A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

Course Descriptions

CORE COURSES for MAJORS

Term I

ADC 321 Adult Development (3 credits)

This course is an overview of adulthood in the context of life span, including biological change, cognitive characteristics, personality and moral reasoning. The course also addresses issues of gender, interpersonal relations, ethnicity, aging and impact of theory on organizational development.

ADC 201 Discovery and Practice of Academic Learning (Pass/Fail) (1 credit)

This is a mandatory workshop that informs and prepares students to maintain their course of study in Adult Education while teaching them how to become successful adult learners. Students are introduced to the Houghton campus and its services, while learning the value of a Christian liberal arts education. Key factors include the importance of critical thinking and insight into adult learning theories. Emphasis will be placed on self-directed learning as it relates to the program and beyond. Students also learn how to avoid plagiarism by utilizing database research methods and APA citation sources. Opportunities for reflection, based on completion of Adult Development and content of the workshop, lead to a purpose statement and goal-setting exercise that integrates with the Portfolio process.

ADC 322 Business Writing (3 credits)

Places the emphasis on improving ability to communicate effectively through writing, identification of audience and purpose, clear reasoning and rational organization, suitable wording and effective rewriting.

ADC 323 Work Team Dynamics (3 credits)

Focuses on the dynamic processes affecting task-oriented work groups, including formation, development, maturity and effectiveness. The course addresses goals, interactions, problem recognition, interventions and team meetings.

ADC 440 Fundamentals of Management (3 credits)

Focuses on effective reasoning and decision-making for organizational managers. The course delves into the assessment and development of individual managerial competencies, involving leadership styles, ethical perspectives, problem solving, stating goals and objectives, and strategic and tactical planning.

Term II

ADC 451 Quantitative Decision Making (3 credits)

Demonstrates the use of statistics as a tool in solving real-world problems, including organizing data, using models for predictions, constructing simple graphics; use of logic and reasoning in drawing conclusions and making recommendations. Emphasis is on process improvement and decision making.

ADC 453 Diversity in the Workplace (3 credits)

Takes a sociological approach to examining workplace diversity, stratification, stereotyping and misunderstandings, including matters related to culture, gender, ethnicity and race. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues and problem solving.

ADC 450 Personal and Professional Ethics (3 credits)

Focuses on ethical theories and specific moral issues in the workplace. The course includes small group analyses of selected cases and applicable principles.

ADC 454 Organizational Development (3 credits)

Looks at the development of theory and innovative practice relevant to leadership and organizational change. Major topics include change processes within organizations, intervention strategies in organizations to improve their effectiveness, studies of such interventions, the roles of change agents, and problems of self-awareness, responsibility and the political consequences of organizational development theory and practice.

Term III – Management Major

ADC 444 Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers (3 credits)

An introduction to accounting and finance concepts, including cost control, understanding and analyses of financial statements, budgeting, working capital management and financing alternatives.

ADC 442 Human Resources Management (3 credits)

Examines the perspectives on traditional, current and emerging practices in human resources management, including matters related to economics, law, psychology, sociology, and programs and policies used in employee management.

ADC 330 Conflict Management (3 credits)

An introduction to conflict management that balances coverage of major theories with practice in communication skills and conflict intervention techniques (e.g. assertiveness training, mediation, negotiation). Focus on experiential learning, with heavy emphasis on written analysis that includes analytical journaling and analysis of scientific journal articles.

ADC 333 Project Management (3 credits)

The primary premise of this course is that project management concepts are fundamental to most activities undertaken by organizations and individuals.  Students will learn the elements of initiating, planning scheduling, resource allocation, executing, controlling and closeout for functional projects and other management initiatives.  Team leadership and team dynamics will be explored as essential elements of a successful project.  Opportunities to apply technology to project management will also be addressed.

Term III – HR Management Major

ADC 442 Human Resources Management (3 credits)

Examines the perspectives on traditional, current and emerging practices in human resources management, including matters related to economics, law, psychology, sociology, and programs and policies used in employee management.

