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Graduate Course Descriptions

Graduate Courses of Instruction

Business Administration (MBA)
612 Business Principles I (3).
An introduction to business fundamentals including Financial Accounting, Business Math and Statistics and Economics. Application of the Christian worldview to the field of business is also discussed.
613 Business Principles II (3). Pre-req: MBA 612
A continuation of MBA 612 Business Principles I.
624 Ethical Problems in Business (3).
Christ centered solutions are emphasized as a means to resolve ethical problems in the business place. Classic ethical systems are reviewed and critiqued through a Christian worldview along with contemporary concerns including social responsibility. Case studies are utilized to help students understand issues relating to real world dilemmas.
640 Advanced Organizational Behavior (3).
Fundamental components of organizational structure and design are examined as it relates to behavioral topics including motivation, performance, group and interpersonal dynamics, along with management and leadership issues.
643 Financial Analysis (3). Prereq: MBA 612 and 613
Students study an array of management and financial concepts and processes including cost of capital, financial planning, resource acquisition, cash flow, financial analysis, risk assessment and reporting. Effects from government fiscal policies are examined along with market influences. Students acquire skills necessary to conduct a comprehensive evaluation in determining an organization's financial viability.
646 The Legal Environment of Business (3).
Students learn the fundamentals of legal contracts, torts, regulatory issues, and managerial responsibilities as agents of an organization. An overview of jurisprudence along with the role of biblical principles in its formation is reviewed. Human resource issues and ethics are also examined.
658 Managerial Economics (3). Pre-req: MBA 612, 613
Economic theory is examined along with its application to business planning and strategy. Students learn the value of understanding economic principles and information in business decision making. Topics such as supply and demand, consumer choices, and monetary policies, forecasting, economic development and growth are covered.
664 Marketing Management (3).
Marketing principles are reviewed along with managerial responsibilities concerning ethics, efficiency, effectiveness, and resource availability. Students learn how to develop a marketing plan and how it supports organizational objectives. Fundamentals of marketing research including design, delivery, data collection, and analysis are covered.
 680 Quantitative Decision Making (3).  Pre-req.: MBA 612 and 613.
This course is designed to prepare that business administration student with quantitative skills and abilities which will be applied in a business-related environment. Areas covered include: designing goods and services, managing quality, forecasting, location and layout strategies, supply chain management, , inventory management, just-in-time and lean operations, descriptive statistics, probability techniques, and regression analysis.
682 Principles of Executive Leadership (3).
An in-depth examination of leadership on an executive level with an emphasis on managerial competencies. Topics relating to corporate governance, decision making, contingency models, competency, and performance are covered. Special emphasis on the biblical leadership principles and role models are included.
687 Strategic Planning (3). Capstone Course
The role of leadership to maintain a congruent proactive approach for organization effectiveness is studied. Stages in the strategic process including development, implementing, and evaluation are examined. Special focus on organizational alignment in achieving objectives and desired outcomes is studied.
Business Leadership (MSL)
601 Introduction to Graduate Education (3)
This course provides fundamental research, critical thinking, and writing skills along with introducing Belhaven University's unique integration of Christian Worldview for adult studies. A general overview of the MBA program is provided along with topics including managerial and leadership theory, team dynamics, performance, and individual effectiveness.
624 Ethical Problems (3)
Preparing leaders to resolve complex ethical dilemmas is the focus of this course. Christ-centric values and real world solutions are emphasized. An historical overview of ethical systems and their development is also critiqued under that lens of a Christian Worldview.
630 Leading Productive Teams (3)
An analysis of team dynamics and the role of leadership in supporting effective team outcomes is examined. Small group development and team effectiveness are reviewed. Clarifying roles and expectations with the support of a team contract is stressed. Issues relating to diversity, culture, individual proficiency, performance pay, and collective performance evaluations are examined.
640 Organizational Behavior (3)
Understanding organizational behavioral principles as it relates to underlying structure, design, culture, communication, and interpersonal processes. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing behavioral characteristics of contemporary leadership approaches with biblical principles. Specific approaches and tools to maximize organizational effectiveness are reviewed.
