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Criminal Justice Education, Certificate Program in
E-Commerce, Graduate Certificate Program in
Leadership, Graduate Certificate Program in
Information Security Management (ISM), Graduate Certificate Program in
Procurement and Contracts Management, Graduate Certificate Program in
Project Management, Graduate Certificate Program in
Workforce Development, Graduate Certificate Program in

Certificate Programs

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers a number of programs in specialized fields of business, education, and other professions that lead to the award of certificates. Most certificate programs require 10-30 credits of instruction or an equivalent number of contact hours.

Admission requirements for certificate programs vary but are usually based on a written application, an interview with the program’s developer, and an evaluation of the applicant’s work experience, educational goals, and potential for performing satisfactorily in relevant courses. Applicants may be required to provide transcripts of previous academic activity. Persons interested in a certificate program should first consult with the program director to obtain specific admission requirements.

Students in credit certificate programs must maintain an average grade of C or better to continue in the program. Admission to a credit certificate program does not in any way imply admission to the University for a degree program.

To be eligible to receive a certificate, persons enrolled in noncredit and/or CEU certificate programs must progress satisfactorily in their courses according to the opinion of the program’s director.

Persons interested in further information about certificate programs should contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies regional center in their area.

Certificate Program in Criminal Justice Education


A program in Criminal Justice Education is offered at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, to students enrolled in the National Academy Program. All students in this 10-week program are required to complete a minimum of 13 credits of academic work (undergraduate and/or graduate) with at least one course in each of the five following areas: behavioral science; forensic science; law enforcement communication; law; leadership development. Each student may elect to take an additional one to three credits of course work. Some of these courses are offered to students sponsored by the FBI who are not enrolled in the National Academy Program.

Refer to the University of Virginia Undergraduate Record for a complete listing and description of other courses offered in this program.

Course Descriptions

CJ 501 - (3) (Y)
Human Behavior in Organizations
Advanced course focusing on changing patterns of behavior in organizations. Identifies problem areas, how structural relationships and leadership patterns influence the climate of an agency, and how groups influence the behavior of individuals within an organizational setting. Examines the methods and strategies of organizational development with the aim of increasing effectiveness and adaptation to change.

CJ 502 - (3) (Y)
Independent Study and Research
This graduate experience permits students to work, under close faculty guidance, on individual research projects when particular needs cannot be met by registration in regularly scheduled courses. Credit is determined by the nature and scope of the project undertaken.

CJ 503 - (3) (Y)
Executive Leadership
Analyzes the leadership role and process, emphasizing the requirements and developmental needs for current and future leadership.

CJ 507 - (3) (Y)
Managing Organizational Change and Development
This seminar focuses on the effect of change and development on the behavior of employees. It studies the nature of planned change, methods of managing change, ways to diagnose changes and development, and ways to implement change in police departments and other organizations.

CJ 514 - (3) (Y)
Violence in America
Encompasses a historical, contemporary, and future perspective. Issues include the role of weapons in American culture, patterns and trends of violence, legitimate use of violence, cultural differences and formulation of value systems, relationship of drugs and violence, and the role of women and the media. Examines research findings and discusses the role of high technology in dealing with violence and the future of violence in America. All students must bring with them a completed, fully adjudicated case that can be used for teaching and research purposes. The case must exhibit some degree of violent behavior, for example, hate-related homicide, suicide by cops, serial murder, or serial sex offense.

CJ 516 - (3) (Y)
Crime Analysis, Futuristics and Law Enforcement: The 21st Century
Seminar conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate level in which law enforcement managers are introduced to the study of crime analysis and futures research and the utility that each has for law enforcement managers. Students will learn to utilize databases and mapping techniques to analyze criminal activity and will be shown how to forecast, manage, and create the future.

CJ 517 - (3) (Y)
Managing Investigations of Death and Sexual Offenses Using Investigative Psychology
Course conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate levels designed to equip law enforcement managers and supervisors with the unique skills, knowledge, and management techniques necessary for overseeing and monitoring death, violent crimes, and sexually related investigations by applying behavior science research.

