Graduate catalog

Graduate course descriptions

NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given term, semester or year. A list of courses to be offered in future years can be obtained from the graduate office. Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (DCP) course descriptions are available in the undergraduate catalog.

Accounting graduate courses

ACCT 520 Accounting: Financial Analysis for Decision Making (3)

The study of the use of internal accounting systems for decision making and control.  Topics include the nature of costs, organizational architecture, responsibility accounting, budgeting, cost allocation theory and practices and management accounting in a changing environment.

Art graduate courses

Art 526 Collage Mixed Media (3)

Collage Mixed Media is an exploration of the technical and expressive possibilities of various media for collage. An intensive on campus experience will provide the student with an opportunity for exploration and experimentation leading to individual direction and focused work. Emphasis is placed on the development of a cohesive body of work in collage mixed media.

Art 541 Jewelry and Metalsmithing (3)

This is an advanced course in jewelry and metalsmithing intended for in-service elementary and secondary art teachers. Content includes studio work, critical discussion of the work of selected artists, and design theory and practice.

Art 543 Ceramics for the Classroom Teacher (3)

This is an advanced course in ceramics intended for in-service elementary and secondary school teachers. Content will include studio work, group discussions, art criticism, and art historical profiles of selected ceramic artists. Prerequisites: Experience teaching ceramics in the classroom or the successful completion of an introductory course in ceramics.

Art 545 Visual Communication Design (3)

Visual Communication Design is to effectively train participants to utilize good principles of visual communication in any manner of presentation they design/plan, and to also have a working knowledge of technology and tools to execute presentation designs.

Art 498/598 Post-Baccalaureate Practicum in Art (9)

This is a studio course in which the student, under the supervision of an instructor, concentrates on the development of a portfolio in preparation for graduate study in studio art. This course is available to a limited number of students who have earned an undergraduate degree with a major in art. Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree with a major in art, successful portfolio review of at least 20 works, a proposed plan of study, and permission of the Department of Art.

Biology graduate courses

BIO 465 Human Diseases (3)

See HHP 465.

BIO 501 Modern Biology for the Elementary Teacher (3)

Application of methodology to presentation of biological concepts at elementary school level. Students will design and develop materials for teaching life sciences at a level appropriate for their teaching interests. Discussion of current developments in life sciences will form a basis for developing activities. Prerequisite: one year of teaching experience.

BIO 517 Aging and the Brain (3)

See GERO 517.

BIO 524 Nebraska Story (3)

See ENG 524.   

BIO 444/544 Nutrition (3)

A study of nutrients, their chemical structures, digestion, absorption and utilization in the body. The roles of nutrients, their interactions and the results of deficiencies. Recommended dietary allowances, techniques for improving food preparation and studies on how to modify attitudes to promote healthful eating habits. Prerequisites: a course in college biology, upper level or graduate standing.

BIO 510/810 Ecology (3)

This course studies the interactions between organisms and their environment. Ecology surveys biotic and abiotic factors in the environment, ecosystems types, population ecology, community structure, aquatic ecology, and succession.

BIO 556/856 Readings in Environmental Science (3)

This course covers a wide range of issues and problems such as air and water pollution, energy resources, possible climate change, acid rain, the greenhouse effect, wastes, and land/resource management. 

BIO 567 Ecology of the Tropics (3)

This course is a field study of tropical organisms and ecosystems. This is a travel course that requires travel to the Caribbean. The influence of humans, culture, ecotourism, geology, and geography will be addressed.

Business graduate courses

BUS 515 Retirement and Lifespan Financial Issues (3) 

See GERO 515.

Chemistry graduate courses

CHEM 561/861 Environmental Chemistry/Toxicology (3)

This course is a study of how natural environmental processes are driven by chemical reactions and how these processes are affected by toxicants—natural as well as anthropogenic. Specific areas of concentration include the atmosphere, hydrosphere, energy, toxicology, and disposal of dangerous wastes. Prerequisite:1 year of chemistry or permission of the instructor.

Communication and Theatre Arts graduate courses

CTA 513 Aging and Communication (3)

See GERO 513.

CTA 533 Intercultural Communication for Health and Human Services (3)

See HS 533.

Computer science graduate courses

CS 432/532 Educational Computing (3)

This course provides the background and experience to assist one in becoming more proficient regarding the use of computers in the classroom and to enable him/her to possibly serve as a resource person in that area. Topics will be discussed and researched to enable students to effectively develop, analyze, and/or apply computer applications and computer-related technology in the classroom.

CS 548 Discrete Structures for Secondary Teachers (3)

Development of modeling and problem solving abilities using discrete structures, particularly as they relate to teaching secondary mathematics or computer science. This course will build upon previous knowledge of discrete mathematics. Topics will include but not be limited to combinatorics, recurrence relations and generating functions, graph theory, and game theory. Prerequisites: Math 248 or Math 252 or Math 335, or their equivalents, a working knowledge of a high level programming language, or permission of the instructor.

Economics graduate courses

ECON 510 Managerial Economics (3)

This course focuses on the application of relevant economic theories and utilization of tools of analysis from decision-making science to examine how a firm makes optimal managerial decisions, given the constraints it faces. Topics covered include demand, production, economic behavior, cost, pricing, market structure, and government regulations. 

Education graduate courses

EDUC 500 Foundations of Education (3)

Examines key elements of the education profession and evaluates current trends, issues, and approaches in professional education programs. The course also provides an overview of the historical, philosophical, and social foundations underlying the development and purpose of American education and explores the ideas of key educators and the interaction between the public’s ideals and the realities of schools including the political, economic, social and legal foundations of education in effective schools.

EDUC 501 Contemporary Thought in Education (3)

An examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; current educational issues are researched. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.

EDUC 502 History of American Public and Private Education (3)

This course seeks to develop a critical awareness of the development of and changes in American public and private education from colonial times to the modern era, plus the assimilation of information, skills, and interpretation into the educational thinking and perspective of the contemporary educator. Rather than providing easy answers to historical and modern problems, it aims to challenge assumptions and stimulate questions.

EDUC 503 Educational Psychology (3)

Explores the psychology of learning. As an interdisciplinary blend of psychology and education, it addresses both theoretical and practical issues. As a branch of psychology, it investigates the science of human behavior, especially the behaviors connected to development and learning. This course will focus on how theoretical and empirical knowledge about human cognition and learning can be applied in middle and high schools.

EDUC 504 Middle School Pedagogy (3)

Examines curricular and instructional strategies for middle school grades 5-8. Interdisciplinary curriculum, personalization of learning, instructional technologies, and other teaching strategies for the early adolescent are discussed, modeled and practiced.

EDUC 505 High School Pedagogy (3)

Will examine the different types of secondary schools and their structure/organization, the implications of federal and state legislation on school systems as it pertains to student instruction, and effective characteristics of secondary student instruction. The course emphasizes instructional analysis, standards-based lesson plan and unit plan construction, instructional strategy selection, and classroom management implications.

EDUC 506 Integrating Technology into the Classroom (3)

This course is designed to provide students with a practical understanding of educational technology, computer use and applications, integration of technology in classroom curriculum, and use of the World Wide Web as an information repository and learning tool. This hands-on course will provide teachers with opportunities to use and explore existing hardware, software and Internet resources in order to incorporate them into the design process. Each teacher will be expected to use course information to design an instructional unit that effectively integrates technology as a tool for enhancing the learning environment.

EDUC 507 Reading/Writing Across Curriculums (3)

Will show students how to incorporate reading, including study skills; writing; speaking; listening; research and inquiry, and technology and media into specific content areas. This course will examine theories and practices in reading comprehension, instructional strategies and communication skills that assist students in becoming mature readers.

EDUC 508 Multiculturalism, Exceptionality and Human Relations in a Pluralistic Society (3)

This course will increase student knowledge and awareness related to issues of multiculturalism and exceptionality. The course will also provide students with socio-historical global perspectives for the study of culture including race, ethnicity, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and age in an increasingly diverse world. Students will be challenged to reflect both individually and collectively on the multiple meanings of diversity, exceptionality and multiculturalism in American education and society with a focus on positive human relations.

EDUC 509 Special Topics in Reading (1)

Offered in conjunction with the Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival, this course will provide for the study of special topics in literacy. Students will review professional literature and practice. They will design and implement a project that will enhance literacy instruction in their classroom or school.

EDUC 510 Analyzing and Applying Assessments to Improve Instruction (3)

Gain an in-depth understanding of formal and informal student assessment including assessment design and analysis. Emphasis on analyzing assessment data to improve instruction, and incorporating effective student assessment into the planning and delivery of instruction.