643 Financial Analysis (3)
An overview of financial, accounting, and budgeting practices and its relationship with organization responsibilities for executive leadership. Planning and control issues, cost of capital, cost and cash budgeting practices, reporting, and working capital management topics are covered. Students develop skills necessary to evaluate an organization's financial viability.
646 The Legal Environment of Business (3)
An overview of legal obligations and requirements facing organizational leaders. Historical review leading up to our current jurisprudence system along with its biblical roots is examined. Torts, contracts, human resources regulations on state and federal level, legal responsibilities for management as an agent of the organization are representative of topics covered.
658 Principles of Executive Leadership (3)
An in-depth study of leadership on an executive level. Topics relating to corporate governance, decision making, contingency models, competency, and performance are covered. Special emphasis on the biblical leadership principles and role models are included.
660 Human Resource Management (3)
An overview of human resource management covering specific issues relating to training, assessments, compensation, recruitment, dismissal, and regulatory requirements. Leadership practices to support employee development and motivation are studied. Ethical considerations are reviewed from a Christian worldview.
661 Human Resources Employee Relations (3)
This course offers an overview of Training and Organizational Development in Human Resource settings. Topics include intervention strategies, employee empowerment, and organizational transformation and strategic change in the context of human resources. Finally, the role and style of the HR practitioner is discussed in the context of a Christian world view.
662 Human Resources Compensation and Benefits (3)
This course offers an overview of Total Rewards and compensation package. Students will develop a total compensation philosophy, design and implement a total rewards system. Job analysis, Job evaluation, Job descriptions, FLSA and Compensation Law, Employee Benefits Law, Government Mandated Benefits, and Employer-sponsored Benefits will also be discussed. Finally, compensation and benefits will be discussed in the context of a Christian world view.
663 Issues and Innovations in Human Resources (3).
A study of current research into critical issues in the human resources, and innovations that affect managing human resources to reach their full potential within organizations.
665 Coaching, Mentoring and Resolving Conflicts (3)
Students study biblical principles and biblical approaches in resolving workplace conflicts. Special emphasis on personal responsibility and pragmatic outcomes. Personal responsibility and Christ-like character are stressed.
668 Organizational Change (3)
Developing leaders as effective change agents is the focus of this course. Approaches for assessing organizational readiness for change and strategic planning for effective organizational development are scrutinized. Strategies for overcoming resistance to change are examined. Students are challenged to integrate biblical principles to compliment contemporary change models.
670 Leadership Capstone (3)
This capstone course integrates core content from all of the courses to demonstrate biblical leadership in providing real world solutions to organizational issues. Special emphasis on decision making and solution development.
686 Strategic Leadership (3)
The focus of this course is developing and implementing effective strategies to maximize leadership and organizational effectiveness. Innovative approaches in leading organizations in adapting to changing external environmental factors are studied through the use of case studies. Mergers, acquisitions, and multiple approaches to partnerships are analyzed.
Education (EDU)
501 Measurement and Evaluation Strategies (3).
A study of assessment and evaluation theory based on developmental criteria from cognitive, social, language, motor, and affective domains. Students use strategies for analyzing both group performance and individual needs using authentic and ecological measures. Theoretical foundations for evaluation are applied to a practicum experience at one of four levels of licensure: primary, elementary, middle, and secondary.
506 Classroom Management and Organization (3).
Emphasis on the development of strategies for establishing effective classroom organization and for managing and monitoring student behavior. Strategies encourage the intellectual, personal, and moral development of students.
600 Master of Education Orientation Seminar (0) 
All candidates admitted to the Masters of Education (M.Ed.) and the Masters of Education in Reading and Literacy (M.Ed.-R/L) programs are required to enroll in this Orientation Seminar.  It is is a pre-request linked to the first six hours taken in the program.  The Seminar is delivered continuously online and is a no cost, non-credit, Past/Fail course.  The Master of Education Orientation Seminar is designed to provide all candidates in the M.Ed. and M.Ed.-R/L programs with the information regarding a general orientation and expectations of the program, an explanation of the dispositions and the characteristics of adult learners as professional educators.  A review of the Graduate School of Education Handbook as well as a review of the APA expectations in the writing style formatting of candidate work will be presented as outlined in the Belhaven Graduate School of Education’s Quick Reference Style and Formatting Guide.  The online Seminar also addresses the plan of study and expectations of the capstone process of writing a Comprehensive Paper.
