Spring Semester 2016

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 spring, 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 spring 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 206-30: Management Principles
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.
January 20th - March 11th

BUS 207-40: 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.
March 16th - May 7th

CJ 309-30: White Collar Crime
Analysis and evaluation of white collar crime, including public perception, sociological, political and economic impacts, as well as, past and present enforcement strategies.  The role of the computer in committing white collar crime is discussed.  Prerequisites: CJ 101 and 175.
January 20th - March 11th

CJ 377-40: Juvenile Delinquency & Justice
Nature and extent of delinquency is discussed.  Explanatory models and theories of juvenile delinquency are presented.  History, philosophy, and evaluation of juvenile court practices and procedures are presented including the role of the juvenile officer.  Prevention and intervention programs and their techniques are illustrated.  Prerequisites: CJ 101 and 175.
March 16th - May 7th

COM 101-30: Composition and Research
Core writing requirement, reviews fundamental principles of rhetoric, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Requirements include a research paper using MLA documentation guidelines and several expository papers. Course is available only after placement by departmental faculty. Students must achieve "C" or better to fulfill core requirements.
January 20th - March 11th

COM 420-01: Law & Ethics of Mass Communication
Study of legal and ethical framework within which mass communication media operate. Examines legal philosophy bearing on the mass media, the development of freedom of expression, and privileges and restraints affecting the media. Topics include the study of libel, invasion of privacy, copyright, contempt and government regulation.
January 20th - May 15th

PHI 105-30: Introduction to Philosophy
Historical introduction to fundamental problems and methods of philosophy based on readings in ancient, medieval and modern literature.
January 20th - March 11th

SPA 101-30: Spanish for Beginners I
Introduction to basic skills of Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension. For students with no previous Spanish background.   
January 20th - March 11th

THE 105-30: 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.
January 20th - March 11th

THE 105-40: 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.
March 16th - May 7th


COR 520-40: 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.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 502-30: Accounting for the Workplace
Accounting for the Workplace is designed to introduce students to accounting who have not had accounting courses or accounting experience at the undergraduate level. The course fosters an understanding of the basic concepts of financial accounting, including accounting information systems.
January 20th - March 11th

MBA 504-40: Management & Marketing
The purpose of this course is to provide foundations in management and marketing for students who have entered the program with limited exposure to management and marketing.  The course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis for management theory and marketing,
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 506-40: Economics & 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.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 510-30: 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
January 20th - March 11th

MBA 518-40: 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.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 520-40: 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.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 540-30: 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.
January 20th - March 11th

MBA 565-40: Corporate, Partnership and Estate Tax
This course covers basic tax theory and concepts as they effect corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts.  The course emphasizes the application of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations, as well as major developments in federal income taxation of corporations, estates and trusts.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 575-40: Investments & Portfolio Management
This is an MBA elective course designed to enhance development of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, behaviors and values required for effective portfolio management.  The goal of the course is to increase students capacity to understand asset pricing, equity strategies, stocks, bonds and alternative investment strategies. Increasingly, unpredictable environments now require investment managers to learn, adapt and take advantage of new opportunities.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 610-30: Legal Environment
This course will provide an overview of the effects of legal forces on the objectives and operations of nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses. Policies and decisions based on current case studies will be examined with emphasis placed on vulnerabilities and the appropriate techniques of managing exposure risks. Contemporary issues relating to governmental regulations, employment issues and human resource policies faced by leaders in cross-cultural settings will be explored.
January 20th - March 11th

MBA 630-30: 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
January 20th - March 11th

MBA 675-40: Strategy Formulation & Implementation
This course integrates the formulation of the organizations strategic plan with the process of implementation of business policies. Students use a culmination of business theories, practices, strategies, financial and economic application learned in this and other courses to design strategic plans to assess a total organization and what it must do to compete successfully in the global environment.  Case studies will be used to enhance the understanding of strategy concepts and practices.  This course is designed to be taken near or at the completion of the MBA program and the major field test will be administered to students in this class.
March 16th - May 7th

MBA 680-30: 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.
January 20th - March 11th

MED 545-30: Soc Devlpmnt/Behvr Supt Inclusv Class
This course focuses on creating social skills and behaviors using pro-active approaches to meet the needs of all learners within a positive classroom climate.  The routines of management as well as the individualized planning for special behavior needs of children with disabilities will be presented.
January 20th - March 11th

MED 605-40: Enhancing Literacy/Special-Needs Student
The course, designed for prospective special education classroom teachers, develops skills for the development, teaching, and enhancing of literacy skills: Language, reading, and writing. Students will review current and developing research and classroom practices that encourage the acquisition and improvement of those skills through learning strategies that can be used in classroom experiences.
March 16th - May 7th

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
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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.

spring semester 2016

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