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Course Catalog for Accelerated Summer College

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Students should be advised that credits earned at Saint Michael's College are transferable at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Each course is worth four credits. 

Accelerated Summer College Catalog - Blended/Residential running May 22 - June 30, 2017

Accounting:

AC 141 Financial Accounting- Professor Steve Doyon

Introduces accounting principles and practices applicable to the preparation and analysis of financial statements of a business organization. Major topics include the accounting cycle, classification of elements of financial statements (assets, liabilities, equity), measurement of income, and preparation and analysis of financial statements.

AC 143 Managerial Accounting- Professor Tom VanDzura

Covers the preparation and use of accounting information to support managerial planning, control and decision making. Introduces cost classification and behavior concepts, cost-volume-profit analysis, the use of budgets, cost-control systems, standard costs, variance analysis, cost-based decision making, and cash flows.

AC 490 Topics in Accounting - Professor Tom VanDzura

Biology:

BI 108 Topics: Human Nutrition- Professor James Willard

An intensive lab science course for non-science majors that will consider the components of human diets, how such components are processed by the human body, and how nutrition affects human health throughout the life cycle. Topics include the physiological requirements for and chemistry of the main nutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, lipid, minerals and vitamins.

BI 108 Topics: Microbes and Human Health – Professor Laura Benton

Business Administration:

BU 111 Management Information Systems - Professor Karen Popovich

Introduces students to the role of information technology and information systems in formal organizations. Includes the study of the use of information technology to build efficient and effective information systems. Focuses on development of information systems that provide meaningful information for management decision making. This course will have a project, focused on Excel, to analyze and organize data that in turn is used to inform decision-making for a real organization.

BU 214 Management- Professor Karen Popovich

This survey course covers the basic principles and management fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Topics covered include leadership, group dynamics, team management, motivation, and communication skills.

BU 215 Marketing- Professor Robert Letovsky

This course will provide a review of the fundamental topics in marketing management, and expose the student to various analytical and decision making tools currently used by marketing managers. The course will focus on the various elements of the marketing mix, and on how the marketing manager must control and integrate each of them to achieve competitive advantage.

BU 440 Entrepreneurship – Professor Rob Williams

BU 440 is focused on four key areas of entrepreneurship: The challenges, both financial and psychological, of starting a business or nonprofit organization; marketing a start-up in light of limited resources, preparation of business plan or other document for investors and daily management issues faced by entrepreneurs.

Classics:

CL 118 Greek and Latin Roots of Medical Terms- Professor Carol Begley

In this course you will study the origin and development of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome while you are learning to crack the international code of scientific language by studying the Greek and Latin roots of modern scientific terminology.

Economics:

EC 101 Principles of Macroeconomics- Professor Reza Ramanzani

This course is an introduction to the macroeconomic approach to economic analysis. Students learn how to measure and interpret: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment and price levels through a discussion of fundamental economic concepts and the role of markets. We examine macroeconomic instability through a study of causes and policy prescriptions from two major opposing schools of thought: Classical and Keynesian. We continue with a study of money, interest rates and the Federal Reserve. Current economic problems and policy debates including economic controversies on the role of international trade, monetary and fiscal policy, the deficit, economic growth, and productivity are also highlighted.

Education:

ED 120 Topics in Education -Professor Mary Beth Doyle

Makerspaces, once the purview of engineering schools, have recently been emerging in public schools, libraries, community centers, colleges, and universities. The experiences within these spaces are impacted significantly by a growing culture that supports active learning, creativity, sharing, and problem-solving. In this class, students will create their own "maker community" engaging in the creation and programming of Lego EV3 robots. In addition, after becoming familiar with the supplies and equipment in the SMC MakerSpace and in other local makerspaces, they will work together to develop and create Lego course challenges. 
Note: no prior robotics experiences are necessary.

History:

HI 103 US History Since 1865- Professor Micalee Sullivan

A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War to the present.

Mathematics:

MA 120 Elementary Statistics- Professor Warren Sides

Description of sample data; probability distributions including the Normal distribution; correlation and regression; sampling; hypothesis testing; statistical inference; other topics may include Chi-square tests, multiple regression, and ANOVA.

Media Studies and Digital Arts:

MJD 219 Wilderness Photography­- Professor Jerry Swope

This digital-based photography course will explore the methods and artistry of outdoor, adventure photography and multimedia storytelling. Through the analysis of historical and contemporary work, students will develop the technical skills and creative approaches necessary for documenting recreational and adventure sports pursued in the natural world. Additionally, in the experiential learning component of this class, students will be responsible for creating multimedia marketing presentations for Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. By the end of the class, students will be proficient in the following Adobe programs: Photoshop, Audition and Premiere.