EDUC 511 Special Education and the Law (3)

Focuses on issues related to the characteristics of special needs populations on both ends of the academic spectrum, classroom strategies for instruction of special needs populations and litigation resulting in the mandated provision of services for children with special needs. The course will also look at development and adaptation of materials, media and procedures, specific modifications and accommodations, and classroom organization/management. The course also places an emphasis on understanding and informed use of assessment data, and community involvement and collaboration.

EDUC 512 Professional Ethics (3)

This is a course that emphasizes the integrity of the teaching profession, including both building and modeling character and a Christian value system. The course will look at the judicial system and major federal and state court decisions that have affected or influenced education, ethical considerations of the teaching profession, procedures for obtaining a license and teaching position, and other practical issues for teachers.

EDUC 514 Analyzing and Applying Assessment to Improve Instruction (3)

Gain an in-depth understanding of formal and informal student assessment including assessment design and analysis. Emphasis on analyzing assessment data to improve instruction, and incorporating effective student assessment into the planning and delivery of instruction. 

EDUC 416/516 Education of the Moderately, Severely & Profoundly Handicapped (3)

The course will define the construct of moderate and severe mental retardation. Terminology of the field as well as characteristics of clients, theoretical models, evaluation of psychomotor, cognitive and affective domains of human development and curriculum development will be discussed.

EDUC 519 Word Study: Decoding, Comprehension & Fluency (3)

This course will examine recent research-based instructional practices regarding phonics, vocabulary, spelling and fluency.  Special emphases include:  phonemic awareness, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, decoding, reading practice with decodable text, irregular and high frequency words, fluency, development spelling and comprehension.  The graduate student will research current theory, instructional practice and assessment related to each of the word study components within specific literacy developmental stages.

EDUC 520 Literacy Assessment and Intervention (3)

This course emphasizes the assessment and intervention process involving "striving" readers from diverse ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  Special emphases include:  identification of literacy difficulties, formal and informal assessment tools, evaluation, data analysis and appropriate intervention. 

EDUC 425a/524 English as a Second Language/Foreign Language Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment (3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second/foreign language teaching and learning, curriculum selection, evaluation, and development as well as assessment and evaluation of second/foreign language learners. Clinical hours are required.

EDUC 425b/525 English as a Second Language/Foreign Language Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment (3)

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second/foreign language teaching and learning, curriculum selection, evaluation, and development as well as assessment and evaluation of second/foreign language learners. Clinical hours are required. Prerequisite: EDUC 524.

EDUC 426/526 Language and Culture (3)

Language and culture are two multidimensional and constantly changing phenomena that are integrally connected to everything that happens in the world. As any language is culturally conditioned, any culture is linguistically defined. Therefore, the main goal of this course is to examine the relationship between language and culture, their influence on each other as well as their effect on community, identity, beliefs, and values.

EDUC 427/527 ELL Practicum (1)

Students are assigned to teach under the supervision of a classroom teacher and a university supervisor in settings that require application of skills and principles developed in the ELL curriculum. Prerequisites: EDUC 524, EDUC 525, EDUC 526; ENG 530 (May be taken concurrently with EDUC 526; ENG 530).

EDUC 428/528 Parent Education (1)

Examines lifespan faith and moral development of children and parents; characteristics, types, styles and forces that shape parenting practices and processes; development and dynamics of life-span relationships; changing family contexts; programs/services, training and delivery systems; and the impact of cultural-religious norms and family policies upon families.

EDUC 430/530 School, Community, and Parent Involvement (2 or 3)

This course concentrates on the teacher's role in building successful relationships between families, educators, schools, and communities. Strategies for increasing respectful family-school relationships that enhance children's school success will be emphasized.

EDUC 531 Differentiating Instruction to Increase Student Achievement (3)

This course will review theory-based differentiated models of instruction that will provide practitioners with a strong background in a variety of instructional modalities. In this course students will discover what is old and what is new. They will learn how to determine important differences in their students’ points of entry to their classroom and uncover implications for class management; for working with students and parents; and for creating fair and appropriate assessments. This course balances information with practical applications and includes material for teachers across grade levels, personal styles and philosophies of teaching.

EDUC 532 Enhancing Learning Through Linguistic and Cultural Diversity (3)

This course explores teachers’ views on the value of linguistic and cultural diversity and the powerful learning opportunities it affords today’s classrooms and schools. Teachers examine their attitudes, beliefs, and biases regarding linguistically and culturally diverse students, families, and communities and learn approaches for working together to ensure high levels of learning for all students. Strategies for ensuring equitable access to high-quality learning experiences are presented. Effective practices such as cultural responsiveness, anti-bias curriculum, differentiated instruction, and developing academic vocabulary are explored.

EDUC 533 Classroom Management: Theory and Practice (3)

In this course, teachers will study and explore educational literature on classroom management techniques, group dynamics, teacher/student interrelations, leadership styles, peer group dynamics, appropriate punishment, crisis control, coping with special students, teacher/student rights, teacher authority, and communication with parents and administration. The primary objective of this course is to provide teachers with an understanding of classroom management strategies and theories, as applied to real life situations, pertaining to both teachers and students.

EDUC 534 Empowering Teachers as Leaders (3)

This course introduces the concept of teacher leadership and its value in the field of education today. This course will explore what it means to be a teacher leader in various environments, to be advocates for students, to participate meaningfully in school reform and/or renewal processes, and to articulate knowledge of content, pedagogy, and other teaching/learning.

EDUC 535 Portfolio 1 (0)

The portfolios are outcome and evidence based with the student showing evidence of competency in the standards within his or her field of study. Depending upon the program, students complete either two or three portfolios, which are submitted electronically at set points during the student’s program. The portfolio shows professional growth over time and can serve as a basis for documenting professional development outside of the university setting.

EDUC 536 Portfolio 2 (0)

See EDUC 535.     

EDUC 537 Portfolio Review (0)

See EDUC 535.     

EDUC 538 Internship in Reading (3)

The internship in Reading is for the student who is completing a second field experience that focuses on the administration of reading programs. These 3 additional credit hours supplement the Practicum in Reading (EDUC 568) and meet the NCATE and International Reading Association’s recommendations for field experiences.

EDUC 539 Instructional Methods for Students with Diverse Needs (3)

Emphasizes diverse instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners.

EDUC 540 Curriculum and Instruction Capstone (3)

The capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have achieved the goals for learning established in their professional development plan. This project should take into consideration all of the courses leading to this degree and focus on a student’s personal interest area(s) as they relate to improvement in two of the INTASC teaching standards.

EDUC 545 Lifespan Family Education (3)

This course reviews the nature of lifespan family life education in the community, workplace and church. Students become familiar with professional and faith perspectives related to the foundation and practice of major lifespan family areas. Personal and professional family life assumptions and values are examined. Immediate course applicability is possible through pre-and-post work.

EDUC 546 Curriculum and Direct Instruction: Reading (3)

Overview of relevant and current research skills and techniques for effective reading instruction.

EDUC 547 Curriculum and Direct Instruction: Math (3)

Overview of relevant and current research skills and techniques for effective mathematics instruction.

EDUC 548 Instructional Models (3)

There are many powerful models of teaching designed to result in the learning of students. Successful teachers need to be familiar with a wide spectrum of techniques in order to help students become more effective learners. This course will investigate a variety of teaching strategies, the underlying theories upon which they are based, and illustrations of how to use them in an instructional setting.

EDUC 549 The Teacher as a Curriculum Builder (3)

A common view of curriculum building or curriculum design centers around the idea of putting together curriculum documents that illustrate what is to be covered in a given class. However, there are other ways of looking at the concept that we call “curriculum.” One such way is the paradigm of teacher inquiry. In this course, various methods of personal professional inquiry will be investigated in order to empower teachers to learn more about what guides their practice in an effort to maximize their contribution to their personal “curricula.”

EDUC 550 Curriculum History and Philosophy (3)

This course will examine the historical antecedents and philosophical foundations of the area of curriculum study. The contributions of noted curricularists, historical curriculum trends, and the philosophical applications to curriculum theory and practice will form the core of the class content.

EDUC 551 Curriculum Design and Evaluation (3)

This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.

EDUC 552 Processes in Elementary and Secondary School Administration (3)

This course deals with processes in educational administration with emphasis on administrative organization and the role of the principal in leadership and management responsibilities in the elementary, middle or secondary school.

EDUC 553 Administration of School Relations and Finance (3)

Principles of planning and administering a school public relations program. Capital funding. Long range financing and building programs.

EDUC 554 The Supervision of Instruction in the Schools (3)

The student will study modern theories of supervision of instruction; their purpose, methods, and participants. Special emphasis on the role that both teacher and administrator play in the process of supervision in an elementary, middle or secondary school.

EDUC 557 School Law (3)

A survey of the principles and practices of school law and their effect on the administrator and classroom teacher. Topics will include education as a state function, separation of church and state, discipline and corporal punishment, tort liability, contracts, and educator protection against lawsuits.

