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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 concentrations, 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 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.
Also listed here is a foreign language course open only to adult/non-traditional students.
RUSS 105 Russian for Professionals
Dr. Lila Zaharakov, Associate Professor of Languages
Why not study the language of a country that covers one sixth of the world’s land mass? This course introduces students to Russia’s language and culture. Specifically created for the adult learner, it meets once a week for two hours, using the most up-to-date methodology. Activities include the use of video, multimedia language laboratory, and web-accessed exercises that allow students to work with classroom materials at their own pace, taking into account the particular demands of adult students. The textbook is accompanied by a manual written by the instructor to enable students to work on assignments between class sessions. (Limited to six students.)
SCED 200L Liberal Studies Colloquium: American Democracy—Problems and Prospects
Dr. Rob Baker, Professor of Political Science
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: American Democracy – Problems and Prospects.
While the rest of the world looks to America as the model of democracy, we ourselves experience a growing sense of unease about our system and disconnection from its founding ideas and aspirations. Some thinkers even conclude that the pressures and challenges confronting us in recent times threaten the vitality or even the continuation of the system. To gain a clearer understanding of this situation, we will study some essentials of democratic theory. We will use this base to examine key challenges that have presented themselves in our time – shifts in the separation of powers, radical individualism, decreasing citizen participation, and trivialized election campaigns. We will use the criteria of democratic theory to assess these challenges, with the goal of arriving at an intelligent understanding of our evolving system and perhaps some ideas for improving it. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Writing intensive.
SCED 300 Issues: Managing in a Diverse Workplace
Dr. Forest Wortham, Director of Multicultural Student Programs
Once upon a time in America, the typical office organization consisted of white male managers-–typified by the IBM “uniform” of white shirt and dark tie – white female secretaries, and perhaps some black housekeeping staff. Major changes have taken place in the last three decades –demographic, cultural, and political. The workplace changes coming in their wake involve gender, ethnicity, age, cultural expectations, and socio-economic levels. We will study the history of this development, the legal and regulatory elements guiding it, and some of the social and economic impacts on individuals, organizations, and social groups. We will also consider the managerial implications, including challenges to be addressed and illustrations of successful efforts among business organizations. Students will consider their own individual perspectives and a realistic corporate perspective, and will work these into an optimum diversity plan for an organization of their own choosing. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Students will be notified of any advance assignment after the semester has officially begun. (This two-credit course begins Nov. 8)
SCED 300 Issues: Team Leadership
An in-depth look at internal team processes and procedures as well as the interaction of various work groups within contemporary organizations. Goals are: to understand the benefits and problems of teamwork and a team-based structure, to practice team leadership and participation skills, and to explore current management thinking about the role and dynamics of team structure within the larger organizational structure. Students will engage in a variety of activities that include small group exercises, case studies, learning games, and reading analyses. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. (This two-credit course meets through October 26.)
SCED 300 Issues: Employment Law for Managers
This course will view the employer/employee relationship in the context of the American legal system. In this respect students will review the statutory basis for employment law in addition to several court cases. We will use these cases to illustrate the reasons for employment disputes along with the basis for resolution of the disputes. The course will address various aspects of the employment relationship from a legal standpoint. Topics will include the hiring process, wages and hours, employee benefits, illegal discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act, public employment, the Family Medical Leave Act and unions. Although our primary focus is on the legal aspects of employment law, we will also devote much attention to the day-to-day impact of these issues in the workplace. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. (This two-credit course meets through October 27.)
SCED 310 Understanding and Working Within the American Healthcare System
A critical examination of the structural characteristics, organizational theory, and performance of the American healthcare system. Topics include the design of health care services organizations, modes of delivery, and access to as well as cost and quality of healthcare services. Lecture, discussion and group presentations. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission
MGT 360 Human Resource Management
Ms. Cathy Balas
Human resource management involves a variety of administrative skills, including compliance with legal requirements such as EEO, OSHA, ADA; job analysis; recruitment; selection; compensation; and training and development. HRM is also a critical strategic resource for companies competing on knowledge, speed, and quality. This course examines both the administrative and strategic human resource management skills needed by managers in today’s organizations. This is a “laboratory” course, using case studies and work with area companies to apply HRM theory to business situations. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. This format is suited only to serious and disciplined students who can function in a team environment with a high degree of independence. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: MGT 260 or any Social Institutions course (S-course) and competency in using research tools.
SCED 390 Topic: Readings in Leadership
Dr. Elma Lee Moore, Director, Adult Leadership Programs
We will read full texts and excerpts from a selected “Top Ten” authors on leadership and management. Included are Plato, Niccolo Machiavelli, Peter Drucker, T. Edwards Deming, and Tom Peters. We will examine principal theories of leadership, particularly those relating to business organizations, and the effects of historical, political, and economic context in shaping them. The goal is to develop a historical grounding and nuanced understanding of the ways organizations take shape and change and the ways in which leaders operate within them. Accordingly, a major student project of the course will be the application of a mature set of insights to one’s own work organization or to some other organization of the student’s choice. This course uses the @witt/@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and web-supported interactive activities. Writing intensive.
SCED 499 Liberal Studies Honors Thesis/Project
The course allows the student the opportunity to experience the intellectual process of identifying a problem, question, topic, or type of artistic expression, and then producing a significant piece of work (in which he or she can take pride) at a distinctive level of analysis.