites: SYEN / IFSC / CPSC 7101 and 7102. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research in the Integrated Computing field. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the Integrated Computing discipline. Students may with permission of the other Graduate Coordinator concurrently enroll in this course with either SYEN / IFSC /CPSC 7101 or 7102.
CPSC 7190 Graduate Seminar
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. A weekly expository lecture series by the faculty and invited speakers on current research areas.
CPSC 7301 Essentials of Computer Software
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing with an engineering or science degree and at least one programming language of C, C++ or Java. This course introduces students to important concepts and techniques in developing software and internet based applications. Topics include: programming language paradigms, data structures, algorithms and programming environments: compiled versus interpreted environments, web based languages and scripting techniques, data access techniques and support for secure protocols, methods for querying and updating structured web documents and semi structured data. Language issues in the development and management of commercial projects, etc. This course and CPSC 7302 will prepare the science or engineering graduates for the computer science master program and the credit of this course is not counted towards the requirement of the master program. Three hours lecture and three credit hours.
CPSC 7302 Essentials of Computer Systems
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing with an engineering or science degree and at least one programming language of C, C++ or Java. This course takes an integrated approach to cover the major components of the complete computer system: digital logic, computer organization and architecture, programming languages and compilers, and operating systems and computer networks. This course and CPSC 7301 will prepare the science or engineering graduates for the computer science master program and the credit of this course is not counted towards the requirement of the master program. Three hours lecture and three credit hours.
CPSC 7311 Software Engineering
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and a working knowledge of C or C++. An overview of the software development paradigm to include the software life cycle, prototyping and object-orientation; reliability, quality assurance, formal methods, and CASE tools.
CPSC 7312 Parallel Processing
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing; CPSC 2380 and CPSC 3482. Concepts of parallel computing, parallel architectures and interconnection networks; parallel programming and applications; basic paradigms and primitives, programming using PVM and MPI; efficient mapping of programs, automatic parallelization of serial code.
CPSC 7313 Concurrent Software System Architecture
Prerequisite: CPSC 5373 or permission of the instructor based on an existing background in object orientation methodology. This course covers the internal issues of modern software engineering. Topics include requirements of interface definition, notation, and analysis of systems of programs; software systems architecture issues, synchronization while managing shared data stores, and ensuring the architecture supports performance goals; concurrent task structuring criteria; software architecture patterns for common categories of software systems; concurrency support including enforcing mutual exclusion, engineering for deadlock avoidance, and ensuring liveness; design for testability; architecture performance analysis, performance design patterns, and anti-patterns. Three hour lectures. Three credit hours.
CPSC 7314 Integrated Software System Engineering
Prerequisites: CPSC 4373/5373. This course covers the integration related issues of modern software engineering. Topics include but not limited to specification of use cases for a distributed application; design and development concerns such as fault tolerance, reliability, security, interoperability; how these concerns influence the placement of functionality in the distributed environment—subsystem structuring criteria; design that allows upgrades and modifications of installed distributed systems; representation of timing sequences; performance analysis of concurrent and distributed systems; design for testability; distributed architecture design patterns; other issues about testing distributed systems. Three hour lectures. Three credit hours.
CPSC 7321 Operating Systems
Prerequisites: CPSC 3380 and 3482; working knowledge of C, C++, or Java Programming Language, and UNIX. Advanced topics in operating systems; process synchronization, deadlock, concurrency; fault tolerance, protection and security; distributed operating systems, multiprocessor operating systems.
CPSC 7322 Distributed Systems
Prerequisites: CPSC 3380 and 3482; working knowledge of C, C++, or Java Programming Language, and UNIX. Foundations of distributed operating systems; design and implementation of distributed systems; communication methods for open systems; kernel facilities; file management, naming and dock synchronization; transactional services for shared data.
CPSC 7325 Software Security Assessment
Prerequisite: CPSC 5360 or Consent of Instructor. Today’s networked and complex software not only increases number of potential vulnerabilities but also increases risk associated with vulnerabilities. The industry-specific regulations further necessitate building software with the minimum number of vulnerabilities. This course delivers the know-how of dealing with software vulnerabilities. The topics covered include Software Vulnerability Fundamentals, Auditing and Black Box Testing, Design, Implementation, and Operational Vulnerabilities, Design and Operational Review, Attack Surface; Insecure Defaults; Access Control; Secure Channels, Application Review Process, Code-Auditing Strategies, Software Vulnerabilities, Assessing Memory Corruption, Synchronization and State, Vulnerabilities in Practice, Documentation of Findings.
CPSC 7326 Malware Analysis
Prerequisite: CPSC 4360/5360 or Consent of Instructor. Malware, despite the wide-spread use of anti-malware tools, still persists to exist in large-scale. Malware outbreaks can cost businesses large sums of money through business disruption, harming reputation, and recovery efforts. This class offers a thorough analysis of Malware including cutting edge techniques to detect and deal with it. Topics covered include History and Prevalence of Malicious Code, Types of Malicious Code, Infection Mechanisms and Targets, Virus Propagation Mechanisms, Defending against Viruses, Worms and Worm Components, Impediments to Worm Spread, Super Worms, Malicious Mobile Code, Backdoors, Polymorphic Malware, Rootkits, Process for Malware Analysis.
CPSC 7331 Computer Architecture
Prerequisite: CPSC 3482. A study of computer architecture fundamentals; the impact of technology on architecture cost and performance; Instruction Set Architecture; design and analysis of the building blocks of computer systems, including data path, control, and memory hierarchy; recent architectural developments.
CPSC 7332 Advanced Computer Architecture
Prerequisite: CPSC 7331. An in-depth study of recent advances in computer architecture; speedup architectural techniques for high performance computer systems; caches and memory hierarchy; RISC and Superscalar computer architectures.
CPSC 7333 VLSI Design
Prerequisite: CPSC 3482. This course introduces the principles of CMOS VLSI technology and design; design methodologies from concept to implementation of VLSI chips; Mentor Graphics and Cadence software packages that support design, layout, and verification.
CPSC 7334 Digital Systems and Hardware Design Languages
Prerequisites: Computer Science 3482 and working knowledge of . Architecture of a representative 32-bit processor, system building blocks, design conventions; HDL languages; modeling, simulation and verification of the representative processor.
CPSC 7341 Telecommunications and Networking
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Fundamentals of data communications; topologies and transmission media; protocol architecture; LAN, MAN, and WAN systems; network design issues.
CPSC 7342 Advanced Computer Networking
Prerequisite: CPSC 7341. Advanced concepts of computer networks; network hardware and software; preference models; data communications services; network standardization; design issues and their applications.
CPSC 7343 Sensor Networks
Prerequisites: CPSC 4384/5384. This course aims to develop fundamental understanding of sensor network systems. It covers architectures and communications protocols for sensor networks. Node and network architectures, naming and addressing, time synchronization, localization and positioning, topology control, and content-based networking are all covered. At the completion of the course, students will understand how sensor networks work as intelligent and coordinated systems.
CPSC 7351 Database Design
Prerequisite: CPSC 2380 and 3375, Mathematics 2310. Design process, objectives, techniques, syntactic and semantic analysis design; entity relationships model, binary and n-ary relationships, minimality of relations, recursive relationships, role-modeling structures, aggregate objects, conversion methods, implementation models, evaluating design, choosing design methodologies.
CPSC 7352 Advanced Database Issues
Prerequisite: CPSC 7351. Advanced issues in distributed databases, transaction systems, database machines, database mining, expert database systems, object-oriented databases, and extended data models.
CPSC 7361 Computer Graphics
Prerequisites: MATH 1305; working knowledge of C programming. Introduction to computer graphics and graphic systems; output primitives and attributes; two-dimensional graphics: geometric transformations, viewing; three-dimensional graphics: object representation, geometric and modeling transformations and viewing; illumination models and animation; user interface and interactive input.
CPSC 7362 Advanced Computer Graphics
Prerequisite: CPSC 7361. Advanced concepts in two-dimensional graphics and three-dimensional graphics; object representations, geometric and modeling transformations, viewing, NURBS curves and surfaces; texture mapping, visible-surface detection methods, advanced illumination and shading models, color models and color applications; advanced animations.
CPSC 7373 Artificial Intelligence
Prerequisites: CPSC 2380; MATH 1305 or MATH 1312. Undergraduate course work in artificial intelligence would be beneficial but is not required. Study of the major areas of artificial intelligence, including general problem solving, search strategies, heuristics, knowledge representation, machine learning, games, scene analysis, expert systems, robotics, natural language processing, and Al languages.
CPSC 7374 Image Processing
Prerequisites: MATH 1305 or MATH 1312 and a working knowledge of C programming. Study of digital image fundamentals; transformation enhancement, restoration, segmentation, compression, encoding, representation, and description of digital images.
CPSC 7398 Graduate Project
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Students, under faculty supervision, will conduct directed research on a particular problem or area of computer science in some depth, and will produce an appropriate project and report based on their investigations.
CPSC 7399 Selected Topics
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing, consent of instructor. Various topics in applied computer science, selected from the areas of intelligent systems and computer systems design. Offered on demand.
CPSC 7100 – 7400 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing, instructor permission. Provides an opportunity for doctoral students to learn material relevant to their research that is not offered in a regular course. Students must take this course with an instructor who will guide the study. A copy of work done in the course will be submitted at the end of the semester.
CPSC 8100-8600 Thesis
Prerequisite: Consent of thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected problem in computer science culminating in a written, orally defended thesis. Maximum of six hours may be applied to M.S. Variable credit of one to six hours.
CRJU – Criminal Justice
CRJU 5300 Crime and Behavior
Contemporary criminological theories of factors contributing to crime and social disorder.
CRJU 5301 Judicial Process and Behavior
Literature on topics such as judicial selection, impact of court decisions, court procedure, factors affecting decision-making behavior of judges.
CRJU 5302 Law and Society
Role of law in modern society; emphasis on legal theories shaping U.S. legal system, theories of justice, legal reasoning, and application of these theories to real-world problems as introduction to the role of law in helping settle social conflicts.
CRJU 5380 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Law enforcement, judicial, correctional systems of other nations; emphasis on comparison with U.S.
CRJU 7300 Criminological Theory
Original works of criminological theorists from biological, psychological, sociological, and political perspectives; empirical, methodological adequacy of theories and literature; current application as viable explanation of criminal behavior.
CRJU 7301 Pro-seminar
A critical examination of the theoretical, methodological, and policy issues in criminal justice and criminology. Explores organized knowledge about enduring theoretical and policy questions concerning crime and justice; examines the theoretical foundations of crime control, the relationship between criminal justice agencies, and the relationship between the criminal justice system and its social, political, and economic environments. Also provides students with an overview of criminal justice in higher education and requirements of a graduate education.
CRJU 7303 Criminal Justice Systems
This course will discuss the major functional components of the criminal justice system from the historical, philosophical and system perspectives. It will analyze the interrelationships among components, and identify the impact of social and political forces on roles and functions of criminal justice agencies.
CRJU 7304 Criminal Justice Policy
This course is designed to prepare students to understand and influence policy issues in criminal justice. The course will build upon the CJ systems course to provide a base of knowledge in policy analysis, policy research, and working within the system for policy change. This course will be specific to criminal justice policy issues, and will prepare students to complete their public policy thesis.
CRJU 7305 Seminar in Criminal Law
Major concepts of criminal law; includes various states’ approaches to definitions of crimes, criminal responsibility, criminal defenses.
CRJU 7320 Applied Research and Analysis
Examines the major concepts, techniques, and application of statistical methods in criminal justice. Topics include understanding when statistical techniques are appropriate, interpretation of results, organization and presentation of numerical information, and introduction to descriptive statistics.
CRJU 7321 Criminal Justice Organizations and Management
An overview of major theories of criminal justice organizations and management. The course will center on police and correctional organizations but may be applied to any criminal justice organization. Among the topics studies are leadership, personnel, organizational and political environments, and organizational development.
CRJU 7322 Foundations of Policing
Specific aspects of American police agencies’ organizational patterns, administrative problems, community issues, internal role systems.
CRJU 7323 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Overview of ethical theory, doctrines, and controversies in the field of criminal justice. Emphasis is placed on the dilemmas faced by criminal justice practitioners and supervisors seeking to make appropriate ethical judgments and decisions that are in keeping with the goals of justice.
CRJU 7324 Human Resource Management
A number of recent developments, including demographic changes in the labor force increased global competition, experiments with new organizational arrangements, and public policy attention to work force issues have made human resource management increasingly important for law enforcement and correctional managers. This course will cover a broad range of topics associated with HR management specific to the domain of law enforcement and corrections from differing perspectives. Topics covered will include recruiting/selection of employees; training, motivation, and evaluation; retention; discipline and termination; EEO; policy development, and implementation; legal issues and civil liability.
CRJU 7325 Cyber Crime and Information Systems Security
Provides a foundation for the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in analyzing data and making policy decisions. Topics include the use of GIS as a visual representation of demographic and infrastructure data, using GIS to summarize information, and use of GIS computer software.
CRJU 7326 Public Budgeting
Budgeting touches every aspect of the public sector, demanding that anyone concerned with policy making and implementation understand how the process works. This class covers the terminology, components, practices, documents and methods of public budgeting and finance at all levels of government and in the non-profit world. Among other things, students will gain an understanding of the budget process, prepare basic budgets, practice using budge documents to do analysis, learn how to evaluate an organization’s finances using financial reports, and write a financial analysis.
CRJU 7330 Capstone
The criminal justice capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and synthesis of their graduate experiences from both a theoretical and policy framework. The end product, a Capstone Paper, will provide a means for demonstrating mastery of the discipline and a vehicle for future work and study in the criminal justice profession.
CRJU 7331 Community-Based Corrections
Traditional correctional functions; emphasis on development of community diversion and residential programs, involvement of correctional programs in the community.
CRJU 7340 Correctional Administration
Problems with control and treatment of offenders in institutional correctional settings.
CRJU 7341 Teaching Practicum
Prepares students to teach criminology/criminal justice courses. Covers aspects of presentation, pedagogical issues, giving and grading tests, and handling problem students. Also addressed will be expectations and activities involved in being a faculty member.
CRJU 7360 Deviant Behavior
See Psychology 7360.
CRJU 7361 Social Psychology
See Psychology 7361.
CRJU 7370 Juvenile Delinquency Problems
Topics related to juvenile delinquency and prevention in the juvenile justice system.
CRJU 7390 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of program coordinator. Intensive research under faculty supervision or practical experience in a selected criminal justice agency. Requires completion of a research paper.
CRJU 7391 Social Statistics
Logic, uses of statistical analysis in social science research; focus on statistical design of research projects, analysis of computer-generated output, statistical procedures and results; critique of statistical adequacy of related literature.
CRJU 7392 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
Methods and techniques of research in the behavioral sciences. Includes an in-depth analysis of the conceptualization of research and the design of appropriate research strategies. Topics covered include experimental design, questionnaire construction, observational techniques, and qualitative research designs.
CRJU 7393 Seminar on Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Crucial criminal justice topic determined by student interest, available faculty resources; emphasis on exhaustive analysis of literature in the subject area.
CRJU 8193 Dissertation
Requires consent of advisor. Students will work with advisory committee to complete dissertation.
CRJU 8301 Portfolio Preparation
The portfolio will consist of a comprehensive literature review on a topic of interest to the student which is to be selected in consultation with a graduate review committee. The portfolio will include a critique of the relevant literature, including any conflicts that exist in previous research, and direction for future research on the topic. The portfolio must be approved by the student’s graduate review committee. Students are expected to provide an oral presentation on the portfolio to the committee.
CRJU 8302 Policy Portfolio Preparation
This course will facilitate completion of the policy portfolio needed for graduation from the policy track of the MACJ program. Topics covered in this course include review of the literature, to include cases and laws; gathering policies, mandates, and legislation on the topic; research concerning policies of agencies, and qualitative / quantitative research methodologies. the product of the course will be a complete policy portfolio.
CRJU 8303 Thesis
Independent investigation demonstrating knowledge and methods of scholarship and culminating in a written thesis with oral defense. Variable credit of one to three hours.
CRJU 8310 Doctoral Proseminar
Provides a foundation for the study of crime and justice and an introduction to the role of Ph.D.s in criminology/criminal justice. Topics include current trends in higher education, employment and career planning, and the role of academics in reducing crime. The course will also serve as an introduction to the doctoral program and writing refresher for incoming doctoral students.
CRJU 8311 Survey of Theories of Justice
Addresses the theoretical foundation of the justice system in the U.S. Topics include theories related to policing, law, corrections, and juvenile justice. This course provides a foundation for the advanced studies of topics in other courses in the doctoral program.
CRJU 8312 Secondary Data Set Management
Provides an understanding of secondary data sets and how they can be used in analyses and program evaluation. Topics include data cleaning for accuracy and efficiency, recording variables, and preparing data sets for analysis with SPSS.
CRJU 8313 Advanced Criminological Theory
Current works in criminological theory. Addresses updates of classical criminological theories as well as theories and research within the previous ten years.
CRJU 8314 Mixed Methodology
The course provides instruction in advanced methodologies of criminal justice and criminological research. Students will be exposed to a variety of qualitative techniques in addition to quantitative techniques of research methods. CRJU 7392 should be completed prior to taking this class. Enrollment in this course is restricted to students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Students from outside the CRJU Ph.D. program who wish to enroll must have permission of the Criminal Justice graduate coordinator and the professor of records.
CRJU 8315 Multivariate Statistics
This course provides instruction in advanced multivariate statistical application. CRJU 7391 should be completed prior to taking this class.
CRJU 8331 Urban Spatial Structures
Provides an understanding of American cities, how they have changed over time, and how the spacio-temporal characteristics influence criminal behavior.
CRJU 8332 Theories of Neighborhoods and Crime
The goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive theoretical background upon which to conduct research on neighborhoods and crime.
CRJU 8333, Theory and Practice of Spatial Analysis
Advanced analysis of data related to crime in the urban environment. Topics include using Spatial Analyst, CrimeStat III, and other spatial statistics. Theories of neighborhoods and crime will be tested using data on crime and social dynamics.
CRJU 8373 Critical Issues in Criminology
This course is designed to provide in-depth readings on topical subjects that are pertinent to student’s concentration area. Students will be provided with a readings list and will be required to demonstrate analysis of information from that list in the form of papers, presentations, and special topic discussions.
CRJU 8383 Research Practicum
Course goals are to: 1) give students experience in writing grant proposals and obtain funding, 2) give students experience in designing research and putting research in practice, 3) give students practical experience in conducting research, and 4) build on student knowledge in analysis and research in preparation for completing their dissertation.
CRJU 8393 Dissertation
Requires consent of advisor. Students work with advisory committee to complete dissertation.
ECON – Economics
ECON 5350 Applied Econometrics
Prerequisites: ECON 7320 or equivalent. This course will introduce students to the skills used in empirical research, including, but not limited to, data collection, model specification, regression analysis, violations of regression assumptions and corrections, indicator variables, linear restrictions tests, and limited dependent variable models. The course will focus on the intuition and application of econometric methods, and statistical software will be used extensively. Students will be required to complete an independent research project involving the application of regression analysis.
ECON 7100 Foundations of Business
This course provides the foundations necessary for students planning to take more advanced MBA-level courses. This course covers two main topics. The first topic is the market, where we learn how to predict and explain behavior in the marketplace, explain the determination of prices, quantities, and allocation of resources, and calculate and explain elasticity measures. The second topic is the firm, where we learn how to explain and describe the economic costs and profit-maximizing decision-making for a firm.
ECON 7200 Applied Problem Solving
Prerequisite: Passing score on Excel assessment. This course teaches students the art of recognizing business problems and opportunities, understanding the decision process and the role that statistical tools play in analyzing, summarizing, and converting data into useful information for gaining insight and making sound business decisions. Emphasis is placed on using statistical tools and judgment to solve problems. This course prepares students with core knowledge that can be used for discipline-specific data analysis and decision making.
ECON 7300 Economic Principles
MBA Foundation Course. Theory of the individual firm in the economy; utility, demand theory, elasticity; cost and price determination, income distribution; macroeconomic analysis of income, employment, prices, business fluctuations, monetary system, elements of international trade.
ECON 7313 Economics and Global Business
Prerequisite: ECON 7100 or passing score on assessment. MBA Core Course or MS in MIS Elective. The use of economic analysis in managerial decision making. Microeconomic topics include information asymmetries relating to agency and adverse selection, the firm’s horizontal and vertical structure, demand theory and estimation, market structure analysis, marginal analysis, game theory, and pricing policies. Macroeconomic topics include international trade and the effect of monetary and fiscal policies on the firm’s macroeconomic environment.
ECON 7320 Quantitative Analysis
MBA Foundation Course. Introductory calculus and statistics with applications in business, including topics such as differential and integral calculus, descriptive statistics, probability theory, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.
ECON 7322 Econometrics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7321 or consent of instructor. Application of statistics, mathematics to economic problems; economic models formulation, measurement, verification, prediction.
ECON 7324 Environmental and Resource Economics for Managers
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7300; permission of instructor to permit non- MBA graduate students to enroll. This course presents the theoretical and applied aspects of resource use and environmental issues that are faced by managers in modern business settings. Economic efficiency is defined and explored and employed throughout the course as a means of approaching resource and environmental problems. Case examples of pollution problems and resource misuse are introduced as a means of understanding economic efficiency.
ECON 7330 Public Sector Economics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7300 or consent of instructor. Theory of public goods, allocation techniques; welfare economics, welfare politics concepts and critique; revenue sources, equity considerations and impact; public sector budgeting; theory, concepts of fiscal federalism.
ECON 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation courses, 12 credits of Core requirements, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on an approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
ECON 8200 Economic Principles
Only open to Executive MBA students. Theory of the individual firm in the economy; utility, demand theory, elasticity, cost, and price determination, and strategic position of the firm in an industry.
ECON 8210 Economic Strategy
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisite: ECON 8200. A systematic study of economic forces affecting the business firm and their impact on corporate strategy.
ECON 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance and interest in economics.
ECON 8320 Statistical Methods in Business
Only open to Executive MBA students. Statistical analysis with applications in business. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. Theoretical concepts are reinforced through the use of computer projects.
EDAS – Educational Administration and Supervision
EDAS 7300 Foundations of Educational Administration
Co-requisite: EDAS 7305 or 7307. This course will provide the student with an introduction to the organization and leadership theoretical knowledge base with practical application for school administrators.
EDAS 7301 Administration and Assessment of Curricular Programs
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300, 7302, 7303, 7305, 7304. An introduction to the concepts involved in the planning, organization, administration, and evaluation of curricular programs that are aligned with instructional and assessment techniques.
EDAS 7302 School Finance and Human Resource Allocation
A study of school finance concepts and the allocation of human resources within the education system.
EDAS 7303 Education Law and Ethics
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300; 7304; 7305. A study of legal concepts, issues relating to public school administration.
EDAS 7304 Supervision of Learning Services
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300 and 7305. This course will provide the student with acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to administrative supervision and evaluation, with opportunities for application to practice in supervising learning services.
EDAS 7305 The Principalship
Co-requisite: EDAS 7300. This course will provide the student with the acquisition of knowledge and application of practice for administration of elementary schools including pre-K through early childhood grades.
EDAS 7309 Building Coalitions in School and Community
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300 Foundations of Educational Administration and EDAS 7305 or 7307 Elementary or Secondary Principalship. This course will provide the student with the knowledge and dispositions needed to facilitate and engage in collaborating with families and community members, respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources that promote the success of all children.
EDAS 7310 Facilitating School Improvement
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300 Foundations of Educational Administration and EDAS 7305 The Principalship. This course provides the student with the acquisition of knowledge and application of practice for analyzing, initiating, managing, and evaluating the process related to organizational change for school improvement.
EDAS 7343 Workshop
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300. (For prospective, practicing, administrators, supervisors). Experiences; development of special skills.
EDAS 7380 Administrative Internship
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300, 7302, 7303, 7304, 7305. This course will provide the student with significant opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge, and develop and practice administrative skills in diverse settings under the direction of a school and/or school district administrative mentor and the university.
EDAS 7391 Independent Study in Educational Administration
Specific topic of student’s interest in educational administration.
EDAS 8300 Educational Specialist Seminar and Scholarly Writing
Education specialist concentration in preparation for advanced graduate studies with a focus on scholarly writing.
EDAS 8301 Group Dynamics and Behavior in Learning Organizations
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300. This course will provide the student with an introduction to theoretical knowledge and an understanding of implications related to group dynamics and behavior specific to team building and group collaboration for leaders in educational organizations.
EDAS 8303 Advanced Seminar in School Law and Ethics
Prerequisites: EDAS 7300 and 7303. The advanced study of legal and ethical concepts and issues related to executive management of educational institutions.
EDAS 8305 School Personnel Administration
Techniques, practices of administering school personnel programs.
EDAS 8307 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Educational Policies
Education as a socio-cultural phenomenon; fundamental differences in views of educational aims and values in a historical context.
EDAS 8308 Central Office and Special Programs Administration
Prerequisite: EDAS 7300. Board-administration relationships, organizational theory and practice, unique requirements of administering special programs in school districts, special schools, service centers; includes special, multicultural, gifted and talented education.
EDAS 8310 Directed Readings in Educational Administration
Prerequisite: consent of advisor. Current writings; evaluation of research base, assessment of authors’ hypotheses; knowledge of current research, theory.
EDAS 8311 The Superintendency
This course addresses the theory and practice of such areas as superintendent-board relation, strategic planning, professional negotiation, leadership style, and school climate from the superintendent’s perspective.
EDAS 8312 School Business Management/Facilities Planning
This course will provide the student with acquisition of knowledge and application of practice of school personnel administration.
EDAS 8313 School and Community Relations
The course presents principles and practices in developing and maintaining appropriate school/community relationships, opinion analysis communication processes, and decision making patterns.
EDAS 8314 Contemporary Issues and Trends in Educational Administration
The course will provide the student with the opportunity to investigate contemporary issues and trends related to educational administration and examine problems and solutions that are of current concern for school organizations.
EDAS 8315 Administrative Problem Analysis
A practical examination of the skills and knowledge needed to do problem analysis (problem finding, problem solving, problem sharing, participatory decision making, and leadership sharing) for school problem situations.
EDAS 8316 Collective Negotiations
The history of the public school labor movement in the United States and in the state of Arkansas, and the role of the educational Administrators in the negotiations and contract administration process.
EDAS 8317 Politics and Policy Analysis
Theory, practice of policy making; political influences brought to bear on policy issues in education.
EDAS 8320 Advanced Administrative Leadership Theory
An in-depth examination of theoretical concepts underpinning educational administration and the relationships of theories to current research and practice.
EDAS 8330 Organizational Systems Analysis, Design, and Change
An in-depth examination of theoretical concepts related to educational organizational structures and the study of conceptual models used for organizational analysis, design and organizational change in education.
EDAS 8380 Administrative Internship in the Central Office
Prerequisites: 24 graduate hours in educational administration. This course will provide the student with significant opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge, and develop and practice administrative skills in diverse setting under the direction of a district/central office administrative mentor and the university.
EDAS 8381 Administrative Internship in the Central Office
Prerequisites: 24 graduate hours in educational administration and completion of EDAS 8380 Administrative Internship in the Central Office. This course will provide the student with significant opportunity to synthesize and apply knowledge, and develop and practice administrative skills in diverse setting under the direction of a district/central office administrative mentor and the university.
EDAS 9300 Doctoral Seminar and Scholarly Writing
Prerequisite: program admission. Orientation to doctoral studies, program procedures, dissertation issues, reflecting the expectations of the course standards consistent with the requirements of the Arkansas Department of Education, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
EDAS 9199-9999 Dissertation
Prerequisites: completion of all course work, consent of instructor. Development of a doctoral-level dissertation.
EDAS 9390 Dissertation Colloquium
Development of various components of doctoral-level dissertation proposal.
EDFN – Educational Foundations
EDFN 7142, 7242, 7342 Seminar
Topics related to educational foundations concepts. Offered on demand.
EDFN 7143, 7243, 7343 Workshop
Hands-on experiences related to education; topics vary. Offered on demand.
EDFN 7302 Introduction to Program Evaluation
Covers select models of summative and formative evaluation with a focus on social science methods of inquiry for the purpose of evaluating programs in education, government and non-profit agencies, the health professions, and the military. Topics include organizational goals, models of program evaluation, accountability evidence, research methods and techniques, data-driven decisions, justifying conclusions, and report writing with clarity. Students will design a program evaluation that attends to diversity, sensitivity, and has value to a broad range of stakeholders.
EDFN 7303 Introduction to Educational Research
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to applied research in education across the major quantitative, qualitative, and action research traditions. Focus is on understanding the research process and its integrated components and evaluating published research reports from the perspective of a critical consumer. Topics include scientific reasoning, types of variables and hypotheses; sampling; data collection and instrumentation; control procedures; common experimental, non-experimental, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs; data analysis; and research critiques and proposals.
EDFN 7304 Basic Statistics
Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics used in education and data-driven decision making. Topics include commonly used descriptive statistics, exploratory data analysis, standardized scores, inferential reasoning, hypothesis testing, and parametric and nonparametric procedures and their assumptions including t-tests, one-way analysis of variance, correlation coefficients, bivariate regression, and chi-square. Emphasis is on understanding the logical bases of statistical tests of significance, selecting appropriate data analysis techniques, and using statistical software and interpreting its output.
EDFN 7305 Introduction to Program Evaluation
Covers select models of summative and formative evaluation with a focus on social science methods of inquiry for the purpose of evaluating programs in education, government and non-profit agencies, the health professions, and the military. Topics include organizational goals, models of program evaluation, accountability evidence, research methods and techniques, data-driven decisions, justifying conclusions, and report writing with clarity. Students will design a program evaluation that attends to diversity, sensitivity, and has value to a broad range of stakeholders.
EDFN 7307 History and Philosophy of Education
Historical, philosophical factors and trends; their effect on American education.
EDFN 7308 Multicultural Education Trends and Issues
Multicultural education movement in the U.S., selected western industrial nations; includes historical development, goals, implementation.
EDFN 7313 Learning Theories and Instructional Applications
Major theories of human learning and psychological principles of learning for instruction, including systematic instructional design and models of effective instruction; contemporary issues with implications for practice.
EDFN 7314 Cognition and Instruction
Prerequisite: EDFN 7313. Exploration of recent developments in cognition and the implications for instructional practices resulting from theory and research in cognitive psychology.
EDFN 7320 Advanced Educational Psychology
Prerequisite: EDFN 7313. This course addresses a variety of contemporary issues that affect academic performance. Topics are organized around the traditional categories of learning, identity development, motivation, discipline, and assessment. Students study different theoretical approaches to articulate and ultimately defend a personal theory of learning and teaching.