Music:

MU 247 History of Rock- Professor William Ellis

This course examines the historical, social, cultural, and musical forces that contributed to the emergence and subsequent development and impact of rock and roll as an enduring form of popular music. Performers, genres, song and style analysis, regional distinctions, and more are addressed with contextual depth and nuance.

Political Science:

PO 245 International Relations- Professor Shefali Misra

This course introduces students to the study of international relations, focusing especially on the interactions between states and non-state actors in the international environment. Emphasis is placed on understanding the major theoretical approaches to international relations, and applying them to consider enduring and contemporary issues and problems in international affairs.

Psychology:

PS 101 General Psychology- Professor Ari Kirshenbaum

An introduction to the field of psychology, its methods, major perspectives, theories, and area specialties, with emphasis on the normal adult human being. The course explores basic psychological areas such as biopsychology, perception, learning, motivation, developmental, personality, social, abnormal, and therapies.

PS 250 Social Psychology- Professor Rene Schmauder    

This course focuses on individuals and how their thoughts and behaviors are influenced by the presence, real or imagined, of others. This is a departmental survey course that will include topics such as the self, social cognition, social influence, group dynamics, prejudice, attraction, helping behavior, aggression and conflict.

PS 320 Psychology & Law (Forensic Psychology) - Professor David Boyton

Forensic Psychology examines psychological research, methods, theory, and practice as they apply to the legal system. Topics include psychopathy, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, media violence, the psychology of police, mistaken eyewitness testimony, criminal profiling, false confessions, assessments of competence and insanity, jury decision making, punishment and sentencing, and juvenile and adult corrections. These issues and others are explored through an examination of the relevant court cases and decisions, media coverage, and empirical literature.

Accelerated Summer College Catalog - online, running July 10 - August 11, 2017

Business Administration:

BU 110 Personal Financial Planning - Professor Tom VanDzura

For most students, the start of their collegiate career also signifies the beginning of their financial independence.  This transition can certainly be a time of excitement, intense questioning, and often worry. Students may wonder, for instance, what are my career or employment aspirations? How do I build a budget? When is it time to start saving for the future? How do I save? Should I rent or own my first home upon graduation? What kind of car can I afford? What is retirement planning and should I start it now? What insurance coverages and plans are essential and how to I acquire them? Affirming this universal life-stage contemplation, a national survey and research conducted by Ohio State University in 2015 found that 70% of college students were concerned about their personal finances.

Set in an online classroom environment that promotes regular engagement, personal connections, and a strong sense of Saint Michael’s College community between students (and instructor), this course serves to help students engage, comprehend, and successfully address the key questions noted above. This course covers key principles, processes, and techniques related to managing one’s own personal finances.  The goal is for students to make more informed personal finance decisions and be wiser money managers, and consumers of financial services and products.  Specific topics include personal financial statements and budgets, basics of federal income taxes, time value of money, financial institutions and services, consumer credit, purchasing strategies, selecting housing (rent vs buy), insurance (renters, automobile, health, disability), and fundamentals of retirement planning.

BU 205 Business Communication - Professor Erik Kaarla

BU 214 Management- Professor Karen Popovich

This survey course covers the basic principles and management fundamentals of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Topics covered include leadership, group dynamics, team management, motivation, and communication skills.

Economics:

EC 103 Principles of Microeconomics- Professor Tara Natarajan

Introduction to how economists interpret the everyday decisions of consumers, businesses, and workers. Develops concepts and models that explain what is produced, how it is produced, and how output is distributed. Applies the insights of economic analysis to real-world questions such as minimum wage, business profits, taxes, outsourcing, and environmental policies.

Mathematics:

MA 120 Elementary Statistics- Professor Warren Sides

Description of sample data; probability distributions including the Normal distribution; correlation and regression; sampling; hypothesis testing; statistical inference; other topics may include Chi-square tests, multiple regression, and ANOVA.

Psychology:

PS 101 General Psychology- Professor David Boyton 

An introduction to the field of psychology, its methods, major perspectives, theories, and area specialties, with emphasis on the normal adult human being. The course explores basic psychological areas such as biopsychology, perception, learning, motivation, developmental, personality, social, abnormal, and therapies.

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