CJ 521 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
Focuses on contemporary issues and leadership concerns in various areas of law enforcement, leadership and management, emphasizing problem solving and the systematic development of improvement innovations.

CJ 522 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Organizational Communications for Law Enforcement Executives
Highly interactive seminar designed to explore communications systems within public and private organizations, with particular focus on federal, state, and local law enforcement. Course will provide organizational leaders with strategies and competencies designed to promote a communications-intensive work environment as well as hone individual interpersonal communications skills.

CJ 523 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Media Relations for the Law Enforcement Executive
Focuses on contemporary relations between law enforcement and the news media. Emphasizes the development of a proactive versus reactive departmental media strategy and the formation of effective media policy.

CJ 524 - (3) (Y)
Interviewing Strategies Through Statement Analysis
Hands-on seminar provides a structured method of examining verbal and written statements of suspects, victims and witnesses. Provides linguistic tools to assist investigator in gaining insight to the speaker/writer and in detecting areas of deception.

CJ 525 - (3) (Y)
Seminar in Team Writing for Executives
Focuses on the frameworks and skills needed to supervise and participate in the production of documents that involve multiple authors, such as homeland security directives, joint terrorism task force-related documents, cooperative agreements, annual reports, budget narratives, grant applications, articles for publication, and brochures for the public. By working in teams to write a document, participants examine both the theory and practice of collaborative writing.

CJ 526 - (3) (Y)
Communicating in a Changing Security Environment: Law Enforcement and Global Issues
Focuses on post/911 police-media relations. Touches on the relationship between international security issues and utilizing the media for effective community policing. Concentrates on the development of competent media skills in a local Homeland Security context.

CJ 527 - (3) (Y)
Interpersonal Communications for the Law Enforcement Executive
Highly interactive course designed to acquaint the leader not only with his/her communications styles and preferences, but how the communications process influences interpersonal relationships in both social and work-related environments. Practical application a major focus.

CJ 536 - (3) (Y)
Advanced Computer Crimes for Police Supervisors
This forty-four hour course is designed for law enforcement managers who desire to learn and practice advanced investigative computer techniques, methods and data recovery. Students will work with computer hardware and forensic software tools used by computer crimes investigators and forensic data recovery personnel. This course will provide the opportunity for hands-on experience to help prepare or enhance the student’s supervisory role as it applies to the investigation of computer related crimes.

CJ 544 - (3) (Y)
Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis
This course provides classroom and laboratory experience in the principles and procedures involved in typing mtDNA from evidentiary items such as hair, teeth, and bones. Classroom instruction is focused on the nature of mtDNA, molecular biology principles involved in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and sequencing, and legal issues related to this technique. Discussions regarding scientific literature published in the area of forensic mtDNA analysis are also conducted. Laboratory procedures include DNA extraction, PCR, quantification of amplified products by capillary electrophoresis, and automated sequencing. Computer-based practice compiling sequences and database searches using appropriate software is provided and moot court exercises are conducted.

CJ 560 - (3) (Y)
Violent Behavior: A Biopsychosocial Approach
A graduate seminar geared toward the student with a general background and understanding of the basic principles of psychopathology and psychodynamics. Focuses on behavioral analysis of crime scenes and behavioral aspects of interviewing and interrogation. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, and each student is required to bring a closed homicide or sex offense case.

Graduate Certificate Program in E-Commerce


This nineteen credit program is designed for professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and stay abreast of new developments in the e-commerce and e-business industry. Instruction focuses on those who wish to either move their businesses into e-commerce or pursue a career assisting others in e-commerce success. Discussions on successful business models, case studies, strategic management, and e-business applications with a global focus will be the core of each course. Students who complete all seven courses will receive the University of Virginia E-Commerce Certificate. This program is offered at the Northern Virginia center. Contact the center for specific information regarding admission, transfer credit, and certificate completion requirements.

Required Courses (7): BUS 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, and 542.