610 Research Methods and Procedures (3).
An introduction to educational research methodologies that are used to improve instructional decision-making. Research techniques are applied to classroom situations with an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics.
612 Curriculum Planning and Organization (3).
The development, analysis, and evaluation of the school curriculum with emphasis upon input from the school and community and current research.
621 Assessing Student Learning (3).
An exploration of instructional assessment measures: traditional assessment, norm/criterion-referenced testing, and alternative assessment (performance, portfolio, and product).
623 Technology in Education (3).
This course is a study in the integration of the use of the computer in the classroom through an investigation of different tools currently available for educators. An opportunity to develop materials for use in the classroom will be provided.
624 Issues and Innovations in Education (3).
A study of current research into critical issues in the elementary school curriculum, organization, and innovations that affect achievement potential.
625 Instructional Leadership Skills in the Classroom (3).  Capstone Course
This Capstone Course is required to be taken by all Master Degree Candidates: MAT, M.Ed. (3 areas of emphasis), and M.Ed.R/L.
The development of skills and attributes necessary to establish and maintain a positive learning environment that maximizes student achievement. Teaching strategies and models of behavioral management and instruction are emphasized. Candidates will also complete the required Comprehensive Paper: Educator as Servant Leader:  Living and Modeling a Christian Worldview as a Reflective Practitioner.
628 Advanced Instructional Strategies (3).
The course focuses on advanced teaching strategies with emphasis on the development of curricular units that promote student understanding through the integration of content from a variety of disciplines, the inclusion of inquiry, and the use of appropriate technologies as tools for teaching and learning. The purpose of the course is to develop educational leaders who can design rigorous learning experiences and authentic performance assessments that promote academic achievement. Priority is given to design principles and best practices that promote higher-order thinking skills and transfer of learning.
630 Diagnostic and Remedial Strategies Across the Content Areas (3).
A study of diagnostic instruments and procedures for identifying learning problems and planning remedial instruction appropriate for students in all subject areas.
631 Individual Instruction for Children with Learning Problems (3).
A study of strategies for providing appropriate educational services for children with mild to moderate learning problems by the use of intervention techniques.
636 Supervision of Instruction: Collaborating for Accountability (3).
Emphasis is on developing leadership skills in the classroom and with peer teachers, teaching assistants, and other community and school personnel.
641 Integrating Technology into the Curriculum (3).
This course will enable teachers to select, utilize, evaluate, and modify a wide range of instructional media. Emphasis will be placed on integrating commercially available educational media into the teacher's classroom methodology.
642 Using Technology to Assess Learning and Manage Data (3).
This course will enable teachers to select, utilize, evaluate, and modify a wide range of media for use in the following: assessing student progress; analyzing state, district, school, and classroom data; and organizing data into understandable presentations. Emphasis will be placed on integrating commercially available media into the collection, organization and presentation of data.
643 New and Emerging Technologies (3).
This course is an investigation into the new and emerging technologies available for educators use in the classroom. The course topics will remain flexible to meet the current trends and topics of interest.
651 Engaging Learning Communities (3).
This course emphasizes how teachers become more effective communicators with peers, parents, and the community through leadership roles to improve student learning and achievement.
652 Self-Effectiveness Analysis (3).
The course places emphasis on the analysis of student work to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction as demonstrated by student achievement. Results are used to direct changes needed for enhancement of student learning (next steps).
653 Reflection and Analysis (3).
This course emphasizes how teachers effectively engage students within whole group, small group and individualized instructional settings. Use of video analysis will be emphasized.
Health Administration (MHA)
608 Current Issues and Trends in Health Administration (3)
This course will explore the current issues and trends in the health care system through the expert insight of health care leaders across the country. Students will examine key trends impacting the nation ??s health care organizations. Timely topics include health care reform and social media in health care.
624 Ethics in Health Care (3)
This course examines the ethical issues found in the health care system with the focus on the health care administrator as the decision-maker, leader, and moral agent. An in-depth look at ethical responsibilities related to various health care situations will be explored from a Biblical world view. Actual cases to illustrate everyday ethical dilemmas that are faced will be investigated.
643 Health Care Finance and Budgeting (3)
This course emphasizes financial administration and financial operations theory, principles, and concepts as they relate to health care financial decision-making. Finance and budgeting methods are reviewed as well as accountability. Students will explore these concepts from a Biblical world view.
