Fall Term 2010

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. For more information, please visit our technology requirements.

Course Selections

Continuing Studies

BUS 206-16: Management Principles (3 credits)
Provides an analysis of the traditional functions of management (i.e., planning, organizing, leading and controlling) with past, present and future application. Topics examined include quality issues, team-based approaches to work, organizational design and re-engineering efforts, motivational techniques, globalization, technology, diversity and ethics.
August 23rd – October 13th 

BUS 207-26: Marketing Principles (3 credits)
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 14th – December 9th

HIS 344-10: The Era of the Civil War (3 credits)
Covers the development of the sectional crisis from the Compromise of 1850, through the crisis of the 1850s, to the Civil War itself, and to the passing of Reconstruction. Course ends with the disputed election of Hayes and the North's abandonment of Reconstruction. Prerequisite: HIS 112 or junior-level standing.
August 23rd – October 13th 

PHI 210-21: Professional Ethics (3 credits)
Study of ethical issues in the professions. Inquires into the nature of professional responsibility and the social role of the professions. Topics include an examination of professional codes of ethics, legal regulation of the professions, the relation between professional rights and social responsibilities, and professional ethics in a global society. Fulfills Ethics/Morality Requirement.
October 14th – December 9th


COR 510-01: Moral Leadership (3 credits)
Moral Leadership introduces students to a philosophy of education that will provide the skills necessary to assume a prominent place in shaping the vision, mission and activities of their employers and professions. This course also is designed to help students study the importance of systematic reform of political, economic and social services, in remedying the problems that plague urban school systems, social services and society generally. It will also help them understand the importance of openness to new analyses and strategies for change in addressing social problems.
August 23rd - December 3rd

COR 600-01: Organizational and Professional Ethics (3 credits)
This course explores specific questions relative to the behavior of systems, organizations and their members. The idea of a profession and its claim to special ethical expertise are examined. Methods to accomplish responsible social action, promote social justice and value the human dignity of each individual will be emphasized. Particular attention is paid to ethical issues surrounding the not-for-profit and educational sectors of American society.
August 23rd - December 3rd

LAS 621-01: Gender, Family, & Social Change (3 credits)
This course focuses on the family, as a gendered institution, taking into consideration macro level socioeconomic and cultural changes. By reading historical accounts of family change, both within the family and in the family’s greater setting of the family, and in relation to social change within societies, sociological issues will be discussed and evaluated. Cross-cultural similarities and differences will be explored.
August 23rd - December 3rd

MBA 670-02: Corporate Communication (3 credits)
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.
August 23rd - December 3rd

MED 610-01: School Law and Social Advocacy (3 credits)

This course is designed to inform teachers, as well as administrators concerning both laws and policies that impact today's educational systems. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the current legal rights and responsibilities of school boards, administrators, teachers, parents, students and the general public established by federal and state statutes, constitutions and court decisions as they relate to the educational system. Particular attention will be given to the legal responsibilities and accountability of all educational personnel in providing for the appropriate education of all students including those with special needs.
August 23rd - December 3rd

School of Graduate & Adult Education Admissions

540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610.796.5187 or
888.258.3764 X6
Fax: 610.796.8367
eMail: gradandadult@alvernia.edu

Office Hours
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

fall term 2010

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