Course Description


Course Description


SLAS 6001     Administrative and Leadership

Introduction to the theoretical and practical framework for ethical and compassionate leadership and management of public, nonprofit, and private organizations.  Course topics include but are not limited to: social justice perspectives and strategies; difference in public, private and nonprofit organizations; role of governing and guiding documents; administrative structures; and regulatory issues. The course will guide students through the literature that comprises the study of complex organization behavior and change, organization theory, and the challenges of balancing values such as accountability, ethics, responsibility, and responsiveness with economic values like economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. 

SLAS 6002     Ethical Leadership 

There is a growing demand for moral behavior among professionals. This course will provide a values-based approach to ethical professionalism and provide methods of thinking about and dealing with ethical issues in professional life. This course covers in-depth those values central to the moral life of any professional: integrity, respect for persons, justice, compassion, beneficence and non-maleficence, and responsibility. 

SLAS 6003     Policy Analysis and Organizational Dynamics 

In this course we review several theories of leadership and encourage you to actively apply them (and even experiment with more than one approach) to scenarios - designed to challenge you - that exemplify organizational dynamics in your profession. The course will also deepens students’ understanding of the way in which policy and organizational realities interact at various levels: how pressures limit policy choices, how choices in turn reshape policies, and how policymakers can function in the interplay of competing forces. The theme explored is how administrators balance concerns for substantive policy objectives, institutional politics and elective politics in order to achieve change. The nature of key stakeholders and executive institutional objectives and roles is examined. In addition, attention is given to the role of policy analysis and analysts in shaping policy decisions, seeking to identify their potential for positive impact and their limitations in the organizational dynamics and process. 

SLAS 6004     Program Assessment and Evaluation 

Detailed introduction of approaches in assessing and evaluating programs in organizations with the goal of achieving organizational objectives, improving organizational effectiveness, and better serving stakeholders and constituents. Course examines program evaluation from a conceptual and analytical point of view and reviews the numerous ways of understanding and assessing program effectiveness. Course topics include but are not limited to program evaluation’s relationship to: research and the knowledge generation; ethics and social justice; models, methods, and practices in the study of performance; achieving goals and supporting change in fair and equitable manners.

SLAS 6005     Organizational Budget and Finance 

This course is designed for students to create, execute and analyze the types of budgets used in public, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. The course offers specific tools using case method and exercises. We cover budget analysis, budget development, budget formulation, cost and revenue estimation, budget execution, budget strategies and tactics and evaluation of operating and capital budgets. The course also teaches variance analysis, cost accounting, capital budgeting and the balanced scorecard. 

SLAS 6006     Administrative Law 

This course examines the role of administrative law and procedures in American Politics. The course examines the role of the state and the federal bureaucracy in determining who wins and who loses in American Politics. If we want to achieve a public policy goal but do not understand administrative law and procedure we will not be successful. And, if we understand administrative law and procedure we will be are at an advantage in accomplishing our goals. Many citizens, however, do not understand or are aware of the political struggles that take place after a law is passed or a court decision is rendered. These kinds of struggles and the ground rules under which they are waged are the subject matter of this course.

SLAS 6007     Equity and Inclusion 

In this course we will critically examine the distinct and interlocking social identities of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and their effects on social theory and practice. Our analyses will address the nature and structure of oppression, violence, and social equality. The course brings together a wide range of scholarship about race and identity to encourage learning about what race is, why it matters, and racial dynamics in organizations and how best to address them. While recognizing the importance of markers of difference such as gender and class, the course focuses on race for two reasons: 1) it is the most charged dimension of diversity in the United States, the most difficult to discuss and, therefore, the topic we most often avoid, and 2) it has an impact on life chances and opportunities: race is often the best predictor of income, wealth, education, health, employment and other measures of well-being. 

SLAS 6008     Qualitative Research Design 

Qualitative research involves the collection and rigorous analysis of observations, interviews, and other records of human activity so that we can come to a richer understanding of structures, processes and perspectives that drive or shape human behavior. This course also explains qualitative research, reviews a number of research studies that demonstrate different qualitative research methods and examine some of the epistemological foundations that motivate and inform the practices of qualitative inquiry. The course also explores some of the activities associated with executing a qualitative research study relevant to social sciences. 

SLAS 6009     Quantitative Research Design 

This course explains the quantitative research design in social sciences. It provides students with variety of quantitative research designs and the necessary procedures of each design in order for them to conceptualize their doctoral thesis research. The course also provides fundamentals of probability and statistics for data analysis in research. Topics include data collection, exploratory data analysis, random variables, common discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, linear regression, analysis of variance, two (2)-way tables, and data analysis using statistical software. The course also provides statistical methods and applications to social science problems, samples and populations, frequency distributions, probability theory, basic distributions, random sampling, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression and correlation. The course offers students an opportunity to acquire and practice skills in analyzing quantitative data. 

SLAS 6010     Advanced Quantitative Research 

This course teaches the principles and methods of conducting and evaluating empirical research. The course focuses on research methodology and advanced analysis of variance. Examines issues of complex experimental designs and planned contrasts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Quantitative Research Design. 

SLAS 6011     Statistical Analysis 

The focus of this course is on advanced correlation and the application of procedures, multiple regression, factor analysis, meta-analysis, and research design for quantitative research. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Advanced Quantitative Research. 

SLAS 6012     Pre-Dissertation Seminar 

The seminar focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a research proposal. Protection of the rights of human subjects and other ethical concerns are addressed throughout this course. Students are introduced to multiple traditions of inquiry. Special emphasis is given to the development of knowledge and skills necessary to identify relevant and manageable research topics and questions. Various methodological issues are studied with emphasis on the fit between the research questions and research designs. The seminar is also a workshop on dissertation writing. It provides students with effective strategies in dissertation writing, including APA style, format, requirement, analytical and academic writing. The seminar also prepares the student to write a dissertation proposal. Prerequisite: Completion of all Foundation, Elective and Research courses. 

SLAS 6013     Qualifying Seminar 

This course requires students to: Write a sole-authored, publishable-quality qualifying research paper based on answering questions related to the emerging problem (or another complex problem approved by the advisor) which include an integrated review of the current literature, analysis and policy/ programing recommendations as well as a PowerPoint Presentation; and submit the qualifying paper to the Journal of Applied Professional Studies (JAPS) once the qualifying paper has passed a review. Prerequisite: Completion of all required courses.

SLAS 7000     Doctoral Dissertation 

Development of an original contribution to knowledge based on independent investigation and research in consultation with a Dissertation Committee. Students complete an original study and produce a written dissertation document defended to a Dissertation Committee. Course topics include but are not limited: thesis development; research design; literature review; dissertation format standards; time management; committee formation; IRB training and clearance; and project management. The course will guide students in the process of data collection and analysis, forming recommendations and suggestions and preparing for a dissertation defense. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all required coursework and Qualifying Seminar.