EDUC 558 Current Issues in Special Education and the Law (3)

Explores the history and development of special education laws, the requirements of these laws, and how to write Individualized Education Plans.

EDUC 559 Instructional Methods for Students with Learning Disabilities (3)

Overview of effective curriculum and methods used for teaching students withlearning disabilities.

EDUC 565 The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development (3)

A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.

EDUC 566 Reading in Middle and Secondary Schools (3)

A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of intermediate, junior, and senior high students (grades 4 through 12), emphasizing reading in the content areas, comprehension levels, reading-study skills, oral interpretation of literature, recreational reading, and current issues in teaching the older student to become more proficient in reading.

EDUC 567 Assessment and Instruction in Reading (3)

This course emphasizes diagnostic evaluation and the organization of the learning environment which will permit personalized literacy instruction for struggling readers, students with special needs, gifted students, and those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

EDUC 568 Practicum in Reading Instruction and Assessment (6)

This is a laboratory (practicum) experience in which the student, under direct supervision, assesses reading abilities and develops individual educational programs and materials in reading for students with special needs: students experiencing literacy difficulties, gifted students, those with cultural differences, and/or varied linguistic backgrounds.

EDUC 569 Seminar in Reading (3)

In this course the student studies and evaluates research and topics in reading in light of sound. Students also begin developing their capstone project.

EDUC 570 Cultural Awareness for Teachers and Young Children (3)

An intensive study of some major cultural/ethnic groups in the U.S. today, with emphasis on helping teachers and children accept and enjoy the beautiful diversity of God’s people. Classroom application will be made. Meets Nebraska human relations requirement.

EDUC 571 Issues in Early Childhood Education (3)

Issues covered will include working with today’s families, developing appropriate curriculum, environments and assessment for children ages 3-8. Helpful for administrators as well as teachers.

EDUC 572 Social and Church Agencies that Assist Early Childhood Education (3)

Examination of a variety of public and church-related agencies that are available to assist families with young children and the educators who care about them.

EDUC 573 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (6)

In this capstone course in the Early Childhood master’s program, the student studies and evaluates developmentally appropriate program practices to be implemented in her/his own program over the course of a semester.

EDUC 574 Early Childhood Program Organization and Management (3)

This course focuses on organizing, planning, managing, and evaluating programs for young children. Daycare and preprimary programs are examined in light of current developmentally appropriate practice. (Also listed as EDUC 452)

Educ 576 Behavior Disorders – Behavior Management (3)
Students with emotional and behavior disorders may qualify for a category of education disability termed Emotional Disability or BD (formerly Behaviorally-Emotionally Disabled, or B-ED) and termed Emotional Disturbance (ED) by U.S. education agencies and Behavior Disorders (BD) by Nebraska Rule 51. The intent of this course is to communicate and explore fundamental concepts about emotional and behavior disorders of students. The concepts include definition, historical and societal perspectives, assessment, classification, characteristics, causes, theories, education interventions, inclusive instruction, applied behavior analysis, behavior management, and other interventions.

EDUC 578 Infants and Toddlers: Development, Methods, Curriculum, & Assessment (Birth-3) (3)

Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from birth to age three; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from birth to age three.

EDUC 580 Pre-Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages 3 through 5) (3)

Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children from age three to age five; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children age three through five.

EDUC 581a Practicum in Elementary School Administration and Supervision, Part 1 (3)

Observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills. This course requires 75-125 hours of clinical experience.

EDUC 581b Practicum in Secondary School Administration and Supervision, Part 1 (3)

Observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills. This course requires 75-125 hours of clinical experience.

EDUC 582a Practicum in Elementary School Administration and Supervision, Part 2 (3)

Observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills. A continuation of EDUC 581, pt. 1. This course requires 150-175 hours of clinical experience. A total of 250 hours of clinical experience is required for certification in Nebraska.

EDUC 582b Practicum in Secondary School Administration and Supervision, Part 2 (3)

Observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills. A continuation of EDUC 581, pt. 1. This course requires 150-175 hours of clinical experience. A total of 250 hours of clinical experience is required for certification in Nebraska.

EDUC 583 Primary Education: Development, Methods, Curriculum & Assessment (Ages six through eight) (3)

Emphasis on linguistic, physical, social, cognitive, moral, emotional, aesthetic development of children ages six through eight; developmentally appropriate methodology, curriculum, and assessment; family partnerships; advocacy; professionalism; resources for families of children from age six to eight.

EDUC 467/584 Special Education Methods and Materials (3)

The course will focus on identification and assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD while providing methodology and materials appropriate for this population. The field range of placement options and effective communication will also be addressed.

EDUC 485/585 Parish Education Program Administration (3)

An introduction to and exploration of the theory and processes associated with the administration of parish education programs. Special emphasis is placed on: idea generating, initiating change, leadership, promotion, evaluation, program planning, use of technology, creating ownership, explanation of pertinent systems, budget management, and curriculum review.

EDUC 586 Parish Education: Planning and Evaluation (3)

The course will enable the student to assist a Board of Education to plan a comprehensive Christian education effort for a congregation. Through this experience the student will (1) broaden his/her understanding of the role, nature, types and methods of planning and evaluation; and (2) improve his/her ability to use planning and evaluation on both a congregational and board level.

EDUC 590 C & I Practicum (3)

The Curriculum and Instruction Practicum is an in-the-field experience (150 hours) under the guide of a mentor for a semester which must be completed for the Curriculum Specialist endorsement.

EDUC 591 Educating Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (3)

Overview of various approaches to working with students who have cognitiveimpairments, autism, or other moderate disabilities.

EDUC 592 Assessment and Evaluation of Diverse Learners (3)

Determine how to select, administer, score and interpret standardized, norm referenced, and progress monitoring assessments for exceptional learners.

EDUC 593 Psychology of Exceptionality and Multiculturalism (3)

Emphasizes awareness, knowledge and empathy for exceptional and culturally diverse children.

EDUC 594 Educational Research Evaluation & Design (3)

The evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional growth. Development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods. The project in EDUC 594 may be completed in EDUC 599 or EDUC 540.

EDUC 595 Research Design (3)

The purpose of this course is to prepare the learner to evaluate critically the various forms of existing information and be able to relate this information to school situations requiring authentic research in administrative roles. 

EDUC 596 Special Education Practicum (3)

Application of knowledge and skills in a professional setting

EDUC 598 Thesis (6)

Research, organization and writing of the Master’s thesis. A student may register for three hours a term. The thesis must be completed at least 45 days before the day of graduation.

EDUC 599 Independent Study (3)

A required course in the Educational Administration program, EDUC 599 is the completion of the project developed in EDUC 595. The student will complete an intensive study involving the relationship of a particular content or administrative area taught in the local school or parish.

EDUC 599 Independent Study - NCFR Certification (3)

This course is a 125 hour practicum in the congregation, school or community. The practicum provides opportunities to develop increased understandings of families and individuals. Students develop essential skills under the supervision of the LCMS district education administrators and/or community leaders. The practicum is required for students who desire certification by the National Council on Family Relations. 

EDUC 610 School Resource Management (3)

An examination of the principles of planning and administering school resources including fiscal, human and physical resources. 

EDUC 612 School Community Relations (3)

An examination of how to manage the marketing and public relations functions of the school in order to facilitate open communication with all community partners. 

EDUC 620 School Improvement Processes (3)

An examination of various school improvement processes to include collaborative visioning, data driven decision making, continuous sustainable improvement models and transformational change at the building level.

English graduate courses

ENG 511 History and Literature of Aging (3)

See GERO 511.

ENG 512 Life Review, Autobiography and Creative Non-Fiction (3)

This course explores the theoretical concept and value of life review while researching and developing techniques in the writing of autobiography and creative non-fiction.

ENG 521 Teaching Writing in Grades PK-12 (3)

A close examination of the writing of children and youth, and the techniques for teaching writing. Special emphasis on the relationship of writing to literature, reading, language, and the other language arts.

ENG 524 Nebraska Story (3)

A study of the natural history of Nebraska and Nebraska authors with an interdisciplinary emphasis on science, literature and writing. This course will include visits to selected areas of Eastern Nebraska associated with well-known Nebraska writers. Students will participate in a first-hand study of the natural history of the areas and visit sites related to the literature and lives of the authors. The course will focus on the effect of the land and its history on the writers as well as on the biological and geological history of the land itself. Students' writing and photography will be the primary means of response to course materials and experience.

ENG 530 Linguistics for Educators (3)

This course provides a rigorous overview of the elements of English linguistic study and its application to English language learning and teaching. The course examines grammars and theories of English, language diversity and change, language acquisition, and philosophy and application of language study and teaching.