Course Descriptions

BUS 536 - (3)
Introduction to E-Commerce
Explores the principal components and driving forces behind electronic commerce. Develops an understanding of Internet business practices including key terms and concepts related to emerging technologies and network architecture. Discussions analyze the socio-economic and technical impact that e-commerce has on conducting business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions in the global marketplace.

BUS 537 - (3)
Managing and Maintaining an E-Commerce Website
Develops skills needed to manage and maintain a Web Site in this hands-on course that takes one from the design stage through online implementation. Teaches basic site architecture, standards and protocols, the role of databases, methods for capturing and tracking customer data, how to register a domain name, and writing content for the Web.

BUS 538 - (3)
Web Marketing: Building Awareness on the Internet
Examines the application of marketing principles and practices in an Internet environment. Identifies principles of marketing with a Web-based focus. Topics include changing marketing environments in an Internet society, marketing communications, management, company image, product/brand awareness, promotion and service information, e-retail and online catalogs, and pre- and-post-sales support.

BUS 539 - (3)
E-Commerce Law
Focuses on maintaining organizational and consumer privacy, locating vulnerabilities, encryption methods, management of intellectual property, and procedures for secure web transactions.

BUS 540 - (3)
Financial Management for Web-based Businesses
Examines basic financial management and accounting techniques such as review of e-business P & L statements and balance sheets, cash flow analysis, supply-chain management, and other rules of thumb. Topics include a review of stock options and their role as a tool for recruitment and retention of employees, as well as a conceptual understanding of accounting and financial reporting for stock options.

BUS 541 - (3)
Strategic Management of E-Commerce Technology
Expands on strategic management principles in the context of e-commerce and the global marketplace. Through discussions, analysis, and case studies, students sharpen the skills needed to manage innovation within their companies by learning to develop and protect e-business infrastructure, identify lucrative business opportunities, execute implementation plans, and evaluate key success factors.

BUS 542 - (1)
Emerging Business Models in E-Commerce
This capstone course examines e-commerce start-up success stories, effective business models, and the innovative use of Internet communications in business. Participants plan, organize, coordinate, and evaluate e-commerce initiatives and make informed decisions when implementing new strategies.

Graduate Certificate Programs in Leadership


Students interested in management and leadership training may choose from two 18-credit certificates: Leadership or Technology Leadership. The curriculum was developed by an advisory board from Lockheed Martin, SAIC, EDS, U.S. Department of Treasury, NASA, and other industry leaders. The Technology Leadership track was designed for technical professionals who currently serve in managerial or leadership positions, or for those interested in moving into such positions in the future. Both certificate programs establish a solid foundation in leadership competencies that can be used in today’s, as well as tomorrow’s, workplace. . Courses are held at the Northern Virginia center or on site at area businesses and organizations via contract.

Technology Leadership

Required Courses (5): BUS 530, 531, 532, 534, and 535.

Elective Courses (1): PC 503, BUS 541, or BUS 506.


Required Courses (4): BUS 530, 531, 532, and 534.

Elective Courses (2): PC 503, BUS 501, or BUS 504.

Course Descriptions

BUS 530 - (3)
Leadership in the Technology Organization
Investigates the complex and rapidly changing nature of technology organizations. Teaches the transition to management and leadership roles, the importance of organizational vision and values, assessing and capitalizing on human resources, and managing scarce resources in a technology organization.

BUS 531 - (3)
Financial Management
Examines how value is measured, created, and maximized. Beginning with an introduction to accounting, instruction covers the fundamentals of measuring and reporting revenue, costs, cash flow, assets, liabilities, and equity. Explores the financial decisions that management must make, including break-even analysis, budgeting, investment in assets, and funding with debt equity.

BUS 532 - (3)
Communications and Team Development
Today’s leaders must be skilled in both communicating with diverse audiences and maintaining effective teams in order to succeed in a technology organization. Communications topics include addressing technical and non-technical audiences using presentations, interpersonal skills, and writing skills. Team development instruction focuses on managing teams, identifying and understanding the leadership role, the importance of shared leadership, product teams, and team decision-making.

BUS 534 - (3)
Employee Recruitment and Development
Topics include recruitment in a tight labor market, employee selection and incentives, performance assessment, mentoring and career planning, workforce diversity, understanding organizational change, and developing a learning organization.