EDFN 7330 Human Development
Prerequisite: graduate standing. A lifespan perspective that addresses cognitive, physical, social and emotional development from birth through late adulthood. Special emphasis on developmental factors that effect schooling (P-12).
EDFN 7370 Educational Assessment
Assessment, evaluation; role of measurement in education and human service agencies; psychometric properties of norm- referenced and criterion-referenced tests; construction of test items with specialized considerations for atypical populations such as young children, culturally different, and those with exceptionalities; use and interpretation of standardized tests in educational settings.
EDFN 7373 Qualitative Research Methods
Prerequisite: EDFN 7303. This course has primarily a twofold purpose: to expose students to the knowledge base, tradition, and theory of qualitative research. While introductory in nature, this course allows students to explore theoretical underpinnings as well as consider methodological strategies in preparation for designing a research project and writing it up for presentation.
EDFN 8301 Instructional Research and Data Management
Prerequisite: EDFN 7303. Application of research methods and data analysis techniques to the study of instruction and reflective practice. Topics include models of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research; the application of research designs in the classroom; control procedures; evaluation research; and data analysis including statistical software and approaches to analyzing qualitative data. Note: This is a project-based course and requires a research proposal or completed action research.
EDFN 8305 Intermediate Statistics
Prerequisite: EDFN 7304. A second course in statistics that covers the more complex analyses used in education and data- driven decision making. Topics include simple and multiple linear regression, one- and two-factor fixed factor analysis of variance, random and mixed model analysis of variance, randomized block, hierarchical analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance. Emphasis is on further understanding the logical bases of statistical tests of significance, selecting appropriate data analysis techniques, and using statistical software and interpreting its output.
EDFN 8306 Advanced Educational Research
Prerequisites: EDFN 7303, EDFN 7304. A second course in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research designs commonly used in education. Topics include the philosophy of science, research problems, control procedures, sampling designs, measurement procedures, data collection strategies, and approaches to data analysis. Focus is on complex designs across the research traditions, writing critical reviews, and writing research proposals that include sound methodology.
EDFN 8308 Advanced Statistics
Prerequisites: EDFN 8305. An advanced course in statistics that covers complex analyses used in education and data-driven decision making. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance, loglinear analysis, discriminate function, canonical correlation, and an introduction to structural equation modeling and confirmatory factor analysis. Emphasis is placed on providing solid skill in the use of the major statistical software packages for the purposes of program evaluation or other advanced analysis requirements.
EDFN 8310 Applied Measurement in Research and Analysis
Prerequisite: EDFN 8305 and 8306. Theoretical bases of measurement in education, applied measurement techniques, and practical approaches to the design and analysis of data collection instruments. Topics include psychometrics, scale construction, and instrument design and development.
EDFN 8383 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
Prerequisite: EDFN 7373. A second course that is designed to provide students with an in-depth exploration into the philosophy, theory and practice of naturalistic inquiry. Students will explore the philosophical foundation of post modern research. Furthermore, students will study a variety of qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing methods. Students will conduct a research study and receive feedback on the study’s design specific to a single tradition of qualitative inquiry, on data collection, on data analysis, and on drafting the narrative.
ENGL – English
ENGL 5116, 5216, 5316 Seminar in Creative Writing
Prerequisites: ENGL 3398, 3399, or consent of instructor. Study and practice in creative writing. Class discussion/studio workshop/field placement. May be repeated when the topic varies. Offered in summer.
ENGL 5202 Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
A methods course which is team taught by the English and rhetoric and writing departments. The topics will include making classroom presentations, managing small group work, responding to student writing, evaluation, and using secondary school literature and composition textbooks, approaches to teaching literature, and writing as a way to reading. It should be taken in conjunction with RHET 5202.
ENGL 5315 World Englishes
A study of national, regional, and social varieties of English with special attention to the political, cultural, and economic issues facing the use of English as a world language or lingua franca. Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 3311 or ENGL 3313. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ENGL 5315. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5317 Literary Linguistics
An application of recent theories and methodologies of linguistics and language arts to the reading, analysis, and appreciation of literature. Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 3311 or ENGL 3313. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as ENGL 5317. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5324 Shakespeare
Selected works, including the major comedies and tragedies. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5325 Teaching Shakespeare
Prerequisites: graduate standing, undergraduate major or minor in English or equivalent consent of instructor. Pedagogical focus on teaching Shakespeare’s plays in the elementary and secondary schools by using performance activities. Special emphasis on the four Shakespearean plays most often taught (Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet); one comedy and one history play will be included by titles, may change each time course is offered.
ENGL 5328 Seventeenth-Century Literature
English poetry and prose from 1600 to 1660, with emphasis on Donne and Milton. ENGL 5332 Mid and Late Eighteenth-Century Literature Later Pope, the novel, Johnson. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5341 Romantic Poetry
Representative works of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5343 Victorian Literature
Prerequisites: graduate standing. Representative writers, including Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and Hopkins. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5355 Readings in European Fiction
Prerequisite: graduate status. This course will focus on representative readings in European fiction from the eighteenth century to the present (in translation).
ENGL 5364 Modern Poetry
Representative readings in modern English and American poetry including works by Hopkins, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, and Eliot. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5365 Modern Novel
Reading of American and British novels of the Modernist Period. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5367 Short Story Survey
Wide reading of American and foreign short fiction. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5369 The Form and Theory of Poetry
Survey of the form, techniques, and theories of poetry, emphasizing the views of poets. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5370 Seminar in Language or Literature
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Selected topics in language or literature. May be repeated when the topic differs. Offered in fall. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5381 American Fiction
Representative readings in the development of American literature. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5398 Fiction Writing II
Prerequisites: ENGL 2336, 3319, or consent of the instructor. Continued study and practice in the writing of fiction. Class discussion/workshop and individual conferences. Three credit hours.
ENGL 5399 Poetry Writing II
Prerequisites: ENGL 2336, 3319, or consent of the instructor. Continued study and practice in the writing of poetry. Class discussion/workshop and individual conferences. Three credit hours.
ENGL 7100, 7200 Independent Study
Students will work with an instructor on a project designed to apply critical thinking skills to specialized knowledge in one of the areas of English literature or linguistics. Students may work on evaluating primary and secondary sources, exploring one or more critical methodologies, and/or constructing research plans for further work. Limited to a total of three credit hours. Prerequisites: graduate standing, a current secondary teaching job, or secondary certification in English or a related area. For graduate students and working teachers, each of these courses focuses on one or more literary works or areas commonly taught in secondary schools. Each course covers particular texts, current interpretations and approaches, useful teaching methods, resources currently available (videos, CD-ROMs, etc.) and classroom assignments and activities.
ENGL 7312 Linguistic Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing (assumes knowledge of traditional grammar). Examination of English grammar in current objective, scientific terms; focus on how English sentences are structured.
ENGL 7320 Seminar in Linguistics
Prerequisites: graduate standing, background in formal language analysis related to the seminar topic or consent of instructor. Advanced topics in linguistic analysis including syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition; work with primary sources in the area of study. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Offered on demand.
ENGL 7360 Seminar in Literature
Prerequisites: graduate standing; undergraduate English minor or equivalent or consent of instructor. Major author in either British or American literature; author may change each time course is offered.
ENGL 7369 Seminar in Analysis of Literary Form
Prerequisites: graduate standing; undergraduate English minor or equivalent or consent of instructor. Selected literary texts representing a variety of eras, modes; substantial body of criticism of those texts reflecting a variety of methods, theories.
ENGL 7150, 7250, 7350 New Perspectives in Teaching Literature
ENHS – Environmental Health Sciences
The Department of Environmental Health Science has no graduate programs; however, many of the department’s courses are used in other programs.
ENHS 5199, 5299, 5399 Special Topics in Environmental Health Sciences
Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Topics include specialized areas of environmental health sciences. Credit varies depending on depth of content. One to three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
ENHS 5410 Environmental Planning
Prerequisites: ENHS 2320, or consent of instructor. The planning process and evaluation methods applicable to various environmental programs are addressed. Resource allocation and procurement topics are included as appropriate to environmental planning. Case studies are presented which include areas such as watershed planning, land use, solid and hazardous wastes, air quality, and energy. Group discussions, role playing exercises, computer exercises and field study tasks will supplement class lectures.
ENHS 5415 Environmental Impact Analysis
Prerequisites: ENHS 3310, ENHS 3340 or 3350, RHET 3316, BIOL 3303 and 3103, STAT 4350, or consent of the instructor. This course provides individuals with knowledge and skills necessary to prepare and review environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental impact statements (EISs). The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its key components are presented for discussion. Case studies and group discussions are used to supplement class lectures. Field and laboratory exercises appropriate to the environmental impact analysis (EIA) process will be presented and used to prepare an EA for a selected site.
ENHS 5430 Environmental Epidemiology
ENHS 3340 or 3350, BIOL 2401, STAT 4350, or consent of the instructor. The principles of environmental epidemiology are introduced with specific emphasis on its application to various environmental settings. Statistical methods used for analyzing environmental epidemiological data are introduced. Computer applications will be presented in lecture and laboratory sessions. The role of environmental epidemiology in anti- bioterrorism programs will be presented. Lectures will be supplemented with laboratory computer exercises, site visits, and field studies.
ERSC – Earth Science
ERSC 5100, 5200, 5300 Independent Problems
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. This course offers the student an independent laboratory or field study of a problem in the earth sciences in consultation with an instructor. Credit varies per problem topic.
ERSC 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. This course offers study in advanced and specialized topics in the geological sciences especially those of current interest. Refer to the semester’s schedule for the special topics offered. Credit will vary depending upon the course topic.
ERSC 5322 Environmental Geology
Prerequisite: ERSC 1302/1102 and MATH 1302 or consent of instructor. Humans as a geologic agents, geologic hazards in the environment, geology and land use studies, urban geology, and case histories. Dual-listed as ERSC 4322. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.
ERSC 5323 Geology of Arkansas
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302/1102 or 1303/1103 or consent of instructor. Regional geomorphology, structure, stratigraphy, and paleontology of Arkansas. Includes field trips to Ozark dome, Ouachita fold belt, Arkansas Valley, and Mississippi Embayment/Gulf Coastal Plain. Dual-listed as ERSC 4323. Three hours lecture per week, field trips. Three credit hours.
ERSC 5371 Engineering Geology
The study of the interaction of rock, soil, and geologic processes with the engineering activities of man by applying geological data, techniques and principles. The integration of geological, geotechnical and geophysical investigative methods will be emphasized. Lecture topics will include soil and rock mechanics and rock deformation, the assessment of the spatial-temporal variability of sub surface material, slop stability analysis and slope failure mitigation, earthquake engineering, hydrologic systems management, and the application of GIS and geology. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Three credit hours.
ERSC 5373 Hydrogeology
Prerequisites: MATH 1302 or 1311; ERSC 3310; Co-requisite CHEM 1402 Ground water occurrence, flow, porosity, permeability, aquifer analysis, geology of ground water, water well logging, well development, case histories, field methods, hydrogeologic planning. Three hours lecture per week. Offered in spring on even years.
ERSC 5391 Cooperative Education in Earth Science
Prerequisites: Consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Dual listed as ERSC 4391. Three credit hours.
ERSC 5419 Geomorphology
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302, ERSC 1102, ERSC 3320, or consent of instructor. The study of form and process at the Earth’s surface. The interactions between erosional and depositional processes at the Earth’s surface with tectonic processes operating within the Earth are examined with respect to landform evolution. Laboratory includes the analysis of maps, digital imagery, and field applications of GPS/GIS technology. Dual-listed as ERSC 4419. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory or field study per week. Four credit hours.
ERSC 5421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites: consent of instructor. This course introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. The lecture portion of the course focuses on the data models used to represent spatial features and on the processes involved in creating, acquiring, analyzing, and displaying georeferenced information. The laboratory portion of this course employs a project-based methodology including applications from geology, biology, environmental science, and political science to foster basic GIS software proficiency. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.
ERSC 5422 Applied GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
Prerequisites: BIOL/ERSC 4421/5421 or consent of instructor. This course builds on the fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Introduction to GIS. It focuses on advanced applications in GIS with an emphasis on problem-solving, advanced analysis techniques, and satabase management. Two lecture hours per week, four laboratory hours. Four credit hours.
ERSC 5426 Introduction to Remote Sensing
Prerequisites: ERSC/BIOL 4421/5421 or consent of instructor. This course introduces the fundamentals of manipulating and interpreting the electromagnetic spectrum. The lecture portion of the class covers concepts of remote sensing, including how data is collected, processed, analyzed, and interpreted. The lab portion of the class is focused on building proficiency in several images processing software programs and the use of spatial data for problem-solving in science. Dual listed as ERSC 4426. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory or field study per week. Four credit hours.
ERSC 5473 Hydrogeology
Prerequisites: ERSC 1302/1102 or ERSC 1303/1103 and MATH 1302 or higher. Ground water occurrence, flow, porosity, permeability, aquifer analysis, geology of ground water, water well logging, water chemistry, water quality, well development, case histories, field methods, hydrogeologic planning. Dual-listed as ERSC 4473. Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Four credit hours.
ERSC 7399 Selected Topics
ERSC 7399 Selected Topics
Prerequisites: four undergraduate geology hours, professional experience in some area of earth science, consent of instructor. Topics include modern geology, meteorology, oceanography; assists professionals to remain current in these rapidly expanding fields; laboratory emphasis on creative problem solving, field trips. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week. Offered in summer.
FINC – Finance
FINC 5320 Bank Financial Management
MBA Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100. Analysis and management of the asset and liability portfolio of depository financial institutions. Not open to students with credit for FINC 4320.
FINC 5383 Applied Equity Analysis
MBA Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 3350 for undergraduate or FINC 7320 for graduate credit, and consent of instructor. Using modern models of equity valuation, students analyze company and industry data, estimate fair value for equities, and then present their recommendations to a panel of industry experts. Once approved, the students’ equity selections will then be implemented in the Ford Investment Trust. Students must apply to enroll in the course; check with the Department for application forms and deadlines. Enrollment is limited to 15 students, no more than 5 of whom may be graduate students.
FINC 7100 Finance Fundamentals
Prerequisite: ACCT 7100, passing score on Excel assessment. This course provides students with the essential skills required to successfully complete the FINC 7311 course. The course will cover financial statement and cashflow analysis, time value of money and its applications to both financial and real assets, and risk and rates of return.
FINC 7301 Financial Management
MBA Foundation Course. Prerequisites: ACCT 7302, ECON 7300, and ECON 7320 or equivalent. Financial resources management; emphasis on financial statement analysis, time value of money, valuation of financial assets, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital asset pricing, capital structure and dividend policy.
FINC 7311 Applied Corporate Finance
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304, ECON 7313, or Concurrent MGMT 7280 FINC 7100 or Passing Score on finance assessment. This course fully develops the analysis of financial statements and cash flow and then examines the investment and financing decisions are discussed in the context of information asymmetry, potential agency problems, and corporate governance. The course stresses the application of finance theory to real life business situations through the use of case studies.
FINC 7320 Advanced Investment Analysis
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7301 or equivalent. Evaluation of capital markets, analytical techniques useful for security analysis; emphasis on analysis of stocks, bonds in portfolio management.
FINC 7323 Bank Financial Management
Prerequisite: FINC 7301 or equivalent. Analysis and management of the asset and liability portfolio of depository financial institutions.
FINC 7325 Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100. Explores financing alternatives and concepts as they relate to new and growing ventures. Among the financing alternatives discussed are debt financing from banks, SBIC’s and other asset based lenders, and equity financing from angel investors, private placements, venture capitalists, and private equity markets. Students are required to analyze financing needs and use firm valuation methods.
FINC 7330 Insurance and Risk Management
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100 or equivalent. Nature of risk; risk management concept; relationship of risk management to business functions; insurance’s nature, role as a risk management technique in business, personal affairs; includes property, liability, personal insurance lines.
FINC 7335 International Finance
MBA Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7301 or equivalent. Multinational corporate finance; practices and problems in international finance; balance of payments and foreign exchange problems; recent trends and developments in international finance.
FINC 7340 Real Estate Markets
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Real estate analysis; includes real estate typology, elements of real property law, basic contractual arrangements in real estate business, sources of financing, market-comparison valuation, government policies affecting real estate and local zoning, real estate taxation practices. (For business-oriented students with no real estate background).
FINC 7350 Financial Institutions and Organizations
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: FINC 7100 or equivalent. Functions of financial intermediaries; assets, liabilities management analysis; historical highlights, future growth prospects; problems, solutions.
FINC 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation courses, 12 credits of Core courses, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
FINC 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance and interest in finance.
FINC 8310 Financial Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: ACCT 8400, ECON 8200 and ECON 8320. The application of financial management concepts to a firm. Topics include financial statement analysis, time value of money, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital asset pricing, capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, capital structure, and other special topics.
FINC 8311 Financial Planning
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: FINC 8310. Examines the two major decisions of financial managers-the investment decision and the financial decision-from the perspective of value creation. Further develops the financial theory presented in the introductory course with applications to specific cases. Topics include financial forecasting, cost of capital, capital structure, capital budgeting, long-term financing, business valuation and the market for corporate control.
GEOG – Geography
Courses in Geography
GEOG 5300 Special Topics
Prerequisites: nine geography hours (or nine hours in an associated discipline that complements the topic), consent of instructor. Topics of contemporary interest and demand; focused to permit in-depth understanding of issue.
GEOG 5321 Geomorphology
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. See ERSC 5321.
GEOG 5332 Population Geography
Global, national, and sub-national population process, issues, and policies. Emphasis on basic demographic components of fertility, mortality, and migration; on population structures; factors that influence the demographic components and the population structures over time.
GERO – Gerontology
GERO 5315 Interdisciplinary Health Care of the Elderly
Designed to increase clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes of students in the health professions and other fields related to health promotion and maintenance for the elderly. In-depth exploration of the multiple factors associated with the physiological process of aging, psychosocial developmental tasks, and typical environments of aged persons. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as GERO 4315. Three credit hours.
GERO 5346 Family in Late Life
Prerequisite: GERO 2300. Family life of the elderly, including late-life marital relationships; widowhood and living alone; relations with children, grandchildren, siblings, and other kin; alternative and innovative lifestyles; family neglect and abuse of the elderly; and demographic and structural changes in the family and society that affect these matters. Exploration of dynamic and therapeutic models of family problems and process to provide a foundation of concepts for later training in counseling families with elderly members. The family as a natural support system for the elderly, along with the potential and limitations of such a system in a context of community support networks, will be core concepts. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as GERO 4346. Three credit hours.
GERO 5385 Topics Seminar
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Special topics of critical and current interest to those interested and involved in the aging field. Topics range from Social Security, legislation affecting the elderly, and targeted programs to clinical and research developments in aging and life-span developmental issues. May be taken more than once under different topics. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as GERO 4385. Three credit hours.
HHPS – Health, Human Performance and Sport Management
HHPS 5340 Adapted Physical Education K-12
This course presents the philosophy and methods pertaining to the adaptation of physical education for handicapped and exceptional students. A basic knowledge of handicapped conditions and the complications thereof for participating in physical education along with classroom, laboratory and practical experience will be provided to increase the awareness of the handicapped and to facilitate the application of knowledge to real life situations. Three hours of lecture per week.
HHPS 5350 Methods and Techniques of Teaching Physical Education 6-12
Prerequisites: HHPS 3320, HHPS 3210, and HHPS 3310, or department approval. This course provides a detailed review of the analysis and application of the major responsibilities and competencies required for teaching physical education 6-12. Emphasis is on learning the State Standards for Physical Education, Wellness, & Leisure (SSPEWL) K-12 licensure requirements and preparation for the ETS PRAXIS Series exams. This is the designated capstone course for the BS in Health Human Performance and Sport Management: emphasis in Health and Exercise Science, Minor in Secondary Education. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as HSCI 4350. Three hours lecture per week. Three credits hours.
HHPS 5371 Health Education Concepts and Applications
Concepts, philosophy, applications in public, private, professional, commercial organizations that exist to improve, maintain health. Three hours lecture per week. Offered in fall on even years.
HHPS 5373 Controversial Issues in Health Education
Health issues as influenced by laws, public opinion, scientific knowledge; current controversial issues in health education. (Also offered each summer in conjunction with Mid-South Summer School on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, usually last full week in June.) Three hours lecture per week. Offered on demand.
HHPS 5378 Organization and Administration of Health Education Programs
Prerequisites: HHPS 2303 and HHPS 4380 or department approval. This course is designed to provide a foundation in the organization and management of community-based health education programs. The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of management, administration and leadership; as well as, demonstrate their application in a variety of health education, health promotion and wellness programs. Dual listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as HHPS 4378. This course is not open to students with credit for HHPS 4378. Three hours lecture per week. Three credits hours.
HHPS 5399 HHPS Special Topics
Prerequisite: HHPS 2330. Selected topics in specialized areas of health education, human performance, and sport management. Course topics will be announced in advance. Three credit hour lecture course.
HHPS 5430 Epidemiology: Environmental & Health
The principles of health and environmental epidemiology are introduced with specific emphasis on its application to various health and environmental settings. Statistical methods used for analyzing health and environmental epidemiological data are introduced. Computer applications will be presented in lecture and laboratory sessions. The role of health and environmental epidemiology in anti-terrorism programs will be presented. Lectures will be supplemented with laboratory computer exercises, site visits, and field studies.
HHPS 7301 Research Methods in Health Sciences
This course provides an overview examination of research methods applicable to the study of individual and group behavior. The course will interface behavioral theory, research design and methods, and data analysis/interpretation. The course will serve as an introduction and practical guide to conducting and critically evaluating health sciences and health behavior research.
HHPS 7302 Basic Statistics in Heath Sciences
A study of fundamental statistical concepts and techniques including descriptive and inferential parametric/non-parametric tests.
HHPS 7303 Evaluation of Health Programs
This course is an introductory course in evaluation designed for practitioners. The course content includes rationales for evaluation; political, organizational, theoretical, and educational aspects of evaluation; and methods to implement a sound evaluation.
HHPS 7310 Theoretical Foundations of Health Education
This course explores the role of theory in shaping research and practice in health promotion and education, as well as historical and ongoing interaction between health education and the applied social sciences.
HHPS 7311 Concepts and Methods of Health Education
Fundamental principles and practices of public health promotion including history, ethics, cultural competence, professional responsibilities, overview of theory and models, and selection and implementation of instructional methods.
HHPS 7313 Advanced Statistics for Health Science
This course will introduce students to applied multivariable, multivariate, and data modeling analyses approaches used in health sciences research. Successful completion of HHPS 7302 (or equivalent) and permission of instructor required for enrollment.
HHPS 7314 Health Education Curriculum Development
The major focus of this course is on curriculum development and program planning in health promotion and education on a micro level. Practical aspects of curriculum development and program planning are emphasized. Learning theory and learning styles are discussed as they relate to health education curricula and program planning.
HHPS 7320 Curriculum Development in Physical Education
This course focuses on the content and process of PK-12 Physical Education curriculum development for the public schools.
HHPS 7321 Advanced Motor Learning
This course focuses on the advanced study of principles/ theories of human motor learning, behavior and performance.
HHPS 7322 Administration of Physical Education and Sport
This course covers basic managerial theories and practices required to administer physical education and health programs in elementary, secondary schools and athletic settings.
HHPS 7323 Biomechanics
This course is designed to provide an advanced study of biomechanical concepts and their application to human movement and sport skills.
HHPS 7324 Advanced Exercise Physiology
This course applies physiological principles to exercise circumstance and includes critical analysis of the effect of exercise on human physiologic function with in-depth examination of current literature.
HHPS 7325 Sports and Exercise Nutrition
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. The Sports and Exercise Nutrition course is a study of the scientific basis of nutrition and diet on physical performance and health. Topics include energy metabolism, substrate utilization, and measurement of energy expenditure, thermoregulation, fluid balance, rehydration, weight control, eating disorders, ergogenic aids, meal planning and evaluation.
HHPS 7326 Lab Techniques in Exercise Science
This course focuses on collecting and analyzing human data using various measurement devices often utilized in exercise science settings. The primary focus is to teach students how to work with human subjects in a research setting with various measurement devices. Furthermore, this course will also review research methodologies specific to certain types of data collections.
HHPS 7327 Neuromechanics
This course focuses on neurophysiology and motor control of human movements, specifically focusing on the central and peripheral control systems and their interaction. This course also addresses how injuries of the head and spine and neuromuscular diseases (e.g., MS, CP, Parkinson’s) affect human movement.
HHPS 7330 Management and Leadership in Sport Organizations
This course emphasizes the management and leadership components of sport organizations. Specifically, the course will focus on the means of improving performance and satisfaction within sport organizations. Several areas will be discussed such as developing goals, decision making, strategic planning, leadership styles, and human resource management with the objective of developing a management and leadership philosophy.
HHPS 7331 Sport Law
This course is a study of legal issues affecting the delivery of sport services; focuses on liability in sport activities.
HHPS 7333 Issues and Ethics in Sports Management
Students will study ethical theories, moral reasoning, and ethical decision-making, and their value for sport managers. The application of ethical decision-making approaches relative to the major issues currently facing sport managers, and their impact on the operation of sport programs will also be addressed.
HHPS 7334: Sport Marketing
Students will develop an understanding and skill in the marketing process as relates to promotion & public relations activities in physical education, athletics and commercial sport operations. Primary focus will be on the application of marketing principles to specific sport scenarios.
HHPS 7336 Fiscal Management in Sport Organizations
This course is intended to provide students a general overview of many of the traditional and innovative revenue acquisition methods available for sport managers. Initial class time is devoted to helping students understand the fundamentals of finance, accounting, and the application of key financial techniques utilized in the administration and operation of a business, including: ration analysis, cash flow management, budgeting, and general investment strategies. Subsequently, a large portion of the semester will cover a wide range of topics geared towards educating students to basic financial concepts and other financial issues related to the sports industry.
HHPS 7337 Sport Facility and Event Management
This course provides an overview of facility or venue planning and design for sport areas. Students will learn about several finance strategies used in financing facility development as well as risk management and safety concerns when developing and running sport venues and events. Students will learn the factors involved in managing sporting events.
HHPS 7698 Project
All students must pass comprehensive examinations before enrolling in this course. Prerequisites for Health Education: HHPS 7301, 7302, 7303, 7310, 7311, 5430, 7314. Prerequisites for Exercise Science: HHPS 7301, 7302, 7303, 7320, 7321, 7322, 7323, 7324. Prerequisites for Sports Management: HHPS 7301, 7302, 7303, 7330, 7331, 7332, 7333, 7334, 7335. Project preparation is a mid-level research experience for master’s degree students who have elected the special project option. With the guidance of a research committee, the student will plan, conduct, and prepare a written and oral report on a specific master ’s-level project containing some original research.
HHPS 7699 Thesis
All students must pass comprehensive examinations before enrolling in this course. Prerequisites for Health Education: HHPS 7301, 7302, 7303, 7310, 7311, 5430, 7313. Prerequisites for Exercise Science: HHPS 7301, 7302, 7303, 7320, 7321, 7322, 7323, 7324. Prerequisites for Sports Management: HHPS 7301, 7302, 7303, 7330, 7331, 7332, 7333, 7334, 7335. Thesis preparation is designed to provide students with graduate-level research experience. Under the direction of the student’s major advisor and graduate committee, the student will carry out original research to support her/his thesis.
HIST – History
HIST 5302 Magic, Science, and the Occult from Antiquity to Newton
A survey of human attempts to explain and control the cosmos from antiquity to the emergence of modern science around 1700, including the contributions of pseudo scientific, occult, and magical world views; internal developments in the history of science; and the relationship between scientific thought and the historical context. Three credit hours.
HIST 5303 The Roman Revolution
This seminar will examine the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. Students in this seminar are expected to acquire a reasonable mastery of major events and developments of this transitional period and to demonstrate at least adequate skill in written analysis of this material.
HIST 5304 Alexander the Great
This undergraduate/graduate seminar will examine the career of one of the most interesting and important figures in world history. Alexander expanded the domain of Greek civilization from the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas to the lands of Afghanistan and India. Three credit hours.
HIST 5305 Environmental History
Humanity’s interrelationship with the natural environment through historic times; emphasis on historical factors relating to current environmental problems.
HIST 5306 History with Objects I
The role of objects in U.S. History including how different academic disciplines study artifacts; how to identify, authenticate, and evaluate artifacts (using decorative arts to learn visual literacy); and the impact of objects (especially their manufacturing and marketing) on American life.
HIST 5312 Medicine, Miracles, and Magic: Early History of Healing in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
A holistic examination of various ways in which Europeans sought to cure disease in pre-modern time. Magic, folk cures, and miracles, as well as the work of physicians, apothecaries, and barber surgeons. The emergence of medicine as a profession and a science. How university-trained physicians came to dominate the healing professions. Three credit hours.
HIST 5313 Apocalypse Now and Then: A History of Apocalyptic Thought and Movements
This course offers a history of beliefs about the end of the world in the western Judeo-Christian tradition. Through lectures and readings, we will examine such topics as the birth of apocalyptic thought, the medieval development of various aspects of traditions about the End (such as the figure of Antichrist and millenarian traditions), millennial influences on the discovery and colonization of the New World, millennial influences on the discovery and colonization of the New World, millennial movements of the last two centuries (such as the Millerites and the Mormons), and contemporary apocalyptic scenarios. A major theme of the course will be flexibility of apocalyptic language, its ability to interpret various historical situations, and its power to move people to acceptance or action. Three credit hours.
HIST 5314 A History of the Future: Millennial Visions in Film and Literature
Examines past moments in which people take stock of the present by gazing into the future. Through literature and film, studies predictions of the future in their historical contexts. Looks at positive and negative views of the future, secular and religious predictions for humans’ fate. Three credit hours
HIST 5315 Religious History of the United States
Development of Protestantism including evangelicalism, new denominations, and fundamentalism; incorporation of Catholicism and Judaism into mainstream; relationship between religion and social and political issues including church and state; minority religious beliefs and organizations; varying role of men and women in religious organizations. Three credit hours.
HIST 5318 Modern Revolutions: From France to China
A comparative examination of five modern revolutions: the French Revolution (1789-1815), The Meiji “Restoration” in Japan (1853- 1890), the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920), the Russian Revolution (1917-1932), and the Chinese Revolution (1919-1949). We will consider such issues as the extent of real turnover in the state apparatus, the prevalence of state-driven “revolutions from above” as opposed to classic “revolutions from below” in modern history, the balance of internal and external causation, and the nature of revolutionary violence. Three credit hours.
