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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: Project Design

Prerequisites: Completion of PS 3143 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

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 3143: Applied Professional Research

Prerequisite: Successful completion of General Education math requirement.

This course provides an overview of professional research fundamentals, including instruction in applying citations and appropriate statistics in professional settings. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, different types of research, the research process, ethics in research, reference citation models, and statistical concepts.

Note: This course must be taken as a prerequisite for PS 3003 unless waived upon advisor approval.

PS 4003: 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 4143: Nonprofit Governance

This course examines the theoretical, philosophical, practical and ethical perspectives related to the effective management and leadership of nonprofit organizations in the twenty-first century. Upon completion of the course, the student will possess an understanding of 1) the historical development of the nonprofit sector, 2) the multiple rationales for the existence of the nonprofit sector, 3) the distinctive characteristics of nonprofit organizations, 4) the structures, processes and complexities of organizational governance shared by volunteer board members and professional staff, 5) the dynamic environment of the contemporary nonprofit organization, and 6) the current issues of importance to nonprofit decision makers.

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 4243: Planning for Adult Learners

This course provides the steps and processes required to apply a practical guide to planning education and training programs for adults in a variety of settings. The program planning model presented captures and reconfigures classical and current descriptions of the program planning process. The course explores, and applies, a comprehensive 12-component model, the Interactive Model of Program Planning, with a focus on the practicality and usefulness as a technical description of the planning process, the emphasis on people being the heart of the process, and the importance of context as a centering point for action.

PS 4343: Community Development

This course covers the basic principles and issues in community development in the United States. Topics include: the definition of community; community assessment; methods of planning and problem solving; community needs; community assets; and community activism; and evaluating community based organizations. Students will work individually and in groups to design a non-profit organization based on a community needs assessment. The focus will be on assessment, planning, leadership, financing, and evaluating a community-based organization.

PS 4443: Professional Leadership

This course provides an overview of various leadership styles practiced by professionals in the public and private sector. The focus of the leadership skills identified will focus on the following competency areas: operations management, technology applications, facilities planning and management, human resource management, fiscal management, and organizational behavior.

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.