Course Descriptions

INST 110 Learning in (Virtual) Community (3 credits)
This course serves as the introductory course for the degree. It introduces students to the unique context and skill sets of the accelerated adult online environment, including experiential learning and writing, as well as an orientation to learning within a cohort or community-based model.

CSCI 210 Contemporary Applications in Computers (3 credits)
This course is an overview of contemporary computer issues as it applies to current business procedures.  The course emphasizes hands-on experience with commonly used desktop and Internet based software for creating technology enhanced projects.  Using advanced Internet search techniques and evaluation of sources will also be a component.  An important theme of this course also considers the ethical implications of technology’s usage, and how technology relates to a Christian worldview.

ENGL 164 Contemporary Grammar (3 credits)
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the mechanics and structure of contemporary grammar and punctuation. Course content includes parts of speech, sentence structure, phrases, clauses, punctuation, and common grammatical errors. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to bring real writing samples for review and correction.

ENGL 163 Rhetorical Patterns in Writing (3 credits)
This course is designed to help students effectively organize thoughts into clear, coherent essays. Understanding of different rhetorical patterns: narration, description, process analysis, cause and effect, compare and contrast, persuasion, and argument will be gained. Course content includes the writing process, essay structure, audience-centered writing, rhetorical patterns, correct writing and revising strategies.

COMM 120 Public Speaking (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking.  Students are encouraged to think critically about situation and audience analysis, methods of speech organization, the uses of different types of supporting material and the effective use of visual aids.  Students will learn how to write and deliver effective, informative, persuasive and ceremonial speeches.

MATH103 Mathematical Ideas (3 credits)
The objectives of this course are to develop an appreciation for mathematics, to provide an insight into the methods of reasoning used by mathematicians, and to discuss its historical development. It is intended for the liberal arts student who has had little contact with mathematics.

SOCI 105 Contemporary Social Problems (3 credits)
Selected social problems such as poverty, ethnic relations, the population explosion and pollution are examined. How sociological insights can inform Christian value judgments concerning social structural conditions will be emphasized.

INST 161 History of Western Thought and Civilization (3 credits)
This course surveys the emergence of modern Western civilization to global stature through its literature, philosophy and history—from the French Revolution through the end of the Cold War. It asks how modern Western civilization has incorporated the industrial, intellectual, scientific, and political revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. The class is organized around a core of readings in primary sources.

HSCI 200 Health Promotion and Empowerment (3 credits)             
This course includes attitudes and life-style practices as they influence healthy lifestyles. Personal health issues, such as personal health practices, fitness, nutrition, safety and emergency measures, mental health, sexuality and family living, will be addressed. Also, aging and wellness will be included.

FAPA 110 Introduction to Music (3 credits)
This course traces the evolution of musical style through history. It includes the basic elements of music, the instruments of the orchestra, important forms and types of music and representative works of great composers. The course is designed to promote greater enjoyment in music listening.

BIOL 103 Earthkeeping (4 credits)
Basic concepts of ecology are presented in sufficient detail to allow an examination of our environmental problems within an ecological worldview. There is an emphasis on developing stewardship lifestyles.

OM 370 Cross Cultural Studies (3 credits)
Managing diversity is the major theme of this course with emphasis on cultural sensitivity and empowerment of people to reach their full potential. Readings and interviews are used to explore the values, customs, and perceptions of various racial and ethnic groups and the impact on social and economic life.

BIBL 100 Biblical Literature in Contemporary Context (3 credits)
This course will introduce the student to the entire biblical story of the people of God. The main components of the program will be: the Creation Theology (discussing the meaning of Genesis and the Wisdom literature), the Covenantal People (featuring Exodus and the Sinai events), Prophetic Theology (analyzing the socio-political significance of the prophets), the message of Jesus (discussing the Gospels and the developing church), the theology of Paul and the developing Christian tradition (thinking through Paul and the other New Testament documents which conclude the biblical story).

THEO 210 Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3 credits)
This course studies the six major Christian traditions of spirituality: Contemplative, Holiness, Charismatic, Social Justice, Evangelical, and Incarnational. Key biblical texts and selected classical writings of the church fathers and mothers will be analyzed and discussed, for the purpose of identifying the variety of ways and means for spiritual formation. Students will be encouraged to practice many of the disciplines and report on their experiences.

INST 270 Justice in a Pluralistic Society (3 credits)
This interdisciplinary course uses both biblical and philosophical frameworks to examine the complexities of social justice in a pluralistic society. The focus is on the United States, with connections to the global community. Principles of social justice are used to
explore issues of race, gender and class. Emphasis is placed on the student understanding her/his own identity and life situation, including what values, attitudes and knowledge have shaped her/his own worldview. Attention is given to students developing skills in interacting with people from diverse groups and in bringing about social justice in the larger society.