HIST 5345 Chinese Film and History
This course looks at the traumatic twentieth century through the lenses of Chinese filmmakers, particularly focusing on how a century of revolution affected urban and rural areas, the roles of women, and the daily lives of people in general. Three credit hours.
HIST 5350 The United States and the Middle East
The development of American foreign policy in the Middle East from the Treaty of Versailles to the emergence of Al-Qaeda.
HIST 5363 Law in American History
The development of legal institutions in America from their English origins to the present. The rule of law, legal thought and the legal profession, the independent judiciary, civil rights, and the law’s role in economic development. Three credit hours.
HIST 5373 History of Family and Childhood in Modern Europe
The course introduces students to the history of childhood and family life in the nineteenth and twentieth Century Europe.
HIST 5375 Modern Mexican History
A study of the emergence of the modern Mexican state. Historical dimensions of contemporary Mexico are explored through a focus on the 1910 Mexican Revolution and its aftermath. Political party formation, agrarian reform, and labor organizations are investigated along with the role of cultural institutions in institutionalizing change. Graduate students with credit for 4375 may be allowed to take 5375 with consent of the instructor.
HIST 5378 The History of U.S.-Latin American Relations
Survey of U.S. – Latin American relations from the pre-Columbian period to the present with emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focus on the diplomatic and economic relationships, including dollar diplomacy, intervention, dictatorship, and revolution. Three credit hours.
HIST 5391 Seminar in United States History.
Prerequisites: History 2311, 2312, three hours of upper-level United States history. Advanced study of a topic in United States history chosen by instructor; includes a major research and writing project incorporating the department’s goals of identifying a problem; establishing a thesis; gathering, evaluating, and analyzing evidence; and writing in an appropriate scholarly format. Six credit hours.
HIST 4390/5390 Special Topics in History
Prerequisites: Specialized study of selected topics in history. Course content changes each semester; refer to the semester class directory. Students with credit for HIST 4390 may enroll in HIST 5390 with approval of the instructor. Three credit hours.
HIST 4393/5393 Seminar in World History
Prerequisites: History 1311, 1312, three hours of upper level non-U.S. history. Advanced study of a topic in non-U.S. history chosen by instructor; includes a major research and writing project incorporating the department’s goals of identifying a problem; establishing a thesis; gathering, evaluating, and analyzing evidence; and writing in an appropriate scholarly format. Three credit hours.
HIST 5396 Seminar in Arkansas History
Discussion, directed readings, research, writing on selected issues. Topics vary each semester; may be repeated once with new topic.
HIST 5397 Teaching Applications
This course links social studies content with practical applications for classroom instruction and curriculum design. Students study history, geography, political science, anthropology, economics, and psychology contained in the state social studies framework for grades 7 – 12, and learn how to plan and detach social studies lessons, units, and curriculum maps. HIST 5397 is not open for students with credit for HIST 4397.
HIST 7311 Introduction to Public History
History, philosophy, purposes of historical agencies; archives; museum organization, operation; cultural resource management; relationship of historians and business community; historians as consultants; professional ethics.
HIST 7315 Seminar in Historical Methods
Basic skills, techniques for historical research; models for use, interpretation of evidence; problem of historical causation; bibliography, techniques for defining, focusing research projects; steps in research planning, design, presentation.
HIST 7320 Archival Management
Techniques of managing contemporary archives; includes methods of document preservation, organization of manuscripts and archival records, administrative systems, philosophy of archival control; experience with actual collections.
HIST 7321 Archival Conservation
Restoration of historical books, documents; includes conservation fundamentals, paper repair methods, book restoration, basic bookbinding techniques; experience with actual collections.
HIST 7330 History Museum Administration
Theoretical, practical aspects; includes purpose of museums, their intellectual and ethical responsibilities, organizational problems inherent in pursuit of these aims.
HIST 7331 History Museum Interpretation
History, functions of historical museums; focus on role as research and educational institutions; includes possibilities, problems of interpreting history for the general public; joint research on a specific problem with local museum staff.
HIST 7341 Historic Preservation and Restoration
Definition, rationale, methods, techniques of preservation; problems of restoration, preservation of historic spaces, buildings; national, state preservation law, agencies; case studies; site surveys; field trips to preservation projects.
HIST 7352 Historical Parks Planning and Development
Discussions, directed readings, research, writing on issues related to planning, development of historic parks; includes identifying and protecting historical resources, land use, staffing requirements, long- and short-term planning, governmental policy, funding, other topics.
HIST 7355 Community History
This course introduces students to the research practices, challenges, and community engagement opportunities associated with local history. Major themes include research in archival and online collections; working with community entities such as schools, non-profit agencies, local government, libraries, museums, and historical societies; and avenues for disseminating research to community audiences. The class is designed to incorporate technology through content delivery, examination of primary source documents, and in student work and presentations.
HIST 7360 Historical Editing: An Introduction
History of historical journal, documents editing, publishing historical materials.
HIST 7370 Oral History
Innovative approach to teaching and learning of history; emphasis on creation, processing, curating, use of oral history materials.
HIST 7372 Digital History
In this class, we will explore the emerging field of digital history by both reading scholarly works and building a website. Our readings will examine digital production, information architecture, oral histories, and audio documentaries. Our website will include a digital file of an interview, scanned historical sources, and an exhibit. At the end of the class, students will know the theoretical background of digital history and will know how to plan, collect, and digitally publish a public history website.
HIST 7380 Directed Study in Public History
Prerequisites: consent of coordinator and, if applicable, supervisory agency. Student chooses to do either a practicum with a local agency or assigned readings and research on issues involving public history. Topics vary each semester.
HIST 7391 Seminar in Public History
Prerequisites: History 5303, 7311, 7315. (Open only to students in the program.) Directed readings, research on specialized topics in public history; concentrates on skills basic to all public history specialization areas, team-research experience.
HIST 7392 Seminar in Early America
Discussion, directed readings, research, writing on selected issues. Topics vary each semester; may be repeated once with new topic.
HIST 7393 Seminar in 19th-Century America
Discussions, directed readings, research, writing on selected issues. Topics vary each semester; may be repeated once with new topic.
HIST 7394 Seminar in 20th-Century America
Discussions, directed readings, research, writing on selected issues. Topics vary each semester; may be repeated once with new topic.
HIST 7395 Special Problems in History
Major individual research project or directed readings in consultation with and under supervision of a faculty member. Topics vary each semester; may be repeated once with new topic.
HIST 7396 Seminar in History
Discussion, directed readings, research, writing on selected issues in American, non-American history. Topics vary each semester; may be repeated once with new topic.
HIST 7398 Internship
Prerequisites: 24 program hours; consent of coordinator. Employment, practical experience in community agency, under professional guidance, in concentration area; requires written report.
HIST 7399 Thesis Seminar
In this class you will plan, design, research and write your thesis for the MA program in Public History. We will use Turabian’s “Manual for Writers” and the History Department’s “MA Thesis Guidelines” as a map to work through the different stages of a master’s thesis. Students should repeat this class in two consecutive semesters.
HIST 7699 Thesis
Prerequisite: consent of coordinator. Scholarly investigation involving original research.
IDST – Interdisciplinary Studies
IDST 7310 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
This course will help students refine their abilities to read and think critically, to understand and make effective arguments, to study and practice research techniques, and to communicate effectively in writing. Students will study interdisciplinary processes and formulate an interdisciplinary research project. A sampling of texts from various disciplines will be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course is only offered in the fall.
IDST 7390 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium
Prerequisite: IDST 7310. The colloquium has a general course topic and focuses on interdisciplinary reading, writing, and research. The course helps students to sharpen their abilities to communicate effectively across disciplines by sharing data, research methods, and writing techniques. Students will participate in active dialogue in the classroom by presenting and interdisciplinary research project on the selected class topic. MAIS students should enroll after completing IDST 7310 and 9 hours of graduate credit. Students outside the program may enroll only with consent of instructor. This course will be offered each spring.
IDST 7396 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies
Discussion, directed readings, research, writing on selected issues in interdisciplinary studies. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated once with new topic.
IDST 8310, 8320 Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis/Final Project
Students will complete six hours of consecutive thesis/final project coursework as agreed upon by the student, the program coordinator, and the student’s thesis/final project committee.
IBUS – International Business
IBUS 5316 Field Study in International Business
Prerequisite: Completion of MBA Foundation courses or equivalent. This course includes an international trip which provides students an opportunity to explore firsthand the international dimensions of business, to identify and pursue strategic issues in businesses, and to gain an awareness of how cultural, economic, political, and legal environments influence business practices. Prior to travel, students study and prepare reports on the country to be visited, and upon return, prepare summaries of their experiences, comparing pre- and post-visit perceptions. This course has a fee for travel costs and host institution fees.
IBUS 8201 Seminar in International Business II
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: IBUS 8300 and IBUS 8400. Continues the study of management forces impacting an international business environment for a multinational corporation. Topics include international investment theories, foreign direct investment, foreign exchange markets, foreign currency translation, transfer pricing and issues in international taxation, performance evaluation and financial statement analysis.
IBUS 8300 Field Study in International Business
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: IBUS 8400. An international trip that provides an opportunity for students to explore first-hand the international dimensions of business. it provides the student with opportunity to identify and pursue strategic issues in international business and to gain consciousness of the impact of culture on business practices. Students will do extensive research on a country and prepare a report detailing business and cultural practices with political and economic components prior to travel. Upon return, students will prepare a written summary of their experiences and compare expectations prior to the field study with the realities of international business.
IBUS 8400 Seminar in International Business I
Only open to Executive MBA students. A study of management forces impacting an international business environment for a multinational corporation. Topics include the fundamentals of international business management, international marketing and international economics. It provides an overview of international business, its history, trends, and possible future direction as well as the phenomena that impact it.
IFSC – Information Science
IFSC 5199,5299,5399 Special Topics
Advanced, specialized topics of current interest in information science. May be repeated for no more than 12 hours of credit. One, two, three or four credit hours.
IFSC 5325 Data Mining Concepts and Techniques
Prerequisites: IFSC 4325: IFSC 3330 or equivalent or consent of instructor and Graduate status for IFSC 5325. This course provides in-depth, practical coverage of essential data mining topics, including OLAP and data warehousing, data preprocessing, concept descriptions, association rules, classification and predication, and cluster analysis. It addresses advanced topics such as mining object-relational databases, spatial databases, multimedia databases, time-series databases, text databases, the World Wide Web, and applications in several fields. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
IFSC 5330 Database Security
Prerequisite: IFSC 3330 or equivalent or consent of the instructor. Focus on security issues in databases systems and introduction of how current and future commercial systems may be designed to ensure secrecy and confidentiality. Topics include security models, basic security mechanisms and software, statistical database security, intrusion detection, security models for next generation databases, tested techniques and proven strategies for securing an Oracle environment — from the operating system to the database to the network, and how to implement security using Oracle’s built-in tools. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
IFSC 5339 Network Security
Prerequisite: MATH 1304 or equivalent and IFSC 3315 or CPSC 4384 or SYEN 3332 or MGMT 4310 or consent of the instructor. This course provides students with a concise and in-depth overview of security issues in current computer networks. It first gives a brief introduction of cryptographic algorithms and protocols underlying network security applications, including encryption, hash function, public key algorithm, digital signatures, and key exchanges. Then, it focuses on the security issues in current computer networks as well as network security tools and applications, including Kerberos, X.509v3 certificates, PGP, S/MIME, IP security, SSL/TLS, SET, and SNMPv3. The course will cover network intrusion-detection techniques and systems. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
IFSC 5345 Information Visualization
Prerequisites: MATH 1451 and IFSC 2300. The design and presentation of information. Use of graphics, animation, sound, visualization software, and hypermedia in helping users understand information. Methods of presenting complex information to enhance comprehension and analysis. Incorporation of visualization techniques into human-computer interfaces. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
IFSC 5360 Social Computing
Prerequisite: IFSC 1310 and IFSC 2300, or equivalent, or consent of Instructor. A hands-on course focusing on concepts of the social and information networks, Web as graph, models (such as Power law distribution, scale-free models, preferential attachment models, etc.) that simulate behavioral characteristics of these graphs, basic graph theoretical concepts, characteristics of social media and Web 2.0 or the Social Web (such as blogs, microblogging, social friendship networks, social bookmarking, social news, social media sharing, wikis, etc.), understanding and developing API and mashups, issues and challenges in data crawling and web analytics, network data visualization, exposure to information extraction and retrieval concepts aiming at the highly dynamic and noisy nature of social media, harnessing the collective and web intelligence, and basic concepts of cloud computing. Three lecture hours. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7100, 7200, 7300 Independent Study
Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Individual study of a topic in information science under the supervision of the instructor. Topics determined in consultation with supervising faculty member. Agreement must be in writing and filed with the department. Student’s work will be evaluated by the instructor and documented through reports or other written means. Varies between one and three credit hours.
IFSC 7101 Research Methodology
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research in the Integrated Computing field. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the Integrated Computing discipline. One credit hour.
IFSC 7102 Research Tools
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research tools of doctoral level research in the Integrated Computing field. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the Integrated Computing discipline. One credit hour.
IFSC 7186-7686 Graduate Project
Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Students, under faculty supervision, will conduct an applied investigation on a particular problem or area of information science in a practitioner setting that results in a report and other deliverables appropriate to the project. Varies between one and six credit hours.
IFSC 7192 Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, consent of graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present discuss and exchange ideas on research topics of general interest to the graduate programs in the EIT college. One-hour session per week. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded: credit/no credit.
IFSC 7198-7698 Graduate Thesis
Prerequisite: consent of thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected problem in information science culminating in a written, orally defended thesis. Maximum of six hours may be applied to M.S. Varies between one and six credit hours.
IFSC 7310 Information Systems Analysis
Methods of problem identification and definition, data collection and measurement, feasibility study methods, work measurement techniques, task analysis, simulation studies, impact analysis, evaluation methods, forms and display design, proposal writing, documentation and programming standards, design strategies, documentation, and evaluation. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7320 Database Systems
The course covers two major areas. It first introduces principles and methodologies of database design, and basic techniques for database development. Then it introduces the fundamentals of information architecture and helps students understand how information architecture acts as the supporting structure aligning application design, technology, and business goals. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7321 Information Science: Principles and Theory
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. This course surveys the major topics in information science including a discussion of entropy, value strategies, security, extraction, and emission of information. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7325 Advanced Data Mining Applications
Prerequisites: IFSC 4325 or equivalent. This is an advanced course on data mining. The focus will be on new data mining techniques and their applications in health information systems, text mining and biological data mining. The course will include presentations and discussions of research papers and projects closely related to topics in data mining. The research papers will be selected from the course supplementary materials and consists of recently published topics on data mining and their applications. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7330 Information Systems Security
Prerequisite: MATH 2310 or equivalent, and IFSC 3320 or equivalent. This course aims at providing a solid theoretical foundation in Information Systems Security, including both Computer Security and Communications Security. The security issues in information systems as well as techniques for ensuring information systems security will be studied. The course will focus on the study of security policies, models, and mechanisms for secrecy, integrity, and availability. The basic principles of information systems security will be discussed, including basic crypotography and its applications, security in computer networks and distributed systems, access control models and mechanisms for database security, multilevel database security, stenography, Internet security, and control and prevention of viruses and other rogue programs.
IFSC 7331 Network Science
Study of network representations of physical, biological, and social phenomena leading to predictive models. This course will focus on the graph-theoretical, statistical and algorithmic foundations of network science. The course is designed for an interdisciplinary graduate audience with an information or computational science or engineering background, or by consent of the instructor. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours
IFSC 7350 Electronic Commerce
Prerequisite: Doctoral-level standing by student or consent of instructor. Seminar style course designed for doctoral level student to be able to explore jointly the field of electronic commerce theoretically, conceptually and through applications including electronic markets, strategy, business models, impacts of information and communication technologies, organization and social behavior, as well as selected economic perspectives. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7360 Data Protection and Privacy
This course considers the current status of data, information and privacy protection policies, laws and technologies. At the core is the variety of issues concerning informational privacy, i.e. the gathering, creating, storing, use and protection of information and data about individuals. Topics include the economics of data and privacy protection vis-a-vis the right of access to information, control, ownership, free flow, accuracy and use of information; commercial uses of personal information such as data mining and other marketing techniques, as well as the roles of government and the private sector in this setting. Newer information technologies, data mining, security measures, genetic tests and biobanks worldwide have raised important issues and questions. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7370 Data Science and Technologies
Prerequisites: graduate standing plus the following courses: IFSC 7320 or CPSC 7351 along with a working knowledge of Java programming, or consent of the instructor. This course provides a survey of the skills and concepts needed for managing, processing, and analyzing massive amounts of data in real-time. Topics covered include data sourcing, storing and sharing, integration, and data mining strategies along with hands-on experience working with sample technologies selected from a complex ecosystem of tools and platforms. Three credit hours.
IFSC 7399 Special Topics
Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of the instructor. The course explores an emerging or advanced, specialized topic of current interest in information science. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Three credit hours.
IGSC – Integrated Science and Mathematics
A list of courses in Integrated Science (IGSC) with descriptions is provided below. Course listings and descriptions for earth science, environmental science, and physics are found in the “Non-program Courses” section in this Catalog. For a list of available courses in biology, chemistry, and applied science, please visit the “Master of Science in Biology,” “Master of Science and Master of Arts in Chemistry”, and the “Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Science” sections in this Catalog.
IGSC 5401 Integrated Science Methods
Prerequisite: At least 16 hours of science. This course incorporates lecture, laboratory work, and field methods to stress the learning of science as an active, integrated constructive process that involves experimentation, investigation, communication, reasoning and problem solving as they apply to life, earth and physical systems. Three hours of lecture per week and two hours of laboratory per week.
IGSC 7192,7292,7392 Independent Study
Independent study provides an opportunity for students to gain depth in a specialized area to support a particular aspect of their degree program. The specific topic and course of study for the independent study will vary by student. The student will develop the course of study in collaboration with a faculty member in the department and their academic adviser.
IGSC 7195/7295/7395 Internship in Integrated Science and Mathematics
Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry and consulting firms. Forty hours supervised work per credit hour. One, two, or three credit hours.
IGSC 7199, 7299, 7399, 7499 Special Topics
Prerequisites: variable, depending on instructor and course content. Courses will cover topics that draw from two or more scientific disciplines and that can be best taught from an integrated perspective. Credit and laboratory/lecture format vary depending on the topic. One hour of credit per one hour of lecture; one hour of credit per two-three hours of laboratory.
IGSC 7301 Higher Order Thinking in Science
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Laboratory-based; stresses the learning of science as active, integrated, constructive processes involving experimentation, investigation, communication, reasoning, and problem solving; show connections and relevant applications in life systems, earth systems, and physical systems; goals include helping teachers extend content learning and create successful learning environments for every student through use of manipulative s, calculators, science equipment, and various learning strategies; provides access to appropriate materials, equipment, and technology. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week.
IGSC 7391 Cooperative Education in Integrated Science
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent and approval of assignment by advisor. Supervised professional experience related to students discipline with governmental agencies, industry, and consulting firms. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours. Three credit hours.
IGSC 8100, 8200, 8300 Thesis Research
Under the supervision of the student’s major advisor, along with the graduate advisory committee, the student will carry out original research to support his thesis. May be taken for a maximum of six hours.
INFQ – Information Quality
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of assignment by the faculty sponsor and the graduate coordinator. Complements and extends the classroom experience by allowing the student to apply the concepts of information quality improvement in the work place. The exact number of hours per week, activities, and responsibilities of the work are dependent on the nature of the work experience and must be specified in written agreements coordinated with the UALR Office of Cooperative Education between the student, the sponsoring faculty member, and the employer. At a minimum, a written report and 12 hours per week for a 3 credit hour semester course, 8 hours per week for a 2 credit hour semester course, and 4 hours per week for a 1 credit hour semester course with the participating employer are required. The course may be repeated for credit. The course cannot be used for credit toward the requirements for the Masters in Information Quality degree without the special approval from the MSIQ Graduate Coordinator.
INFQ 7300 Independent Study
Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Independent study in Information Quality is given under the direction of a faculty member. The different topics for independent study can be, but not limited to: Research and Reading, Information Quality Software Development, Research Project on Information Quality, etc. as long as the topic is not offered in regularly scheduled course offerings. Upon the completion of the course, the student is typically required to submit a written report with content and quality comparable that required for a conference or journal such as the International Conference in Information Quality or the ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality. Written proposal and final product required. No more than three hours may count toward concentration requirements. Additional hours may fulfill cognate requirements. May be repeated once for degree credit.
INFQ 7303 Principles of Information Quality
Prerequisites: IFSC 2300 or equivalent. This course provides a rigorous exploration of information quality concepts, assessment, and problems in organizational information systems, databases and data warehouses. A combination of state of the art literature review and hands-on projects is used to develop knowledge and ability to meet objectives. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
INFQ 7318 Total Quality Management and Statistical Quality Control
Prerequisites: STAT 2350 or equivalent. This course provides an understanding of how the concepts and techniques of Total Quality Management may be applied to information products. Topics include continuous improvement strategies, statistical process control, experimental design, capability analysis, quality cost assessments, benchmarking, acceptance testing, and auditing. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
INFQ 7322 Information Quality Theory
Prerequisite: INFQ 7303. This course is designed to provide students with the theoretical foundations critical for developing a deep understanding of the state-of-the-art information quality research from the technical, organizational and strategic perspectives. This course will prepare students to work on their thesis, project and conduct research in the field of information quality. More specifically, students will be exposed to concepts, principles, tools and models and techniques that are essential for information quality definitions, measurement, analysis and improvements. Additionally, students will be exposed to most current, cutting-edge research that goes beyond current industry practice in information quality. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
INFQ 7337 Project and Change Management
Prerequisites: INFQ 7303. A course on how to manage information quality improvement projects within an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Additional topics include identifying project champions, working with user teams, training, documentation, project integration, scope, time, cost-benefit studies, risk analysis, and change management. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours
INFQ 7342 Information Quality Tools and Industry Landscape
This course is designed to develop and increase capability and skills that students need to critically understand what IQ software tools, techniques and prototypes are currently used in industry, government and research laboratories. The course will prepare students to make software tool recommendations on corporate data quality programs. Students will conduct a survey of academic literature and industry practices in terms of IQ tools such as data cleansing, profiling, and auditing and will participate in a hands-on workshop on commercial IQ tools from participating vendors in the field. Two hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Three credit hours.
INFQ 7348 Entity Resolution and IQ
Prerequisite: INFQ 7342 or consent of instructor. An examination of the theory and practice of entity resolution (ER), and the relationship between ER and information quality. Topics include the primary activities of ER, the major ER system architectures, methods and techniques for determining reference equivalence, major theoretical models for ER, entity-based data integration, ER case studies, and hand-on ER exercises with commercial and open-source ER tools.
INFQ 7353 Case Studies for Information Quality Professionals
Prerequisites: INFQ 7322 and INFQ 7342. This intensive and interactive course is designed to develop and increase the student’s capability and skills to critically understand what constitutes data quality, how to analyze and solve data quality problems, and how to institutionalize data quality projects in an organization where data quality is not the most critical priority. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours
INFQ 7367 Information Quality Policy and Strategy
Prerequisite: INFQ 7322. This course explores the top management, strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information quality. Topics include the development and implementation of IQ policies and plans to achieve organizational goals; how to define systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic IQ needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees; approaches to managing technology and the information systems function in organizations, role of the CIO. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
INFQ 7386, 7686 Graduate Project
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Students, under faculty supervision, will conduct directed research on a particular problem or area of information quality and will produce reports and other deliverables appropriate to the project. 7386 may be repeated over two semesters.
INFQ 7399 Special Topics
Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. The course explores on an experimental or temporary basis advanced topics in information quality not included in the established curriculum. Content, subtitle, organization change each time offered, based on interest.
INFQ 7198-7698 Thesis
Prerequisite: Consent of thesis advisor. Student’s should have completed at least 15 hours of the program core, or have had substantial professional experience in information quality management.
INTR – Interpreting For The Deaf
INTR 5320 Survey of Communication Methods
Communication methods/systems and languages (English and American Sign Language) used by children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing; understanding the intra- and cross- cultural communication issues that provide the impetus for choice of communication method and/or language; focus will be on development of conceptually accurate sign language skills utilizing English structure in an interactive approach for receptive and expressive sign language fluency. Offered in spring.
INTS – International Studies
INTS 5301 Independent Study in International Studies
An advanced exploration of an issue/topic in international studies, resulting in a major research project or a series of smaller research projects. The topic is chosen in consultation with the course instructor, and a second faculty reader is required. Can be repeated for credit.
INTS 7301 Advanced Independent Study in International Studies
An advanced exploration of an issue/topic in international studies, resulting in a major research project or a series of smaller research projects. The topic is chosen in consultation with the course instructor, and a second faculty reader is required. Can be repeated for credit.
LANG – General Foreign Language
LANG 5322 Teaching Second Languages
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Methods and materials used to teach skill development in modern second languages; techniques considered most effective and appropriate assessment strategies. Required for foreign language teacher licensure and the ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.
LANG 5323 Second Language Acquisition
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. How second language is acquired by children and adults. A course for those preparing to teach students with limited English proficiency. Required for ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.
LANG 5324 Teaching People of Other Cultures
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Cultural issues for teaching students with limited English proficiency. A required course for ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.
LANG 5325 Second Language Assessment
Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. Examines goals, principles, instruments, and techniques of assessment and testing of second language learners, K-12 and adult. A required course for ESL endorsement in the state of Arkansas.
LANG 7100, 7200, 7300 Workshop
Interaction between students and professor on topic relevant to teaching in the discipline.
LANG 7311 Teaching Listening and Speaking
Theory and techniques of teaching the skills of listening and speaking; skill-building strategies appropriate for novice through advanced language learners; assessment mechanisms designed for appropriate performance at each level.
LANG 7312 Teaching Reading and Writing
Theory and techniques of teaching the skills of reading and writing; skill-building strategies appropriate for novice through advanced language learners; assessment mechanisms designed for appropriate performance at each level.
LANG 7314 Second Language Practicum
Prerequisite: LANG 5322.
Practical application of the principles of second language teaching in public elementary and secondary schools, Intensive English Language Program, and adult ESL learning environments.
LANG 7350 Research in Second Language Education
Understanding and critiquing research in second language education; includes a student-generated research project on a current topic in second language education.
LANG 7699 Thesis
Prerequisites: Completion of basic core, LANG 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325, 7311, 7312, and 7350, and the consent of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Students will develop a thesis proposal, thesis description, survey of the relevant literature, time-table for completion, and names of committee members and submit this proposal to the Graduate Program Coordinator for approval
MATH – Mathematics
MATH 5199, 5299, 5399 Selected Topics
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Content varies; see semester schedule. One hour lecture per week for each hour of credit. Offered on demand.
MATH 5301 Analysis I
Prerequisites: MATH 2307, 3312. Real number system, Euclidean n-space, complex numbers, topology of general metric spaces, continuous functions, point-wise and uniform convergence, series, the derivative. Offered on demand.
MATH 5302 Complex Analysis
Prerequisite: grade of C or greater in MATH 5303. Algebra of complex numbers, analytic functions, integration, power series, Laurent series, elementary conformal mappings. Three hours lecture per week.
MATH 5303 Advanced Calculus I
Prerequisites: MATH 2307, 3312. Real number system, sequences, limits, continuity, metric spaces, convexity, derivatives, linear analysis, implicit function theorem.
MATH 5304 Advanced Calculus II
Prerequisite: MATH 4303/5303. Measure theory, geometry of curves and surfaces, differential forms, Stoke’s theorem, and Green’s theorem.
MATH 5305 Financial Mathematics
Prerequisites: Math 1451 or equivalent. Determining equivalent measures of interest; discounting; accumulating; determining yield rates; estimating the rate of return on a fund; amortization. Three credit hours.
MATH 5308 Integral Transform Theory
Prerequisite: MATH 3322. Linear differential equations; Laplace transform; functions of complex variable, integration by method of residues, Laplace transform inversion integral; Z- transform, Z-transform inversion integral, difference equations; Fourier series, Fourier transform.
MATH 5323 Numerical Analysis
Prerequisites: MATH 2307 or equivalent, 3312 or equivalent; scientific programming language. Error analysis, solutions of equations, interpolation, approximations, numerical differentiation and integration, linear systems.
MATH 7311 Advanced Linear Algebra
Prerequisite: MATH 3312. Vector spaces, subspaces, linear independence and dependence, basis and dimensions; linear transformations, null space, rank, isomorphism, inner product spaces, norms, inner products, orthogonal sets, orthogonal projections, bilinear and quadratic forms; eigen values and eigen vectors, similar matrices, diagonalization, symmetric and Hermitian matrices. Jordan canonical form. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7312 Computational Linear Algebra
Prerequisites; MATH 3312 and MATH 4323. LU decomposition; QR factorization; Iterative techniques for solving systems of equations, Gauss-Seidel; Eigen value problem, iterative and direct techniques, The Condition Number; Lanczos Algorithm. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7322 Advanced Differential Equations
Prerequisite: MATH 3322. Power series solutions, systems of differential equations, nonlinear ordinary differential equations, phase plane analysis, stability, differential equations and applications.
MATH 7323 Advanced Numerical Analysis I
Prerequisites: MATH 4323, 7311. Numerical solutions of linear operator equations, some nonlinear systems, optimization methods.
MATH 7324 Advanced Numerical Analysis II
Prerequisites: MATH 7323 and 7325. Numerical analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7325 Partial Differential Equations
Prerequisites: MATH 3322 or equivalent course. First order equations in two independent variables, the method of characteristics, discontinuous and weak solutions; Linear second order equations, elliptic equations, hyperbolic equations, parabolic equations; Fourier series. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7326 Optimization
Prerequisites: MATH 3312 and 3322 or equivalent courses. Linear and nonlinear programming. Three lecture hours.
MATH 7327 Graph Theory
Prerequisites: MATH 3312 or equivalent course. Graphs and subgraphs; trees; connectivity; Euler tours and Hamiltionian cycles; matchings; planar graphs; directed graphs; networks. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7330 Theory of Finite Element Methods
Prerequisites: Math 2453 and Math 3322 or equivalent. Finite element method is a numerical technique for finding approximate
solutions of partial differential equations. It has strong applications in engineering. This course will provide mathematical foundation for finite element method. Three lecture hours per week. Three credit hours.
MATH 7350 Mathematical Statistics I
Probability measures, combinatorial theory, random variables, continuous and discrete distributions, expectations, moments,
jointly distributed random variables, independence, functions of a random variable, limit theorems.
MATH 7351 Mathematical Statistics II
Sampling, sampling distributions, order statistics, point estimators and their properties, interval estimators and their properties, tests of hypotheses, linear models, nonparametric methods.