BUS 535 - (3)
Understanding Technology Operations
Examines a number of topics that can have a significant impact on the extent to which a firm attains world class standards. Topics include operations strategy, product/service selection and design, business process reengineering, capacity planning, quality management, facility location and layout, and supply chain management.

PC 503 - (3)
Introduction to Project Management
Introduces students to the various aspects of the project life cycle. Exposes students to the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge, other industry project life cycles, and a variety of project management best practices.

BUS 501 - (3)
Information Security Management
This foundation course provides managers with the essential framework needed to design and develop an effective information security program. Explores methods used to raise general security awareness, reviews current industry practices, and develops expertise needed to adapt policies to safeguard proprietary information.

BUS 504 - (3)
Creating and Conducting a Security Audit
Investigate the key roles that the information security manager plays in designing and conducting both limited and full-scale security audits. Creating audit reports, identifying areas of vulnerability, and responding to third party audits are addressed.

BUS 506 - (3)
Understanding Technology Used in an Open Access Environment
Students devise an understanding of the technology used to distribute information in support of eBusiness and the security concerns inherent in an open access environment.

BUS 541 - (3)
Strategic Management of E-Commerce Technology
Expand your understanding of strategic management principles in the context of e-commerce and the global marketplace. Students sharpen the skills needed to manage innovation within their companies by learning to develop and protect e-business infrastructure, identify lucrative business opportunities, execute implementation plans, and evaluate key success factors.

Graduate Certificate Program in Information Security Management (ISM)


Companies wishing to maintain their position in Northern Virginia’s digital economy have a great need for skilled information security managers. In response to this need, the University of Virginia’s Northern Virginia Center has developed a six-course graduate certificate program in Information Security Management (ISM). The ISM is designed to provide Dynamic Security Architecture; Creating and Conducting a Security Audit; Threat Assessment and Security Measures; and Understanding Technology Used in an Open Access Environment. The target audience for the ISM program is managers from all educational backgrounds who have been charged with overseeing the security function. Students from both the public and private sectors will benefit from this instruction that emphasizes industry standards and emerging technologies. The goal of the ISM program is building the skills needed to manage the information security function for commercial, government, and non-profit enterprises. Security managers with the essential tools needed to develop company standards, manage policies, and explore issues in the area of internal and external threat management. The curriculum reviews effective security practices, explores methods in network security, and covers a variety of practical security management measures.

Designed as a six-course, 18-credit program, this graduate certificate consists of six required courses.

Course Descriptions

BUS 501 - (3)
Information Security Management
This foundation course provides managers with the essential framework needed to design and develop an effective information security program. Explores methods used to raise general security awareness, reviews current industry practices, and develops expertise needed to adapt policies to safeguard proprietary information.

BUS 502 - (3)
Security Policy Development and Assessment
Effective security managers must know how to develop a security policy that will be adopted by all employees and supported by executive management. This course examines the steps required in policy development including risk assessment, identification of internal and external threats, legal and privacy issues, creating reports, and escalation procedures. Related topics such as access controls, security standards, and policy implementation are covered in depth.

BUS 503 - (3)
Designing Dynamic Security Architecture
Students explore the basic building blocks needed to implement a life-cycle security system. Instruction focuses on how to analyze internal applications, computing platforms/network infrastructure, and corporate objectives with an eye toward designing flexible security architecture that is best suited for the enterprise. Case studies are used to illustrate key security architecture concepts and methods. Visiting experts from the field of ISM will enrich classroom discussions.

BUS 504 - (3)
Creating and Conducting a Security Audit
Investigate the key role the information security manager plays in designing and conducting both limited and full-scale security audits. Students review the essential components of a security audit and learn how to integrate methodology with company needs. The pitfalls connected with conducting a security audit are covered in full to assure that best practices are incorporated for effective results. Creating audit reports, identifying areas of vulnerability, and responding to third party audits are also addressed. Case studies reviewing government and private audits are used to illustrate course concepts.