ENG 531 English Language and Linguistics (3)

The study of language as a symbolic system for communication in varied socio-economic environments, in dialects, and in varied usages. The study of the development of the English language and its structures and patterns. Language analysis with differing theories of grammar.

ENG 466/566 Teaching Shakespeare/ Great Books in Grades 7-12 (3)

A study of six to eight plays, including histories, comedies, and tragedies. Special attention devoted to adapting the material for teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

ENG 535 Survey of Contemporary Literature from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 (3)

A survey of contemporary literature for readers from pre-kindergarten level through grade 12. Students will become familiar with contemporary youth poetry and fiction, explore societal issues in literature, develop skills of literary analysis, and connect the use of literature to research in literary study and literacy learning.

Family Life graduate courses

FL 528 Parent Education (3)

See EDUC 528.

FL 544 Lifespan Family Education (3)

See EDUC 545.

FL 545 Foundations of Christian Marriage and Family (3)

A study of the foundation of marriage and family within the framework of Christian theology and praxis. Includes the history of marriage and family, contributions to and development of the field in divorce prevention, remarriage, divorce recovery; current theories and approaches to training in CPREP: The Christian Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program and/or PREPARE/ENRICH certification or re-certification among others. 

FL 546 Family Dysfunctions: Assessment and Intervention (3)

Covers the etiology and interventions of emotional and behavioral dysfunctions from a family systems perspective and a Christian theological framework. Provides community counselors with assessment intervention tools designed to help church professionals in topical areas to gambling, chemical, Internet addictions, anger management and other abuses found in family and community networks.

FL 547 Family Law and Public Policy (3)

Basic foundations and knowledge base of family law are studied. Students review their family state laws regarding legal rights of marriage-dissolution, children, family support, child custody, protection, public policies and implications for the church and school. This self-study course includes meetings, conferences with community attorneys, law enforcement agencies and courtroom observations.

FL 555 Lifespan Development (3)

A study of the development of changes of the person through the individual and family life cycle. Each stage of the cycle will consider physical development, including body changes and motor skills; cognitive development, including thought and language; psycho-social development, including emotions, personality and relationships with other people; spiritual development, including spiritual formation and implications for family life ministry.

FL 560 Professional Ethics

See PSY 560.

FL 533 Aging and the Family (3)

This course provides a lifespan view of aging as individuals and within families. Theoretical frameworks, physiological, psychological, social aspects of aging, public policy and topical issues of families and individuals across time are studied. Students review community agencies, retirement-long-term-care campuses and independent living contexts in their communities, congregations and schools and study ethical issues and ministry opportunities and applications in a variety of contexts.

FL 543 Theory and Dynamics of Family Relations (3)

A study of the theological framework of the family and family relations. An examination of contemporary theories used in family analysis and a study of social, psychological and spiritual influences on family interaction, with special emphasis on how intrafamily processes and familial interaction in the social milieu are related to personal and family functioning.

FL 545 Theology, Theory and Dynamics of Family Relations (3)

A study of the theological framework of the family and family relations. An examination of contemporary theories used in family analysis and a study of social, psychological and spiritual influences on family interaction, with special emphasis on how intrafamily processes and familial interaction in the social milieu are related to personal and family functioning.

FL 546 Family Law and Public Policy (3) 

Basic foundations and knowledge base of family law are studied. Students review their family state lawsregarding legal rights of marriage-dissolution, children, family support, child custody, protection, public policiesand implications for the church and school. This self-study course includes meetings, conferences withcommunity attorneys, law enforcement agencies and courtroom observations.

FL 583 Sexuality and the Family (3)

This course develops a Christian lifespan approach to healthy sexuality; focusing on attachment theory, dating, mate selection, marriage and family development. Sexual attitudes, values and belief systems, and responsible behaviors within the church, community and larger society are identified. Lifespan curricula and models are examined.

FL 585 Family Life Ministry (3)

This course is a study of various models and strategies useful for initiating and sustaining family ministry as a lifelong process in the context of the home and local congregation. Emphasis is placed on theology and philosophy of family ministry, currents in family change, families in ministry, family life programmatic areas, and curricula for family life educational ministry and skill development.

FL 540 Family Resource Management (3)

This course is a study of the effective management of family resources that relate to lifespan family and individual goals. Values, attitudes, goals and resources are reviewed in light of a biblical foundation, management theories, concepts and principles and communication skills. Management of family time, work, stress, finances, consumerism and the environment provide a knowledge base and decision-making skills for planning, implementing and evaluating change for lifespan decision-making.

Optional Course for the Master of Science Degree in Family Life:
EDUC 597 Practicum/ NCFR Certification  (3) – required course for NCFR certification as a CFLE. Complete 125 hour practicum.

Finance graduate courses

FIN 533 Corporate Finance (3)

This course studies the function of finance and the flow of funds within the corporation. This course emphasizes financial analysis, decision-making, planning and controlling, capital acquisition and use, and strategic planning. Prerequisite: ACCT 520

Geography graduate courses

GEOG 401/501 Geography Workshop for Teachers (3)

A geography workshop to assist teachers and others in producing lesson plans/projects for the classroom. Can be used to fulfill "Educate America Act: Goals 2000" to help put geography back into the curriculum.

Gerontology graduate courses

GERO 500 Issues in Gerontology & Aging Studies (3)

This course provides students with an overview of the field of gerontology, issues and research in aging as well as an introduction to careers in aging. Course includes basics of reading and using gerontological research. The course is offered as an elective in select programs and as part of the gerontology and aging studies programs.

GERO 501 Health Aspects of Aging (3)

This course is designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address contemporary health issues in aging. 

GERO 502 Social Gerontology (3)

Social gerontology is the study of the nonphysical aspects of human aging and includes the psychological, social psychological and social aspects of aging. Aging is a multi-faceted process that covers multiple academic disciplines. Social gerontology integrates scientific knowledge about social policy and professional practice into the knowledge base created by basic social scientific research. Course includes a review of principles of gerontological research. 

GERO 503 Mental Health and Aging (3)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive study of mental health issues associated with aging. 

GERO 504 Faith Development & Later Life (3)

This course introduces students to issues, concerns and research in the spiritual development of individuals as they age. The course supplements sociological, biological and psychological theories of lifespan development and explores issues of aging and ministry. 

GERO 511 History and Literature of Aging (3)

This course explores historical, social and literary depictions/understandings of aging in Western and non-Western cultures with an eye toward a richer understanding of what it means to age in the world today.

GERO 512 Life Review, Autobiography and Creative Non-Fiction (3)

See ENG 512.

GERO 513 Aging and Communication (3)

This course examines lifespan communication issues including: aging and media, marketing to older adults, lifespan language and communication development, caregiver/receiver communication and intergenerational relationship development.

GERO 514 Policy, Programs & Services (3)

This course surveys contemporary policies, programs and services for an aging population.

GERO 515 Retirement & Lifespan Financial Issues (3)

This course explores the impacts of an aging society on financial planning and retirement. Students will study in-depth issues in lifespan financial planning.

GERO 516 Health Programming and Later Life (3)

This course explores specific health needs of aging individuals and assists students in identifying techniques and strategies used in developing programs for the older adult. The evaluation of programs and the effect upon the older adult will be investigated.

GERO 517 Aging and the Brain (3)

This course explores the biological development of the human brain throughout the lifespan and examines the biological changes underlying common agerelated neuropathies.

GERO 518 Nutrition & the Older Adult (3)

This course examines in depth, the importance of nutrition across the lifespan with specific attention to the particular nutritional needs of older adults.

GERO 519 Death, Dying & Trauma (3)

This course examines the processes, theories and responses to individual and collective trauma, the processes and tasks of dying and the issues of death and bereavement.

GERO 520 Long-Term Care Administration (3)

This course surveys issues and best practices related to Long-Term Care Administration.

GERO 521 Activity Planning and Leadership (3)

This course reviews strategies and philosophies in event planning and activity management for organizations and businesses. A special emphasis is given to creating educational, intergenerational and elder family programming and services.

GERO 522 Intergenerational Programming and Activities (3)

This course is an overview of issues and options in planning programs and activities for intergenerational groups.

GERO 523 Geriatric Counseling (3)

This course is an introduction to the treatment modalities and approaches to counseling older adults. 

Gero 524 Aging in Place: 21st Century Issues (3)

This course examines the concept of “aging in place”, strategies that provide options for living in a community environment, policy trends and emerging issues affecting aging in place. Students will also have the opportunity to put on their entrepreneurs hat and develop programs and services that might be needed for those who choose to “age in place”.

GERO 525 Complementary Therapies (3)

Applied theory and practice to support the use of complementary and alternative therapies with conventional therapies.  Integrate advocating health education and promote complementary and alternative techniques for reducing pain such as focused breathing and relaxation, massage, guided imagery, music, humor, and distraction, as well as medication therapy used for reducing pain (conventional therapy).