MATH 7352 Mathematical Statistics III
Prerequisites: MATH 7350. Multivariate distribution theory and quadratic forms; Linear models and least squares; Analysis of
categorical data; Non-parametric statistics; Decision theory and Baysian inference. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7353 Linear/Non-Linear Regression
Prerequisites: MATH 7350. Differentiation of vectors and matrices; random vectors and matrices; distribution theory; full rank linear regression models; non-linear regression models. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7354 Experimental Design
Prerequisites: MATH 7350 (may be taken as a corequisite with the consent of the instructor). Single factor experiments; Randomized blocks and Latin square designs; factorial designs; repeated measures; nested designs; response surfaces. Three lecture hours per week.
MATH 7313 Real Analysis
Prerequisites: A grade of C or greater in MATH 4302/5302. Set theory and axioms, functions of a real variable, Lévesque measure, differentiation and integration, Branch Spaces
MATH 7355 Sampling Techniques
Prerequisites: MATH 7350 (may be taken as a corequisite with the consent of the instructor). Simple random sampling; sampling
for proportions; stratified random sampling; ratio estimators; systematic random sampling; cluster sampling; acceptance sampling. Three lecture hours.
MATH 7399 Selected Topics in Applied Mathematics
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Topics in mathematics, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis may include discrete
mathematics; ordinary, partial differential equations; integral transforms; complex variables; optimization techniques, linear algebra; approximation theory; topology; geometry; abstract algebra; number theory. Topics in statistics may include statistical inference, sampling, linear models, biostatistics, stochastic processes, statistical computing. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Offered on demand.
MATH 8300 Master Research Project
Prerequisite: 18 graduate hours. Research and individual investigation on a topic in applied mathematics.
MCED – Middle Childhood Education
MCED 7100, 7200, 7300 Workshop in Middle Childhood Education
Hands-on experiences on various topics. Offered on demand.
MCED 7138, 7238, 7338 Topics in mathematics ,education, and various topics of current interest to preschool, elementary, middle school teachers. Offered on demand.
MCED 7138, 7238, 7338
Topics in mathematics,education, and various topics of current interest to preschool, elementary, middle school teachers. Offered on demand.
MCED 7301 Teaching Middle School Mathematics
Methods and materials used in teaching middle school mathematics, grades 4-8, from a constructivist point of view. Special attention given to the utilization of manipulatives in teaching all topics. Common Core State Standards and curriculum standards as identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are curriculum standards as identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics covered, as well as instructional strategies for teaching them. Consideration given to contemporary problems, trends, and practices in the field.
MCED 7302 Diagnosis and Remediation of Mathematics Learning Difficulties
A study of the causes of mathematics learning difficulties, approaches to diagnosis, and some appropriate teaching strategies. Candidates review, discuss, and summarize research articles concerning diagnosis and assessment; analyze a variety of measurement devices; develop, construct, and administer two specific diagnostic tools; diagnose a specific learner’s performance in mathematics; and make recommendations for instruction.
MCED 7303 Practicum/Internship in Mathematics Education
Application of diagnosis, principles of remediation; laboratory experiences in evaluation, instruction of children; content relates to problems resulting from laboratory experience. Offered on demand.
MCED 7305 Teaching Mathematics to the Gifted
An overview of current philosophies, programs, and curricula for teaching mathematically gifted students. Topics include characteristics of mathematically gifted, development of appropriate classroom strategies, planning a differentiated curriculum, development of enrichment units, critical mathematics content and concepts, and course materials for teachers.
MCED 7308 Teaching Economics in the Middle School
Developing, implementing school techniques, activities related to an interpretation of the values in American society, economic concepts and principles. Offered in fall, spring, and summer.
MCED 7312 Development of Young Adolescents
Study of hereditary and environmental influences on the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of adolescents, the cultural, social, emotional, and intellectual differences as well as learning and problem-solving processes, self-esteem, and motivation as they apply to young adolescents.
MCED 7313 Introduction to Middle Level Education
This course covers the history, philosophy, and major concepts of middle level education. Organizational components of middle level schools, current issues and trends in middle level education, current research in reflective practice, and diversity in family structures are studied. Relationships between schools and community organizations, between schools and families, and between schools and diverse societies are discussed. Strategies are presented for working with families, state agencies, and community organizations, and for linking early adolescent learning to community resources. Assessment and evaluation of practice in middle level setting is conducted.
MCED 7314 Teaching the Middle Level Exceptional Child in the Inclusive Classroom
Enhances the knowledge and skills of middle childhood teachers to better educate students with exceptionalities in their classrooms. Collaboration in the design and implementation of individualized plans for students with disabilities and for students who are gifted. Acquisition of skills needed to support the implementation of behavior intervention plans and transition plans. Participation in the design and implementation of modifications for students with high abilities. Design and implementation of curriculum, materials, instructional strategies, and assessment modifications.
MCED 7315 Middle Level Curriculum and Pedagogy
A comprehensive research-based framework on cognition, learning, and classroom management. Focus on middle level student behavior in the design of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and classroom management strategies, as well as the evaluation of the impact of their efforts.
MCED 7316 Literature for Young Adolescents
Best possible options for associations between middle level students and literature. Literature-based learning and learning how to select a wide variety of books from the best examples of all genres is stressed. Early adolescent literature is read. Developmentally appropriate instructional procedures in reading and writing to aid in comprehension is stressed. Other topics include integrating literature in the content areas, literature study circles, flexible grouping, how to use literature to assist multicultural understanding, the benefits of using school book clubs, and assessment.
MCED 7317 Middle Level Literacy and Language Arts
Provides a thorough examination of current middle level literacy issues, research, and practices in grades 4-8. Presents a global view of the school, community, teachers, administrators, and parents and the role of each in promoting literacy. Developmental, cognitive, and instructional variations common to this age group, integration of curriculum through interdisciplinary units, language arts in the content areas, phonics and word studies, children’s literature, flexible grouping, and literacy assessment.
MCED 7318 Classroom Management for the Middle Level Teacher
This course covers fundamental principles underlying middle childhood developmental programs in grades 4-8. It includes creating and fostering classroom management techniques. It also includes strategies for the design of environments which provide a safe place for teaching and learning. Connecting the community to the school for effective discipline and parental support and involvement is included.
MCED 7319 Internship
In this course, candidates will be placed in an active teaching role in a local school. Candidates will plan, teach, and reflect on the experience. Candidates will be responsible for all aspects of the classroom environment including making accommodations for children with special needs. All of the school resources will be used, and competence in using technology is required.
MCED 7328 Science Education
Science Methods is designed to prepare graduate candidates with the specialized expertise, professional development, and communication skills to strengthen effectiveness as a middle school science teacher. The class will focus on the advanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to practice current methods of inquiry-based instruction and learning. This instruction shall include the application of hands-on activities that focus on the use of manipulation and has an emphasis on integrating science within the curriculum. There will be a strong emphasis on the use of technology for curriculum development and lesson presentations. The student will use the content to develop those pedagogical techniques and activities that encourage and promote gains in science learning.
MCED 7330 Social Studies in the Middle School
An in-depth study in social studies education in the middle grades (4-8). Builds on the belief that students need to construct knowledge in their own minds in order for it to be meaningful to them. Emphasis is placed on the meaningful learning of social studies content, skills, and values, in order to promote democratic behavior in early adolescents. Presentation of the theory and research explaining meaningful learning in social studies, the structure of knowledge to be learned, and strategies for effective and powerful social studies teaching. Candidates plan a developmentally appropriate hands-on experience with appropriate material and supportive environment necessary for children’s meaningful exploration and discovery.
MCED 7350 Seminar in Middle Education
Prerequisite: 24 graduate hours. Variable content based on current issues, effective practices in middle level education of interest to in- service teachers.
MCOM – Mass Communication
MCOM 5350 Design and Production
Prerequisite: junior status and MCOM 2320 or consent of instructor based on demonstrable professional experience. Decision-making in the editing process. Principles of typography and design for print and online media.
MCOM 5352 News Media and the First Amendment
Prerequisites: junior standing; MCOM 3360 recommended prerequisite. The restrictions, obligations, and responsibilities of the news media; the law and its effect on publishing and broadcasting; relations between the law and freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution.
MCOM 5357 Seminar in Radio-Television Journalism
Broadcast news policies; history; governmental, other forms of regulation; social implications; influence of various publics on radio-television news coverage.
MCOM 5358 Reporting of Public Affairs
Prerequisites: MCOM 2320, 2350, and 3320; MCOM 3315 and 3360 may be taken as prerequisites or corequisites; or consent of instructor based upon demonstrable advanced media experience. Practice in gathering materials and writing in-depth stories on public affairs; emphasis on courts, police, government, education, ecology, the economy, and social issues.
MCOM 5359 Feature and Magazine Writing
Prerequisites: MCOM 2320 and 2350. Planning, researching, and writing the feature article for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Emphasis on humanistic reporting and providing a context for the news through thorough research and application of this research to the article. Materials submitted as assignments are subject to publication.
MCOM 5375 Journalistic Freedom and Responsibility
Journalistic ethics and practices; professional conduct, responsibilities of the journalist in a free society.
MCOM 5380 Public Relations Writing
Prerequisites: MCOM 2320 and 2350; MCOM 2350 may be corequisite. The journalistic function in public relations, includes the writing and processing of news and feature releases for print and electronic media and editing internal and external publications.
MCOM 5381 Public Relations Cases
Three credits. Study of recent public relations cases involving business, industry, institutions and government. Students will also be introduced to public relations theories as they are applied in case studies and will analyze cases in terms of their component parts.
MCOM 5384 Topics in Mass Communication
Prerequisite: junior standing and consent of instructor. Advanced and specialized topics in mass communication, especially those of current interest and relevance to mass communication professionals. Possible subjects include the following: journalism, entertainment, production and design, Web and media, strategic communication, mass media, etc. Classes will provide an in-depth understanding of topics chosen. Refer to the semester schedule for specific topics offered.
MCOM 5386 Images of Minorities in the Media
This course examines the material and ideological representations of various racial and ethnic groups in the United States as reflected in the media including both historical and contemporary depictions. Students explore theories including racial formation, otherness, and commodification among others. In this course, students learn the origins of ideological and material representations of minorities; how they are maintained in the culture and in the media; the similarities and differences in depictions among and across racial and ethnic groups; and the impact of these representations on the various minority groups and society as a whole.
MCOM 7180, 7280, 7380 Special Problems in Mass Communication
Prerequisite: consent of a graduate faculty member. Individual work on selected problems in mass communication.
MCOM 7190, 7290, 7390 Readings in Mass Communication
Prerequisite: consent of a graduate faculty member. Individual readings of selected works in mass communication.
MCOM 7300 Proseminar in Mass Communication
Introduces graduate students to Mass Communication graduate program content and faculty expectations; to IRB certification; to social-science research techniques and interpretation; to scholarly manuscript process and presentation; and to post-MA career possibilities, both professional and academic.
MCOM 7305 Mass Communication Processes and Effects
Structure, theory, processes, effects of mass communication, mass media in the U.S.; relationships of media to one another, to other major institutions in U.S. society, to individuals and groups.
MCOM 7310 Precision Journalism
Application of behavioral science methodology to news reporting, especially to reporting of governmental, public affairs.
MCOM 7315 International Mass Communication
Comparison, contrast of mass media around the world; interaction between media and governments; role of media in the development of nations; international communication theories, models.
MCOM 7316 Ethnic and Alternative Media in America
This course examines the role and function of ethnic and alternative news organizations in America from historical to contemporary times. Students will consider how ethnic and alternative news organizations and outlets have changed and contributed to society, as well as obstacles facing these organizations. Students will explore similarities and differences between mainstream news organizations and alternative media outlets.
MCOM 7320 Literature of Journalism
Review and assessment of writings, primarily books, concerning various aspects of journalism to provide a familiarization with and understanding of the body of literature pertaining to the discipline.
MCOM 7325 The Press and Propaganda
Interaction between press and institutionalized propaganda; theory, practice of persuasive campaigns created and implemented by political, religious, commercial institutions; strategy and media use for creating public opinions and issues, candidates, products, policies.
MCOM 7330 Seminar in Mass Communication Law
Prerequisite: MCOM 4352/5352 or equivalent. Pinpoints research procedures and provides incentive, direction, and a forum for examining topics in mass communication law; treats specific problems by examining statutory confines and court interpretations.
MCOM 7331 Internet Policy and Regulation
This course is an overview of the policies and regulation that govern the Internet as a mass medium. It focuses on areas of active discussions among mass media practitioners, legislators, policy makers, the law courts, scholars and the American people.
MCOM 7335 Seminar in Journalism Quantitative Research
Prerequisite: MCOM 7310 or equivalent. Methodological approaches to the study of mass communication structure, processes, effects; emphasis on survey and experimental research procedures and content analysis.
MCOM 7337 Media Criticism
This course adopts a qualitative methodological approach to research in the framework of humanities, popular arts, critical theory, and cultural studies. It examines the social, cultural, and informational dimensions of mass media – the structures of mass media industries, and the mass media industries as culture industries.
MCOM 7340 Seminar in Journalism History
Historiography as applied in the field of journalism history; analysis of and practice in the scholarly writing of journalism history; selected topics in journalism history.
MCOM 7350 PR for 21st Century Non-Profits
Three credits. Study of public relations strategic media planning with special emphasis on the application of public relations principles as they apply to non-profit organizations. Includes student project.
MCOM 7360 Editorial Writing
Media’s comment function, policies, problems.
MCOM 7365 New Media Writing and Producing
Students in this course will learn how to use various multimedia tools to write and produce journalistic content for various online media venues.
MCOM 7370 New Media Publishing
This course involves learning how to design and publish multimedia mass communication content on the Internet. It is a lecture, lab and project based course that focuses on the principles of convergent journalism and the processes of responsive design and publishing mass media content on the Internet.
MCOM 7398 Professional Project
Under the direction of their supervisory committees students will use this course to complete professional-quality mass communication projects that integrate and synthesize their graduate experiences in the Professional Journalism/Public Relations Option. These projects will demonstrate the student’s mastery of the discipline and provide the framework for future work in the field.
MCOM 8100, 8200, 8300, 8400, 8500, 8600 Thesis
Prerequisite: successful completion of comprehensive examination. A scholarly work, based on research that advances an original point of view in the discipline of journalism. Variable credit of one to six hours.
MGMT – Management
MGMT 5310 Network Technologies Local
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. A study of the role of telecommunications in information resource management, with emphasis on business applications in a network environment. Principles of network and installation, system component selection, administration, security, and control. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4310.
MGMT 5350 Business Database Management Systems
MBA Elective, MS in MIS prerequisite course. Does not apply toward MS in MIS Core requirements. Addresses the concepts and principles underlying the design and application of relational graphics based data modeling, relational algebra, the database language SQl, database design, and normalization theory. Projects, which typically are implemented using a current commercial database management system software, are assigned to reinforce most of the concepts taught in the course. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4350.
MGMT 5365 Business Consulting
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: MGMT 5361 or consent of instructor. Teams of students consult with local small businesses recommended by the Small Business Development Center. Students work on problems in accounting, production, marketing, personnel, finance, insurance, law, and information systems. Student teams write reports outlying the problems and recommended solutions. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4365.
MGMT 5375 Sustainable Business
A cross-disciplinary course to introduce students to the emerging field of sustainability and its triple-bottom line focus on the social, environmental, and economic impacts of business. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as MGMT 4375. Three credit hours.
MGMT 5383 Issues in Entrepreneurship
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. A significant exposure to the entrepreneurial process. Interaction with real-world entrepreneurs will enhance the entrepreneurial decision-making abilities of the students. This course is not open to students with credit for MGMT 4383.
MGMT 7101 Developing Leadership Skills I
MBA Core Course. Review of key managerial skills which include ethical decision-making, teamwork, oral presentations, influencing others, and critical thinking. The course conceptually introduces the skills and familiarizes participants with measures to be used in evaluating the development of skills throughout the MBA. Sporadic practice opportunities will be utilize to enhance understanding of skills and to assess the degree of skill development at the front end of the MBA. Results of assessments will be instrumental in designing action plans for skills development and in establishing a baseline to compare future assessments.
MGMT 7102 Developing Leadership Skills II
Prerequisite: MGMT 7101. Practice and development of key managerial skills, which include ethical decision-making, teamwork, oral presentation, influencing others, and critical thinking. This course emphasizes learning by experience; students will have opportunities to apply the skills in a variety of MBA courses. Feedback from a variety of sources (i.e., peers, instructors, self) will follow each practice opportunity. Students will be asked to reflect on feedback, design plans of actions that tackle performance deficiencies, and demonstrate quantifiable evidence of skill improvement in subsequent applications.
MGMT 7180 Strategy for Competitive Advantage I
Prerequisite concurrent: MGMT 7101. An introductory course that holistically integrates business disciplines in ways that promote analysis and decision making. The interdependent roles of all disciplines in the MBA program are examined, relative to analyzing business situations.
MGMT 7210 Operations and Supply Chain Management
Prerequisite: ECON 7200. This course addresses important concepts and issues related to the design and management of business operations including manufacturing, distribution, logistics, transportation, supply chain, and service operations. Frameworks for designing, managing, and analyzing the supply chain operations needed to support a firm’s business strategy are introduced. The course links strategic and operational supply chain decisions for the student, forming a holistic view of business operations and the application of quantitative methods to address operational and supply chain issues.
MGMT 7250 Strategic Mgmt of IS & Tech
Prerequisite: ACCT 7304, ECON 7313 and MGMT 7180. Focus on strategic and operational roles of information systems and technology (IS) and other information resources, including their applications, value-adding processes, sourcing, governance, organizational and strategic alignment as well as limitations. Management of the IS asset portfolio using a risk/reward framework considering life cycle, obsolescence, innovation, and strategic impact.
MGMT 7280 Strategy for Competitive Advantage II
Prerequisite: MGMT 7180, MGMT 7210, MKTG 7311, FINC 7311 (prerequisite concurrent) and enrollment in last semester or progression to the last nine MBA program hours. This course develops a process for deriving business strategies, with emphasis on strategic concepts, techniques, and application to business planning and implementation to achieve competitive advantage.
MGMT 7302 Management and Organizational Behavior
MBA and MS in MIS Foundation Course. A study of the theories of management and the behavioral sciences, which are directly related to understanding, predicting, and influencing human behavior in organizations.
MGMT 7303 Systems Development and Database Design
MS in MIS Foundation Core Course. The course is a survey of information system development. It will provide students with non-IS backgrounds with foundation knowledge and skills in information systems development. The course overviews the process of system development using SDLC (system development life cycles) with an emphasis on database development. Three credit hours.
MGMT 7304 Business Applications for Decision Making
An exploration of the integration of business application technologies and procedures, such as cloud computing, business intelligence, mobile applications, and security being leveraged by corporations.
MGMT 7305 Advanced Database Management Systems
MS in MIS Core Course or MBA Elective. Prerequisites: MGMT 4350/5350 or equivalent. Advanced concepts in database management, expanding from the relational data model to the multidimensional model, object-relational techniques, and web accessed data.
MGMT 7307 Systems Analysis and Design Methods
MS in MIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Prerequisite: MGMT 3307 or equivalent. Application of system analysis and design methodology with emphasis on Object- Oriented (OO) methodologies. Includes basic concepts, modeling techniques, and tools for systems analysis and design.
MGMT 7308 Advanced Business Communication
MS in MIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Analysis of communication issues in the global socio-technical environment. Assessment of organizational communication systems. Refinement of written and verbal communication competencies.
MGMT 7310 Management of Human Capital
MBA Core Course or MS in MlS Elective. Provides the foundations for managing people in organizations. It includes theories addressing the psychology of management (e.g., motivation, work attitudes) and a review of the human-resource processes (e.g., selection, training) that assist in maximizing human capital. Heavy emphasis is placed on the applied view of topics.
MGMT 7311 Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprise Management
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: ACCT 7302, FINC 7310, MKTG 7300 or equivalent courses. Problems associated with entrepreneurship; emphasis on small enterprises, feasibility studies of new small enterprises.
MGMT 7312 Team Development
MS in MIS Core Course or MBA Elective. Organizational theory and principles of developing and managing teams.
MGMT 7313 Commercializing Innovations
Course Description: The students will work in teams to develop new products and formulate their pathway to market utilizing a business plan methodology. This course focuses upon innovation, multi-discipline integration, problem solving, and decision-making. The learning that occurs in this course is equally applicable in a startup venture as it is in a medium or large organization.
MGMT 7315 E-Commerce Technologies
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. An overview of e-commerce technologies, including analysis of e-commerce infrastructure, technology, and managerial and implementation strategies. Focus on web development.
MGMT 7335 International Management
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Introduction to international business; particular issues and problems associated with managing business operations in multinational enterprises; management responses to these problems.
MGMT 7340 Collective Bargaining
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Aspects of labor-management relations; includes union organization, legal parameters, agreement negotiation, day-to-day administration of union-management agreement; emphasis on roles of industrial relations managers, line managers; extensive use of case studies.
MGMT 7341 Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Selected topics in personnel administration; emphasis on topics of current importance that meet specific student needs; individual and group research project using primary and secondary sources; readings, case studies, discussions with guest speakers from national, regional, local enterprises in the metropolitan Little Rock area.
MGMT 7345 Employment Law for Managers
This course examines the laws that regulate the employment relationship with an emphasis on helping managers comply with this law. Topics include employment discrimination (age, religion, color, gender, national origin, race, disability), pre-employment inquiries and testing, seniority and promotions, affirmative action, sexual harassment, equal pay requirements, overtime and minimum wage rules, employee dismissal issues, worker safety and health, gay and lesbian work issues, employee privacy, time-off requirements, employment lawsuits, union issues, and whether someone is an employee or independent contractor. Legal cases are used extensively to increase student comprehension.
MGMT 7350 Information Systems Management
MBA and MS in MIS Core Course. The strategic perspective for aligning competitive strategy, core competencies, and information systems. Development, implementation, and management of information systems that support the operational, administrative, and strategic needs of the organization, its business units, and individual employees.
MGMT 7351 Management Information Systems: Theory and Application
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Information flow between various decision points in functional areas of a variety of organizations; develops understanding of routine information flow, how it can be made more effective and efficient in terms of handling, processing, refining, dissemination; uses executive and systems design perspectives; reviews and uses real systems in local government and business organizations.
MGMT 7352 Emerging Technologies and Strategic Issues
MS in MIS Core Course. MBA Elective. Prerequisite: MGMT 7350 or equivalent. In-depth examination of the strategic use and development of an integrated technical architecture (hardware, software, networks, and data) to serve organizational needs in a rapidly changing competitive and technological environment. Strategic use of technologies for intra- and inter-organizational systems.
MGMT 7353 Project Management
MS in MIS Core Course. Capstone course to be taken at the end of the program. Prerequisites: MGMT 7304, 7305, 7308, 7312, 7350, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in ACCT 7330. A study and application of project management techniques through the development and implementation of an application development project. Includes all stages of the project development life cycle, with focus on enterprise application integration.
MGMT 7370 Issues in Manufacturing and Operations Management
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: All Core courses. Concerns of manufacturing, service management; includes product and process design, plant capacity and location, work force development, scheduling, inventory control, product and service improvement, vendor relations; emphasis on resource and functional integration, information systems use, team solutions, global marketplace competition strategies; decision-making tools such as forecasting, queuing theory, simulation, network analysis.
MGMT 7371 Production/Operations Management
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7320 or ECON 7313, or equivalent. A study of traditional ideas and techniques of production/operations management as well as contemporary practices and concepts being employed by businesses. In this course, the term “production” refers to the conversion of labor hours, dollars, materials, and skills (inputs) into products or services.
MGMT 7380 Corporate Strategy
MBA Core Course. Capstone course to be taken at the end of the program. Prerequisites: FINC 7311, and enrollment in last semester or in last nine program hours. Process for deriving corporate, business strategies; emphasis on strategy concepts, techniques, application to small, large private sector corporations, nonprofit organizations.
MGMT 7398 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance, interest in management.
MGMT 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation courses, 12 credits of Core requirements, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on approved topic in area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
MGMT 8100 Information Systems Technology
Only open to Executive MBA students. Design of end-user applications and their role in managerial/business decision making; familiarization with the basic productivity software packages and the use of Internet resources in business.
MGMT 8107 Leadership Foundations
Only open to Executive MBA students. Defines leadership, maps leadership style for the individual, and explains its role in management. It focuses on concepts for developing strategic leadership within the organization, experience and skills for leading organization development and change, team interaction, and styles. It draws on writing, exercises, and students’ business experience to explore the foundations and techniques of organizational leadership.
MGMT 8108 Strategic Applied Leadership
Only open to Executive MBA students. This course builds upon MGMT 8107, Leadership Fundamentals, adding the concepts of power, self-leadership, strategic leadership, communication, and compensation, in an application-based format. Students learn the role leadership in gaining competitive advantage, through the analysis, formulation, and implementation of a strategic plan. In addition, leadership is stressed, in regard to establishing measure, communicating results, and compensating individuals within the organization.
MGMT 8270 Operations Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: Economics 8320. Addresses topics that have applications both in manufacturing and in services, including quality control methods, forecasting techniques, scheduling and planning, the transportation problem, and project management (PERT/CPM). Computer assignments may be given.
MGMT 8310 Applied Organizational Behavior
Only open to Executive MBA students. Organizational behavior concepts and applications, such as leadership, motivation, perception, conflict, and communication will be included. Emphasis will be placed on learning the traditional areas of organizational behavior using an experiential learning approach.
MGMT 8341 Human Resource Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Contribution of the human resource management function in achievement of organizational objectives. Role of upper and middle management in the establishment and implementation of human resource strategies and policies. Topics of discussion: employee selection, performance evaluation, termination, compensation and benefits, reward systems, counseling, negotiation, and personnel/labor law.
MGMT 8380 Strategic Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: FINC 8311, and enrollment in last nine program hours. Integrates the functional areas of business and develops a top management perspective; emphasis on developing executive abilities and creative thinking via practice in formulating value statements, visions, missions, objectives, strategies, policies, and alternative courses of action.
MKTG – Marketing
MKTG 7301 Marketing Analysis, Planning, and Control
MBA and MS in MIS Foundation Course. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Marketing principles, structure, framework from managerial perspective; role of basic marketing functions (price, product, distribution, promotion) in determination and implementation of strategy and other marketing decision- making activities; significance of legal and ethical precepts; increasing role of global marketing activities.
MKTG 7311 Marketing for Profit and Growth
Prerequisite: ECON 7313 and ACCT 7304. MBA Core Course or MS-MIS Elective. Proper evaluation of the actors and environmental forces within markets to formulate and execute effective local and global marketing strategies including business models, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, differentiation, branding, the marketing mix or 4 p’s (price, product, place, promotion), integrated marketing communications, product management, and new product development. Course also includes the use of marketing metrics, development of marketing plans, and anticipating the effect of the business cycle on marketing efforts.
MKTG 7312 Markets Analysis
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7200. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311. Analysis of consumer and intermediate markets for purposes of developing marketing strategy; includes income and expenditure patterns, buying decision processes, buyer behaviors, and consumption patterns.
MKTG 7313 Marketing Research and Information Systems
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: ECON 7200. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311. Research methods, application to marketing decision-making; includes problem definition, research design, sampling, data collection and analysis, research presentation.
MKTG 7314 Product Innovation
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311. Relationship between marketing, innovation, communications; builds on behavioral base for insights to product innovation, marketing communication process; behavioral, communication concepts for developing marketing communications programs.
MKTG 7316 Global Marketing
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite: All Core courses. Primary dimensions of the global marketing environment; introduction to international marketing research problems and approaches; planning for global marketing operations and managing the global marketing mix.
MKTG 7320 E-Commerce: Strategic Issues
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisite concurrent: MKTG 7311 or equivalent. Survey of Web Activity. Business models and other frameworks for evaluating and creating business strategies involving electronic networks. Infrastructures and technology issues. Ethical and policy issues.
MKTG 7330 Services Marketing
MBA or MIS Elective. Examines the major differences between goods and services, as well as the problems associated with the differences. Strategic aspects of services marketing mix are discussed with emphasis on the delivery of high quality services and the management of service employees. The course is conducted in a seminar style and makes use of the case study method. Not open to students with credit for MKTG 4330 or MKTG 5330.
MKTG 7381 Law and Ethics in Business
MBA and MS in MIS elective. This course instructs the student in the foundations of law that constitute the framework for doing business in the United States. Specific fields of concentration include: constitutional principles, contract formation and remedies, tort and product liability property, environmental regulation, securities regulation, and government mandates. All topics will be explored with a focus on ethics together with an analysis of the social and political issues that influence the workplace.
MKTG 7399 Independent Study
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: All Foundation Courses, 12 credits of Core Courses, and consent of instructor. Intensive research under faculty supervision on an approved topic in an area not covered in depth through regularly scheduled courses; research paper required.
MKTG 8300 Seminar in Current Topics
MBA or MS in MIS Elective. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Topics of current importance, interest in marketing.
MKTG 8301 Marketing Management
Only open to Executive MBA students. The course has two major objectives for the student: (1) understanding basic marketing concepts involving buyer behavior, product planning, pricing, channels of distribution and promotion, and (2) developing marketing decision making capabilities based on strategic management and analytical skills. The overall objective is to integrate all the functional aspects of marketing with other functional areas of the firm and with the environment, particularly consumption markets, competitions, the economy, legal and regulatory environment, and social evolution.
MKTG 8311 Marketing Strategy
Only open to Executive MBA students. Prerequisites: MKTG 8301. This course is offered as the second course in a sequence, following the principles of MKTG 8301. The course is designed to enhance the student’s ability to formulate and implement a marketing plan, and to better understand the relationship of marketing to other business functions. It will emphasize application of marketing concepts through the use of cases, simulations, or projects.
MUAP – Applied Music
MUAP 7214 Advanced Functional Piano
Prerequisites: graduate standing, pass piano functional exam. Intensive review of functional skills; development of harmonization skills, accompanying, transposition; uses common practice period, 20th-century elements.
MUAP 7325 Advanced Choral Conducting
Prerequisites: undergraduate basic and choral conducting courses or consent of instructor. Techniques required in performing major choral works of selected musical periods, specific composers, different genres of choral form from inception to present.
MUED – Music Education
MUED 5192, 5292, 5392 Special Studies
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Concentration on a specific area of music or music education. Offered on demand.
MUED 5252 Perspectives on Careers in Music
Prerequisite: must have passed the upper-level qualifying jury in MUPR, as well as MUTH 2391 and MUTH 2292, or consent of instructor. Course objective is to broaden the student’s understanding of the range of careers in the world of professional music. The course will explore music as both a creative endeavor and as a product. Students will learn how music progresses from artistic creation to consumable product, and how the participants in the music business make a living utilizing skills in marketing, performance, teaching, recording, technology, venue management, etc. MUED 5252 is not open to students with credit for 4252. Two credit hours.