BUS 505 - (3)
Threat Assessment and Security Measures
The security manager must be equipped to identify and protect against all forms of internal and external threats. This computer lab-based course examines common security threats including hacker attacks, incursions, backdoor programs, email borne viruses, and the potential for internal sabotage. Students also learn how to anticipate and respond to such threats using an arsenal of security tools, appliances, and devices including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, vulnerability assessment systems, single sign on, virtual private networks, and authentication systems. Course work also touches on implementing practical network security measures including the importance of hardening operating systems and critical applications to eliminate vulnerabilities.

BUS 506 - (3)
Understanding Technology Used in an Open Access Environment
Students develop an understanding of the technology used to distribute information in support of eBusiness and the security concerns inherent in an open access environment. Instruction surveys the technologies that are key for backend integration (XML, CORBA, DCOM and JavaBeans) and front-end deployment (HTML and Java). Course work reviews the strengths and weaknesses of common operating systems such as Windows NT, Linux, and Unix as well as the risks versus benefits of deploying one system over another. Communications concepts such as TCP/IP, ISP delivery channels, and wireless technology are discussed in detail. Performance and security issues relative to each technology introduced in this course are discussed in depth.

Graduate Certificate Program in Procurement and Contracts Management


This certificate was developed in response to the needs of procurement professionals who already possess an undergraduate degree and are interested in obtaining training at the graduate level. Students wishing to complete this certificate with no prior procurement and contracting education or experience are advised to enroll in PC 401 before beginning the graduate level offerings. To complete this certificate, students must complete six required courses and two electives. In addition, prior to receiving their certificate, students must provide evidence of an undergraduate degree. Students without an undergraduate degree may take courses at the graduate level as electives within the undergraduate certificate.

Required Courses (6): PC 501, 502, 503, 504, 506, and 510.

Electives (4): PC 505, 507, 508, 511, 512, or 513.

Course Descriptions

PC 501 - (3)
Procurement and Contracting Principles and Administration
Prerequisites: PC 401 and PC 402 or equivalent.
Contract administration topics will be covered as well as some of the basics necessary for contracts and acquisition personnel. Uses many of the elements of both PC 401 and PC 402 and applies them to case studies.

PC 502 - (3)
Advanced Cost and Price Analysis
Prerequisite: PC 403.
This course concentrates on a primary feature of the contracting process: the determination and presentation of pricing data. The course emphasizes cost and price issues as they relate to the decision making process of each party in a contract situation. Contractor selection and pricing strategies are emphasized. This course assumes that the student has had a basic or intermediate level-pricing course.

PC 503 - (3)
Introduction to Project Management
Provides students with the necessary knowledge to manage large scale and complex projects. Includes structuring teams, identifying needs, specifying projects, achieving results, and communications.

PC 504 - (3)
Advanced Contract Formation and Administration
Prerequisite: PC 501.
This course covers the major topics in contract administration and the laws regarding the formation of government contracts. Also included are subcontract administration and acquisition strategies.

PC 505 - (3)
Seminar for Acquisition Personnel
Prerequisite: Completion of all required courses or permission of instructor.
This course includes current research and advances and provides an opportunity to develop skill in critical evaluation of theories and their application in solving problems.

PC 506 - (3)
Federal Acquisition Case Studies
Prerequisite: PC 402 or 501.
Provides students with a basic understanding of the laws that affect government contracting, various federal court case studies addressing acquisition issues including ethical considerations, and an understanding of the changes brought forth by recent acquisition statutes and regulations.

PC 507 - (3)
Services Contracting
Prerequisite: PC 401 or 501.
Provides detailed explanations of the laws, regulations, and procedures during all stages of government services contracting including planning, solicitation, proposal development, evaluation, and contract administration. The course is designed for both experienced and novice contract administrators. The latest policies and regulations relating to services are presented.

PC 508 - (3)
FAR Standards for Actions and Decisions
Prerequisite: PC 501 or 401.
Provides students with a detailed explanation, review, and analysis of many FAR standards and tests applied in successful contracting decisions. The standards apply to both government buying and industry selling business decisions.