GERO 526 Parish Nursing (3)

Designed to understand the Parish nurse’s role in the health care, community, and congregational settings.  Emphasis is placed on spiritual care, integration of faith and health, health education, professional counsel, volunteer training and advocacy.

GERO 527 Theories and Applications in Nursing Informatics (3)

Theory and application of health information technology, includes training in the use of healthcare technology and an introduction to trends and future trends in health informatics.

GERO 530  Issues of Aging and Longevity for Health Professionals & Caregivers (3)

Develops the student’s knowledge of normal aging and nursing skills critical to the care of older adults.  Includes issues related to the aging client in the community and the challenges of healthcare issues confronted by aging clients.  Emphasis is on caring for the older adult and providing health promotion, disease prevention, illness care, restoration, rehabilitation, health counseling, education, spiritual care and client advocate.  Incorporate safe practicum experiences with effective decision making within community or healthcare setting.  Prerequisite:  Lifespan Development or related course/demonstrated proficiency.

GERO 598 Special Topics in Aging (3)

This course examines special issues in aging and gerontology. Topics are specific to the needs of students in the topic area and expertise of the instructor.

GERO 597 Thesis (3-6)

Research thesis option by arrangement.

GERO 599 Practicum (3)

The practicum requires students to conduct programmatic research and implement an aging services project in their area of professional interest. Students must interview with and gain permission from the course instructor before beginning their practicum. This practicum requires 125 contact hours and will commence at some point during or soon after this 8-week course and will be completed during the next 48 weeks of Gerontology Master’s program. The practicum must be completed by week six of the final course, GERO 594.

Health and Human Performance graduate courses

HHP 280 Global Health (3) 

See MPH 580.

HHP 463/563 Psycho-Social Aspects of Coaching (3)

A study of the psychological aspects of improving athletic performance of individuals and groups. The interrelatedness of sport and society also will be investigated. 

HHP 465/565 Human Diseases (3)

Discussion of disease process and ill-health. Emphasis on epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and the understanding of the etiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Prerequisite: HHP 181, BIO 243 (also listed as BIO 465).

HHP 471/571 Adapted Physical Education (3)

The theories, principles, and practices of working with atypical children in physical education programs. Actual laboratory situations will be provided in working with this type of student.

HHP 481/581 School Health Comprehensive Programs (3)

A survey of the comprehensive school health program.

HHP 484/584 Community Health (3)

See MPH 584.

HHP 486/586 Critical Issues in Health (2)

Social, medical, and/or legal aspects of current critical issues in health. Prerequisite: HHP 181.

HHP 488/588 Health Promotion Programming (3)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the skills and knowledge necessary to provide leadership in the designing, implementation and evaluation of public, community and worksite health promotion programs. Prerequisites: HHP 181, 102

HHP 491/591 Management of Physical Education and Sports (3)

Designed to make the student aware of the responsibilities and knowledge required in the administration of physical education and athletic programs.

HHP 492/592 Recreational and Intramural Programming (3)

The theories, principles and practices of structuring intramural and recreational programs for churches, schools, and various age groups and administrative and leadership roles.

HHP 493/593 Curriculum Development in Health and Physical Education (3)

The theories, principles, and practices of curriculum development with emphasis on preparation of specific health and physical education curriculums.

HHP 494/594 Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Human Performance (3)

Study of techniques used in measurement and evaluation by health and physical educators. Included will be test constructions, survey of available materials, and practical experiences in test administration and computer applications. Prerequisite: college level math class, CS 101 or equivalent and upper level standing.

HHP 495/595 Legal Aspects of Exercise and Sport (3)

Legal concepts and principles related to the administration, teaching and coaching of exercise and sport. Issues regarding personnel, facilities, equipment, transportation, medical aspects, liability and gender will be examined.Prerequisite: Upper level standing or consent of instructor.

HHP 516 Health Programming and Later Life (3)

See GERO 516.

History graduate courses

HIST 421/521 Latin America (3)

Emphasis is placed on major forces and institutions shaping Latin America: PreColumbian cultures, Iberian heritage, economic development and dependence, social and political change after independence, relations with the U.S., study of selected nations.

HIST 451/551 Russia, the Soviet Union, and After (3)

A survey of Russian and Soviet history from the foundations of Russian society to the present with special emphasis on the political, social, economic, religious, educational and cultural development of modern Russia.

HIST 455/555 East Asian Civilizations (3)

Survey of traditional and contemporary social, political, and intellectual patterns of China and Japan. Asia and the West, the challenge of modernization, and the overturning of traditional social order in the twentieth century.

HIST 511 History and Literature of Aging (3)

See GERO 511.

Human Services graduate courses

HS 500 History and Foundations of Human Service Systems (3)  

This course introduces the history, philosophy, values, concepts, theories, directions, problems, and broad scope of human service systems. 

HS 514 Policy, Programs, and Services (3)

See GERO 514.

HS 533 Intercultural Communication for Health and Human Services (3)

This course examines cultural practices that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds. The course is designed to provide human services professionals with an understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and to provide strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures. 

HS 550 Issues in Human Service Administration (3)

This course introduces basic theories, practices and issues of relevance to working in human service agencies and develops skills to work effectively in an organizational setting. As a result of this course, the student should be more effective in observing, and political dynamics of service delivery groups and organizations.

HS 599 Practicum (3)

This course requires students to conduct programmatic research and implement a human services project in their area of professional interest.  Students must interview with and gain permission from the program director before enrolling.

Management graduate courses  

MGMT 500 Business Ethics (3)

This course studies contemporary business issues facing managers. Emphasis will be on developing theoretical skills for analyzing ethical issues and competing claims and formulating sound well-grounded policies. Societal development and changes in ethical norms will also be covered.

MGMT 502 Special Topics in Business Administration (3)

This course examines special issues in business administration. Topics are specific to the needs of students in the topic area and expertise of the instructor.

MGMT 543 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)

This course is designed to increase students’ effectiveness and skill in analyzing and understanding organizations and their attendant processes. Behavioral science concepts and theories are studied. Individual, group, and structural behavior and concepts are presented. A special emphasis on leadership is provided.

MGMT 560 Nonprofit Management (3)

Concepts in management theory and practice will be applied to the nonprofit organization.

MGMT 562 Organizational Resource Development (3)

This course is designed to teach students how to acquire and manage resources for an organization. Students will learn about resource stewardship and what motivates individuals and corporations to support an organization or one of its projects. Specific topics include fundraising, grant writing, and budgeting.

MGMT 590 Strategic Management (3)

This course is a culminating MBA degree course. The course allows students to model the role of top manager, incorporating management and business theory 104with practical application. Students in the course must be within 9 credit hours of completing their degree. Learning outcome(s): (1) Ethics (2) Communication skills (3) Analysis and problem solving, (4) Cultural understanding (5) Numeracy

Master of Business Administration graduate courses

MBA 510 Applied Statistical Methods (3)

This course studies statistical methods used in business decision-making, including the use of both descriptive and inferential techniques, probability, regression, and research study designs. Application and integration of statistical methods in business-related fields is emphasized along with the use of computer analysis.

MBA 511/811 Social Marketing Strategies (3)

The course will explore multiple angles of the social media market including the strategy, the platforms, the opportunities and risks through a mix of thinking, acting and assessing. “How-to” textbooks don’t exist and are not necessary.Together, we will develop a strategic framework to assess business opportunities. Students will learn by doing, experimenting and collaborating with other students. Guest speakers will augment the learning experience.

MBA 515/815 Statistical Research (3)

This course is designed to prepare graduate students to write scholarly research papers in their field of study. The four-unit course is designed for students who have limited or no background in research principles, statistics, and research methodology. The final project in the course is a 10-to-12-page research paper written by the student on a topic approved by the student’s graduate department.

MBA 520/820 Management Information Systems (3)

This course concerns managing the use of technology, emphasizing computer systems, and providing the information systems that effectively support organizations and allow them to meet their goals. Fundamental concepts of information systems and their underlying technology are presented in the framework of tools for personal and managerial problem solving. Foundational information systems concepts, along with terminology, ethical issues, application and hands-on system use are explored. Additional topics include system capabilities, system abilities, and the role of intelligence in information systems.Coursework combines assignments that directly apply concepts from the textbook along with projects that allow students to extend their learning and apply it to practical applications.

MBA 522/822 Business Data Communications (3) 

This course presents the fundamentals of data communications including communication media and equipment, protocols, network architectures, network hardware, and network software. The Internet is discussed in detail and used extensively in the course as a source of a variety of information pertinent to the content of the course. Network management objectives and techniques are presented and network security is discussed.