MUED 7112 Vocal Pedagogy
Methods, materials for teaching voice in private studio, institution; application of fundamental vocal techniques to public school choir; practical application of techniques through observation of demonstrations, supervised teaching.
MUED 7322 Advanced Elementary Music Education
Prerequisite: MUED 3322, 3332, or equivalent. Current principles, practices in elementary school music; most recent methods and materials, their applications to different school systems.
MUED 7332 Fine Arts Concept
Prerequisites: graduate standing, BA in music or art. Teaching fine arts survey courses in public schools; elements, genres of visual arts, music, theater, dance, films; interrelated changing art styles in context of culture, cultural history; language, criteria for artistic criticism.
MUED 7333 Fine Arts Pedagogy
Prerequisites: MUED 7332; Instructional Resources in Education 4301 or 7302. Skills for planning, teaching survey of fine arts curricula.
MUED 7382 Concepts of Music
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Acoustical, psychological aspects of music; emphasis on problems of perception, experimental aesthetics, musical function, measurement and diagnosis of music ability; related literature of experimental investigation.
MUEN – Music Ensemble
MUPR – Private Music
MUPR 7100, 7200 Applied Music-Private Instruction
Prerequisite: graduate-level proficiency demonstrated through audition before music faculty. Jury examinations required at the end of each semester. One hour of credit for a half-hour lesson each week; two hours of credit for an hour lesson each week. Consult the department for guidance in registering for any of these areas: baritone, flute trumpet, bassoon, French horn, tuba, cello, oboe, viola, clarinet, organ, violin, euphonium, piano, and voice.
MUTH – Music Theory
MUTH 7370 Advanced Analysis
Prerequisite: MUSC 1211, 1310, 1510, 1520, 2510, or equivalent. Common practice period in western music; 20th-century techniques; summary of topics such as voice leading, doubling, chord-choice criteria, variety of techniques for analysis; integration of topics covered at undergraduate level; introduction of aesthetics, theory pedagogy using computer.
NURS – Nursing
PADM – Public Administration
PADM 5341 Seminar in Comparative Public Administration (Elective)
Similarities, differences in bureaucratic structures, processes; analysis of organization, staffing, role of administrative systems in contrasting social, cultural contexts of the western, nonwestern worlds.
PADM 5353 Seminar in Public Budgeting (Elective)
Budgeting theory, practice; includes budgeting as allocations, process, games, rituals, history, politics; institutions, their roles in budgeting; current issues such as uncontrollability, balanced budgets, variance budgeting.
PADM 7130/ PADM 7230/ PADM 7330 Independent Study in Public Administration (Elective)
The independent study is given under the direction of a faculty member; course credit can vary from 1 to 3 credit hours depending on the workload requirements. Students take such courses to engage in specific topic of interest (which is usually not available through regular offerings), or participate in research projects for governments and non-profit agencies. A final written report is required. No more than six hours may count as electives toward degree.
PADM 7301 The Profession of Public Administration (Required)
Introduction to the discipline of public administration covers historical development of public administration, the relationship between politics and administration, conflicting public values, defining the public interest and the appropriate level of administrative discretion, as well as professionalism, the ASPA Code of Ethics, career planning for public service, and major sources of information for professional research. Students should enroll in The Profession of Public Administration course in the first semester they are in the MPA program.
PADM 7303 Public Organization Theory (Required)
Theory, research of complex organizations, their management, administration; relevance, application of the approaches in terms of design, structure, function, processes, their interdependencies.
PADM 7313 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Policies, practices, issues of managing the human resource function in public organizations.
PADM 7315 Methods in Public Administration (Required)
Gathering, analyzing data; includes research design, measurement, sampling, survey and evaluation research, coding, scale and index measurement, univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analysis. Students must complete the Methods of Public Administration course with a minimum grade of C before being able to enroll in 7363 Public Policy Analysis.
PADM 7323 Public Financial Administration (Required)
Policies, concepts, practice, and analysis of public financial management issues and practices; introduction to the principles of public finance and the skills necessary for sound management of public sector financial resources. These principles include public budgeting, debt, investments, forecasting, tax administration, and intergovernmental fiscal transfers.
PADM 7324 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations (Elective)
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of funding mechanisms, accounting, and federal reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations. Topics focus on nonprofit accounting, financial resource acquisition, budgeting, financial management, control and transparency in nonprofit organizations.
PADM 7326 Public and Organizational Networks for Nonprofits (Elective)
This course will discuss how nonprofit organizations can cultivate and strategically utilize relationships with government agencies, corporations, volunteer networks, and the general public. Both traditional outreach approaches and new formats, including electronic and social media, will be covered.
PADM 7331 Problems in Public Administration (Elective)
Seminar on selected topics.
PADM 7332 Politics and Bureaucracy (Required)
Relationship of politics and administration; reference to the influence of legislative bodies, parties, interest groups, other forces on bureaucracy, formation and execution of public policy.
PADM 7333 Administrative Leadership and Public Management (Elective)
Theory, practice; distinctive challenges facing managers of public organizations; includes political context, effective leadership styles, building and maintaining motivated organizations, application of successful management techniques.
PADM 7334 Grant Writing and Fundraising (Elective)
Practical, hands-on study of the concepts, strategies, and techniques of resource development in public and not-for- profit organizations; emphasis on formulation of needs and capacity studies, organization of goals and objectives, budget preparation, volunteer coordination, and outcomes evaluation.
PADM 7335 Urban Management (Elective)
Administration of urban governments in context of intergovernmental relations, limited resources, political compromise, competing citizen demands; emphasis on balancing economy and efficiency with equity concerns, especially in key policy decisions relating to quality of urban life.
PADM 7336 Managing the Not-for-Profit Sector (Elective)
Management issues unique to nonprofit sector; hands-on use of real-world examples, problems through selected readings, special projects; attention to managing volunteers, fundraising.
PADM 7337 Public Organizational Change and Development (Elective)
Theories, concepts; emphasis on applications to practical administrative problems.
PADM 7338 Public Personnel Problems and Issues (Elective)
Topical problems, issues from operational, theoretical perspectives; emphasis on political, legal, economic, social, environmental forces that shape the human resource function in public agencies.
PADM 7339 State Administration and Reform (Elective)
Specialized needs of managing, reforming state government from comparative framework; emphasis on Arkansas.
PADM 7340 Ethics in Public Administration (Elective)
Public managers today face increasingly complex ethical dilemmas, often having to weigh personal and professional values against current public opinion and the law. This course examines some of these inherent conflicts through the use of case studies to help provide a framework and process for resolving ethical issues in the public sector.
PADM 7341 Managing Public Disputes (Elective)
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Covers the knowledge and skills necessary for effective management of complex multi-party disputes about public issues such as land use and delivery of services. Examination of principles for managing conflict in the public sector; explores effective methods for analyzing and framing multi-party conflicts; and provides step-by-step procedures for reaching and implementing agreements.
PADM 7342 Public Revenue Management (Elective)
This course is a practical study of concepts and techniques used to manage public funds from a public manager’s perspective. Reading material, class discussions, and practical exercises will emphasize public funds accounting, internal revenue control, investing, and financial statements.
PADM 7343 Organizational Partnerships and Collaboration (Elective)
Increasingly, managers, employees, and volunteers from all walks of life, in the public, nonprofit, private sectors are called upon to work in collaborative environment. Reading material, class discussions, and practical exercises will focus on how public and nonprofit managers can best facilitate production and change in such an environment.
PADM 7345 Urban Management and Community Change (Elective)
Project-driven study of urban government leadership and management in the context of community systems and collaboration. Focus on issues of regional cooperation, planning and service delivery, urban and suburban governments, and neighborhood and community development.
PADM 7353 Seminar in Intergovernmental Management (Elective)
Selected aspects, such as relations between levels of government, American federalism, federal fiscal relations, comparative administration, and emerging trends in intergovernmental relations.
PADM 7363 Public Policy Analysis (Required)
Prerequisite: PADM 7315. Public policy evaluation with an emphasis on developing future policies using quantitative, qualitative techniques; includes research design, computer applications, evaluation research, and substantive policy.
PADM 7373 Seminar in Public Administration (Required)
Prerequisite: 30 hours approved coursework toward MPA degree with a minimum of 18 hours of core courses completed and a 3.0 GPA for these approved MPA courses. Analysis, linkage of theories, concepts in public administration, policy; emphasis on applying research to practice of public administration.
PADM 7380 Public Program Evaluation (Elective)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Techniques for evaluating how well public programs work and what sort of research is most helpful to managers who want to improve them; formal research design, process evaluations, and impact evaluations; final project requires the evaluation of public or non-profit program.
PADM 7385 Seminar in Public Policy (Elective)
Public sector theories; techniques for analyzing policies; various substantive fields that may include health, energy, environment, other policy-making areas.
PADM 7393 Administrative Law (Elective)
Legal aspects of the administrative process, effect of legal principles, processes on administrative decision making; emphasis on limitation of administrative discretion, judicial review of administrative decisions.
PADM 8000 Thesis in Public Administration (Elective)
Prerequisites: 24 graduate hours; consent of coordinator. Preparation of a thesis demonstrating scholarship on some aspect of public administration, normally in-depth treatment of an applied management concern; must be approved by a thesis committee (chairperson and two faculty members selected by student with coordinator’s approval). Variable credit of one to six hours. Concurrent enrollment in final three to six hours with coordinator’s approval.
PADM 8301 Internship I in Public Administration (Optional)
Prerequisites: 30 graduate hours; consent of coordinator. (For students with no public service background.) Practical, first- hand experience in government or nonprofit sector; usually requires four to six months full-time work in appropriate position, management paper reflecting professional and scholarly development.
PADM 8302 Internship II in Public Administration (Optional)
Prerequisites: 30 graduate hours; consent of coordinator. (For students with no public service background.) Practical, first- hand experience in government or nonprofit sector; usually requires four to six months full-time work in appropriate position, management paper reflecting professional and scholarly development.
PHIL – Philosophy
PHIL 5280, 5380 Topics in Philosophy
Prerequisite: graduate standing, consent of instructor. In-depth study of selected major problems in philosophy or the works of individual philosophers or groups of philosophers. Content changes on demand. For descriptive title of the content, refer to the UALR Schedule of Classes.
PHYS – Physics
PHYS 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Advanced, specialized topics of current interest in physics and astronomy. One, two, three, or four hours of lecture, or equivalent, per week.
PHYS 5310 Statistical Thermodynamics
Prerequisites: PHYS 2322, 3323. Microscopic, unified approach to thermodynamics, statistical mechanics with applications to ideal gases; includes blackbody radiation and conduction electronics, magnetic systems, the Debye model, chemical and phase equilibria. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in spring on even years, or when in demand.
PHYS 5311 Classical Mechanics
Prerequisites: PHYS 2321, MATH 2306 or consent of instructor. Concepts of Newtonian mechanics, dynamics of particles and systems of particles, gravitation, vector analysis, dynamics of rigid bodies, moving coordinate systems, continuous media, small oscillations, and the methods of Lagrange and Hamilton. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion. Three credit hours.
PHYS 5321 Electromagnetism I
Prerequisite: PHYS 2322. Coulomb, Gauss laws; Poisson, Laplace equations and solutions in several coordinate systems; electric, magnetic energy; AC, DC circuits; Ampere’s, Faraday’s laws; vector potential; Maxwell’s equations; propagation of electromagnetic waves. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in fall on even years.
PHYS 5331 Modern Physics I
More detailed treatment of topics in Physics 3323; relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, atomic and nuclear physics, elementary particles. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in spring on odd years.
PHYS 5340 Solid State Physics
Structure of crystals, dispersion relations, specific heat, phonons, electric and magnetic properties of insulators and metals, band theory of metals, insulators and semiconductors, superconductivity. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion. Three credit hours.
PHYS 5350 Quantum Mechanics I
This course covers the concepts and history of quantum mechanics, experimental basis, the uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger equation with applications to simple systems, the hydrogen atom, perturbation theory, and the symmetry principles. Material from the Consortium for Upper-level Physics Software (CUPS) is assigned to enable students to investigate quantum systems in a sophisticated way. Three hours lecture and one hour optional discussion per week.
PHYS 5360 High Energy and Nuclear Physics
Prerequisite: PHYS 3323. Properties of the nuclei, nuclear structure and stability, quark-gluon structure of hadrons, thermodynamics of large ensembles of hadrons, nuclear reactions, instrumentation, and accelerators. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Three credit hours.
PHYS 5380 Wave Motion/Optics
Prerequisite: PHYS 2322. Wave equation and solutions, wave propagation, coherence, interference, diffraction, polarization, refraction and reflection, dispersion, interactions of light with matter, Huygens’ principle, optical instruments, quantum optics. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in spring on even years.
PHYS 7199, 7299, 7399 Selected Topics
Prerequisites: four undergraduate physics hours, professional experience in some physics area, consent of instructor. Topics include modern physics, astronomy; assists professionals to remain current in these fields; laboratory emphasis on physics demonstrations, experiments, simple astronomical observations. One hour lecture or two hours laboratory per week for each semester credit hour.
PHYS 7289, 7389, 7489 Graduate Research
Prerequisite: consent of department chairperson. Scholarly research and individual investigation on a topic in physics or astronomy; student will analyze, plan, and conduct experimental or theoretical work on a research problem. The student will spend four to six hours per week for each hour of credit earned. The exact hourly commitment per week will depend on the nature of the project and will be agreed on in advance by the student and the instructor; a memorandum of understanding must be signed by the student, instructor, and chairperson.
POLS – Political Science
POLS 5308 Topics in Urban Studies
Cross-listed with URST 5308.
POLS 5310 Seminar in American National Government
Research seminar dealing with selected aspects of U.S. politics and government. It gives students the opportunity to bring analytical skills and substantive knowledge gained in prior courses to bear on a selected topic of importance, and involves a substantial writing project. Three credit hours.
POLS 5320 American Foreign Policy
Examines the goals and motivation of American foreign policy and relations, the actors and processes that shape policies and decisions, and selected foreign policy problems and issues. Three credit hours.
POLS 5330 U.S.-Panamanian Relations: Decisions and Documents
Prerequisites: graduate status; consent of the instructor is also required for on-line students. U.S.-Panamanian relations during the late 19th and 20th centuries, in the context of U.S.- hemispheric relations and U.S. to global power status. Through course modules on canal treaties and historic turning points, students master the background necessary to conduct their own research projects based on archival materials. The course will focus on benchmark decisions, which include responses to opportunities and crises in Panama, decisions to agree or refuse to negotiate canal treaties, and decisions about alternative control regimes for the Panama Canal. Major themes of the course include perceptions of national interests, adaptation to changing international realities, conflict resolution, and bargaining behavior during negotiations.
POLS 5333 Seminar in State Politics
Research on selected aspects of state politics such as comparative policy making, political culture variations, and problem solving. Three credit hours.
POLS 5341 Seminar in International Relations
Special problems, issues, or trends in the study of international relations. May be repeated with a change of subject and permission of the department chairperson. Cross-listed as an undergraduate and graduate seminar.
POLS 5343 Seminar in Local Politics
Research on selected aspects of local politics such as community power structure, local autonomy, and comparative administration. Three credit hours.
POLS 5345 Clinton Presidency
This course explores the presidency of Bill Clinton from several perspectives, all grounded in the discipline of political science: the administration’s policy making; presidential power and leadership; crises and turning points in the Clinton administration; campaigning and communications skills of the president; the administration’s relations with the press, political parties and groups; and the legacy of the Clinton presidency.
POLS 5348 Internship
This course is a public service learning experience that gives students the opportunity to blend practical concepts learned on the job with their academic course work in political science. Students attend periodic seminars and participate in a substantial writing assignment aimed at fully integrating and synthesizing their public service experience. Three credit hours.
POLS 5356 Urban Policy and Government
Cross-listed with URST 5356. Course explores urban policy-aking and urban government from a critical, analytical urban studies perspective. Considers historical and modern variations of urban government and intergovernmental relations and how this relates to urban policy making, political will and quality of urban life issues.
POLS 5370 Politics of the Middle East
The course covers the politics and political dynamics of the Middle East, introducing the student to the main issues and actors (state and non-state) of the contemporary Middle East. The course explores the nature of contemporary politics in the region including of the impact of the complex relationships among great power intervention, economics, ethnicity, nationalism, and religion.
POLS 5376 Global Terrorism
The course will cover the history, contemporary nature and defense against terrorism, with a particular emphasis on the post 09/11 “war on terror.” Graduate students will conduct additional research and write a research paper on advanced topics in terrorism. Students who took the course at 4000 level cannot take it again at the 5000 level.
POLS 5380 Classical Political Theory
Major political ideas and doctrines of political thinkers from Plato to Montesquieu, with emphasis on the contributions of each to the theory and practice of government. Three credit hours.
POLS 5387 Great Decisions in American Foreign Policy
A lecture and discussion course that examines eight current foreign policy issues. The course explores the origin of each issue, alternative proposals and strategies for American foreign policy, other nations’ proposals and strategies, and the consequences of past and current international problems for the United States and the world community. Three credit hours.
POLS 5390 Modern Political Theory
A continuation of POLS 5380. From Edmund Burke to the present, with emphasis on the more recent political theories and systems of democracy, communism, and socialism. Three credit hours.
PSYC – Psychology
PSYC 5300 Drugs and Behavior
Effects of drug administration on ongoing behavior, learning; emphasis on drugs of clinical application, usage.
PSYC 5310 Counseling Psychology
Field of counseling, its philosophy; emphasis on counseling relationship; includes educational, vocational, industrial, personal counseling.
PSYC 5311 Lifespan Development Psychology
This course will use an Eriksonian stage theory to examine the developmental changes characteristic of adults in our society. State as an interaction between physical changes and social constructs will be stressed, and the problems of careers and mature relationships will be examined.
PSYC 5325 Personnel Psychology
Areas of industrial psychology generally concerned with personnel work; includes predictors, criteria, related issues; statistical analysis for selection, placement; testing; interviews, other nontest procedures; personnel development; attitude measurement.
PSYC 5330 Learning and Memory
Fundamental principles; includes parameters of reinforcement, secondary reinforcement motivation, extinction, discrimination, generalization.
PSYC 5336 Cognitive Development
An introduction to the theories and research on the development of thinking in infants, children, and adolescents.
PSYC 5340 Shaping of Human Behavior
Applying learning, conditioning principles to human behavior; includes behavior modification, operant conditioning, contingency management in shaping the behavior in a variety of real-life settings (e.g., school, home, work, interpersonal relations); ethical issues involved in changing human behavior.
PSYC 5345 History of Psychology
This course presents an overview of the development of the contemporary science of psychology, connecting it with developments in intellectual history and the history of science. It explores the philosophical and physiological roots of psychology as well as the major questions regarding human nature that psychologists, along with other social scientists, have repeatedly addressed.
PSYC 5365 Psychological Disorders of Childhood
Prerequisite: condition 1. Nature, causes, treatment of disturbed behavior in children.
PSYC 5385 Psychology and Public Health
This course will consider how psychological science and applications can help shape community health and public health efforts. Issues related to health psychology research, community psychology, preventive health, and public health practice will be considered. The course will explore innovative public health models in which psychological science or applications have been prominent.
PSYC 5460 Psychological Tests: Composition and Interpretation
Reliability and validity, norms, standardization; composition, interpretation of frequently used intelligence, personality, vocational interest, other tests. Three hours lecture, two hours field research per week.
PSYC 7230, 7330, 7430 Graduate Seminar in Psychology
Readings in professional literature, extensive discussions under faculty guidance. Topic determined by student interest; may be repeated for credit with coordinator’s permission.
PSYC 7320 Advanced General Psychology
Overview of psychology sub-specialties; emphasis on critical analysis of theory, research to understand values, limitations of each approach. Various faculty members present lectures on special topics.
Directed readings, individual discussion with a faculty member. May be repeated for credit with coordinator’s permission.
PSYC 7335 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Basic concepts: content-includes issues in personnel, testing, organizations, human factors, professional questions.
READ – Reading
READ 7107, 7207, 7307 Special Topics in Literacy
Special topics in literacy education including, but not limited to, in-depth study of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and / or reading comprehension as they relate to historical and current perspectives at the state and national level. Offered on demand.
READ 7193, 7293, 7393 Special Topics in Reading Education
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Selected theoretical, research, and practical topics. These courses are used for state initiatives, such as Reading First, ELLA, McRatt, and Effective Literacy. May be repeated for credit. Offered on demand.
READ 7306 Literacy and Technology
Candidates will examine how to integrate new literacies, software, and technology across the curriculum. Candidates will study the strengths and limitations of technology and computer applications for the development and integration of effective technology lessons in a literacy curriculum across content areas.
READ 7310 Literacy, Language, and Culture
Candidates will explore how literacy learning takes place among diverse populations, including second language learners. Candidates explore the role of literature in promoting cross cultural understandings in a student-centered literacy curriculum. Specific topics include selecting literature and learning best practices to create a classroom that promotes social justice and critical literacy.
READ 7321 Processes and Strategies in Reading Comprehension
This course focuses on the processes of reading comprehension, including the influence of perceptions, beliefs, motivation, language, and strategies for understanding. An emphasis is placed on effective questioning, text selection, discourse chains, and environment as ways to promote comprehension.
READ 7326 Developmental Reading
Development of a comprehensive reading program; current practices in reading instruction and assessments; selection of effective materials, and meeting the needs of a diverse population.
READ 7327 Contemporary Curriculum Design
Philosophy, administration, and techniques of curriculum design, including participation in development of a culturally pluralistic curriculum.
READ 7330 Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum
This course is based upon current issues, research, and effective practices regarding the use of children’s literature across the curriculum. Students will learn how to select quality children’s books for use in a variety of content areas; develop respect and appreciation for numerous genres, multicultural literature, authors, illustrators, and poets; and plan lessons that use children’s literature to effectively support and enrich instruction in a variety of classroom settings.
READ 7340 Best Practices in Literacy Instruction
The course examines research-based practices in K-12 literacy instruction, including theories of differentiated instruction, reciprocal processing, integrated curriculum, and linguistic diversity.
READ 7342 Principles of Literacy and Cognition I
Course restricted to Reading Recovery teachers-in-training. This course is the first of two courses of teacher training for the Reading Recovery program. It covers the theoretical foundations of a socio-psycholinguistic early intervention model appropriate to meet the needs of students having confusions with reading and writing conventions and includes on-going practical experiences in a school setting. Observation and specialized procedures are emphasized. The rationales and procedures of a short-term intervention program are discussed and practiced.
READ 7343 Principles of Literacy and Cognition II
Prerequisite: Principles of Literacy and Cognition I. Course restricted to Reading Recovery teachers-in-training. This course is the second of two courses of teacher training for the Reading Recovery Program. It covers the theoretical foundations of a socio-psycholinguistic early intervention model appropriate to meet the needs of students having confusions with reading and writing conventions and includes on- going practical experiences in a school setting. Observation and specialization procedures are emphasized. The rationales and procedures of a short-term intervention program are discussed and practiced.
READ 7344 Intervention Designs for Struggling Learners
A course involving supervised practice in intervention instruction for children experiencing difficulty in literacy. The class will focus on differentiating reading and writing instruction within various settings, including supplemental and classroom, for meeting the needs of struggling learners. The course will include techniques for using intervention team meetings to select appropriate services, collaborating with teachers across intervention programs, and using assessment to monitor children’s progress.
READ 7345 Advanced Practicum in Intervention Models
Prerequisites: READ 7344 or consent of the instructor. This course is an advanced study of intervention models for children experiencing difficulty in literacy. Candidates will implement a research-based intervention model in a school setting, collect data on the effectiveness of the model, and write a research paper.
READ 7348 Teaching the Writing Process in Schools
The course emphasizes the teaching of the writing process within a writing workshop format, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Additional areas of study will include writing conferences, keeping a writer’s notebook, genre writing, evaluating writing, and other issues related to learning to write.
READ 7350 Early Childhood Literacy Instruction and Assessment
This course will focus on the foundations of literacy instruction at the primary level (Pre-K through grade 4). Emphasis will be given to learning to teach through the components of a balanced literacy program and the supporting theories and research. Special attention will be placed on designing and managing literate classroom environments, the importance of selecting and using appropriate texts, developing students’ language and literacy skills, and using assessments to guide instruction.
READ 7351 Foundations of Teaching Reading
Psychological dimensions of reading; principles of learning; organizational pattern affecting reading instruction; scope of the reading process; correlates of reading instruction; emphasis on appropriate use of various learning, psycho-linguistic theories in planning reading programs to meet children’s needs.
READ 7352 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties I
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: READ 7351. This course explores the causes of reading difficulties/disabilities, approaches to diagnosis, and appropriate remedial measures. Candidates analyze a variety of assessments, including formal and informal assessment instruments, administer and interpret assessments and make recommendations for appropriate instructional methodologies for specific students.
READ 7353 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties II.
Prerequisite READ 7352. This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in READ 7352. Students plan remediation strategies and programs based on diagnostic information gained from appropriately selected and administered assessments. Offered on demand.
READ 7354 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
This course focuses on exploring and using reading strategies to support the learning of content material.
READ 7356 Practicum in Reading
Prerequisites: READ 7351, READ 7352. Candidates in this course will be involved in a clinical experience that supports the focus of their professional goals. Students will plan and implement an instructional program for students. The content of the class will include problem solving around the issues related to working in the clinical experience.
READ 7357 Seminar in Reading
Prerequisites: a minimum of 15 hours in reading and consent of instructor. Current issues, influential researchers and theorists in literacy education, and effective practices. Course requires Internet and library searches and a research project. Offered in spring.
READ 7361 Language and Reading Instruction in Early Childhood
Language development programs and reading methods, materials, teaching strategies for preschool and primary-age; relates speaking, listening, writing and reading to instructional strategies; planning administering comprehensive language readiness programs for preschool, primary age students. The course includes formal and informal evaluation techniques for young children; teaching emphasis on discovering children’s personal language competencies; multicultural emphasis on dialect and reading. Offered in spring and summer.
READ 7365 Specialized Assessment in Early Literacy Instruction
The course focuses on the principles of early intervention for diagnosing literacy problems for students, including an understanding of emergent literacy and the experiences that support it. Special attention will be placed on designing individualized and group instructional interventions targeted toward those students in greatest need or low proficiency levels, including knowledge of instructional implications of research in special education, psychology, and other fields that deal with the treatment of students with reading and learning difficulties.
READ 7370 Advanced Practicum in Reading
Prerequisites: READ 7352, READ 7356. This is a clinical course that requires a supervised experience in working with struggling literacy learners. Candidates in this course will work with individual students as well as small groups of students. Offered in summer.
READ 7395 Comprehensive Literacy Model for School Improvement
The course is designed as a summer literacy institute for teachers and school teams interested in implementing a comprehensive literacy model, including a framework for literacy, individual and small group interventions, literacy team meetings, assessment walls and progress, school plans, and literacy coaching. The course is a requirement for the Literacy Coach certificate program.
READ 7397 Creating Literate Environments
The course focuses on implementing a workshop approach in reading, writing, and content areas for meeting the needs of all students, including how to use reading strategies to access content knowledge. An emphasis is placed on organizing instruction to include a balance of whole group teaching, small group instruction, and individual conferences. Literacy components are discussed, including the rationale and procedures for implementing mini-lessons, guided reading, literature discussion groups, shared reading, small group assisted writing, and one-to-one conferences.
READ 7398 Theory and Practice in Literacy
This course examines literacy theories and their practical implications for instruction. Theories of knowledge acquisition, literacy processing, assisted performance, and transfer are examined and applied to reading and writing. Students conduct an action research project in a literacy-related area.
READ 8301 Supervision and Organization of Reading Programs
This course focuses on preparing reading specialists and literacy coaches for supervising and organizing a school-wide literacy program, including organizational techniques and instructional approaches. An additional focus is placed on developing the knowledge and skills of a literacy coach in three major areas: coaching teachers, providing professional development to school personnel, and evaluating a school’s literacy program.
READ 8302 Professional Experiences in Reading
The course focuses on practical experiences with a literacy program in a school. Requires a minimum of 10 clock hours a week in the appropriate practicum setting, attendance at scheduled seminars, and a portfolio that demonstrates competencies as a reading professional, including conducting literacy team meetings and staff development, coaching teachers, making curricula decisions, and collecting data for school improvement. Supervised internships are required for literacy coaches and other literacy leaders.
READ 8304 Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Literacy Programs
This course focuses on designing and assessing literacy curriculum, including evaluating literacy programs and materials and analyzing their evidence-based rationales, aligning curriculum to state and professional standards, creating activities and rubrics to match curriculum, and using school-embedded professional development to achieve literacy goals.
READ 8305 Literacy Coaches as Agents of Change
This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of a literacy coach, including specialized techniques and language prompts for scaffolding teachers. An emphasis is placed on observing change over time in knowledge levels and types of self-reflection. Other responsibilities include modeling lessons, conducting team meetings, leading study groups, selecting materials, and collecting and analyzing data for school improvement.
READ 8320 Phonology, Orthography, and Linguistic Processes in Reading
This course focuses on the theories of written language learning, including how phonological and orthographic language systems change over time. Theories and research related to letters, sounds and their relationships, word patterns, and spelling knowledge will be used to plan reading instruction. An emphasis will be placed on the role of texts for stimulating print awareness and developing strategies for integrating multiple sources of information.
READ 8330 Cognitive and Social Theories in Literacy Learning
This course examines theories of cognitive, linguistic, and social learning and their practical implications for teaching students in the elementary and middle grades. A focus is placed on using language as a problem-solving tool for learning about literacy. Research-based components of literacy are examined and applied to the everyday context of teaching and learning.
READ 8340 Research in Language and Literacy Acquisition
This course examines the theories and research on language and literacy acquisition, including the description of methods and techniques employed in literacy research. Students design and conduct a research project in a literacy-related area.
READ 8342 Reading Comprehension: From Research to Practice
This course examines the theories and research on reading comprehension and implications to instructional practice, including cognitive, social, linguistic, and motivational influences in comprehending messages.
READ 8345 Theoretical Models and Historical Perspectives in Literacy
This course examines contemporary models of reading, including information processing, interactive, transactional, psycholinguistic, sociocognitive, and other prominent models of reading. Candidates will trace the history and pertinent influences on the teaching of reading and reading practices from colonial to contemporary times.