PC 510 - (3)
FAR 15: Contracting by Negotiations
Prerequisite: PC 401 or equivalent.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with a detailed explanation of contracting by the negotiation method as provided in the current Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15. It provides for an intensive review of policy and procedures in contracting by negotiation.

PC 511 - (3)
Construction Contracting
Prerequisite: PC 501 or equivalent.
Covers the fundamentals of contracts for construction, architect-engineering services, and two-phase design-build projects. Topics relate to the formation and administration of construction-related contracts and include: the Brooks Architect-Engineering Act; surety and insurance issues; environmental and safety issues; labor laws; evaluation of construction contractor performance; differing site conditions; performance delays and acceleration; and claims, disputes, remedies, and liquidated damages.

PC 512 - (3)
Electronic Commerce in Federal Acquisition
Prerequisite: PC 401.
Builds a foundation for the challenges facing the contracting professional during conversion to electronic commerce in the federal procurement system. Includes definitions; the engineering aspects of converting from a paper-driven system; productivity and re-engineering; authorizing statutes and regulations; surveys of currently available systems; FAR coverage; computer security; and the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the future.

PC 513 - (3)Advanced Services Contracting
Prerequisite: PC 507.
Provides the opportunity for intensive review and workshop experience in the current predominant policies and procedures of services contracting. Laws, regulations, policies, and procedures that are currently superior in influence and that are drawn from all stages of the services contracting acquisition cycle will be covered.

Graduate Certificate Program in Project Management


This 24-credit certificate was designed to create an educational environment where students are exposed to many facets of Project Management to enable them to transfer the knowledge acquired to project management positions in the public and private sectors. The curriculum consists of both required courses and elective courses. Required courses provide the student with a core body of knowledge or framework and information on how to apply a wide range of tools in order to become an effective project manager. Elective courses introduce students to skills specific to different industries and builds on the required courses. The certificate is ideal for individuals required to manage projects in any field, and those in the engineering field with a limited understanding of how to perform their role in a project management environment.

Required Courses (5): PC 503, 520, 521, 522, and 523.

Elective Courses (3): PC 501, 524, 525, 526, and 528.

Course Descriptions

PC 501 - (3)
Contracting Principles and Administration
Prerequisite: PC 402.
Contract administration topics will be covered as well as some of the basics necessary for contracts and acquisition personnel.

PC 503 - (3)
Introduction to Project Management
Provides students with the necessary knowledge to manage large scale and complex projects. Includes structuring teams, identifying needs, specifying projects, achieving results, and communications.

PC 520 - (3)
Project Schedule, Cost, and Budget Control
Introduces students to a variety of project scheduling and cost control techniques that are vital for a project to meet its schedule and cost goals and objectives. Concentrates on the variety of scheduling techniques (Gantt Chart, Critical Path Method, and Program Evaluation Review Technique) that can be used to guide and monitor project performance. Activities that are critical in preparing a realistic schedule will be explored, discussed, and practiced. Students are then introduced to a variety of budgeting, cost estimating, and cost control techniques.

PC 521 - (3)
Project Risk Management
Introduces students to various concepts and techniques that can be used to effectively manage project risk. Exposes students to the various risks (cost, schedule, technical, quality, managerial, organizational, etc.) projects confront as they move through the project life cycle. Students learn a variety of risk identification and management techniques in order to minimize their impact on project performance.

PC 522 - (3)
Leadership and Human Resources Management
The project environment is complex and presents many managerial challenges for both the project manager and his/her team. These complexities and managerial challenges are a direct result of how project teams are formed and the environment they operate in. This environment is characterized by the fact that project teams are temporary endeavors, operate under tight time and cost constraints, staffed by members from different functional organizations, and have multiple internal and external stakeholders and customers. In some cases, the project manager and the team may not possess the authority needed to ensure project success. Because of this complex and challenging environment, it is essential that both the project manager and members of his/her team understand what leadership is and how to exercise it within a project environment. This course will introduce students to a variety of leadership concepts and techniques that can be utilized to become effective leaders in a project environment.

