Also listed here-following SCE-prefix courses--are sections of departmental courses sponsored this semester by the School of Community Education.
Courses with the SCED designation are offered with the approval of the Wittenberg faculty through the School of Community Education. They appear in the Evening and Weekend schedule exclusively. Although designed primarily for adult/non-traditional students in the Organizational Leadership and Health Care Leadership programs, most of them are also open to traditional students who meet stated prerequisites. Where appropriate, the Dean allocates a fixed number of places for traditional students in these and other SCE-sponsored courses, and registration for these places is through the regular procedure. In cases where the Dean's allocation has been filled, traditional students need his signature on a Course Change (ADD) form in order to register. Adult students enroll through the normal SCE process.
SCED 200L Liberal Studies Colloquium: Race, Culture, and American Life
Dr. Melinda Kanner
This course is the foundation of the adult degree program and an intellectual orientation to Wittenberg for adults. The Colloquium (Latin for "speaking together") introduces students to a mature level of critical thinking, research processes, and both written and oral expression. We'll pursue this development through the study of the topic, Race, Culture, and American Life.
"Race," a deceptively commonplace term in everyday life, is actually a word of elusive meaning in various contexts. Biological science, history, the social sciences-each has viewed race in a different way, and the meaning has also changed over time. The concept has served both systems of domination as well as positive forces of cultural identification. We will explore the evolution of this concept in American intellectual and social history, beginning with origins in the 18th-century Enlightenment and moving to the present. Readings will include selections from the French philosophes (in English!), the famous Uncle Tom's Cabin, and such modern authors as Jean Genet, Franz Fanon, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin. Dr. Kanner is on the faculty at Antioch College and has taught at Wittenberg for over ten years as Adjunct Instructor of Sociology.
SCED 300 Issues: SCED 300-01 Issues: Information Management-Basic
Mr. Gene Harvey
Although we will treat information technology as a whole, our particular focus will be on the internet-its electronic and logical components (sufficient for a clearer understanding of how it functions), means of accessing and using it, and its implications for the contemporary work organization. Combined with such other technologies as cellular phones, the internet moves communication forward to an instantaneous "as needed" basis with almost no geographic limitation. And the flow of information is interactive.
We will explore the current state of technological change, the ways in which the technology impacts how we view information and the management of information, and some potential uses and misuses of emerging systems. To better understand the unfolding present and project the future, we will compare systems of the past and the effects they had in their day. The course is highly practice-oriented, and students are expected to link classroom concepts with workplace concerns. This course uses the new @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Mr. Harvey is Wittenberg's Coordinator of Information Technology-Software.
SCED 300 Issues: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation
Mr. Charles Mallue.
These skills are a must in today's managerial environment, one characterized by contrasting personal styles and clashing opinions. The successful manager must learn to perceive and even appreciate the many sides to an issue, must articulate point and counterpoint in discussions, and must lead groups to a productive common ground. These capabilities are the focus of this course. Students will analyze contemporary scholarly thinking by leading theorists, complete an individual conflict style self-assessment, tackle case studies from the Harvard Negotiation Project, and engage in simulations. Classroom sessions are highly experiential, and this course uses the new @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Mr. Mallue's experience as a human resources consultant includes innovative union-management plant startups with General Motors and the IUE. He is president of the American Society for Training and Development-Western Ohio Chapter.
SCED 310 Understanding and Working Within the American Health Care System
Dr. Scott Wilke.
A critical examination of the structure, organization theory, and performance of the American system. Topics include the design of health care services organizations, modes of delivery, and access to as well as costs and quality of health care services. In the process of our study, we'll devote attention to such particulars as public vs. private sector concerns, the shift from hospital to ambulatory care, financial trends, managed care, and the measurement of inputs and outcomes. This course uses the new @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Dr. Scott Wilke, a Wittenberg alumnus, is Adjunct Instructor of Biology and has served as course design consultant for the Health Care Leadership program.
SCED 400 Senior Leadership Seminar
Dr. Elma Lee Moore.
Adult students synthesize their learning from previous study and experience and develop it into a major report. In this report, students typically identify a problem or process in an organizational setting, provide analysis, present options, and propose appropriate action. The inquiry process, developed in conjunction with the instructor and through activities with the group, addresses the dimensions of both management and leadership. Students present their report in writing to the instructor and orally to the seminar group. The report also serves as the basis for the oral senior assessment presentation for the Liberal Studies major -taking the form of an executive briefing. This course uses the new @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Dr. Moore is Director of Adult Leadership Programs.
MGT 225-03 Financial Accounting
Dr. Ravi Shankar.
See the general course description under the MGT heading. Dr. Shankar is Controller for the Clark County MRDD Board.
MGT 260S-9W Organizational Behavior
Mr. Ron Larsen.
We will examine the behavior of people in formal organizations, with work organizations being the principal object. In our examination, we will consider individual behavior and motivation; we will explore the relationships between individuals-communication, team and other group dynamics, leadership, influence, power; and we will study key organizational characteristics-structure, culture, and adaptation to environmental changes (especially the balancing of stability and change. The emphasis will be on using applicable theories to analyze and improve individual, team, and organizational performance. Students will have flexibility in establishing personal course objectives but must also manifest a high degree of initiative and responsibility in achieving them. This course uses the new @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Mr. Larsen, a management consultant with the EdVantage Group, worked for many years in training and development for the NCR Corporation. He is past president of the American Society for Training and Development-Western Ohio Chapter.
RELI 100R Topic: Introduction to the Bible
Dr. Anders Tune.
The Bible has been the scriptural basis for Judaism (Hebrew scriptures) and Christianity (Old and New Testaments). It has also had immense influence on the languages, literatures, and thought of Western culture as well as the cultures of other societies. To study the Bible is the understand more fully the culture in which we live and even ourselves. In this introductory survey to both the Old and New Testaments, we will examine the diverse literary genres of the Bible-saga, history, hymns, biographies, letters, visions of the future-written over a period of more than a thousand years. We will consider the historical background of these writings and the cultural perspectives they embody. We will also analyze themes pervading the sweep of the Bible, particularly various conceptions of God, societies, and individual human persons held by the Bibilical writers. Using modern tools of historical and literary study, we aim to understand and appreciate these writings not only as they stand in their ancient historical setting but in their meaning for people in our own time. Dr. Tune is Pastor to the University.