MBA 524/824 Systems Analysis and Design (3)

This course presents a short overview of information systems followed by a comprehensive treatment of modern techniques of systems analysis and design. Each of the five steps in the Systems Design Life Cycle (SDLC) is discussed in detail. A variety of case studies are considered and tools for systems analysis and design are presented. Extensive use is made of pertinent web sites. 

MBA 526/826 Decision Support Systems (3)

This course covers the processes used in making creative decisions and effectively solving problems. An extensive coverage of decision-making theory is presented. A strong emphasis is placed on application and use of decision support systems (DSS). Several mini-cases are treated in detail. Topics covered include data mining, data warehousing architectures and technologies, expert systems, artificial intelligence systems, and executive information systems.

MBA 527/827 Project Management (3)

This course presents project management from a practical point of view. The course focuses on the technical aspects of project management that are directly related to practice. Numerous case studies are considered to help explain how to apply proven project management tools and techniques at each stage in a projects life-cycle. Software tools for project design and management are also presented and used.

MBA 528/828 Information Systems Management (3)

This course deals with the management of information technology (IT) as it is being practiced in organizations today. Topics covered include leadership issues as they apply to information systems (IS) management, the managing of the technologies currently in use, and managing systems development and implementation. The important topic of management of the systems that support people in performing information-handling activities to ascertain goals, pursue objectives, and solve problems is also covered. Extensive use is made of specific review questions.

MBA 529/829 Database Management (3)

This course provides the basis for a practical approach to database creation and administration. The course presents the various steps required to created data models (relational, network, hierarchical). This course focuses on various competencies within the MBA program: programming, manipulating data, communication, and management of technology. Prerequisite: a basic knowledge of Microsoft Access.

MBA 545/845 Internship (3) 

The internship experience is meant to give students a real world perspective in a business related area, while working toward completion of the MBA degree. Curricular emphasis is placed on student use of learned skills and exposure to hands-on business techniques.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of clock time at their internship site.  All sites are to be approved by the MBA program director or associate program director.  International students cannot substitute this class for a class given in a regular term.  International students must have their I-20s signed by the school’s designated school official before they begin this experience. This course is a 3-credit class.

MBA 550/850 Strategic Marketing (3)

This course studies the planning, implementation and control of the marketing function. Topics covered include: market segmentation, use of marketing research in decision-making, use of media and promotion, budgeting, and marketing program evaluation.

MBA 552/852 Direct Marketing (3)

This course introduces the concepts, strategies, and applications involved in direct marketing, including direct mail, lead generation, circulation, relationshiployalty programs, store-traffic building, fund raising, pre-selling, and research.Topics include launching direct marketing programs, planning and market segmentation, promotion, media selection, list management, creative process, production, pricing, customer service, and response/performance measurement.The course includes examination of all major direct marketing media: direct mail, broadcast (including the Internet and other technologies), print advertising, catalogs, telemarketing, inserts and videos. The measurability and accountability of direct marketing and the relationship to the total marketing mix are stressed.The fundamentals of the new direct marketing methods involving the Internet are also explored and put into practice in this course. 

MBA 553/853 Sales Management (3)

This course studies the principles and practices in planning, organizing, and controlling sales force. Selection, training, compensating, supervising and stimulating salespersons is emphasized. Prerequisite: MBA 550 Marketing Management.

MBA 554/854 Advertising Management (3)

This course is the study of advertising in a context of marketing communication and integrated marketing. It covers all forms of promotion which exist to inform and persuade the diverse and fragmented audiences that seek goods, services and ideas. The course places the advertising function within a marketing framework while recognizing that advertising is both an art and a science.

MBA 555/855 Small Business Management (3)

This course studies the principles of management as applied to a small business with emphasis on the elements necessary to create a successful business operation. Development of a business plan will be culmination of the course.

MBA 556/856 Real Estate Management (3)

This course will provide the student with an overview of the essentials for real estate investing including focusing on common forms of ownership, market and financial analysis, taxation issues, and general financing. This analysis will also include a critical look at the different types of investment property, including residential, commercial and industrial properties. The course will also focus on the historical cycle of the real estate market including the recent boom and crash.

MBA 557/857 Sustainable Business Practices (3)

This graduate level business course is an introduction to developing andimplementing a successful program in the domain of sustainability and social responsibility.  The importance of building business value while improving environmental and social outcomes over the long run is a running theme throughout the course.  The student is introduced to methods of implementing 107technologies and practices and how to measure the consequent social and environmental performance.  Reporting and presenting social and environmental performance is given full treatment.  This class reveals the most widely used concepts of sustainability and social responsibility in the modern business organization.  Likely to be the most important challenges of the 21st century, this overview addresses the essence of the emerging green economy.

MBA 558/858 Real Estate Investing (3)

This course will encompass a broad study of real estate finance, investment and development with an emphasis on commercial property investment and development. The course will integrate real estate disciplines including real estate law, valuation theory, ownership structure, market research and analysis and project due diligence issues into the core topic of commercial real estate investment. Case examples using current real estate finance and underwriting and capital market techniques will be included in class discussion. Supplemental readings will be selected from trade publications and actual project files to further enhance the practical value of the course work.

MBA 565/865 Supply Chain Management (3)

This course is the study of the integration of organizational strategies, policies, and programs across organizations) both the parent organization, supplier organizations, and sub-supplier organizations. This course examines supply chain management in both a domestic and global environment.

MBA 570/870 Legal Aspects of Business Administration (3)

This course entails the study of the contemporary and legal issues facing managers and the development of practical skills for analyzing decision-making from both the legal and ethical standpoints. Issues will be studied from the position of managerial decision-making with an emphasis on the establishment of sound, well grounded policies intended to prevent and resolve disputes. 

MBA 571/871 Environmental Law (3)

The course description is not available at the time of print.

MBA 576/876 Fraud Management (3)

This course is designed to provide students with a basis understanding of the principles of occupational fraud, emphasizing circumstances with which any management team may ultimately be confronted. The course covers fraud in the areas of skimming, cash larceny, check fraud, register schemes, and misappropriation of cash and assets. A brief overview of corruption and interviewing of employees when a fraud is suspected is also included. 

MBA 600/900 Compensastion and Benefits (3) 

This course studies the design and implementation of strategic-based compensation systems for organizational excellence. Topics include: business strategy and the compensation system; motivation and compensation philosophies; compensation planning and design; base, carriable, and indirect pay processes; market pricing; total compensation strategies and practices, and “pay” system management issues and processes.

MBA 605/905 Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) 

This course focuses on the practices and policies which are intended to manage and resolve disagreements with minimal cost and adversarial impact.108Conciliation, meditation and arbitration are explored in both mandatory and voluntary settings. The application to disputes in business contexts is emphasized.  

MBA 610/910 Issues in Human Resource Management (3) 

This course introduces and examines the major functions and processes of managing human resources.  Both theoretical and every day issues will be discussed in lectures and case analyses.  However, because human resources management practices may be learned through application, there will be a strong emphasis placed upon providing organizational and managerial examples.  Accordingly, you will be asked to evaluate a situation, assess alternative solutions and make recommendations of your managerial solution.  You can expect a significant personal learning experience from this course.

MBA 615/915 Labor and Employment Law (3) 

This course will study the development and current operation of labor unions, the process and outcomes of collective bargaining and the impact on management and society.  Review of state and federal legislation will be emphasized.  The course will also focus on current issues in employment law, including discrimination, wrongful termination and employment-at-will.

MBA 620/920 Economics and Public Policy of Health Care (3)

This course involves the economic analysis of current health care issues that lead to policy formation. Students will apply traditional economic concepts, such as demand, supply, production and investment, to analyze the health care sector of the economy and health policies. The course will include study of the influences on demand for health care, supply of health care, trends in managed care and rationale for government intervention including Medicare, Medicaid, and price regulation. International comparison and general considerations to guide health policy as well as ethical implications of policy decisions are included.Issues will be framed within a historical perspective with the intent of teaching students how to conceptualize and deal with future issues. Prerequisite: MBA 500/800.

MBA 621/921 Financial Institution Management (3)

This course provides an understanding of the financial services industry with a focus on measuring and managing risks. It is designed for the practical application of measurement and management techniques, thus complex formuladriven techniques will be reviewed in concept.

MBA 622/922 Risk Management and Insurance (3)

This course is an introduction to the tools of insurance and risk management.Property, life, health, and liability insurance will be discussed. Students desiring a more in-depth evaluation of the subject should also consider MBA 624/924  Health, Life and Social Insurance.

MBA 623 Statutory Accounting (3)

This course deals with the unique accounting system for insurance, pension, and institutional decisions. 

MBA 624/924 Health, Life, and Social Insurance (3)

This course investigates annuities, types of health and life coverages, employee benefits, and unemployment, disability, and old-age insurance. 