646 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Health Care (3)
This course explores the legal environment from a health care management perspective as well as the relationship between law and ethics. The course includes topics such as the basic structure of the court system, the general legal responsibilities of health care organizations, and liabilities inherent to the provisions of care will be examined. All of these relationships are discussed in the context of a Biblical world view.
668 Health Care Quality Management (3)
This course enriches the understanding of the historical concepts of quality. It is an advanced study of how to achieve quality within the structure and relationships of the complex system of a health care organization. The concepts explored include systems thinking, improving and managing process change, performance measurement, as well as real-life examples and case studies. Students also explore the concepts and relationships from a Biblical world view.
670 Health Administration Capstone (3)
This capstone course is designed to integrate all of the Health Administration content into the decision-making process. Students will reflect on their ethical perspectives and critical thinking skills as well as their personal and professional growth from the context of a Biblical world view. Emphasis will be placed on the student ??s ability to implement these strategies in the formulation of a health care project or case study they will potentially encounter in the health care environment.
Ministry (MIN)
610 Biblical Shepherding (3).
This course will look in depth at the Biblical theme of shepherding and how shepherding applies to modern ministry. Students will examine both Biblical and present day examples of shepherds and critique their own abilities in light of Scripture.
620 Education Ministry of the Church (3).
This course will look at how education occurred in Biblical times and then at the role that Education ministry serves in the modern church.
630 Church and its Mission (3).
This course will look at the role of the church as defined in Scripture. The modern church will be critiqued and areas for improvement to bring it in line with the Biblical definition will be identified.
Public Administration (MPA)
603 Research Methods in Public Administration-Project I (3).
Basic components of applied research are studied providing students with skills in design, development, and analysis of the results of research projects relevant to administrative needs. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are compared along with assessing various data collection methods. Students also gain practical experience in developing questionnaires and interviewing skills.
604 Organizational Behavior (3).
A study of the classical and contemporary theories of organization, management, and administration in public and private institutions. This advanced study of group dynamics examines the forces in individuals, groups and organizations which affect the achievement of organizational goals and objectives. Issues include organization culture, organizational design, individual and collective motivation, developing the learning organization, political behavior, conflict and resolution.
605 Principles of Executive Leadership (3).
A study of the behavioral sciences as they apply to various leadership theories and models, both classical and contemporary. This course examines the distinction between leadership and management, servanthood leadership from a Christian perspective, participative management, group dynamics and motivation.
606 Human Resources and Development (3).
Develops skills in techniques of personnel administration and management.  Examines recruitment, selection, training, motivation, performance evaluation, compensation, discipline, and career development.
607 Ethics and Society (3).
The relevance and application of biblically based ethical principles to the issues facing today's leaders. Christian value systems are contrasted with post-modern relativism and other conflicting worldviews as the student is challenged to review and refine individual values. Included are obligations of the organization to employees and the public-at-large (society). 
608 Management Research-Project II (3). Pre-req: MPA 603
The continuation of the research process initiated in MPA603. Students deliver an oral and written summary of their research efforts to date. Elements included this progress report include the history and selection of the project topic, methods selected to investigate and collect information, and bibliographical resources.
609 Administration of Financial Resources (3).
This course lays the foundation for effective financial management that includes planning, budgets, controls, and revenue collection. Fiscal policies on a local, state, and federal level are covered along with intergovernmental relations.
610 Economics and Public Policy (3).
The relationship and role of economics are examined as it relates to public policy implementation and administrative decision making. How government affects market economy, fluctuations, and trade policy is studied. The relationship between markets and resource availability is reviewed along understanding efficiency verses effectiveness and concerns regarding equity.
611 Public and Administrative Law (3).
An overview of the role of law in society is presented with an emphasis on regulatory responsibilities pertinent to public administrators. Specific topics of study include judicial review, liability issues, regulatory processes, administrative processes and procedures.
612 Public Policy Analysis (3).
Policy development and implementation are examined. Studies include who contributes to policy formation, overview of the process, and implications of policymaking. Influence of politics on the process is analyzed by using case studies. Additional topics of study include setting agendas, evaluating, succession, and policy adaptation.
