Fall Term 2017

Online Courses

Taking a course online at Alvernia University is as much about the future as it is about the present. At Alvernia University, we strive to meet the educational needs of all working professionals. So by offering our courses online this Fall, Alvernia is providing high-quality, engaging, convenient, and timely academic courses to meet the growing educational requirements of the adult learner.

By participating in a fall class online, you can get the education you need - and where - you need it.

Students are responsible for communications software and internet service. There are both minimum and suggested requirements for computer setup.

Course Selections

Adult Education

BUS 207-20: Marketing Principles   
An introduction to the basic functions of marketing and the marketing concept. Included topics of study are market analysis, consumer behavior, marketing research, the development of the marketing mix, and international and social marketing.
October 16 - December 4

PHI 105-10: Introduction to Philosophy   
Introduction to major concepts and findings in psychology with emphasis on basic processes underlying human behavior. Prerequisite for all other psychology courses except PSY 306.
August 25 - October 15

PSY 101-10: Introductory Psychology  
Historical introduction to fundamental problems and methods of philosophy based on readings in ancient, medieval and modern literature.
August 25 - October 15

THE 105-20: Foundations of Theology   
Inquiry into nature of religion and its relation to other areas of human experience. Role of theology in bringing a religious tradition to reflective awareness. Focus on Christianity, especially its Catholic expression.
October 16 - December 4


COR 520-20: Ethics and Moral Leadership
A discussion and analysis of the ethics and philosophy of moral leadership.  The course is designed to present a vision for the development of reflective, responsible, and socially engaged citizenship and leadership for the community, workplace, society and the world.  It will include the study of topics such as: ethical theory and approaches to moral leadership; the relationship between leaders and followers; exemplars of moral leadership; and the contrast between moral and immoral leadership.  The course facilitates interdisciplinary dialogue and stimulates discussion of ethical leadership.
October 16 - December 4

MBA 506-10: Economics and Finance
The purpose of this course is to provide foundations in economics and finance for students who have entered the program with limited exposure to economics and finance. The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis for economic theory and financial decision making.
August 25 - October 15

MBA 510-20: Managerial Accounting
This course emphasizes the application of accounting systems to managerial decision-making and problem solving. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements, analysis of cash flow, cash budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis and responsibility accounting are among the major topics explored. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in Accounting or MBA 502 Accounting for the Workplace
October 16 - December 4

MBA 518-20: Corporate Communication
Examines nature of communication in the corporate and organizational context and how the corporation communicates with its various publics. Analyzes organizational communication (internal and external) before, during, and post-change, such as during growth, collapse, and merger. Case studies may include: corporations (for profit and not-for-profit); schools and/or educational establishments; law enforcement and justice systems; churches and/or religious systems; health institutions; military organizations; government associations.
October 16 - December 4

MBA 520-20: Marketing Services
This course is designed to provide students with a broad approach to the concepts of various marketing functions including consumer behavior and new product development. Emphasis will be placed on international issues and their impact on the development of strategies for consumer and industrial-based products or services entering the global market. Prerequisite: Prior coursework in marketing or MBA 504 - Management and Marketing.
October 16 - December 4

MBA 540-20: Labor and Employment Law
This course offers a comprehensive review of labor and employment law.  The course opens with a survey of the early doctrines through current applications of labor relations including the pertinent statutes that govern the relations between labor and management in union and non union environments.  The course also explores employment law with respect to protections against all forms of discrimination as well as privacy and wage laws.  Case law where legal principles have been changed by the courts is reviewed and current issues are interwoven throughout the course.
October 16 - December 4

MBA 600-10: Quantitative Methods
Quantitative Methods is designed to familiarize the student with the use of mathematical and statistical methodology used in managerial decision-making. Topics include linear, integer and dynamic programming, sensitivity analysis and duality, network models, inventory and queuing, and simulation.
August 25 - October 15

MBA 620-20: Managerial Economics
This course examines the use of economic tools for managerial decision-making. Applicable economic, statistical and computer skills will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the microeconomic theory of organizations and its application in businesses, schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisite: MBA 600 Quantitative Methods.
October 16 - December 4

MBA 630-20: Management Finance
This course presents an overview of financial management and its role within nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses. The focus will be on the prime variables that affect the financial manager within the firm and within the economy. Topics will include financial management and its environment, analysis of the operating budget and its impact on setting priorities, valuation and the cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, analyzing and planning financial performance, and institutional features of long-term planning. Prerequisite: Managerial Economics
October 16 - December 4

MBA 650-10: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
This course is designed to identify and analyze factors that contribute to the success of new business ventures. Major topics include risk assessment and management, leadership skills, sources of funding and the development of a business plan. Case studies of successful and unsuccessful ventures will be analyzed.
*2013-2014 Online MBA Registration Priority*
August 25 -October 15

MBA 680-20: Executive Leadership Seminar
This is a capstone course and is designed to enhance development of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values required for one to become an effective, inspirational leader. In addition to case studies, interaction with successful business executives will provide students with realistic models of leadership.
*2013-2014 Online MBA Registration Priority*
October 16 - December 4

MED 515-10: Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms  
This course focuses on content, methods, and materials specifically oriented to assisting students with diverse needs to achieve academically and socially in today's inclusive schools. Competencies and best practices needed by school leaders as well as classroom teachers who address the needs of students with disabilities are addressed in the course objectives.
August 25 - October 15

MED 544-20: Transition & Instruction Sec Special Needs
This course addresses the legal and instructional issues related to adolescents and young adults with disabilities.  Topics include functional curriculum, individual transition planning, self-determination and self-advocacy.  Included in this course are ten hours of embedded fieldwork within community-based, vocational or post-secondary sites where individuals aged 16 through young adults are taught. (3 credits).
October 16 - December 4

MED 680-20: Research Seminar
This course is seminar format capstone experience augmented by significant readings from the professional literature that will facilitate discussions of current and potential issues and trends in the educational arena.  Students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and synthesize these issues using class discussions and readings, culminating in the completion of a publishable-quality scholarly paper and corresponding class presentation.  Pre-requisite: MED 520.
October 16 - December 4

NUR 643-MSN: Educational and Administrative Strat in Nursing Pract
This course includes a practicum experience in nursing education or administration roles and settings.  Students will demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in working with technology enriched pedagogical or management methods and apply current evidence-based practices within nursing education or administration practice.  The student will recognize the influence of teaching or leadership/management styles, interpersonal interactions, professional communication and cultural contexts on quality outcomes in the relevant practices settings.  This course requires approximately 100-hours in a practicum experience with a current nurse administrator(s) or educator(s).
August 25 - December 5

NUR 651-MSN: Nursing Educator Role Synth: Capstone
The Nursing Education Capstone Course reflects a culmination in advanced education to synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MSN Program.  The Capstone is a faculty guided scholarly project.  It provides evidence of students' critical thinking and ability to translate research into practice on clinical health care topics essential to the nurse educator role.  This course requires approximately 100 hours to complete the project.  Course is taken in the final 12 credits of the MSN program.
August 25 - December 5

This course schedule is provided for the information of the student. It is subject to change as deemed appropriate by the University in order to fulfill its role and mission or by regulatory and/or accrediting bodies specifically impacting the programs. Changes may be implemented without prior notice and without obligation, and, unless specified otherwise, are effective when made.

School of Graduate & Adult Education

Main Campus Contact Information

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Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610.796.5187 or
888.258.3764 X6
Fax: 610.796.8367
eMail: gradandadult@alvernia.edu
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Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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