READ 8348 Scholarly Writing in Literacy
The course focuses on how to prepare reading candidates to write and publish for a scholarly audience, including setting a writing purpose, conducting a literature review, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting information in the appropriate writing format. The course emphasizes the writing process, including drafting, composing, revising, editing, and publishing stages. Students will submit the final manuscript for publication or for a conference presentation.
READ 8349 Research Practicum in Literacy
This course focuses on preparing students to participate in a faculty-sponsored research project. Students must also complete an individual study, including a manuscript submission and conference presentation.
READ 8350 Specialist Thesis I
Prerequisite: Completion of 27 hours of emphasis requirements or consent of instructor. Orientation to writing a thesis, including preparing a research proposal in the area of reading and conducting an extensive review of related literature in reading research.
READ 8351 Specialist Thesis II
Prerequisite: READ 8351. Completion and defense of thesis project.
READ 8399 Doctoral Seminar
Advanced topics in reading and language arts selected by the instructor in consideration of the needs and interests of doctoral students. Research and seminal works are analyzed and interpreted. Research designs, procedures and findings are discussed. Student must be admitted to Ph.D. program or have permission of instructor.
READ 9199-9999 Dissertation
Prerequisites: Completion of all course work; consent of instructor. Development of a doctoral-level dissertation.
RHBL – Rehabilitation of the Blind
RHBL 5102, 5202 Workshop
Offered on demand.
RHBL 5302 WS: Basic Independent Living Skills for Individuals with Visual Impairments
Introduction to concepts and techniques to teach individuals with visual impairments the skills and knowledge needed to function in diverse environments. Topics related to the expanded core curriculum will include: concept and motor development, spatial organization and orientation, and skills in the areas of basic orientation and mobility, personal management, communication, and recreation & leisure. The course will be offered online with a required one-week hands-on workshop.
RHBL 7111 Introduction to Independent Living for Persons with Visual Impairments
Introduction to rehabilitation services, social services, professional organizations; introduction to daily living and communication skills for persons with visual impairments. Offered on demand.
RHBL 7112 Psychological Aspects of Blindness and Visual Impairment
Historical attitudes toward blindness; impact of culture and gender on attitudes toward disability, methodologies of attitude change, process of adjustment to blindness and vision loss. Offered on demand.
RHBL 7115 Techniques of Teaching Leisure Time Activities to Persons with Visual Impairments
Methodologies for teaching recreation and leisure skills to adults with visual impairments. Offered on demand.
RHBL 7191, 7291, 7391 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered on demand.
RHBL 7193, 7293, 7393 Special Topics
In-depth study of a topic of special interest. Offered on demand.
RHBL 7270 Interpersonal Skills Training for Counselors
Carkhuff, related models of interpersonal skills development; focus on developing skill in providing core conditions of a helping/counseling relationship. Offered on demand.
RHBL 7310 Methods of Teaching Adaptive Living Skills to Persons with Visual Impairments
Prerequisites: RHBL 5302 WS: Basic Independent Living Skills and RHBL 7312 Braille and Relevant Formats. Methodologies for teaching adaptive skills necessary to perform daily living activities; includes personal management, home management, medical management, and workplace management. Required one week hands -on workshop as part of the online course.
RHBL 7311 Methods of Teaching Adaptive Communication Skills to Persons with Visual Impairments
Prerequisite: RHBL 7312 Braille and Relevant Formats. Methodologies for teaching expressive and receptive adaptive communication skills, including Braille, keyboarding, handwriting, recording, and use of assistive computer technology. Required one week hands-on workshop as part of the online course.
RHBL 7312 Braille and Relevant Formats
Skills of reading and writing Contracted Standard English Braille, including transcription rules and formats, use of slate and stylus, use of Perkins Braillers. Students taking this course must have the potential ability to tactually or visually discriminate embossed Braille configurations and may use assistive devices as needed. Students who are uncertain of their ability to meet this requirement should contact the program coordinator for further information and clarification.
RHBL 7314 Principles of Rehabilitation Teaching
Prerequisites: consent of the instructor. Principles and philosophies of providing rehabilitation teaching services to adults of all ages with visual impairments; includes conducting needs assessment interviews, writing individualized teaching plans.
RHBL 7315 Medical Aspects of Blindness and Associated Disabilities
Anatomy, structure, function of the eye; frequently occurring diseases, malfunctions in children and adults; includes treatment procedures for disease process, rehabilitation and education implications of handicapped effects.
RHBL 7316 Principles of Orientation and Mobility for the Visually Impaired
Fundamental principles, theory of sensory information acquisition by the severely visually impaired for nonvisual locomotion; practical applications.
RHBL 7317 Introduction to Methods of Mobility for the Blind
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. Practical application of orientation and mobility techniques used by blind, visually impaired; blindfolds, low -vision simulators emphasize use of residual senses to perceive, integrate, react to environmental stimuli; examination, application of fundamental principles, theory of sensory information acquisition by the severely visually impaired. Hands -on workshop required.
RHBL 7318 Advanced Methods of Mobility for the Blind
Prerequisites: RHBL 7317, consent of instructor. Techniques of independent mobility for the blind; includes supervised blindfold activities in commercial, rural environments; requires special travel situations, use of public assistance and public transportation, shopping malls, in -store travel. Hands -on workshop required.
RHBL 7325 Implications of Low Vision
Prerequisite: RHBL 7315 Medical Aspects or consent of the instructor. Principles of visual perception development; implications of visual field losses; introduction to optics; optical, non -optics low -vision aids, procedures for vision screening; vision stimulation activities; low -vision simulation experiences. Required hands -on workshop as part of the online course or exemption from the course instructor.
RHBL 7390 Supervised Practice
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Faculty supervised practice in the use of required skills and competencies in the rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments in rehabilitation or education settings.
RHBL 7395 Internship
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor. Professional rehabilitation work experiences in an appropriate rehabilitation or educational setting with individuals with visual impairments.
RHBL 7399 Professional Project
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Development of an original professional paper or media production in student’s area of emphasis; content determined with faculty committee chosen by student; may be research project, grant proposal, philosophical statement, media production. Offered on demand.
RHET – Rhetoric And Writing
RHET 5202 Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This is a methods course that is team-taught by the English and Rhetoric and Writing departments. The topics include making classroom presentations, managing small-group work, responding to student writing, evaluating and using secondary school literature and composition textbooks, and learning approaches to teaching literature and writing. It should be taken in conjunction with English 5202.
RHET 5301 Theories of Rhetoric and Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. An introduction to the formal study of classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric and writing. Emphasis on the practical understanding and application of techniques of rhetorical analysis and criticism.
RHET 5304 Technical Style and Editing
Prerequisites: RHET 3301 and RHET 3316 or RHET 3326, or consent of instructor. Institutional and industrial style manuals; editing technical, business, government, scientific reports.
RHET 5305 Document Design
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Study and practice of the use of visual elements in technical communication. Emphasis on typography, page layout, data displays, pictorial communication, and usability testing for both print and online documents.
RHET 5306 Writing for Business and Government
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Theory of and practice in writing for business and government organizations; includes writing strategies, appropriate diction, report formats.
RHET 5307 Writing Software Documentation
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Study and practice of writing documentation for computer software, including printed manuals, tutorials, reference guides, and online help systems. Emphasis on analyzing prospective users and their tasks, interviewing subject matter experts, developing help for different levels of users, writing user-friendly text, editing documentation for style and clarity, and working on a documentation team. Intensive practice with RoboHELP HTML software for composing online help.
RHET 5315 Advanced Persuasive Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Intensive study of classical and new rhetorics. Emphasis on solving rhetorical problems and producing a variety of persuasive texts.
RHET 5317 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Writing to explore, investigate, explain; includes writing a variety of professional, scholarly, and popular essays.
RHET 5318 Writing Auto/Biography
Prerequisite: graduate standing. A workshop-centered course focused on developing extended nonfiction essays chronicling events in one’s own life or the lives of others.
RHET 5321 Editing for Publication
Prerequisite: graduate standing. A hands-on experience in pre-production editing for publication. Includes study of the editing process, manuscript acquisition, the peer review process, manuscript editing, editorial correspondence, and pre-production manuscript preparation.
RHET 5322 Advanced Editing
Prerequisite: RHET 4/5304 or RHET 4/5321, or comparable skills as determined by the instructor. Topics include editing graphics, illustrations, and document design; editing for comprehension and organization; editing text electronically, applying styles to text, and creating templates; studying legal and ethical issues in editing; acquiring project management and effective teamwork skills. Students work with actual clients and their document needs. Three credit hours.
RHET 5325 Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Argument
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Designed for all majors, particularly for pre-law students and writers interested in the discourse of the law. Students will read a variety of judicial decisions on current issues such as freedom of speech and complete several relatively short assignments focusing on legal reasoning and argument. Students will also learn how to find information on legal decisions and issues. Graduate students are encouraged to complete an introductory course in persuasive writing and/or rhetoric before taking this course.
RHET 5345 Topics in Persuasive Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Theory and practice of persuasion with topics varying each semester. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 5346 Topics in Technical Communication
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Theory and practice of technical communication; topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 5347 Topics in Nonfiction Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Theory and practice of nonfiction writing with topics varying each semester. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 5371 Writing on the Web
Prerequisite: graduate standing. An introduction to the rhetorical aspects of web design and construction that emphasizes audience(s), purpose(s), and accessibility issues such as website navigation, readability, visual design, and ADA compliance.
RHET 5375 Grant Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Survey, theory, and practice of grant writing (solicited and non-solicited) and the philanthropic sector. Topics include, but are not limited to, finding and researching a foundation, finding and using resources for each stage of the grant writing process, developing a problem statement, creating objectives and goals, creating a budget, and working with foundations.
RHET 7150, 7250, 7350 Independent Study
Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Intensive research and writing under faculty supervision on an approved topic in an area not covered in regularly scheduled course offerings; written proposal and final product required. No more than three hours may count toward concentration requirements. Additional hours may fulfill cognate requirements. May be repeated once for degree credit.
RHET 7161, 7261, 7361 Editing Internship
Prerequisite: graduate standing, recommendation of the departmental editing track coordinator. Hands-on editing experience in a professional workplace. Work hours, activities, and responsibilities must be specified in a written agreement between employer and the student in consultation with the editing track coordinator. Credit hours may very (1-3). May be repeated for credit.
RHET 7300 Introduction to Research Methods
Prerequisite: graduate standing. An introductory course in research methods used to study writing in the classroom and workplace; quantitative and qualitative design; ethics of human subject research.
RHET 7310 Composition Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Contemporary research and theory on composing processes; includes the text itself, writing behavior, relationship between cognition and writing, writing contexts and communities, development of the individual writer; requires extensive research.
RHET 7311 Rhetorical Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Nature, extent, practice of rhetoric; emphasis on necessity of integrating a solid understanding of rhetorical theory with extensive writing in a variety of modes for a variety of audiences and reasons.
RHET 7312 Language Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Research and theory concerning acquisition and nature of functional language competence, including oral and written language and the movement from oral to written discourse.
RHET 7313 Theory of Technical Communication
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Research and theory concerning writing in professional settings; includes study of processes and products of writing in the workplace, theories informing technical communication, influence of new technologies, implications for pedagogy and practice. Requires extensive research and writing.
RHET 7320 Working with Writers
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Study of a variety of writing processes, strategies, skills for writers. Emphasis on practical applications for writers and writing teachers in academic, work, and other settings.
RHET 7330 Topics in Nonfiction Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Advanced study of theoretical, practical, or pedagogical topics related to nonfiction writing. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 7331 Topics in the Essay
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Advanced study of theoretical, practical, or pedagogical topics related to the essay. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 7332 Topics in Extended Nonfiction
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Advanced study of theoretical, practical, or pedagogical topics related to extended nonfiction writing. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 7335 Topics in Rhetoric
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Advanced study of theoretical, practical, or pedagogical topics related to rhetoric. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 7340 Topics in Technical, Business, and Government Writing
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Advanced study of theoretical, practical, or pedagogical topics related to technical communication. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
RHET 7360 Internship/Practicum
Prerequisites: graduate standing, recommendation of the departmental internship/practicum coordinator. Hands-on writing experience in a professional workplace. Work hours, activities, and responsibilities must be specified in a written agreement between the employer and student in consultation with the internship/practicum coordinator. May be repeated for credit.
RHET 7370 Theory of Computer-Mediated Communication
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Studies in various theories of computer-mediated communication. Includes areas such as uses and abuses of power online and explorations of writing processes in online environments.
RHET 7380 Writing and Service Learning
Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of the instructor. Community service projects involving writing. Initiatives will vary according to community needs and abilities of students. Final reflection paper required. Three hours may be applied to either concentration. May be repeated for cognate credit.
RHET 7395 Cooperative Education
Prerequisites: graduate standing and recommendation of the departmental cooperative education coordinator. Hands-on writing experience in a professional workplace. Work hours, activities, and responsibilities must be specified in a written agreement between the employer and student in consultation with the cooperative education coordinator and in coordination with the Office of Cooperative Education. May be repeated for credit.
RHET 7399 Writing Research Proposals and Reports
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Reference bibliography methods, research methods, proposal and report writing; includes a research project in an area chosen by the student with a faculty sponsor from the research area responding to the project’s substance and methodology.
RHET 8300 Final Project
RHET 8300 Prerequisites: completion of PTW graduate course work, consent of graduate coordinator. Attend class, develop and present final project proposal (including project description, survey of literature, timetable, names of committee members) to graduate faculty for approval; complete portfolio.
RHET 8301 Final Project
Prerequisite: RHET 8300. Completion and defense of final project, approval of supervisory committee, and acceptance of project by Graduate School.
SCED – Secondary Education
SCED 7104 Curriculum Design Practicum
Prerequisite: SCED 7306. Co-requisite: SCED 7201. A field placement centered around a technology-enriched environment. Preprofessionals work with students in a facilitative learning environment that includes students with special needs. Inquiry and problem-based teaching strategies are observed. Preprofessionals focus on technology in teaching and learning strategies and digital equity.
SCED 7105, 7205, 7305 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered on demand.
SCED 7106 Instructional Skills Practicum
Co-requisite: SCED 7306. Observing and assisting Master teachers and testing candidate’s knowledge and selected skills of instruction, and management in metropolitan, multicultural secondary school classrooms.
SCED 7201 Curriculum Design Seminar
Prerequisite: SCED 7306. Co-requisite: SCED 7104. This course emphasizes the development of content specific and integrated thematic curricula. Students will develop teaching units that address the inclusion of students with special needs. Inquiry and problem- based teaching strategies will be modeled. The internet and technology as an integrative tool will be utilized to develop pedagogical techniques and materials in relation to whole course design with cross-disciplinary focus and active student involvement. All projects and assignments will be posted to the SCED 7201 discussion list for peer collaboration and review.
SCED 7202 Specialized Instructional Methods
Co-requisite: SCED 7103. Objectives, philosophy of the subject field as applied to secondary education; consideration of issues, research in the content areas; application of adaptive and unique instructional strategies, methods to specific areas.
SCED 7301 Secondary School Curriculum
Theory, practice of the secondary school program; includes patterns of organization, techniques for development, overview of secondary curriculum trends, issues, current status as a whole and in each subject field; curriculum specialists in subject areas assist with instruction, development of applicable curriculum.
SCED 7302 Trends and Issues in Secondary Education Seminar
Co-requisite: SCED 7201 or TCED 7303. A study of trends and issues pertaining to the goals, analysis of the teacher’s role in dealing with current concerns in these areas.
SCED 7304 Action Research Project
Co-requisite: SCED 7302. (Topic chosen with and approved by project advisor at least four weeks before registration.) Student designs, implements research project on a topic addressing educational issues in multicultural and mainstreamed secondary school environments; requires written report and oral defense before committee. (Projects by in-service teachers are usually conducted in their own classes).
SCED 7306 Instructional Skills and Classroom Management
Co-requisite: SCED 7106. Students develop pedagogical techniques, activities, and assessments that encourage and promote learning. This course also includes the study, analysis, and development of teaching, human relations and management models, skills, and techniques, which are tested in the practicum.
SCED 7601 Internship
Prerequisite: 21 hours completed in the program, including SCED 7201, and passing scores on Praxis II Content. Co-requisite: SCED 7302. Students spend a full semester in a secondary school, under supervision of a secondary cooperating teacher or mentor and a University supervisor, observing, teaching, participating in activities involving the school, community.
SOCI – Sociology
SOCI 5301 Computer Use: Packaged Programs
Prerequisites: SOCI 2381, 3385. Using various statistical and graphics packages, such as SPSS and SAS, to research designs. Students select an appropriate analysis from the Institute for Social Research, General Social Survey, or other appropriate data base and write up the results of this analysis. Offered on demand.
SOCI 7370 Program Planning and Research in Organizations
Program planning issues, such as design, decision making, budgeting, community organizing, organization environment relations, intergovernmental relations, personnel management, in a wide variety of complex organizations; includes research methodologies appropriate to organizational planning, implementation, and evaluation.
PSYC 7321, 7621 Independent Study in Applied Psychology
SOCI 7375 Program Evaluation
Prerequisites: SOCI 3175, 3375. Application of research methods to evaluation, assessment of programs in education, social work, corrections, health, mental health, job training, community action, etc. Students design, conduct evaluation research on an ongoing program.
SOCI 7390 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. Consent will be based on intersection of faculty expertise and student/program need. Specialized instruction on sociological topic.
SOWK – Social Work
SOWK 5310 Social Gerontology
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course explores the social aspects of aging – how do older adults affect society and how does society affect older adults? The interaction of older adults with society is examined along with many of our social institutions such as family, healthcare, government, and the economy. Also examined are the issues associated with our aging population and how those issues affect people of all ages. A number of current controversies associated with our changing population structure will be discussed in class.
SOWK 5330 Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy
Course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of animal-assisted therapy and the human-animal bond. Course will include observations of AAT visits to human service settings and web enhanced classes.
SOWK 5336 Social Aspects of Death and Dying
Gerontology and social work seek to apply knowledge from the social sciences, medicine, and the humanities with the skills and values of the helping professions. The multidisciplinary study of death (thanatology) itself comes out of studying these different disciplines. There are many social, psychological, philosophical, and religious theories concerning the passage of death– for both ourselves and those around us. We will study many diverse contributions in the social aspects of death and dying.
SOWK 5337 Adult Development and Aging
This course emphasizes the life course perspective as it looks at adult development and aging within the context of the social environment. Aspects of “successful aging” that will be examined cover growth and development from emerging adulthood to old age, and the impact that culture, gender, ethnicity, and individual differences have on these processes. Human development and aging is examined during early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood. We will study aspects of development that are common to persons at all ages across the life course, individual differences in development, and differences that characterize the separate age cohorts.
SOWK 7301 Foundations of Social Work Practice I
Pre or corequisite: SOWK 7330. Study of social work profession and roles, values, and ethics of the profession; the generalist perspective; ecosystems perspective; strengths focus; empowerment practice; and the skills of engagement, assessment, and planning.
SOWK 7302 Foundations of Social Work Practice II
Prerequisite: SOWK 7301. Continuation of SOWK 7301. Study of strategies and techniques of intervention with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; practice evaluation; and termination.
SOWK 7316 Advanced Standing Seminar
Prerequisite: Advanced standing admission. Corequisite: SOWK 7603 and pre or corequisite SOWK 7370, 7391. Course is integrated with advanced standing internship to foster in-depth development of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation skills with a variety of client systems.
SOWK 7320 Health and Biology of Aging
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Understanding the consequences of aging and the extension of life expectancy requires the concurrent understanding of the interrelationship of biology and behavior. Research on “normal” aging over the life span offers the potential of understanding the changes that occur with age so that we can use this understanding to anticipate and cope with those physiological and behavioral functions altered by aging in ourselves and as caregivers. The course will examine physiological and epidemiological studies of disease and aging as well as the alteration in sensory perception, muscle function, etc. Finally, the issues of interventions, realistic expectations, and ethics will also be examined.
SOWK 7321 Aging and Social Policy
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course offers an overview of aging and social policy issues, especially at the state and federal levels of government. Non-governmental agencies and organizations are also included. The aging network, healthcare including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Social Security and retirement financing are highlighted. The course begins with a historical perspective on how we have gotten to our present health care policies. It then describes the aging network as well as the programs and services for the older adult that comprise this network.
SOWK 7322 Assessment and Care Management of the Older Adult
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Assessment and Care Management with the Older Adult will offer students a comprehensive review of the emerging professional practice of Geriatric Care Management (GCM). Throughout this course students will review a variety of geriatric assessments as well as study case management tools such as engaging, assessing, planning, intervening, evaluating and terminating client cases. Critical thinking as an ethical professional will be emphasized as well as beginning interviewing skills.
SOWK 7323 Social and Emotional Implications of Illness and Disabilities
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Health care has become increasingly complex in the early 21st century. Those with a variety of developmental as well as acquired impairments and disabilities challenge the ability of society to mainstream a large minority of our citizens. An aging population with more chronic rather than acute health care needs is also a central concern. Finally, in the age of AIDS and other life threatening diseases, professional expertise in the psychological and social implications of illness and disability is a necessary skill. Professionals also have an increased responsibility to better understand the ethical as well as the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of illness and disability in the individual, the family and the wider community.
SOWK 7330 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
Prerequisite: program admission. This course covers human behavior theories supporting social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The ecological perspective and its impact on human development and non-mainstream groups will be addressed.
SOWK 7331 Foundations of Social Work Practice III
Prerequisite: SOWK 7330. This course explores the application of social work skills to practice within communities and organizations. Students will assess a target community, write grant proposals, and learn the practice of interactive supervision.
SOWK 7350 Social Welfare Policies and Services
Prerequisite: program admission. Study of the history and current structure of social welfare policy, the impact of discrimination, poverty and oppression on populations-at-risk, the response of society to social problems, and the skill of policy analysis.
SOWK 7370 Social Work Research Methods
Prerequisite: program admission or special permission from instructor. The study of social work research methodology, critical evaluation of published research, the values and ethics of research practice.
SOWK 7390 Diversity and Oppression
Prerequisite: program admission. Ethnic, racial, gender issues as related to social policy, human behavior and the social environment, practice issues; developmental, socioeconomic factors influencing gender roles; historical considerations and cultural and social context for social work practice among oppressed persons, people of color.
SOWK 7391 Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
Prerequisite: SOWK 7330. Psychopathology in children, adults; uses individual life cycle as framework for biological, social forces that prevent, limit individual social, psychological adaptation to environment during maturation process; emphasis on influence of gender and race on development of mental disorders, individual adaptation to social environment; use of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-IIIR as diagnostic reporting tool.
SOWK 7394 Social Work Practice in Schools
This course is an elective course designed to prepare students to be informed, resourceful, and proactive in providing services in the complex and dynamic context of the schools. The purpose of this course is to provide the social work student with knowledge of theories, concepts, and research about social work practice in schools. This course encourages students to engage in critical thinking which requires the synthesis and communication of relevant information about school social work theory and practice.
SOWK 8191 Guided Study
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, advisor, program director (Available, with a two-hour social work elective, to students from other graduate programs who wish to take social work electives but require three credit hours for their own program.). Directed individual study arranged by student.
SOWK 8204 Crisis Problem Solving
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Theoretical concepts, treatment strategies for crisis situations; focus on planned brief treatment of individuals or families in stressful situations using cognitive or problem- solving approaches.
SOWK 8205 Group Treatment
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Group leadership to provide therapeutic intervention to members; leading groups with different needs, such as mental illness, antisocial behavior, addictions, neurosis, behavior changes.
SOWK 7392 Special Topics in Clinical Social Work
This course is focused on evidence-based practice models for clinical social work practice. This course presents current and contemporary mental and behavioral health treatment models and is highly application oriented. The overall goal of the course is to help students develop beginning level knowledge and skills in the treatment and prevention of psychosocial dysfunction, disability, or impairment, including emotional and mental disorders.
SOWK 7403 Social Work Internship I
Prerequisites or co-requisites: SOWK 7301, 7330, 7350, 7390. (SOWK 7403 and 7404 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Supervised direct service activities; practical experience in applying foundation theory, skills; developing integrated social work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, communities; focus on developing professional relationships, initial intervention stages with client systems; requires 240 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 7404 Social Work Internship II
Prerequisite: SOWK 7403. Prerequisites or co-requisites: SOWK 7302, 7331, 7370, 7391. (SOWK 7403 and 7404 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Continuation of SOWK 7403; requires 240 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 7603 Advanced Standing Social Work Internship
Prerequisites: Advanced Standing admission. Pre or co- requisites: SOWK 7370, 7391, 7316 and 7316 co-requisites. Supervised direct service activities; practical experience in applying foundation theory, skills; developing integrated work practice skills with individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations; focus an professional relationships, initial intervention stages with clients systems; requires 240 clock hours of placement. Six credit hours.
SOWK 7803 Social Work Block Internship
Co-requisites: SOWK 7301, 7302, 7330, 7331, 7350, 7370, 7390, 7391. 480 hours of supervised social work practice in applying foundation year theory, skills and social work values and ethics. Students practice engagement, interviewing, assessment planning, basic intervention, evaluation and termination skills at all systems levels.
SOWK 8159 Evaluation Research II
Prerequisite: SOWK 8259. Evaluation research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting; the political contexts of needs assessment and program evaluation.
SOWK 8206 Psychodrama
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Technique originated by J.L. Moreno; personality makeup, interpersonal relationships, emotional problems, decisions, conflicts are explored by dramatic enactment in a positive, supportive setting.
SOWK 8207 Child Behavior and Treatment
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Psychosexual, social, cognitive, physical development of children; major diagnostic categories; treatment approaches reviewed, evaluated for appropriateness according to individual child, family environment needs.
SOWK 8208 Child Abuse and Treatment
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. Variables in child maltreatment; physical, psychological, emotional, social implications; social work methodologies; role of multi-disciplinary teams.
SOWK 8209 Community Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Social context, practice parameters of community social work; emphasis on organizational analysis, problem identification, community organization strategies for social change and institution building, leadership development, community research.
SOWK 8211 Social Work Practice with Older Adults
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Biopsychosocial/cultural approach to aging; includes demographic, attitudinal aspects; impact of race, gender, class, ethnicity; health, mental health issues; assessment factors; long-term care continuum; roles of families; special policy issues; social work approaches.
SOWK 8213 Supervision
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Purpose, functions, processes; emphasis on beginning-level interactional skills.
SOWK 8215 Domestic Violence
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Current theories, research, social work practice; violence against women, children, elderly.
SOWK 8218 Grief, Loss, and Social Work Practice
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Basic assessment and intervention skills for practice with client systems experiencing grief and loss.
SOWK 8230 Evidence-based Social Work Practice in Adult Mental Health
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Evidence-based Social Work Practice in Adult Mental Health builds on Assessment & Differential Diagnosis and provides knowledge of evidence-based practice approaches for adult clients who have a DSM- IV-TR diagnostic condition. This course will cover those psychiatric disorders commonly encountered in social work practice: anxiety, personality, mood, substance use, and psychotic disorders. Emphasis is placed on cultural and social aspects of mental health and issues important to populations at risk. An ecological and bio-psychosocial perspective is utilized to develop assessment and treatment strategies that are evidence-based and consistent with cultural and other issues related to diversity. The course will explore mental health care as it is delivered in a variety of settings: outpatient versus inpatient, residential and day treatment, acute versus long term, and private practice versus the community mental health setting. The course will enlighten the student to the range of issues, ethical and otherwise, that impact this population: legal, economic, relational, medical, and educational.
SOWK 8231 Addictions Treatment
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Dynamics of addiction, treatment; biological, social, societal aspects of addiction; implications for treating special populations.
SOWK 8234 Personality Theory
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Several frames of reference on personality theory; includes historical antecedents, major concepts, applicability to social work practice, limitations of various theories.
SOWK 8235 Spirituality in Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course provides the general framework for dealing with spiritually sensitive social work situations. It provides the students with the content for dealing with the matters of the human spirit.
SOWK 8236 Human Sexuality and Social Work Practice
Prerequisite: completion of the foundation year graduate program. This course provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to human sexuality. Students will have the opportunity to explore views experiences, values, and beliefs and how these impact on the clients which they serve along with the societal and cultural issues that may impact upon clients of social work and other mental health professionals.
SOWK 8238 Women & Family Issues in Social Work
This course will examine women’s and family issues in social welfare with particular attention to the social service delivery system, significant historical and contemporary federal/state policy issues, and the social work profession. Several special populations of women will be considered, including poor women, survivors of violence, and older women. Specific topics to be addressed in this course are work/family issues, welfare and poverty, violence against women, and care giving.
SOWK 8251 Juvenile Delinquency
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Forms of unlawful behavior during adolescence, early adulthood; major theories of delinquent behavior, including control, anomie, subcultural, interactionalist, labeling, classical; major theories of justice, including classical, just desserts, deterrence, rehabilitation models.
SOWK 8253 Law and Social Work
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Areas of law that shape, regulate the social work profession; contributions, significance of legal issues to client services, the profession; legal policies that may control, restrict clients’ lives.
SOWK 8259 Evaluation Research I
Prerequisite: SOWK 7370. Management and community practice applied to the methods of social work practice evaluation through needs assessment and program evaluation. Builds on foundations provided in
SOWK 7370, extending into macro-practice research at the organizational and community level. Emphasizes empowerment evaluation as a mechanism to foster improvement and self-determination. A theories-of- change approach is used to guide evaluation.
SOWK 8271 Research Project
Prerequisites: SOWK 7370 and 8371 or consent of instructor. Steps in carrying out a research project; all phases of research methodology.
SOWK 8242 Global Perspective in Social Work
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing Building a first-year domestic social policy courses, the purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of global social issues related to social welfare and social development. Using film as the medium students will engage in critical thinking and analysis of social welfare issues, and explore how Political, economical, cultural, religious, historical and environmental factors impact social welfare policies and the delivery of human services in different regions of the world. This course is useful for those who have had previous international experience and/or those who are interested in international social work and are looking for a forum in which such experiences and interests can be processed in the context of existing theoretical frameworks and models of social welfare service delivery.
SOWK 8240 Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy provides an overview of Freudian drive/structural theory and the central concepts of early psychoanalytic thinking. The basic principles of psychodynamic psychotherapy will then be covered with a review of how certain concepts proposed by Freud have been adhered to, changed, modified, or abandoned altogether. The theoretical basis for dynamic therapy will then be covered along with a brief overview of current schools of psychodynamic theory. An evidence-based ego-psycholoical/object relations approach to assessment and treatment of neurotic, borderline, and psychotic disorders is then be presented. The ego psychological component will address the assessment of person-in-situation factors; issues related to adaptation; and ego functions, including defense mechanisms that span the range of mature-higher/lower level-psychotic. Particular emphasis will be placed on the object relations component of this theory, focusing on the developmental trajectory of object relations and specific fixation points that result in character pathology, organized at a psychotic, borderline or neurotic level.