PC 523 - (3)
The Project Manager and Managing the Project Team
The first part of the course introduces students to the managerial challenges facing a project team. Various methodologies, tools, and techniques that a project manager and his/her team can use to meet these challenges will be explored. The second part of the course introduces students to the variety of roles that the project manager plays while managing a project. Many challenges and pressures will be explored.

PC 524 - (3)
Commercial Contracting for Project Managers
In order to be competitive in today’s worldwide marketplace, many companies (and to a certain extent government agencies) have gone through a cycle of downsizing. This downsizing forced many organizations to sell off or dismantle departments deemed not essential to the core business. Organizations began to rely on procurement and contracting administrations techniques to obtain the products and services that were no longer available within the company. In addition to the changing organizational environment, many of today’s projects are extremely complex and require the integration of products and services not developed or available within an organization. In order to meet project goals and objectives, project managers and teams have become dependent on contractors and subcontractors to supply the needed technology or expertise. Therefore, it has become essential that they develop an understanding of procurement and contract administration techniques in order to access the needed expertise. This course will help students understand the important role that contracting and purchasing plays in the project environment. Students will gain an understanding of contracting techniques that allow projects to meet or exceed project goals. Challenges facing a project team in the area of contracting and the legal context of contracts will also be discussed.

PC 525 - (3)
IT Systems Project Management
With a focus on the IT systems, this course assists participants in recognizing and acting upon the essential elements in the project management cycle. Sessions cover market research and analysis, scheduling and time-lining, budget development and management, performance assessment, benchmarking, and project evaluation. Leadership and team development skills are emphasized.

PC 526 - (3)
Construction Project Management
This course will provide students with the fundamentals of project management in construction. Subjects will include contracting, inspections, cost code system, insurance estimating, subcontracting, and documenting.

PC 528 - (3)
Topics in Project Management
This course is designed as in interactive presentation of a broad view of project management by focusing on selected topics of concerns for the project manager. These topics have been selected from a long list of potential issues, which confront project managers during stewardship of a project. Topics include the PM’s office and its organization, quality concerns, the decision-making process, internal marketing of the project, and other varied issues of interest.

Graduate Certificate Program in Workforce Development


The Workforce Development Certificate is a professional graduate certificate (9 credits) for those individuals working as: college administrators with responsibility for workforce development activities; educators and trainers in universities and colleges; secondary school educators; human resources professionals; workforce and economic development practitioners; private sector trainers; proprietary school personnel; and those interested in pursuing careers in workforce development. The certificate program prepares students to continue to excel in the workforce development profession and their respective (or future) leadership position. The courses are presented via classroom setting, self-directed learning methods and practicum. Articulation agreements with various graduate degree programs are being established. The student must have completed a bachelor’s (or higher) degree.

Course Descriptions

PSWD 589 - (3)
Workforce Development Professional Competencies
This course provides the student with an overview of and introduction to the competencies necessary for successful workforce development professionals. Experts and best practices will be used to design and present the knowledge and skills needed to excel in each competency within the workforce development arena. The competencies covered include: Knowledge of the Profession; Understanding Your Customer; Client Development; Small Business Management; Collaboration and Community; Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement; and Leadership and Influence.

PSWD 590 - (3)
Professional Assessment and Development
This course provides the student with the opportunity to: identify workforce development competencies that the student has developed and/or enhanced; compare and contrast current workforce development theories, styles and programs; acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of the student’s role as a workforce development professional; and integrate and apply the student’s learning to his/her work environment. Extensive reading, research, writing, and on-line participation will be required.

PSWD 591 - (3)
Practicum: Workforce Development
The most powerful teaching tool is the application of knowledge. The practicum experience provides the student the opportunity to combine previous knowledge and skills with the newly acquired knowledge and skills (from the prior two courses - Workforce Development Professional Competencies and Professional Assessment and Development); incorporate this "combined" knowledge into his/her institution’s workforce development activities (i.e., increased job responsibilities, new program or partnership development, marketing strategies); and strengthen the student’s contributions to workforce development (at the institution and profession levels).

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