MBA 625/925 Securities Analysis (3) 

This course is the study of investment choices and the analysis of each for the investment decision. Stocks, bonds, derivatives, and mutual funds are all examined. Understanding the characteristics of securities and how to evaluate them using financial spreadsheets and internet applications toward making a capital decision is emphasized. This course is intended as a requirement in the Finance emphasis area and requires Corporate Finance as a prerequisite. It also intended to be a prerequisite for Portfolio Mathematics.

MBA 626/926 Portfolio Mathematics (3) 

This course emphasizes investment selection/decision/policy issues, key concepts in modern portfolio theory, methods of common stock valuation, understanding the essentials of fixed income securities, determinants of option pricing, and evaluating managers' performance. Prerequisite: MBA 625/925

MBA 630/930 Ethics and Leadership in Health Care (3) 

This course provides an introductory insight into medical ethics. It allows the student to explore different beliefs and theories that are necessary to make informed decisions.

MBA 685/985 Special Topics in Health Care (3)

This course offers students the opportunity to explore many of the issues that are confronted in health care today. Health care has been moving in the direction that finds the public and businesses more concerned with the costs, quality of life, and the increasing role of government leading to the beginning of the debates to resolve these issues

Math graduate courses

MATH 401/502 Practical Math Labs and Activities for Elementary Teachers (3)

This course is designed to give the elementary teacher practice in analyzing math materials for math activities and in writing and building these activities for the classroom. Emphasis will be on topics in geometry such as: relationships in the triangle, on parallel lines, and in the circle; other elementary math topics will be investigated. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. See also Computer Science.

MATH 504 Mathematics for the Secondary Teacher (3)

Activity approach to teaching/learning math concepts in geometry, probability, statistics, logic, ancient mathematical systems, calculations and enrichment topics. Attention is devoted to various grade levels on which topics are presented and how they can be presented. Prerequisite: Secondary math teaching certificate and graduate level standing, or permission of the science/mathematics/business departments or the College of Education.

MATH 505 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (3)

An activity approach to teaching and learning concepts in geometry, probability, statistics, logic and calculators.Special attention is devoted to application on various grade levels.

MATH 415/515 History of Math (3)

Development of math throughout various civilizations. It is designed to create an appreciation for our present mathematical system and an understanding of how our present mathematical system came to be what it is today.

MATH 518 Topics in Mathematics (3)

A seminar course in mathematics. The topic or topics will be chosen to complement the student's background and interests. A course emphasis will be on how independent research can be used to benefit classroom teaching.

MATH 565 Geometry (3)

Survey of complex number system, corresponding plane and their properties. Simple but elegant geometric theorems are proven using definitions of lines, vectors and points on complex plane. Prerequisites: Calculus sequence, one course in math structures and proofs and graduate standing. An undergraduate course in foundations of geometry is very helpful.

International Business graduate courses

MIB 530/830 Global Production and Operations (3) 

This course studies the structure and functioning of production systems within a manufacturing context. The complexity of international business operations is also studied. Topics include: plant location and operation, inventory control, transportation, technology acquisition (CAD/CAM), work flow planning, JIT concepts and statistical quality control. Also covered is how each of the above topics generally relates to the global service environment.

MIB 540/840 International Finance (3) 

This course presents the study of financial management in the global marketplace. Topics will include foreign exchange, decisions relating to capital budgeting in relation to the flow of funds and the investment alternatives for management and investors. The operation of international financing markets will be presented.

MIB 545/845 International Economics (3) 

This course presents a study of the theories of international trade, international monetary economics, the impact of government policies and multilateral treaties and trade agreements.

MIB 555/855 International Marketing (3)

This course involves the study and application of key marketing concepts to the international situations. Topics covered include: standardization vs. segmentation, marketing problem design and administration, and special problems.

MIB 560/860 International Business (3)

This course studies business with an international context, with special attention paid to the problems peculiar to international business, as well as current trends, such as drive toward European unity, GATT, NAFTA, and Pacific Rim developments.

MIB 570/870 International Study Abroad (3)

This course allows students to travel abroad to experience business and cultures other than that available in the United States. Students will be immersed in an environment that will allow improved cultural awareness, communication skills and tactile learning. Special International Student Information: This class is available only to students for opportunities outside the home country of the international student.

Legal Studies graduate courses

MLS 530/830 Administrative Law and Process (3)

This course examines the role played by administrative agencies in the American system of government, as well as their rulemaking, executive, and judicial powers.

Mass Communication graduate courses

MMC 506/806 Group Dynamics and Leadership (3) 

This course applies concepts of small task-oriented group communication to the life/work experiences of participants, emphasizing both micro and macro leadership skills.

MMC 520/820 Managerial Communications: Practices and Principles (3)

This course examines major approaches to management, focusing on theories of employee motivation, morale, resource management, communication networks, upward and downward messages, and superior-subordinate relationships.  Diagnostic instruments are utilized in analyses and evaluation of managerial communication, identifying strengths and limitations.  Focus is on setting behavioral goals for improving communication skills.   

MMC 525/825 Effective Business Writing and the Marketplace (3) 

This course surveys writing techniques for public affairs and public relations including news releases, company publications, brochures, announcements, advertising, and media spots. Assignments stress tact, clarity, and conciseness in writing bad news, good news, and rejection letters.  A segment on writing grant and research proposals is also included.   

MMC 540/840 Public Speaking: Professional Reports and Presentations (3) 

This course is a five-unit course that addresses the development of proficiency in organizing, researching, structuring, editing and presenting oral presentations, covering a diverse range of topics from delivery, visual aids, nonverbal communication, and voice, to argumentation, evidence, and emotional appeal. For those doing this course at a distance, speeches will be videotaped by the student and analyzed for areas of potential improvement. 

MMC 547/847 Advance Interpersonal Communications and Interviewing (3) 

This course reviews theories and research findings about how relations develop or deteriorate in the work environment.  Topics include listening, nonverbal communication, trust, empathy, self-disclosure, climate, and interpersonal conflict.  

Public Administration graduate courses

MPA 535/835 Budgeting in Public Agencies (3)

This course addresses one of the most important and demanding aspects of government-the annual budget. A variety of different aspects of public budgeting are examined in an effort to introduce future public administrators to one of the largest challenges they will face. The development of the budget is affected by a number of factors, each of which must be identified and dealt with in order to prepare a comprehensive and effective budget. The political aspect of budget decisions and the ramifications of those decisions are extremely important as well. This course is designed to provide students in public administration with an introduction to budgeting in public agencies. 

MPA 540/840 Public Program Evaluation (3)

This course considers the scope and methods of program evaluation, including analytical techniques necessary in evaluation. Discusses the roles of citizens, bureaucrats and elected officials in program design and implementation. Methods to carry out effective evaluations are presented.  

MPA 568/868 Public Personnel Administration (3)

This course examines the issues surrounding the employment and the managing of human resources in the public sector.  

MPA 569/869 Intergovernmental Relations (3) 

This course covers the interdependencies between various governmental jurisdictions in our federal system. Examines the impact the federal system has on policy implementation and the allocation of government responsibilities

Master of Public Health graduate courses

MPH 500: Fundamentals of Public Health (3)

This course provides an introduction and overview of the extent and history of public health and the core concepts that represent the foundation of the public health field.  

MPH 505 Biostatistics (3)

This course introduces the concepts of fundamental statistical data analysis.  Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, standard probability distributions, sampling distributions, point and confidence interval estimation, hypothesis testing, power and sample size estimation, one- and two-sample parametric and non-parametric methods for analyzing continuous or discrete data, linear regression, ANOVA, and experimental design in addressing, analyzing and solving problems in public health, health care, clinical, and population-based research. The emphasis will be on interpretation, concepts, and use of statistical software. 

MPH 510 Applied Epidemiology (3)

This course examines the basic principles of epidemiology and statistical evaluation of the impact of microbial diseases upon the population’s health within 113community and clinic-based populations. An added emphasis will be made on the epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases.

MPH 515 Principles of Health Behavior (3)

This course provides a broad overview of the field of behavioral health, examining a variety of behavioral models and theories to better understand behavior change, health risk behavior, and psychological/behavioral factors that affect physical conditions in both individuals and in populations. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to a variety of health concerns.

MPH 520 Concepts of Environmental Health (3)

This course examines several concepts including biological, chemical, physical, and psychosocial aspects in environmental health and applies them to the prevention of environmentally induced diseases. Additionally, the course explores issues related to biological monitoring of environmental health hazards, health surveillance, environmental monitoring, and current environmental standards governing air, water, food, and soil quality.

MPH 525 Health Policy and Management (3)

This course studies the health care system, population based health care, concept and methods of health management, current issues in health policy and the application of these concepts.