SOWK 8242 Global Perspective in Social Work
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Building a first-year domestic social policy courses, the purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of global social issues related to social welfare and social development. Using film as the medium students will engage in critical thinking and analysis of social welfare issues, and explore how Political, economical, cultural, religious, historical and environmental factors impact social welfare policies and the delivery of human services in different regions of the world. This course is useful for those who have had previous international experience and/or those who are interested in international social work and are looking for a forum in which such experiences and interests can be processed in the context of existing theoretical frameworks and models of social welfare service delivery.
SOWK 8292 Guided Study
Prerequisites: consent of instructor, approval of course outline by school’s Curriculum Committee. Directed individual study arranged by student.
SOWK 8301 Advanced Directed Practice I
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Developing biopsychosocial framework for assessment, intervention; focus on careful assessment, diagnosis prior to clinical interventions.
SOWK 8302 Advanced Directed Practice II
Prerequisite: SOWK 8301 or MFT-GC admission. This course provides knowledge and skills about social work practice with couples and families. It studies the major schools of family theory, methods for practice with families, and systemic links between family, culture, and society.
SOWK 8303 Couples Treatment
Prerequisite: Completion of the Foundation Year of the MSW or similar MA program and admission to the MFT certificate program. Couples Treatment is a course designed to apply principles of family therapy theory to work with couples. Students are challenged to consider differences and similarities between individual, family, and couples treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy, Object Relations Couples Therapy, Brief Strategic Couples Therapy, and Narrative Couples Therapy will provide the theoretical foundation for examining issues couples face. Issues related to same-sex couples, domestic violence, infidelity, and addiction will be examined as part of the course.
SOWK 8305 Management and Community Practice I
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Management, administration in social work, human services; includes decision making, leadership styles; basic tasks, roles, skills of managers; management processes such as financial, human resource management.
SOWK 8306 Management and Community Practice II
Prerequisite: SOWK 8305. Continuation of SOWK 8305; use of competing values framework (a meta-theoretical model) to integrate management skills of boundary-spanning, human relations, coordinating, directing.
SOWK 8308 Ethical Issues in Couple and Family Therapy
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or the MFT-GC program. Designed to provide knowledge necessary for understanding legal and ethical issues that confront practice. The legal responsibilities of the family therapist are examined with emphasis on personal and professional development. Ethical issues related to diversity are considered within the context of couple and family therapy.
SOWK 8309 Intergenerational Family Therapy
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or the MFT-GC program. Provides students with knowledge on family functioning across generations based on Murray Bowen’s theories. Application of theories through the use of family assessment and intervention techniques.
SOWK 8310 Sociology of the Family
Prerequisite: admission to the MSW program or the MFT-GC program. Course will focus on the family as an institution responsive to social and economic change. It will provide a knowledge base in institutional and historical aspects of the family. The course is required for the Marriage and Family Certificate.
SOWK 8311 Family Life Cycle
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. Focus on the theoretical underpinnings of the many and varied life cycles families experience. Particular emphasis will be placed on cultural influences and populations at risk.
SOWK 8312 Play Therapy
Prerequisite: Concentration year standing, MFT-GC, program or instructor permission. This course provides introductory instruction in history, theories, and applications of play therapy consistent with Association of Play Therapy (APT) requirements. Students are expected to have successfully completed course work in child development (e.g., Advanced Direct Practices I) Special issues affecting oppressed children will be addressed, including: parent-child problems, divorce, abuse/neglect /abandonment, etc. Diversity issues will also be explored as key components of competent play therapy practice. Students will be challenged to apply what they are learning about work with children in mock clinical sessions. This three-hour graduate level semester course, according to APA, is consistent with APT requirements for instruction, and provides 67.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours toward the mandatory 150 required for RPT certification.
SOWK 8320 Family Mediation
Focuses on social work practice in family mediation. It will equip students with the skills and information needed to meet requirements of the Arkansas Dispute Resolution Commission for their family mediation roster.
SOWK 8340 Aging and Social Policy II
Health needs of the elderly and health care systems that address them; mechanisms for health care delivery and for financing institutional community-based care; effects for elderly of reform proposals.
SOWK 8346 Family in Late Life
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Family life of the elderly; includes late-life marital relationships; widowhood, living alone; relations with children, grandchildren, siblings, other kin; alternative, innovative lifestyles; neglect, abuse of the elderly; demographic, structural changes in family, society that affect these matters; core concept is the family as a natural support system for the elderly; its potential and limitations in a context of community support networks.
SOWK 8371 Statistics for Social Work
Prerequisite: SOWK 7370 or special permission from Instructor. Statistics, their use in analyzing data; probability, inferential, decision-making, basic statistics; includes central tendencies, variability, data distributions, bivariate, multivariate procedures; critiquing articles in social work journals.
SOWK 8390 Advanced Direct Practice III
Prerequisite: SOWK 8301. Corequisite: SOWK 8302. This course provides knowledge about social work practice with groups with an emphasis on the application of group theory to many forms of groups in a variety of settings. This course will include content on supervision of workers learning group practice skills.
SOWK 8503 Advanced Direct Practice Internship I
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 8301. (SOWK 8503 and 8504 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Hands-on experience with individuals, groups, families; emphasis on applying concepts from SOWK 8301; requires 360 clock hours of internship placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 8504 Advanced Direct Practice Internship II
Prerequisites: Social Work 8301, 8503. Pre or corequisite: SOWK 8302. (Social Work 8503 and 8504 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Continuation of Social Work 8503; focus on integrating knowledge in preparation for professional practice; requires 360 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 8507 Internship I Management & Community Practice
Prerequisite: concentration year standing. Corequisite: SOWK 8305. (SOWK 8507 and 8508 must be completed consecutively, in the same agency setting). Experience working in a social service agency in an administrative capacity; requires 360 clock hours of placement. Graded credit/no credit.
SOWK 8508 Internship II Management & Community Practice
Prerequisites: SOWK 8305, 8507. Corequisite: SOWK 8306, 8159. (SOWK 8507 and 8508 must be completed consecutively and in the same agency setting). Continuation of SOWK 8507; focus on integrating knowledge, assuming responsibility for administrative functions, including planning, evaluation. Graded credit/no credit.
SPCH – Speech Communication
SPCH 5310 Investigations into Communication
Prerequisite: SPCH 1300, 4300. This course addresses the applied role of communication research methods in a variety of contemporary organizations. Topics include the research process, both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, as well as questions of research ethics. The focus is on identifying the practical applications of research methods for organizational members.
SPCH 5311 Organizational Communication
Prerequisite: SPCH 1300, or consent of the instructor. This course examines organizational communication theories, communicative implications of historical and modern management theories, as well as special interest topics. Major topics include cultural and critical approaches to organizational communication, classical management and human relations theory, and communication effectiveness. Special topics may include teams in organizations, diversity, organizational politics, leadership, and change. The focus is on applying organizational communication theories and concepts to understand others better and to control one’s own communication in organizations
SPCH 5312 Intercultural Communication
Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. This course examines culture as it influences human interaction in a wide range of contexts, including work, medical, interpersonal, and political. Topics include culture shock, language, nonverbal, intercultural conflict, and culture and the media. The focus is on using major intercultural communication theories and concepts as well as in-class activities to develop a heightened awareness of intercultural issues and intercultural communication competence.
SPCH 5313 Seminar: Topics in Communication
Prerequisite: SPCH 1300. This course investigates timely communication theories, skills, and practices. Topics may be selected from a variety of theoretical or practical perspectives. The focus is on an in-depth treatment of a content area not typically represented in other courses in the major. This course may be repeated for credit.
SPCH 5323 Family Communication
This course examines communication networks within families that support or inhibit cohesion or change. Topics include: family systems, communication patterns, self-disclosure, family themes, rules, relational stages, conflict styles, power, and decision-making. Students analyze applied communication research and theory and make application to cases.
SPCH 5324 Organizational Communication II
Prerequisite: SPCH 5311. This seminar addresses special topics in organizational communication. Course topics may include organizational identification, risk and issue management, organizational change, or critical approaches to organizational communication. The focus is giving students an in-depth understanding of a specialized aspect of organizational communication.
SPCH 5350 Effective Crisis Communication
This course investigates and analyzes instances of effective and ineffective crisis communication. Students will examine the internal organizational processes and the larger environment within which various organizations exist, focusing on issues such as stakeholders, legal environments, and the larger social and cultural contexts.
SPCH 5357 Communicating with Difference
This course explores communication and difference in such areas as race and ethnicity, social class, age, sexual orientation and disability. Through applying communication theories and ideas to our experiences in each of the targeted areas, we can emerge with tools to manage communication across lines of difference and create more positive social worlds. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as SPCH 4357. Three credit hours.
SPCH 7300 Interpersonal Communication Concepts
Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor. (For on-IOC graduate students.) Concepts of human interaction as basis for developing interpersonal communication skills, framework for personal growth in one-to-one interaction, small group dynamics, leadership roles, and other interpersonal relationships.
SPCH 7301 Human Communication Theory
Co-requisite: SPCH 7321. Basic theoretical approaches to human communication; includes symbolic interactionism, systems, rules, linguistics, relational, rhetorical theories. Offered in Fall.
SPCH 7302 Interpersonal Communication: Theory and Context
Co-requisite: SPCH 7332. Influence of contexts on various theories of interpersonal communication; each theory is evaluated, placed in a relational context, considered for its applications to personal and professional interaction. Offered in Fall.
SPCH 7310 Topics in Interpersonal Communication
Topics vary; chosen for interest, needs of current class; may include in-depth study of topics from earlier courses. Offered on demand.
SPCH 7311 Small Group Communication
Co-requisite: SPCH 7351. Systems study of small group formation, maintenance, performance; special attention to problem solving in groups. Offered in Spring.
SPCH 7312 Intercultural Communication
Intercultural factors influencing human interaction; how cultures, subcultures interact verbally, non-verbally; how communication patterns are inherently culturally determined. Offered in Summer.
SPCH 7320 Topics in Organizational Communication
Topics vary; chosen for interest, needs of current class; may include in-depth study of topics from earlier courses. Offered on demand.
SPCH 7321 Organizational Communication Theory
Co-requisite: SPCH 7301. Theoretic overview of organizational communication, includes communication flow, networks, organizational relationships, groups, conflict, language. Offered in Fall.
SPCH 7322 Organizational Communication Culture Analysis
This course explores the concept of organizational culture and its relationship to effective and ineffective organizational communication. Students develop an understanding of a model for analyzing organizational culture and communication and apply this model to a case analysis.
SPCH 7323 Conflict Analysis and Intervention
An introduction to conflict dynamics with an emphasis on communication intervention skills; covers different frames for analyzing conflict analysis tools, opportunities for conflict self- assessment, and skill-building in difficult conversations.
SPCH 7324 Negotiation
Examination of the nature of conflict and presentation of theories and techniques of negotiation as a method of resolving or managing conflict. Students will analyze cases of negotiation at many levels such as buying and selling, contracts, group decision making, plea bargaining, international treaties, and organizational creation. Emphasis is on solving problems through negotiation. Consideration of the role of third parties. Current events are used for relevant examples.
SPCH 7330 Communicating Change and Information Diffusion
This course provides an understanding of diffusion theory, which seeks to explain the process through which new ideas (innovations) spread over time via communication channels among the members of a social system. Students will apply diffusion theory to corporate, public health, social change, and policy contexts.
SPCH 7332 Communication Assessment and Consulting
Co-requisite: SPCH 7302. Methods used to assess communication behavior in organizations, prepare intervention techniques, evaluate communication effectiveness. Offered in Spring.
SPCH 7341 Organizational Communication Applications
Prerequisite: 15 program hours. Co-requisite: SPCH 7302. Role of applied behavioral research methods in developing effective communication in organizations; focus on use of organization development theories to change the way people in organizations communicate. Offered in Fall.
SPCH 7350 Seminar in Effective Crisis Communication
This course investigates and analyzes instances of effective and ineffective crisis communication. Students will examine the internal organizational processes and the larger environment within which various organizations exist, focusing on issues such as stakeholders, legal environments, and the larger social and cultural contexts. Students will apply concepts to case analysis and development of crisis communication plans for actual organizations.
SPCH 7351 Managerial Communication
Co-requisite: SPCH 7311. Communication skills needed by supervisors, managers; focus on conflict management, interview skills (selection, performance appraisal, discipline, information gathering); includes theory, research, applied projects. Offered in Spring.
SPCH 7352 Organizational Communication Training
Development, delivery of a training project; student prepares and presents an intervention for a specific organizational communication problem. Offered in Summer.
SPCH 7390 Introduction to Graduate Study in Speech Communication
Prerequisite: program admission or consent of instructor. (Prerequisite course for entering students with fewer than 18 undergraduate speech hours; does not count toward degree requirements.) Speech communication theories, terminology; program writing, speaking responsibilities; emphasis on research skills necessary for the field. Offered in summer.
SPCH 8300/8600 Graduate Internship
Urban-related practical job experience; students apply theoretical knowledge, develop interpersonal and organizational communication skills, meet regularly to share experiences, write a paper related to experiences.
SPCH 8301/8601 Master’s Research Paper
Students apply theoretical knowledge to an action research project, dealing with the identification of a need in an organization and the implementation and evaluation of an intervention to meet that need.
SPCH 8310 Seminar in Applied Communication Studies
This capstone seminar draws on various applied communication theories to engage students in reflection on two years of study in the program. Students develop and present their final project proposal for their MA in Applied Communication Studies. A final portfolio will be presented before faculty and students. Only students who are in the final semester of this program are allowed to take this course (SPCH 7301; SPCH 7321; plus 12 hours grad level SPCH courses).
SPCH 8304/8604 Cooperative Education in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
Prerequisites: graduate standing and approval of assignment advisor. Job experience in an organization approved by the Speech Communication Department and the Cooperative Education Office. Students gain job experience through application of relevant theories, develop impersonal and organizational communication skills, meet regularly with their faculty member, and complete a major paper reflecting on their experiences in light of communication theory. This course requires a minimum of 200 semester work hours for 3 credit hours or 400 semester work hours for 6 credit hours.
SPCH 8602 Master’s Thesis
Prerequisite: successful completion of written comprehensive examinations. Preparation of an appropriate original investigation demonstrating knowledge and methods of scholarship.
SPED – Special Education
SPED 5202, 5302 Workshop
Offered on demand.
SPED 5214 Early Childhood Special Education Assessment Field Experience
This is the first experience in a series of two supervised field experiences. During the 120 clock-hour experience, student field experiences emphasize assessment and early intervention assessment activities related to child find/screening, translating assessment activities in the intervention environment and assessments surrounding health and safety issues, children with health and/or sensory impairments, social development, and challenging behavior.
SPED 5216 ECSE: Inclusion Field Experience
This is the final experience in a series of supervised field experience designed for students in the Early Childhood Special Education emphasis. The field experiences included in this 120 clock-hour experience examine assessment to intervention activities related to all areas of development, technology adaptations in intervention, the link between individualized intervention plans and instructional planning, and continuous documentation of child performance.
SPED 5266 Language in Deaf Children II
Language development in normal-hearing, hearing-impaired children; relationships between the two populations; relationship of learning theory, cognitive and psychosocio-linguistic principles, other perspectives to language learning, hearing-impaired children; language instruction for teaching language to hearing-impaired children; normal language development, language acquisition theories, and language and cognitive research; includes directed observation.
SPED 5311 Managing the Learning Environment B
Prerequisites: graduate candidates entering with the graduate endorsement only option and must be admitted to the Graduate School. Theory, research, and application for classroom management. Current issues and research in applied behavior analysis and other forms of classroom management; cognitive, behavioral, and emerging management procedures; emphasis will be placed on the application of research. Positive approaches to classroom and behavior management.
SPED 5312 Medical Problems in Child Development
The primary concern of the course is to review medical conditions and events arising during prenatal, postnatal and early childhood which contribute to the nature and cause of major educational disabilities. Special attention is given to syndromes associated with mental retardation, disorders of the central nervous system, infections disease, and a wide range of conditions placing children at risk for developmental delays. Emphasis is directed toward early medical identification, prevention of secondary disabilities, and strategies for responding to chronic health conditions in educational settings. Guest lectures by physicians and other health related professionals are an integral part of the course.
SPED 5313 Early Childhood Special Education Assessment
This is the first course in a two-course sequence addressing assessment and early intervention screening and assessment strategies for young children with disabilities, ages birth through eight. A specific focus will be given to the fundamental principles of and strategies for assessment, the role of well-baby and early intervention providers in screening and assessment process for disabilities. Candidates will learn to identify the needs of children related to health and/or sensory impairments, the identification of abilities in the developmental domains. Various aspects of the early environments are examined and procedures for gathering performance data are explored.
SPED 5315 Early Childhood Special Education: Methods of Inclusion
This is the second course in a two-course sequence addressing intervention strategies for young children with disabilities, ages birth through age eight. Specific attention is given to application of assessment principles into programming, the role of child find in providing services, the needs of young children with health and/or sensory impairments, strategies for identifying behavioral support needs and techniques for fostering social-emotional development. Attention will also be given to methods of including children with disabilities in the general education setting.
SPED 5317 Introduction to Inclusion in Early Childhood Special Education
Prerequisites: PSYC 1300, an introductory human development course, or consent of the instructor. Psychological, sociological, philosophical, legal, educational implications of educating exceptional learners; necessary adaptations for exceptional learners in the mainstream setting; role of teachers, professionals, parents as team members providing education for exceptional learners.
SPED 5330 Severe Disabilities
Prerequisites: admission to the program; SPED 4301, EDFN 3320, READ 3320, READ 3322, TCED 3383. This course focuses on current best practices in curriculum, and methods for students with severe disabilities, including specific strategies for teaching students with severe disabilities, general strategies for working with heterogeneous groups of students in inclusive settings, and methods for adapting the general education curriculum to include students with severe disabilities in elementary, middle, and high school.
SPED 5343 Disability Law
The purpose of the course is to provide students with the basic understanding of the legal and ethical issues that impact assessment, eligibility, placement, and delivery of services of students with disabilities. The focus will be on the due process procedures and elements of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) necessary for successful teaching of students with disabilities as found in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
SPED 5360 Psychological Aspects of Deafness
Theory, research in the psychological development, adjustment of hearing-impaired children, adults; includes intellectual, cognitive, perceptual, social, personality development; adaptation to hearing loss; educational, mental health, rehabilitation implications of research findings with single disability, multi-disabled, hearing impaired persons.
SPED 5367 Communication Methods with Hearing-impaired Children in the Educational Setting
Prerequisite: Interpreting 4320/5320 or consent of instructor. Corequisite: Special Education 4264, 4266. Practical application of the multiplicity of methods; research, underlying theories of language acquisition by hearing-impaired children; emphasis on application to teaching English, other academic subjects. Offered in fall.
SPED 7103 Teaching Adolescents with Exceptionalities
The legal, foundational, and ethical aspects of serving adolescents with disabilities are provided. Specialized knowledge related to the development of special education at the secondary level as well as current legal and statutory issues. Psychological, sociological, philosophical, and educational implications of educating adolescent exceptional learners are introduced.
SPED 7123 Technology for Students with Visual Impairments
History of technology for individuals with visual impairments; types of technology for individuals with visual impairments; role of technology in education of students with visual impairments; hands-on experience with selected technology tools for students with visual impairment and their teachers.
SPED 7141 ECSE Clinical I
Co-requisite: SPED 7341. This is the second experience in a series of three supervised practica. During the 120 clock hour experience, student field experiences emphasize assessment and intervention activities related to child find/screening, the intervention environment, health and safety issues, children with health and/or sensory impairments, social development, and challenging behavior.
SPED 7142 ECSE Clinical II
Co-requisite: SPED 7342. This is the third and final experience in a series of three supervised practica designed for students in the Early Childhood Instructional Specialist emphasis. The 120 clock hour field experiences included in this experience examine assessment and intervention activities related to all areas of development, technology adaptations in assessment and intervention, the link between individualized intervention plans and instructional planning, and continuous documentation of child performance.
SPED 7144 Collaboration in the Field
Co-requisite: SPED 7344. This is the first experience in a series of three supervised practica for students in the Early Childhood Instructional Specialist emphasis. This course emphasizes practical use of specialized knowledge and application of program performance standards. During the 120 clock-hour practicum, field experiences emphasize teams and the team process, communication skills, collaboration strategies, consultation and professionalism. Activities will be conducted with family members and a variety of related service disciplines.
SPED 7154 Physical and Health Management
This course will focus on health management practices for students with disabilities. Students will become familiar with emergency first aid and universal health care precautions, health management plans, guidelines for the administration of medications and the side effects of medication, procedures for managing seizures, treatments for allergies and asthma, and use of gastrostomy tubes. Students will also be given information on proper body mechanics and on positioning and physical management of students with motor disabilities. Taken with SPED 7206 Strategies for Family Involvement.
SPED 7190, 7290, 7390 Supervised Practice
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Practical use of skills, competencies from courses; working under faculty supervision with individuals with disabilities being served in education and/or rehabilitation settings. Offered on demand.
SPED 7191, 7291, 7391 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered on demand.
SPED 7193, 7293, 7393 Special Topics
In-depth study of selected interest in a special education emphasis area.
SPED 7203 Adolescents with Exceptionalities
Enhances knowledge regarding the characteristics, identification, and assessment of adolescents with disabilities. Necessary adaptations for adolescent exceptional learners in the inclusion setting; role of teachers, professionals, parents as team members in identification, assessment and program and instructional design components are presented. Candidates acquire skills needed to support the implementation of behavior intervention and transition plans.
SPED 7206 Strategies for Family Involvement
This course will prepare candidates to work with families of students with disabilities. The candidates will identify the impact of disabilities on families and family functioning. Strategies for communicating with families and for involving families in the process of program development and assessment will be included.
SPED 7292 Field Experience I
Prerequisite: SPED 7305. The general goal of this course is to build upon the knowledge and skill candidates have gained regarding the characteristics of and service to and evaluation of a variety of learners with disabilities. Procedures for identification and placement of students for special education will be identified and evaluated. Candidates will develop profiles of students who are classified as at risk for developing learning problems and students with varying disabilities and identify instructional support suitable for implementing with non at risk students. Candidates are encouraged to take this course concurrently with SPED 7351.
SPED 7295 Field Experience II
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPED 7351 Assessment and Instructional Design I and SPED 7292 Field Experience I. It is suggested that this course be taken in conjunction with SPED 7352. Assessment and Instructional Design II. Candidates will engage in specific implementation of strategies for students with various learning problems in field sites. Candidates will design and use various informal assessments and analyze them for their application in the pre-referral, referral, evaluation, and IEP development process.
SPED 7296 Field Experience III
Prerequisites: Successful completion of SPED 7352 Assessment and Instructional Design II and SPED 7295 Field Experience II with a co- requisite of SPED 7353 Transition and Life Adjustment. This course will expand the application skills developed in the methods classes and SPED 7353. Candidates will use interventions and evaluation skills to assess students, design an intervention plan, implement intervention programs, and evaluate interventions for students with a variety of disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on students in grades 4-12, students with more significant involvement, and post school functioning.
SPED 7301 Foundations of Special Education
This course surveys the foundations of educational programs for students with disabilities, emphasizing the historical, philosophical, and legal aspects of special education. Course work includes surveys of the characteristics and needs of students with various disabilities.
SPED 7302 Technology in Special Education
This course will prepare candidates to be better able to respond to individuals’ functional needs in order to enhance their access to the general or special education curricula. Candidates will identify and use technology for instruction, assist students with school related tasks and help students communicate and help students function better in their environment.
SPED 7305 Managing the Learning Environment
Theory, research, and application for behavioral management. Current issues and research in applied behavioral analysis and other forms of classroom management; cognitive behavioral and emerging management procedures, emphasis on application of research.
SPED 7309 Seminar in Special Education
Prerequisite: Completion of core emphasis course work, graduate standing. This course explores issues of contemporary importance to the profession, affords students the opportunity to engage in scholarly activities and high-level discussions with professors and is the final event in the candidate’s program of study where earlier knowledge becomes integrated and expanded. This course is to be taken in the final six hours of study.
SPED 7333 Characteristics and Educational Needs of Children with Severe Disabilities
Intellectual, behavioral, physical characteristics of individuals with severe disabling conditions; includes models of social management, history of treatment of persons with severe disabilities, major considerations of educational services delivery to such persons.
SPED 7335 Instructional Methods for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Fundamentals of systematic data-based instructional skills needed to teach persons with severe disabilities in classroom, community environments.
SPED 7336 Advanced Instructional Methods for Teaching Persons with Severe Disabilities
Prerequisite: Special Education 7335 or consent of instructor. Identification of intervention strategies; design of effective programs for teaching age-appropriate, functional living skills to individuals with severe disabilities.
SPED 7339 Vocational Instruction for Persons with Handicaps
Vocational programming methods; emphasis on current “best practices” in instruction, program delivery; includes use of supported work model for systematic instruction in integrated community job sites.
SPED 7340 Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education
Prerequisite: exceptionality course. Includes state, federal laws governing, regulating early intervention programs; program models used in the field; emphasis on models emphasizing integrating children with disabilities and their peers without disabilities.
SPED 7351 Assessment and Instructional Design I
Prerequisites: SPED 7305 and should be taken in conjunction with SPED 7295. The general goal of this course is to build upon the knowledge and skill students have gained regarding the characteristics of a variety of learners with disabilities. Specific emphasis will be placed on developing skills to serve learners with disabilities, identify and evaluate relevant formal and informal assessment strategies that contribute to the identification, placement, and instructional planning for students with learning problems.
SPED 7352 Assessment and Instructional Design II
Prerequisites: successful completion of SPED 7351 Assessment and Instructional Design I and SPED 7390, Practicum in SPED It is required that this course be taken concurrently with SPED 7390 Practicum in SPED. The general goals of this course are to expand upon the knowledge and skills developed in course work and field experiences gained in Assessment and Instructional Design I and to enfold the knowledge and skills into specific implementation for students with various learning problems. Candidates will evaluate various formal and informal assessments for use in curriculum development and adaptation. Particular emphasis will be placed on candidate competency in instructional design and analysis. Candidates will modify and adapt curriculum for inclusive settings.
SPED 7353 Transition and Life Adjustment
Prerequisite: SPED 7352 Assessment and Instructional Design II. This course presents information regarding the transition and life adjustment of persons with disabilities. The focus is on the development and implementation of transition plans for adolescents with disabilities and children with more significant disabilities. Candidates will develop mechanisms for self-advocacy development and access to services available to adults with disabilities
SPED 7360 Characteristics and Educational Needs of the Severely Emotionally Disturbed
Serious emotional disturbance and its educational implication; includes significant historical factors; theoretical orientations to definition, etiology of serious emotional disturbance; classification systems; learning characteristics, their educational implications; interdisciplinary appraisal, therapies; federal, state legislation, litigation relating to serious emotional disturbance and education.
SPED 7361 Methods for Teaching the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed
Prerequisite: Special Education 7360 or consent of instructor. Instructional principles, intervention strategies; includes major education models; identification of education needs, development of Individualized Education Program; classroom design for self- contained, resource class at elementary, secondary levels; student progress evaluation.
SPED 7362 Direct Teaching of Social Skills in Children and Youth
(Oriented to educators.) Contemporary models; emphasis on classroom-based instruction; includes key social learning aspects; social integration; teaching social skills deficits; instructional materials, procedures; language for building comprehensive social skills programming, outcomes evaluation into Individualized Education Programs.
SPED 7365 Individualized Education Programs
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Identification, evaluation, perspective programming process in education of exceptional children; includes Arkansas special education general program standards; components of comprehensive, interdisciplinary appraisal; categorical eligibility criteria; referral, placement, appeal procedure; development of Individualized Education Programs, IEP process conferences; report writing.
SPED 7366 Exceptionalities in the Classroom
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Recognition of exceptionalities, educational implications; techniques for elementary teacher in identifying exceptionalities in regular classroom. Offered on demand.
SPED 7390 Assessment in Special Education Practicum
Prerequisites: SPED 7305. Students are encouraged to take this course concurrently with SPED 7351.
The goal of this practicum is to develop knowledge and skills in assessment techniques unique to Special Education. Students will have opportunities to select, administer, and interpret scores from formal, informal, and criterion referenced tests. Candidates also will engage in specific observational assessments. Emphasis will be placed on translating assessment information into programming recommendations. Students will develop profiles of students with or at risk for developing learning problems and students exhibiting a range of disability characteristics and identifying instructional support suitable for implementing with actual students.
STAT – Statistics
STAT 7340 Advanced Statistical Methods I
Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in MATH 1451 and STAT 3352 or equivalent. This course is designed to cover the more common advanced statistical concepts and methods. Probability theory, collecting data, sampling, inference, interval estimation, tests of hypotheses for single mean, two means, proportions, and the use of computer packages.
STAT 7341 Advanced Statistical Methods II
Prerequisite: A grade of B or greater in STAT 7340. This course is designed to cover the more common and advanced statistical concepts and methods. Simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, ANOVA of single factor experiments, ANOVA of multi-factor experiments, non-parametric methods, categorical data analysis, Bayesian decision theory and methods, and the use of computer packages.
STAT 7342 Introduction to SAS
This course is designed to introduce students in all disciplines to conducting data analyses and managing data using the SAS system and SAS programming language. The basics of the SAS language and SAS data sets, reading SAS logs, viewing and printing output, inputting data into SAS, manipulating data and creating new variables using SAS procedures, generating descriptive statistics and frequency distributions using SAS Insight. Performing hypothesise tests and constructing confidence intervals, building categorical models, building and interpreting simple and multiple linear regression models, constructing ANOVA models using SAS procedures and Analyst.
STAT 7343 Programming in SAS
Prerequisite: A grade of B or greater in STAT 7342. This course is designed to introduce students in all disciplines to conducting a deep SAS programming on topics in statistical simulation and computation using the SAS system and SAS programming language. Pseudo-random-variate generation, optimization, Monte Carlo simulation, Bootstrap, and Jackknife methods.
SYEN – Systems Engineering
SYEN 5182 MEMS and Microsystems Laboratory
Prerequisites: SYEN 4376 and 4176, or consent of instructor. This laboratory course is an introduction to the principles of micro-fabrication for microelectronic devices, sensors, and micromechanical structures, MEMS, and microsystems with applications in engineering. Course comprises of laboratory work and accompanying lectures that cover silicon oxidation, photolithography, thin film deposition, etching, electrochemical deposition (plating) and packaging. Some selected topic in yield and reliability, as well as process simulation may be covered. Two hours lab. One credit hour.
SYEN 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Advanced specialized topics of current interest in systems engineering. Topics vary with faculty interest and availability. One, two, three, or four hours lecture. One, two, three, or four hours.