COMM 222 Analysis of Argument/Discourse (3 credits)
The study of argumentation as applied to public and mediated discourse. Topics include: patterns of reasoning, identification and analysis of fallacies, types of supporting evidence, presentation and refutation of cases. Specific topics for analysis will be taken from contemporary discussions of political, social, and economic issues.

ENGL 220 Introduction to Short Stories and the Novel (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the elements of story-telling through the exploration of prose and poetry.  Readings and other course resources present a variety of story types that center on short stories and that reflect a variety of cultural influences.  This course emphasizes comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of literary work through knowledge of basic terminology used to discuss literary texts and through interpretation of metaphors, stylistic devices, tone, imagery, and style.

HSCI 230  Special Topics in Nutrition & Health (3 credits)
The goal of this course is to better equip students to evaluate and personalize nutrition information. Emphasis is placed on examining one’s food choices and choosing diet and lifestyle patterns that promote health and meet personal nutritional needs. The course relates essential science foundational concepts to special topics in nutrition, explores the major functions of nutrients in the body and the role of nutrients in maintaining health. Additional topics include diabetes, eating disorders, choosing nutritional supplements, faith, religion and health promotion, and fitness and health.

HIST 201 U. S. History (3 credits)
Survey of the history of the United States from its colonial beginnings to the close of reconstruction following the Civil War.  Political, economic, social and cultural developments will be stressed.

MATH220  Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
Meaning, purposes and processes of statistical methods; selection of representative, parallel or equivalent groups; graphic representation; measures of central tendency; variability; normal distribution; probability; binomial coefficient; random sampling; confidence levels; inference; t-test, analysis of variance; chi square; correlation; Man-Whitney U Test. Theory and practice application of above operations with use of computer where applicable.

INFO 200  Technological Applications to Business (3 credits)
The current and future state of hardware and software technology as it relates to the business environment is explored.  The objective is to provide the learner with an exposure to technological innovations that aid in the management decision-making process.  A further study of information support systems enhances organizational performance.

INFO 300  Information and Business Process Systems (3 credits)
The practices and techniques needed for the management of information systems found in most businesses and organizations today is studied and applied.  The flow of business through a basic operation, from order entry to shipping and payment, is observed.  Ethical issues in relation to information use and systems management provide a focus and guide for planning and making managerial decisions in the business process.  Statistics will be reviewed as an essential tool.  Database manipulation and data warehousing are explored in relationship to an introduction to MIS planning, analysis, and business process flow.  A study of information and support systems examines how information systems can enhance productivity in organizational performance.

INFO 350  Information and Business Process Systems Design (3 credits)
The theory and practices of the management of the information technology resources found in most businesses and organizations today is studied.  As technology becomes more complex and information technology is seen as a competitive weapon, practitioners need to learn how to strategically develop and implement systems that bring competitive advantage to the organization.  Topics highlighted include leadership, managing technology, managing and supporting users of essential technologies, system development, and support systems.  Areas of emphasis include planning, analysis, and business process flow.

INFO 450  Management of IS/IT Organizations (3 credits)
Creative, effective approaches to planning and managing multi-platform information technology systems are explored/  the objective is to provide the systems manager with the techniques to elicit the full support of the parent organization by assuring that system projects are consistent with the organizations, mission and long-range plans, this assuring that program designs meet the needs of the whole organizations the customers whom the organizations plans to serve, and the information technology personnel who utilize and/or maintain the systems.

BUSA 240  Strategic Marketing for the Non-Profit Organizations (3 credits)
Marketing has become an important management tool in nonprofit organizations.  This course will give students the opportunity to analyze appropriate marketing models and trends and to apply them to nonprofits in which they work or to which they contribute.

It is recognized that students will come to this course with different amounts of exposure to the subject matter. For some, this will be an introduction to marketing in general as well as a study of nonprofit marketing in particular. For others, this course complements the marketing course that is a required component of their degree program. Accordingly, BUSA240 will provide a general introduction to marketing; however, it will not duplicate the theories or specific assignments in other marketing courses in the Eastern University undergraduate catalog.

BUSA 303  Consumer Behavior (3 credits)
This course examines the relationship between buyer behavior and marketing decision making. Students will develop an awareness of various aspects of consumer motivation and behavior, including social, cultural, psychological, business and environmental influences.

BUSA 305   Principles of Sales Management (3 credits)
This course examines the principles underlying the sales process and practical application of these principles to selling institutions. Emphasis is on essential qualities, right mental attitudes and necessary emotional control, as well as good selling skills necessary to sell self, services and products.

BUSA 405  Integrated Marketing Communications (3 credits)
This course analyzes the numerous methods used to communicate with customers. Organizations in the private, as well as the public sectors understand that the ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with their targeted audiences is critical to the long-term success of the organization. Topics such as public relations, selling, and advertising and promotion will be explored. Students will complete the design and implementation of an integrated marketing communication plan.

*Eastern reserves the right to merge or cancel classes, which may result in a change of schedule or location.

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