Winter Term 2010

Online Courses - Winter Term

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 Winter, 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 winter class online, you can get the education you need - and where - you need it.

All online courses start December 14th and end on January 15th. 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.


BIO 109-W1: Human Biology (3 credits)
An introductory course with emphasis on human physiology and the role humans play in biosphere. Application of biological principles to practical human concerns are covered in one semester. Integrates laboratory and classroom work.
December 14th – January 15th  

HIS 112-W1: Study of American History (3 credits)
Introduces student to the chronology of American history, a broad selection of key documents, appropriate secondary reading materials, and descriptions of selected key events in the evolution of American history.
December 14th – January 15th  

PHI 105-W1: Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

Historical introduction to fundamental problems and methods of philosophy based on readings in ancient, medieval and modern literature.
December 14th – January 15th  

PSY 101-W1: Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

Designed to expose students to the world of psychology both experientially and through readings. Students identify personal and professional goals and values. Readings include topics in psychology, tailored to the interest of the student.
December 14th – January 15th  

THE 105-W1 Introduction to Theology (3 credits)
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.
December 14th – January 15th


MBA 520-W1: Marketing Services (3 credits)
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: Five years of professional experience or a course in Principles of Marketing
December 14th – January 15th    

MBA 670-W1: Corporate Communications (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.
December 14th – January 15th  

MED 508-W1: Advanced Educational Psychology (3 credits)
This course will focus on theories and research in educational psychology that will provide foundations for educational practice. Emphasis will be placed on learning, development and motivation, with implications for educational settings. A detailed analysis of constructivism (Brooks & Brooks, 1993; Piaget, 1970; Vygotsky, 1986), conceptions of intelligence (Gardner, 1983, 1993; Sternberg, 1985) and brain-based learning (Caine and Caine, 1991; Sylvester, 1994; Jensen, 1998) will be included. Various theories of motivation will be studied with candidates producing research-based educational applications (Bandura, 1986; Dweck, 1986; Maslow, 1970). Candidates will examine current research on learner-centered psychological principles (McCombs, 1998) and make relevant applications including planning for instruction, instructional delivery, assessment, and creating optimal learning environments. A detailed analysis of psycho-social (Erikson, 1968; Sadker & Sadker, 1994), intellectual (Piaget, 1970; Grader, 1983; Vygotsky, 1986), moral (Gilligan, 1982; Kohlberg, 1969), and familial and physical development will be included. Candidates will examine research and theoretical frameworks (Carnegie Corporation, 1996; Hill, 1995; National Middle School Association, 1995) and make relevant applications, including developing instructional and assessment strategies (Wiggins, 1998), referring candidates to health and social services, and creating responsive learning environments. This course focuses on real-world applications.
December 14th – January 15th 

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