613 Management Research-Project III (3). Capstone Course
A commutation of research drawn from 603 and 608 are integrated in a comprehensive capstone research project. Students are responsible to deliver an oral presentation and thesis which include a case study. Final project is evaluated according to its depth, quality, design, methodology, and analysis of its findings.
Reading (REA)
608 Early Literacy Instruction. (3)
This course is a study of concepts, materials and teaching strategies for oral language development and systematic early reading and writing instruction, specific to concepts about print, phonemic awareness, and phonics. The course includes a systematic study of scientifically research-based instructional methods and learning activities for beginning reading.
611 Literature and Literacy. (3)
A study of literary materials and resources that is appropriate for elementary instruction. Emphasis will be given to integrating literature into all curriculum areas. Identifies resources and research-based practices that create language rich environments.
617 Content Area Literacy. (3)
The methods and materials for teaching reading through the content areas in secondary schools; attention is given to techniques of diagnosing difficulties, teaching reading skills and comprehension with a focus on individualizing instruction, and assessing student achievement.
620 Reading and Writing across the Curriculum (3)
The purpose of the course is to develop educational leaders who understand the importance of balancing the processes of authentic reading and writing across content areas of the curriculum, and provide an understanding of various reading and writing strategies which will make the process and product meaningful for their students. Attention will be focused on various instructional approaches to equip teachers in producing life-long learners.
622 Teaching Reading Skills and Comprehension. (3)
A study in the selection and use of materials and methods of teaching reading in the elementary schools with emphasis upon current research. Research based teaching strategies for oral language development and early systematic reading and writing instruction specific to vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension and scaffolding of the reading process.
627 Middle Grade Literacy (4-8). (3)
A study of reading-thinking skills, concepts, methods, and materials for literacy instruction and learning for upper elementary and young adolescents. Emphasis will be on comprehension, strategy instruction, assessment and writing for diverse student populations.
629 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation. (3)
A study of reading problems, assessment procedures and use of test results; planning individualized instructional programs and differenced instruction for problem readers or English language learners. Includes case study with field experience.
632 Practicum in Reading. (3)
This practicum course provides directed field-based applications of effective teaching, research in reading instruction, and instructional methodology to promote reading progress and prevent reading difficulties with diverse populations.
633 Current Trends and Research in Reading (3)
To familiarize teachers with currents trends and theories concerning reading instruction and with the intent to advance reading success. Emphasis will be on research with best practices and contemporary issues of teaching reading and the development of effective instructional practices.
Sports Administration (MSA)
608 Current Issues and Trends in Sports Administration (3).
This course will provide an in-depth study and analysis of the athletic profession as it relates to trends and issues surrounding administrative decision making. Some examples of the issues include violence, discrimination, racism, and sexism.
624 Leadership and Sports Ethics (3)
This course offers an introduction to leadership and ethics within the sporting context. Common leadership styles, theories, and ethical dilemmas facing those involved within sport are explored throughout the course. Communication, motivation, and decision making skills necessary to be an effective and efficient leader will be examined based upon various ethical dilemmas in which the leader may face.
643 Sports Finance and Budgeting (3)
This course explores the current financial status in the main segment of the sport industry with emphasis placed on professional and collegiate sport. It provides a comprehensive synopsis of the application of economics and financial management used in the sport organization decision making context from both a macro and micro level. Topics include purchasing, budgeting, risk management, operational procedures, fee structures, financial ratios, financial impact analysis, attendance and price setting strategies.
646 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Sports (3)
This course provides an examination of risk management and the current legal principles which affect sport and recreation organizations. Students will gain an understanding in objectives, principles, policies, procedures and requirements in regard to legal issues for a successful career as a sports manager. Topics that are covered include tort liability, athletic eligibility, NCAA due process, gender discrimination, contracts, and drug testing. These topics directly impact the formation and practice of policies adopted by sport administrators and coaches.
668 Venue and Event Management (3)
This course will examine the current research related to planning, funding, and operating sporting events and sport/recreation facilities. The course will provide a practical background in all facets of managing a sport event and facility.
670 Capstone Seminar in Sports Administration (3)
An interdisciplinary review and analysis of literature and research regarding a sport administrative issue will be assigned to the student. Topics may vary based on the students' interests.