MPH 530 Methods of Research in Public Health (3)

This course focuses on practical issues in the conduct of health research studies.  Topics include: an overview of public health research, ethics in research, the relationship between theory and research, formulating research questions, specifying study design and study objectives, defining variables, validity and reliability of measures, scale construction, formatting questionnaires, developing analysis plans, choosing data collection methods, sampling techniques and sample size, developing and completing research studies, preparing data for analysis, and reporting of findings. 

MPH 580 Global Health (3)

This course provides an introduction to important global health issues, including health determinants and key areas of disease burden currently affecting the developing world, and the role that new health technologies can play in solving these problems.

MPH 584 Community Health (3)

This course studies the nature, extent, and causes of basic community health problems including an explanation of the purpose, function, organization, and administration of community health services at the local, state, and national levels. 

MPH 585 Programming and Evaluation in Public Health (3)

This course emphasizes design, implementation, and assessment of community-based health interventions and program evaluation. 

MPH 588 Marketing Public Health (3)

This course focuses on how to use marketing principles to modify individual behavior, improve social and economic conditions, and reform social policy.

MPH 598 Applied Research in Public Health (3)

This course enables students to apply the principles and methods learned in an academic setting in a research project and paper embodying original research applicable to public health, incorporating a proposition that has been successfully evaluated with appropriate statistical techniques and is potentially publishable or has potential public health impact.  A faculty mentor will be assigned to each student.  Prerequisites: Completion of core courses and approval of the MPH Program Director.

MPH 599 Public Health Field Practicum (3)

Practicum involves an experience designed to strengthen competence in general public health and concentration area through practical experiences. Prerequisites: Completion of core courses and field site approval by the MPH Program Director

Psychology graduate courses

PSY 500 Advanced Human Relations (1)

This workshop for experienced teachers and administrators will investigate a Biblical basis for human relations in schools and improve the teacher’s personal behavior relations skills and professional skills in multicultural education. This fulfills the requirement of LB 250, a Nebraska state law which requires a human relations component for issuance or renewal of teaching certificates.

PSY 511 Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning (3)

A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.

PSY 412/512 Educational Assessment (3)

A study and critical evaluation of the assessment process. Types of assessment construction, interpretation, use and communication of test data will be discussed.

PSY 414/514 Psychology of Exceptionality and Multiculturalism (3)

A survey course considering the types, characteristics, problems, and needs of children who deviate from the norm. The areas of exceptionality given special consideration will include the mentally retarded; the gifted and creative; learning disabled; behavior disordered; communication disordered; visual or hearing impaired; physically/health impaired and multicultural.

PSY 415/515 The Maladjusted Child in the Schools (3)

The course is designed to examine current theories, practices and services related to the education of behavior disordered children.

PSY 521 Advanced Child Development and Psychology (3)

An advanced study of children as they develop from conception through the elementary school years. Emphasis on factors which pattern personality development and learning.

PSY 442/542 Introduction to Counseling (3)

One aspect of ministry is the art of investment through listening with sincere concern when individuals need assistance in dealing with certain situations which arise in their lives. In the parish setting, this is especially true in regard to youth. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of individual counseling, emphasis being placed on helping the students assess their ability to empathetically understand, accept, and respect the individual.

PSY 545 Foundations of Christian Marriage and Family (3)

See FL 545.

PSY 546 Family Dysfunctions: Assessment and Intervention (3)

See FL 546

PSY 451/551 Personality Theory (3)

A study of classical, behavior, and modern theories of personality dynamics. Attention is directed toward understanding human behavior from a variety of psychological perspectives and toward applying insights gained from personality theory to helping relationships. 

PSY 421/552 Psychology of Adolescence (2-3)

A study of physical, social, sexual, cognitive, moral and spiritual development during adolescence with special attention to practical assistance and intervention for young people by counselors, teachers, youth workers and pastors.

PSY 555 Lifespan Development (3)

See FL 555.

PSY 560 Professional Ethics (3)

This course will examine issues of professional ethics, morality and faith. The course begins with a brief introduction to theological ethics before examining and applying National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and church body ethical guidelines to case situations. Aspects of professional ethics will be discussed throughout the course. The course moves to practical issues in personal morality, which will be discussed in relation to family and society. Issues such as marriage and commitment, homosexuality, abortion, end of life issues and the development of faith and virtue will also be discussed. Attention will be given to how one’s theological commitments transform secular moral problems and their solutions.

Science graduate courses

SCI 502 Science for Elementary Teachers: Content and Process (3)

A study of basic content and processes of science for the elementary teacher, including background material for the teacher to understand science content generally found in elementary materials. Special emphasis on how to do “hands on” science lessons.

SCI 597 Internship in Environmental Education (3)

Sociology graduate courses

SOC 515 Sociology of Education (3)

An analysis of the educational institution of the United States focusing on the structure of learning, the organization of education, and the relation of schooling to sub-communities and other social organizations from the sociological and social psychological perspective.

SOC 533 Aging and the Family (3)

See FL 533.

SOC 545 Theory and Dynamics of Family Relations (3)

See FL 543.

SOC 546 Family Law and Public Policy (3)

See FL 546.

SOC 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World (3)

An in-depth examination of profession, vocation, and service (ministry) and the ways in which individuals, building on their personal belief systems might with integrity enact authentic leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the Lutheran movement within the tradition of orthodox Christianity as a point of departure, students will analyze and apply their ultimate values to specific societal problems.

Special Education graduate courses

SPED 517 Advanced Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners (3)

Emphasizes formative and diagnostic assessment methods used to improve the academic achievement of students with disabilities.  The course readings will broaden knowledge of assessment in intelligence, language, and bilingual assessment.

Theology graduate courses

THEO 418/518 From Exile to Christ (3)

This course is a historical study of Palestinian Judaism from the post-exilic period to the birth of Christ with extensive reading in the intertestamental documents, noting those theological developments which prepare for the New Testament.

THEO 540 Family Resource Management (3)

This course is a study of the effective management of family resources that relate to lifespan family and individual goals. Values, attitudes, goals and resources are reviewed in light of a biblical foundation, management theories, concepts and principles and communication skills. Management of family time, work, stress, finances, consumerism and the environment provide a knowledge base and decision-making skills for planning, implementing and evaluating change for lifespan decision-making.

THEO 545 Theology and Practice of Confirmation Ministry (3)

A study of confirmation ministry which focuses on theological foundations, the faith formation of catechumens, educational models, the design of confirmation ministry and resources.

THEO 450/550 Understanding and Teaching the Bible (3)

This course gives attention to the role of the Bible in faith formation, hermeneutical principles, ways of teaching the Bible, Bible study programs, small group study, and ways of promoting involvement with the Bible in families and congregations. Prerequisites: REL 121; REL 131; and one of the following: THEO 241, 242, 251, or 252.

THEO 460/560 Factors in Congregational Growth (3)

An examination of Biblical and confessional perspectives on congregational growth. Sociological factors will also be considered. Emphasis will be placed on equipping the student to determine appropriate programs of outreach for a parish.

THEO 563 Studies in the Lutheran Confessions (3)

A study of the historical statements of the faith of the Lutheran church as related to the religious concepts which give meaning and direction to the Lutheran system of education.

THEO 565 Serving and Leading in Community and World (3)

See SOC 565.

THEO 570 Introduction to Christian Counseling (3)

Based on the truth and wisdom of Holy Scripture this course synthesizes the contributions from the bio-social sciences, church history, and ministry to help construct a contemporary perspective and praxis of Christian counseling. Psychology and Christian theology are balanced with an appropriate concern for the place of Christian spirituality and the presence of God in the process of counseling.

THEO 571 The Role of Scripture and Christian Spirituality in Christian Counseling (3)

This course is as much about the spiritual life of Christian counselors as it is about the spiritual life of Christian counselees. It centers on the Word of God, and it considers Christian spiritual discipline, which assists in the transformation of a Christian. It aims to help the Christian counselor toward balancing theology, psychology, and spiritual formation. It will help the Christian counselor to understand what ways to use Scripture in counseling for which clients and under which circumstances.

THEO 482/582 Nurturing Faith through Family, School, and Congregation (3)

A study of the formation of faith and virtue based on Biblical, theological, and psychological perspectives serves as the foundation for investigating ways in which the family, congregation and schools of the church can nurture the faith of children, youth and adults.

THEO 483/583 Sexuality and the Family (3)

See FL 583.

THEO 585 Family Life Ministry (3)

See FL 585.

THEO 487/587 Planning Adult Education in Congregations (3)

This course gives attention to ways of teaching the faith to early, middle, and late adulthood, adults as learners, and the design of educational programs and curricula.

THEO 489/589 Ministry in a Changing World (3)

After developing a Biblical/theological view of ministry and vocation, the student will identify perspectives, resources and opportunities for ministry in church and society in a variety of contexts.