SYEN 5282 Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Microsystems
Prerequisite: SYEN 3372 or equivalent and corequisite concurrent 5182 or equivalent with a grade of C or better. In this introductory MEMS class, we cover the fundamental basis of microsystems technology. Microelectromechanical devices (MEMS), such as actuators, pressure sensors, and opto-mechanical assemblies, require knowledge of a broad range of disciplines, from microfabrication and mechanics to chemistry and solid state device physics. Three hours lecture. Note: Students enrolled in SYEN 5282 do a project related to course contents. SYEN 5282 is not open to students with credit for SYEN 4282. Two credit hours.
SYEN 5300 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Graduate standing, and consent of the instructor. Individual investigation on entry level topics by a graduate student. Topics determined in consultation with supervising faculty. Agreement must be in writing and filed with the department chairperson. The student work will be evaluated through reports or other means and documented by the faculty. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses, SYEN 5300 and/or SYEN 7300, can be applied toward the degree requirements. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5308 Linux Systems Programming
Prerequisite: CPSC 2376 or equivalent. This course introduces the fundamental structure and services of the Unix/Linux operating systems. Upon completion of this course, the students should master application software and middle-ware design in Unix/Linux operating system through programming at the system call level. It covers files and directories, device control, terminal handling, process and threads, inter-process communication, event-driven and signal handling, pipes, sockets, client/server. It also covers graphics and user interface design. Students who have taken SYEN 4308 for credit cannot take SYEN 5308 for credit. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5310 Introduction to Signal Processing
Prerequisite: MATH 3322 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental concepts in signal processing. Use of the fundamental transform techniques (Laplace transform, discrete Fourier transform, z-transform). Discrete time representation of signal, linear time invariant subsystems. Correlation, coherence and time delays, Standard system models (ARMA, ARMAC). FIR and IIR filters. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5314 Queuing Theory and Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3314 or equivalent. The theoretical foundations, models and techniques of queuing theory are presented. Topics include classic models of queues including simple and advanced Markovian queuing models, and models of queues with general arrival and service patterns. Applications of queuing theory and queuing systems design considerations. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5315 Advanced Dynamics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2453. Kinematics od translating and rotating vectors. Dynamics if systems of particles and rigid bodies. Angular momentum. Newtonian mechanics. Lagrangian mechanics. Examples drawn from the fields of robotics, biological motion, and planetary motion. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5320 Linear Systems Theory
Prerequisites: SYEN 3364 or consent of instructor. Introduction to modem control systems, state-space models of linear time-invariant systems, solution to state equations, linear transformations and canonical forms, stability analysis, controller synthesis via state feedback, tracking system design, observer-based compensator design, optimal control problems. Three hours lecture. Three credit hour.
SYEN 5322 Modeling Transportation Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312, SYEN 3314, or Consent of Instructor. The objectives of transportation analysis are defined to include mobility provision, consequence identification and selection of courses of action. A set of methodologies have evolved to exclusively address transport modeling, including demand forecasting, technology representation, network-flow, and multi-attribute assessment- of performance. This course reviews very powerful tools to analyze such a class of technological and socioeconomic problems, characterized by the explicit recognition of a spatial dimension. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5325 Fuzzy Logic Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3364. Introduction, basic concepts of fuzzy logic, fuzzy sets, fuzzy relations, Fuzzy If-Then rules, fuzzy implications and approximate reasoning, fuzzy logic in control theory, hierarchical intelligent control, fuzzy logic applications in information systems, fuzzy model identification, neuro-fuzzy systems and genetic algorithms. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5326 Measurement Techniques
Prerequisite: SYEN 2315 or equivalent. Principles of operation and implementation of transducers used in electronic measuring systems. Sensors used for the measurement of strength, capacitance, pressure, flow, force velocity, temperature, humidity, vibration, sound, and acceleration are discussed. Interfacing transducers with a digital system will be emphasized. Effects of quantization, scaling, sampling time, and bandwidth will be examined. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory work. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5327 Acoustics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2353 or equivalent. Development of the equations for acoustics and vibrations. Transducers for measurement of sound and acceleration. Design of sonic actuators using network analysis. Analog and digital processing of signals, including spectral analysis, adaptive signal processing, and central analysis. Applications to noise analysis and control and machinery diagnosis through sound.
SYEN 5329 Robust and Optimal Control
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3364, MATH 3312. Linear discrete- and continuous-time systems, state equations, transition matrix, internal stability, Lyapunov stability, controllability, observability, realization, linear feedback, state observation, polynomial fraction description, geometric theory, discrete-time stability, reachability, observability, realization, state feedback and observation. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5331 Advanced Computer Architecture
Prerequisites: SYEN 3336 or consent of instructor. Introduction to Computer Systems, Instruction-Set architecture, Arithmetic/Logic Unit, Data Path and Control, Memory System Design, I/O Interface, and Advanced Architectures. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5332 Applied Operating Systems
Prerequisites: SYEN 3362. Introduction to operating systems. Buffering, physical input/output, and file management. Multiprogramming and processing, resource scheduling, memory management, concept of virtual memory, Process management and scheduling. Device management and scheduling. Process communication, network communication, and protection. The graduate students will use the C language to implement several generic OS components, practice the process management, and practice the shared memory utilities. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5334 Software Systems Engineering
Prerequisite: SYEN 3362, Engineering approach to the development of software systems, including the life cycle steps of project planning, requirements analysis and specification, design, production, testing, and maintenance of software systems. Students are required to do a project related to course contents, Dual-listed in UALR Undergraduate catalog as SYEN 4334. Not open to students with credit for SYEN 4334. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5335 Mechatronics I
Prerequisite: MATH 2453 or equivalent, PHYS 2321 or equivalent. This course covers basic mechanical design elements, including gears, fasteners, bearings, sprockets and chains, timing pulleys, brakes and clutches. Methods of attaching power and timing elements to shafts, including standard keys, Woodruff keys, splines, pins, and press-fits, is covered. Integration of sensors, including petentiometers, limit switches, and yaw rate sensors is covered. Theories of failure will be introduced, and basic stress/strain calculations will be done. Design theories and project management will be introduced. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5336 Advances in Communication Networks
Prerequisites: SYEN 3312, 3316, and 3332. Essentials of B-ISDN, InteServ, MPLS, DiffServ. Advances in optical networks, wireless networks, satellite networks, sensor networks, ad hoc networks, access networks, and autonomous networks. FSO technology. VoIP and video-over-IP. Modeling and optimization of networks. Communication switch OS. Elementary queuing theory. Security issues. OPNET training. Socket programming. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5340 Applied Numerical Methods
Prerequisite: SYEN 1305; MATH 3312 and 3322. Scientific computing, error analysis, roots of equations, systems of equations, curve fitting, numerical differentiation and integration, ordinary and partial differential equations. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Students are required to do a term project related to the contents of the course. Dual-listed in UALR undergraduate catalog as SYEN 4340. Course not open to students with credit for SYEN 4340.
SYEN 5342 Linear Programming and Network Flows
Prerequisites: SYEN 3312, or consent of instructor. This course covers salient linear optimization topics, including computational issues such as decomposition, LU factorization, and network flow. Of equal interest is the equivalence between algebraic and graph-theoretic representation of a model and its solution algorithms. The relationship between the network flow paradigm and discrete optimization is also emphasized. Last but not least are the software libraries to solve linear optimization models. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5350 Digital Signal Processing
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3350 or consent of the instructor. Signals and signal processing; discrete-time signals and systems in the time and frequency domains; digital processing of continuous-time signals; finite-length discrete transforms; discrete-time signals and systems in the z-domain; LTI discrete-time systems in the transform domain; digital filter structures; IIR digital filter design; FIR digital filter design; DSP algorithm implementation; analysis of finite word-length effects; multi-rate DSP fundamentals; multi-rate filter banks and wavelets; applications of DSP. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5352 Spatial Time Series
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312 or equivalent, STAT 3353 or equivalent, or Consent of Instructor. Instead of a single stream of data, multiple streams gathered over the target can provide better information. Because of the inherent spatial correlation among these data streams, spatial time-series can play an important role in multiple-sensor and other data-intensive applications. Image-processing applications include image rectification and restoration, image enhancement, image classification, and data merging. Signal processing applications include the Spatial-temporal Autoregressive Moving-Average model and Intervention Analysis. Unifying these diverse analyses and applications is Markov Random Field Theory. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5353 Advanced Digital Communications
Prerequisites: SYEN 3354 or consent of the instructor. This course provides an in-depth examination of wireless digital communication design strategies. Topics covered include digital modulation, radio wave propagation characteristics, signal detection methods, BER performance improvement and simulation techniques, RF/hardware architectures, migration path for modulation and demodulation techniques, signal processing building blocks for wireless systems, methods for mitigating wireless channel impairments, perform system simulations, BER and channel models, predict system performance and evaluate tradeoffs, list TDMA and CDMA techniques, and 3G evolution, describe design issues for wireless systems, particularly those issues in which transmit and receive implementation affect system performance. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5354 Power Systems Analysis
Prerequisites: SYEN 3358, or consent of the instructor. Fundamental concepts of power system analysis, transmission line parameters, system models, steady-state performance, network calculations, power flow solutions, fault studies, symmetrical components, operation and control. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5355 Mobile Multimedia Internet
Prerequisites: SYEN 3314, or consent of the instructor. The course will provide state-of-the-art perspective of the emerging landscape of Mobile Multimedia Internet. Key subject areas covered in advanced mobile Internet technologies include WLAN, GPRS, 3G, UTMS, and VoIP. Topics covered will involve architecture of the systems, protocol issues, the design and analysis of solutions for mobility, quality of service, mobile IP, and standardization efforts. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as SYEN 5355. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours. Students with credit for SYEN 4355 may not take SYEN 5355
SYEN 5356 Radio Frequency Techniques and Systems
Prerequisites: SYEN 2315, MATH 3322, and PHYS 2322. Analysis of electrostatic, magnetostatic, and dynamic fields using vector analysis. Coulomb’s Law, electric field intensity, electric flux density, Gauss’ Law. Energy and potential. Conductors, dielectrics, and capacitance. Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations. The steady magnetic field magnetic forces, materials, and inductance. Time-varying fields and Maxwell’s equations. Boundary conditions. The uniform plane wave. Plane waves at boundaries and in dispersive media. Transmission lines and antenna fundamentals. Examples are taken from the field of wireless communications. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5358 Cellular and Wireless Communications
Prerequisite: SYEN 3354. Characteristics of mobile radio environment, multipath and fading, cellular communication concepts, channel allocation and reuse, access and scheduling techniques, system capacity, power control, diversity, coding, modulation in cellular systems, examples of digital wireless systems, wireless local area networks. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5359 Optical Networking
Prerequisites: SYEN 4355, or consent of the instructor. Fundamental concepts of networking, optical networks elements and devices, SONET, WDM, DWDM, optical control plane, MPLS and GMPLS, Free Space Optical Mesh Networks. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5362 Neural Networks and Adaptive Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312, or consent of the instructor. Introduction to neural networks, neuron models and learning strategies, pattern recognition, multi-layer perceptron, back propagation, principle component analysis, self-organizing feature maps, neural networks for time-series forecasting. Three hours lecture. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5366 Advanced Digital Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3330 and SYEN 3310. Advanced design principles for digital systems. In particular, the students will be exposed to hardware modeling in the hardware description language: VHDL (Verilog Hardware Description language), Compilation techniques for hardware models, and logic-level synthesis and optimization techniques for combinational and sequential circuits.
SYEN 5371 Intro Continuum Mechanics
Prerequisite: MATH 2453 and MATH 3322 or their equivalent, PHYS 231 and PHYS 3300 or their equivalent. This introductory course on Continuum Mechanics will take a unified approach to train the student in the modeling of deformation in solids, fluid flow, and electrical fields. Using a first principles approach, the fundamental conservation laws of mass, charge, momentum and energy will be covered. Application to deformation in solids, heat transfer, fluid flow and electrical fields will be addressed.
SYEN 5372 Mechatronics II
Prerequisite: SYEN 4335 or equivalent. The combination of classical mechanical design, electronic analysis and design, control engineering, and computer science in the design of complex electric-mechanical-controlled systems. Commonly used sensors (potentiometers, accelerometers) and actuators (stepping motors, DC motors) are studied. Interfacing sensors and actuators to a microcomputer, discrete controller design, and real-time programming for control using the C programming language. There is a significant out-of-class project exercise associated with this course. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5375 Mechanical Vibrations
Prerequisites: SYEN 3370, or consent of the instructor. Analysis of linear multi-degree of freedom systems. Lagrangian formulation, model analysis, lumped parameter analysis of discrete systems, and continuous system vibrations. Introduction to non-linear systems. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5381 Thermal and Fluid System Design
Prerequisite: SYEN 4379 or consent of the instructor. Overview of fossil fuel, nuclear and renewable-energy power plants, the Rankine cycle, fossil fuel steam generators, fuels and combustion, pumps and turbines, the condensate-feed-water system, the circulating-water system, gas turbine and combined cycles, principles of nuclear energy, nuclear reactors and power plants, geothermal energy, solar energy, wind energy, energy from the oceans, energy storage and fuel cells, environmental aspects of power generation. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5383 Finite Element Analysis
Prerequisite: SYEN 3378, 4376, and 4340 (recommended). Basic concepts of the finite element method (FEM); stiffness matrices, spring and bar elements; truss structures, the direct stiffness method; flexure elements; method of weighted residuals; interpolation functions for general element formulation; applications in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and solid mechanics; structural dynamics. dual-listed in the Undergraduate Catalog with SYEN 5383, Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5384 Computer Methods in Fluids and Heat Transfer
Prerequisite: SYEN 4374 or equivalent. Modeling and simulation of thermal-fluid problems using commercial software, finite volume method, solution algorithms for pressure-velocity coupling, solution of systems of discretized equations, unsteady flows, uncertainty in CFD modeling, methods for dealing with complex geometries, modeling of combustion, heat transfer, and unsteady flows. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 5389 Professional Engineering Licensure
Prerequisite concurrent: Registration for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, or consent of instructor. Legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to the practice of engineering; preparation for engineering licensure examinations. Two hours lecture. Three hours lab. Three credit hours. Cross listed as CNMG 5389. Dual-listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as CNMG 4389. Students cannot receive graduate credit for SYEN 5389 if they have previously taken SYEN 4389.
SYEN 7101 Research Methodology
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research methodology of doctoral level research. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the computing and engineering disciplines.
SYEN 7102 Research Tools
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to the research tools of doctoral level research. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the computing and engineering disciplines.
SYEN 7103 Research Applications
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. A one-credit course in a set of three, introducing students to examples of doctoral level research. Research examples will be drawn from work that exemplifies the interconnecting research opportunities across the computing and engineering disciplines.
SYEN 7118 Research Ethics in Science and Engineering
The course uses a case-based method to cover various topics related to professional research ethics. It is intended for entering science and engineering graduate students in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (DCEIT). The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with professional ethics related to research and to prepare them to deal with typical ethical situations that may occur in the course of their graduate studies and professional careers.
SYEN 7145 Integrated Comp. Lab Rotation
First semester orientation course to allow new students in the Integrated Computing doctoral program to gain exposure in several different faculty research areas. This course will aid the student in the selection of his/her doctoral research advisor. 1 credit hour. Offered on demand. Cross listed between Computer Science, Systems Engineering, and Information Science.
SYEN 7190 Systems Engineering Seminar
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate advisor. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present, discuss and exchange ideas on research topics related to Systems Engineering. One-hour session per week. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded: credit/ no credit.
SYEN 7192 Graduate Seminar
Prerequisites: Graduate standing, consent of graduate coordinator. Students, faculty, and invited speakers will present discuss and exchange ideas on research topics of general interest to the graduate programs in the EIT college. One-hour session per week. Course may be repeated for credit. Graded: credit/no credit.
SYEN 7300 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Completion of core course requirements in the graduate program, and consent of the instructor. Individual research investigation by a graduate student. Topics determined in consultation with supervising faculty. Agreement must be in writing and filed with the department chairperson. The student work will be evaluated through reports or other means and documented by the faculty. A maximum of six credit hours of independent study courses, SYEN 5300 and/or SYEN 7300, can be applied toward the degree requirements. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7302 Advanced Electronics for Instrumentation
Principles of operation of analog and digital integrated circuitry, including amplifiers, A/D and D/A circuits, active filters and special function circuits as used in computers and instrumentation for measurement and control.
SYEN 7306 Real-time Embedded Systems
This course presents technologies for the design and implementation of embedded systems using Linux Operating System (OS). Such technologies include Linux, real-time Linux OS, and real-time embedded application design. Students will learn how to administer Linux OS and how to create a task-specific kernel for their own embedded application. They will learn techniques necessary for developing real-time Linux device drivers. real-time kernel space programming, and inter-process communication between real-time kernel and user space. Students will obtain hands-on experience with embedded software design through course projects. Upon completing this course, students should be able to develop their own embedded applications based on open source software resources.
SYEN 7307 Smart Materials
Prerequisite: SYEN 4371 or equivalent. This course will deal with the unique nonlinear, hysteretic response of smart materials that arise due to coupling between mechanical and thermal or electric or magnetic fields. Specifically, microstructural characteristics and constitutive modeling of shape memory alloys, ferroelectric materials and ferromagnetic materials will be covered. Use of these smart materials in sensor and actuator design will be addressed.
SYEN 7310 Economic Evaluation of Engineering Projects
Prerequisite(s): Math 1453, SYEN 3312 and 3314 or their equivalents, or consent of the instructor. Application of engineering management decision making to the life-cycle economic evaluation of engineering projects. Topics include decisions regarding investment in new or existing facilities and improvement of processes in both manufacturing and service industries. Deterministic, stochastic and multi-attribute evaluation approaches with the objectives of profit and utility maximization, as well as cost and risk reduction techniques are explored. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7311 System Design and Analysis
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor. This course introduces the concept of a system, system requirements, system life cycle, design and integration. The basic principles of system engineering design process, modeling, and process modeling. Basic concepts of system requirements and definition of the design problem will be presented. The details of functional, physical, and operational architectures will be presented. The details of interface design, integration, and qualification of the system will be presented. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours
SYEN 7312 Systems Architecture and Design
Prerequisites: SYEN 7311 or consent of the instructor. This course introduces the process of systems architecting and the design for operational feasibility in the context of systems engineering design process. Systems architecture topics include the functional, physical, operational, and interface architectures and their correlation with the system design process, as well as graphical modeling techniques to develop these types of architectures. Examples of standardized architecture frameworks used in practice are also presented. The design for operational feasibility includes quantitative and qualitative aspects in reliability, maintainability, productibility, supportability, disposability and affordability as they relate to the system engineering life-cycle design process. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7313 Systems Management and Evaluation
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Organized in two parts, this course presents the fundamental concepts of systems management and evaluation. Systems management methodologies, such as Systems Engineering Management Plan, Work Breakdown Structure and Risk Management Plan are presented in the first part of the course. As the design and development of any engineering system is basically an engineering project, the second part of the course introduces the steps in the engineering project management process, Quantitative project management techniques, such as Program Evaluation and Review Technique, and Critical Path Method are presented in detail. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7314: Multi-criteria Decision and Risk Analysis
Prerequisite: Graduate standing. The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a wide variety of techniques in handling Multi-criteria Decision Making (MCDM) problems. The emphasis will be placed on breadth rather than depth. The students will analyze an MCDM problem of their choice. S/he will work with the decision-maker(s) to define the problem (particularly the criteria with which s/he uses to measure `success,’) generate alternatives, capture the preference structure of the decision maker(s), and evaluate the alternatives, resulting in preferred courses of action. The student will get the opportunity to use Multi-attribute-decision-analysis and Multi-criteria-optimization computer-software. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7315 Complex Engineered Systems
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312 and 3362 or their equivalents, or consent of the instructor. Introduction to complex engineered systems and the methods and tools currently under consideration in the ongoing research towards better understanding of such systems and the development of a complex engineered systems theory. Topics include concepts such as emergence, self-organization, learning and adaptation, and various quantitative and computational intelligence techniques that are considered for modeling, analysis and evaluation of such systems. System-of-systems concept is also presented. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7316 Advanced Systems Simulation
Prerequisite(s): SYEN 3312 and 3316 or equivalent, or consent of the instructor. Simulation of existing or proposed real-world systems (facilities and processes). Topics include simulation input modeling, random variant generation and stochastic models of arrival processes, statistical analysis of simulation output, variance reduction techniques, statistical design of simulation experiments and optimization of the simulation output. Monte Carlo simulation on spreadsheets, including project management, risk analysis, and reliability applications. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7317 Nanostructural Materials: Physical and Chemical Properties
Prerequisites: SYEN 3372 or PHYS 4340 or CHEM 4340 or equivalent. This course introduces students to the area of nanotechnology and the novel properties of the materials built at the nanoscale. The course will cover the main properties of nanomaterials, various methods for synthesis and characterization and the most up-to-date applications from nanoelectronics, advanced materials, bio-medicine, etc. The course is designed for graduate students with a background in chemistry, physics, and engineering.
SYEN 7318 Micro- and Nano-Fabrication
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. This course will introduce some of the important micro- and nano-fabrication techniques that are mostly used in areas of microelectronics and nanotechnology. Some of the topics that will be covered include diffusion of impurities, thermal oxidation, ion implantation, optical lithography, thin film deposition, etching, nanolithography, nano-imprinting, growth of nanorods and nanosprings by glancing angle deposition, and growth of carbon nanotubes. During the course, students will become familiar with some of the basic experiments including thin film and glancing angle depositions, etching, and film characterization techniques. The course is intended for graduate students from science and engineering majors.
SYEN 7320 Linear Systems Theory
Prerequisites: SYEN 5320 or consent of instructor. This course covers the mathematical basis of linear state-space systems theory. Topics include: linear time-varying and time-invariant system representation, solutions to LTV and LTI systems, stability analysis, controllability and state feedback, observability and output feedback, minimal realizations, MIMO systems, and LQR/LQG optimal control. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7331 Transducers and Real Time Control
Prerequisites: SYEN 4335 or equivalent, SYEN 7302, SYEN 1302 or equivalent. Applications of computer techniques for data acquisition, analysis, and real-time control; use of analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, digital I/O for measurement; C computer language for experiment control; use of standard transduction elements for physical measurements such as position, velocity, acceleration, and force.
SYEN 7332 Advanced Operating Systems Design
Prerequisites: SYEN 5332 or consent of instructor. Design principles of modern schedulers, multi-processor systems, protection and security components, OS tools, and IP stacks. The graduate student will do several projects through the software engineering cycles of requirement analysis, high level design (HLD), detailed design (DD), implementation, unit testing, and system testing. The projects include but not limited to the Linus scheduler, signal handler, shared memory control, virtual memory management, and case studies of device drivers. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7342 Network and Combinatorial Optimization
Prerequisites: SYEN 5342 or consent of the instructor. An in-depth study of combinatorial programming and network flow optimization. Emphasis on discrete optimization and specialized solution techniques that are efficient way to solve mixed-integer programming problems. Techniques include minimum cost flow, networks with gain, multi-commodity flow networks, networks with side constraints and Lagrangian relaxation. Computational complexity is also discussed. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours
SYEN 7355 Statistical Signal Processing
Prerequisites: Math 3312 and SYEN 3354, or consent of the instructor. The main coding theory problem. Introduction to finite fields. Vector space over finite fields. Structures of linear block codes. Encoding and decoding of linear codes. Dual codes. Non-binary Hamming codes. Perfect codes. Reed-Muller codes. Cyclic codes. Weight enumerators. Low density parity check codes. Convolutional codes. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7357 Advanced Antennas for Wireless Systems
Prerequisite: SYEN 3356 or consent of the instructor. The course introduces the fundamental principles of antenna theory and applies them to particular antennas for wireless communications systems and other advanced antenna systems. In addition, the course develops appreciation for research issues of antennas for mobile wireless and advanced communications systems. The course is useful in the areas of mobile communication, signal processing, antenna theory, and smart antennas. It provides the current state of antenna array research and describes how an antenna array may be used to help meet the ever-growing demand of increased channel capacity for wireless mobile communications services. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7374 Elasticity
Prerequisites: SYEN 4376 or ASCI 5320 or consent of the instructor. Fundamental concepts of stress and strain. Linear theory: boundary value problems of elasticity including plane stress, plane strain, and torsion, elementary variation theory of elasticity, Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7376 Fracture Mechanics
Prerequisites: SYEN 7374, or consent of the instructor. Failure of manufactured products in service and implications for design; energy release rates, toughness, and evaluation of experimental tests; fracture mechanisms in different material systems; fracture toughness testing; damage tolerance; design studies. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 7385 Systems Engineering Graduate Project
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the student’s graduate advisor. Students, under faculty supervision, will conduct directed research on a particular problem or area of Systems Analysis and Applications/Electrical and Computer Engineering/Telecommunication and Signal Processing/ Mechanical Engineering in some depth, and will produce an appropriate project report based on his/her investigations.
SYEN 7399 Special Topics in Systems Engineering
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the instructor. Advanced topics in the area of Systems Analysis and Applications/ Electrical and Computer Engineering/Telecommunication and Signal Processing/ Mechanical Engineering. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.
SYEN 8100-8600 Systems Engineering Master’s Thesis
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and consent of the thesis advisor. Scholarly investigation of a selected problem in the area of Systems Analysis and Applications/Electrical and Computer Engineering/Telecommunication and Signal Processing/ Mechanical Engineering culminating in a written, orally defended thesis. Maximum of six hours may be applied toward MS degree. Variable credit of one to six hours.
SYEN 9100-9900 Doctoral Research/Dissertation
Prerequisites: Consent of Advisor. One to nine credit hours to be determined at the time of registration. Cross listed between Computer Science, Systems Engineering, and Information Science.
TCED – Teacher Education
TCED 5100, 5200, 5300 Workshop
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Exploration of areas of interest, preparation of educational materials. Offered on demand
TCED 7149, 7249, 7349 Independent Study
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Individual problems in student’s chosen field. Up to three hours may count toward degree. Offered on demand.
TCED 7303 Reflective Teaching
For certified secondary teachers in the advanced track M.Ed. Students learn to use tools of reflective teaching to assess their own level of competence and to design learning experiences to improve their own classroom teaching. Students will analyze various national models for assessment of master teachers and will examine recent research in education which should affect classroom practice. With the guidance of the instructor they will demonstrate their current level of competence in a portfolio and will select a committee to develop an individualized degree plan.
TCED 7305 Action Research
This course introduces Action Research to graduate students. Focus is on understanding the process of action research and how it differentiates from traditional research and its processes. Topics include identifying potential topics within the classroom, implementing alternative solutions, evaluating and presenting the outcomes, and dissemination of findings through appropriate channels.
TCED 7321 Teaching Culturally Different Children
Problem, potential of children from culturally different backgrounds; preschool, elementary programs designed to meet their needs; guest lecturers are a basic part of the program.
TCED 7327 Contemporary Curriculum Design
(For teachers, supervisors, and administrators in developing clear concepts about all children and their educational programs.) Philosophy, administration, techniques of curriculum design; includes participation in development of a culturally pluralistic curriculum. Offered in spring.
TCED 7333 Mentoring and Coaching Teachers
This course prepares teachers to work as mentors/coaches of pre-service and/or in-service teachers and as leaders in professional development.
TCED 7337 Life Adjustment for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Overview of the life adjustments encountered by older adolescents and young adults with severe disabilities and their families. Concentrations include philosophies of service delivery, residential and occupational alternatives for adults with severe disabilities, social needs, and legal rights and responsibilities. Emphasizes community-based services for individuals with severe disabilities.
TCED 7341 Conflict Management in the Schools
Conflict management issues and strategies in the schools. School-community disputes, faculty relations, parental conflicts, and student conflicts are addressed. Participants are trained in a variety of approaches to school safety, school community building, and methods of resolving conflict including peer mediation. Diversity issues discussed throughout the course.
TCED 7600 Science, Mathematics, and Reading: An Interdisciplinary Approach K-4
Prerequisite: consent of instructor. The learning of science, mathematics, and reading as active, integrated, constructive processes involving experimentation, investigation, communication, reasoning, and problem solving; shows connections and relevant applications of these disciplines; goals include helping teachers extend content learning, helping teachers create successful learning environments for every student through use of manipulatives, calculators, science equipment, and various learning strategies; and the provision of access to appropriate materials, equipment, and technology.
TCED 8115-8118 Studies Affecting Elementary Education
Current research, trends in elementary education; emphasis on interdisciplinary studies; topics reviewed regularly. Offered in fall and summer.
TCED 8150-8650 Specialist Thesis
Preparation of the specialist thesis. Offered on demand.
TCED 8300, 8600 Thesis
Prerequisite: 24 graduate hours. Preparation of master’s thesis. Offered on demand.
TCED 8301 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Historical, current curriculum design models; needs assessment, process, product evaluation of curriculum development. Offered in fall.
TCED 8310 Professional Experience
Professional experience in selected school district, state agency, or university sites related to student’s long-term professional goals; requires a paper related to the experience. Offered in fall and spring.
TDHH – Teaching Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
TDHH 5301 Foundations of Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
This foundations course is a broad‐based introductory course to the profession of teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This course articulates the historical background, philosophical approaches, and current trends, problems, and issues in the education of the deaf and hard of hearing. An overview of the psychological, emotional, and educational problems of the deaf and hard of hearing is included. Knowledge of contemporary educational processes and programs for deaf or hard of hearing infants, children, and adolescents are incorporated into the course content. Dual‐ listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as TDHH 5301. Three credit hours.
THEA – Theatre
THEA 5140, 5240, 5340 Special Topics in Theatre Arts
Topics may include plays, playwrights, theatrical periods, styles, production methods; emphasis on directed readings, research, casebook studies. Content changes each time offered. Offered on demand.
TINV 5301 Strategies for Innovation
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing (TINV 4301) or graduate standing (TINV 5301). This course examines strategies for developing innovative products. Topics include how to choose promising problems that are ripe for innovative solutions, how to generate multiple ideas for solving these problems, how to select the most promising solutions and how to sell your solution to potential partners, managers and investors. This is a hands-on project-based course.
TINV 5303 Applied Innovation Project
Prerequisites: TINV 4301 / 5301, MGMT 4361 / 5361 and MGMT 4383/5383. The purpose of this course is to give students experience in developing a prototype product in their chosen technological inventions and introduces students to commonly used design tools. It is open to students in any field of science and technology. This is primarily a laboratory class that requires a substantial time commitment. In addition to the activities listed above, students enrolled in TINV 5303 will need to prepare a Prototype User Evaluation Report that documents how potential users of the innovation evaluate the prototype.