ADC 311 Employment Law (3 credits)

A conceptual and functional analysis of the legal framework and principles of industrial and employment relations with special  emphasis on discrimination based on race, sex, age, and disability; testing and performance appraisal; wrongful discharge; labor/ management issues; and employee benefits.

ADC 446 Staffing and Performance Management (3 credits)

Examination of recruiting, selection, and performance appraisal and an understanding of all facets of performance management including training and development, developing reward systems, performance measurement, equal employment practices, counseling and promotion processes. Discussions will also include strategies to recruit, retain and develop a diverse workforce.

ADC 448 Employee Training and Development (3 credits)

An examination of employee training and human resource development in various organizations. Topics include the development, administration, and evaluation of training programs; employee development,; career development; and organizational change.  Issues in employee development (including assessment of employee competencies, opportunities for learning and growth, and the roles of managers in employee development) are explored. 

ADC 460 Managing Total Rewards: Comp and Benefits (3 credits)

This course explores the concept of total rewards, its fundamental elements and strategic prevalence in attracting, motivating and retaining valued employees. Additional focus will be allocated to compensation and benefits, relevant philosophies, designs, and best practices, incorporating latest issues/trends along with their potential implications. Students will participate in strategic goal and program development, examining how total rewards, compensation and benefit designs, impact individual/organization performance and contribute to defining organization culture.

Term III – Leadership Development Major

ADC 320 Leadership Development (3 credits)

A study of the principles of leadership found in biblical leaders, throughout history, and in our own lives.  Designed as an interdisciplinary course, specifically to help guide personal understanding both of leadership responsibilities and leadership abilities.  It is not intended only for individuals who aspire to positions of leadership or just for those who think they have what are normally considered "leadership" abilities. It is intended for anyone seeking to understand how to better be able to influence others for good, regardless of their profession, position, gifts, or calling.

ADC 215 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)

Principles, application of interpersonal skills in the context of friendships and families. Includes personal and relational awareness, person perception, verbal and non-verbal communication, relational development, and gender communication.

ADC 218 Social Psychology (3 credits) – CHOOSE Social Psychology OR Psychology of Personality

Social behavior from a sociological and psychological perspective, examining the interaction of behaviors of individuals in groups.   Topics: prejudice, group processes, leadership, conformity, attitudes, change.

ADC 301 Psychology of Personality (3 credits) ) – CHOOSE Psychology of Personality OR Social Psychology

Description, development, dynamics, determinants and assessment of the normal personality. Emphasis on contemporary theories and research.

ADC 330 Conflict Management (3 credits)

An introduction to conflict management that balances coverage of major theories with practice in communication skills and conflict intervention techniques (e.g. assertiveness training, mediation, negotiation). Focus on experiential learning, with heavy emphasis on written analysis that includes analytical journaling and analysis of scientific journal articles.

ADC 335 Leading Change (3 credits)

Examination of the critical success factors for managing organizational change successfully, that is, to become more productive and competitive. Topics to be discussed include:  driving forces for change, common approaches to change initiatives, the competencies required to be effective change leaders and managers, the effect of change on an organization's stakeholders, and the measurement of results. Case studies will be used and there will be a heavy reliance on student experience with change initiatives in their own organizations.

Term III – Integrated Marketing and Communications Major

ADC 218 Marketing Principles (3 credits)

An overview of consumer behavior and strategies related to product development, pricing, promotion and distribution of consumer and business products and services, in both domestic and international markets.

ADC 312 Advertising Principles (3 credits)

Overview of the advertising field and how it functions in society. Studies research, strategies, methods, creativity, and media planning. Typically includes case study.

ADC 319 Marketing Research (3 credits)

Study of the techniques used in collection and analysis of secondary and primary data and use of that format for decision-making in marketing environment. Student teams work on real business marketing research projects.

ADC 430 Integrated Marketing and Communication (3 credits)

Focuses on both the theory and practice of blending strategies and tactics within the discipline of market communications. Integrated Marketing Communications explores ways to unify disparate initiatives within Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Sales Promotion, Branding and Event Management to achieve maximum, coordinated effectiveness in the marketplace.  IMC prepares students for today’s workplace by studying the manner in which current organizations practice Marketing for cost-effective results.