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PS 3001
Portfolio Development for Prior Learning Assessment

Prerequisite: the student must have successfully completed 60 hours of credit which includes all general education requirements and 12 hours of coursework after being admitted to the Professional Studies degree.

The basis for requesting credit for prior learning is the development of a portfolio with assistance from a faculty advisor. Every student requesting credit for prior learning must enroll in this course and complete a portfolio which demonstrates the college-level learning that has resulted from experiences outside a formal academic framework. The student utilizes this method to document knowledge acquired which is equivalent to upper-division college-level credit.

Note: Credit for PS 3001 applies only to the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and cannot be applied toward any other program. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis.

PS 3003
Special Problems

Prerequisites: Completion of the BPS Professional Core and permission of the program advisor.

This course will provide an opportunity for the student to facilitate a process for identifying a specific problem in an actual industry or business environment relevant to the student's specialty area. The student will outline a formal plan of action for identifying the problem. The plan must include a broad scan of the specific area/operation selected including the names and titles of the individuals surveyed for input. The end product will be the development of a formal needs assessment which identifies deficiencies or areas of improvement. The needs should be prioritized on the basis of feasibility, cost, and urgency.

PS 3023
Professional Communications

Prerequisites: 6 hours of English Composition and COMS 1003 or BUAD 2003.

This course supports career fields which require competencies in advanced professional communication. Course includes principles of effective professional communication using technology to generate professionally-prepared materials including formal correspondence, brochures, public relations materials, graphics, and technical documents.

PS 3133
Applied Principles of Personnel Management

This course supports the needs of professionals whose career fields require competencies in the area of human resources/personnel management. The focus of the course is on the practical application, essential theories, and process of personnel management from the perspective of a generalist. Course content will include the essential aspects of recruitment, selection, training, legal rights and responsibilities, compensation and appraisal.

PS 4006
Capstone Project

Prerequisite: PS 3003

This course capstones the process conducted in PS 3003 by requiring the student to demonstrate competencies required of a professional in the student's specialty area in an actual business or industry setting. The student will assume a leadership role in presenting the outcomes of the needs assessment to a group of company stakeholders. On the basis of empirical research conducted throughout the assessment process, the student will recommend relevant strategies for addressing the identified problem/s. A review of the literature will serve to either validate or reject the strategies selected. A continuous process improvement model will be developed along with a detailed continuous process improvement plan which must be approved and accepted by all relevant stakeholders. The final component of the course will require the student to demonstrate presentation ability, appropriate leadership styles, critical thinking, and communications skills in a formal presentation of the strategic plan to the group responsible for implementing the strategies.

PS 4201, 4202, 4203, 4204, 4205, 4206, 4207, 4208, 4209, 4210, 4211, 4212
Prior Learning Assessment Credit

Prerequisite: PS 3001

Based on a recommendation from the BPS Director/instructor and reviewed by the dean of Community Education and the Registrar, the portfolio assessment completed in PS 3001 will determine the number of hours that can be awarded for prior learning. This variable-credit course provides the opportunity for the student to enroll in the number of hours that were approved through the portfolio up to a maximum of 12 hours. Regular tuition charges will be applied.

Note: Credit for PS 4201-12 applies only to the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree and cannot be applied toward any other program. Grading is on a Pass/Fail basis.

PS 4951, 4952, 4953, 4954
Undergraduate Research in Professional Studies

Offered: On demand

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

Advanced students carry out independent research activity relating to a significant problem in a major field of study. Supervised by faculty member. Formal report and presentation required.

Note: One to four credits depending on problem selected and effort made.

PS 4991, 4992, 4993, 4994
Special Problems in Professional Studies

This course is designed to address current issues and topics relevant to professional disciplines in the workforce. Content will be determined by contemporary trends and timely issues.

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