Summer 2018 Course Spotlights

Summer 2018 Course Spotlights

Course Name: BIO 141: Introductory Physiology
Instructor: Dr. Jacqueline S. McLaughlin
Summer Session I, online

Human Physiology

Biology 141 is specifically designed to cover the fundamentals of human physiology for students in a variety of life science related majors including Nursing, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and Science. Successful completion of this course will give the student working knowledge of human physiology with the intent on applying this information to future clinical situations they may encounter in nursing, physical therapy, athletic training, dentistry, and medical settings. The two objectives of the course are for every student to obtain a working knowledge and understanding of basic human physiology and to apply these physiological principles to problem solving situations as observed in medical situations, including cardiac problems, hypertension, renal failure, acid-base balance disturbances, and endocrine imbalances. 

Course Name: ECON 102: Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
Instructor: Robert Wolfe
Summer Session I, online

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Professor Wolfe teaching Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

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Understanding the Decision-making of Consumers

Do you ever wonder how people make purchasing decision? Many decisions we make are made instinctively. Do you think that international trade is bad for the American economy? You may be surprised at the truth. This class will study how people satisfy their wants in the face of limited resources. Microeconomics deals with the behavior of individual households and firms and how government influences that behavior. This course is designed as an introductory course and has no pre-requisites. This course satisfies both General Education Social Science credit and Bachelor of Arts Social Science credit.

Course Name: METEO 4: Weather and Risk
Instructor: Drew Anderson
Summer Session I, online

How Weather Affects Business Decisions 

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Drew Anderson giving the weather on Fox 43

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We're all use to plugging our cell phone into the wall to get a charge, but did you know the price of that "charge" depends on the weather? Energy companies constantly buy and sell electricity. If you visit some of these energy traders at work, it even feels as if you walked onto the stock market floor. What's interesting is these traders use weather forecasts to advise their business decisions, and they're not the only ones. Food, transportation, and all sorts of other companies can make a lot of money off a weather forecast. They can also lose a lot of money, too. In this class, we'll explore how companies manage their risk based on weather, and we'll see why so many businesses, including ones you'd never expect, have added meteorologists their staff over the last decade. This class focuses on the real-world applications of meteorology rather than the how’s and why’s of weather. 

“I liked the mixture of assignment types. It was more interactive, rather than just quizzes and discussions, labs were really interesting. Also, the teacher was always engaged and helpful!" -Student Testimonial, Meteorology 4, Summer 2017

Course Name: MGMT 301: Basic Management Concepts
Instructor: Dr. Maung Min
Summer Session I, online

Ready to be a Manager? 

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Dr. Maung Min teaching Basic Management Concepts

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What do Managers really do? They add a lot of value to organizations, starting from Planning, Organizing, Leading to Controlling. MGMT 301 exposes undergraduate students to the fundamental principles and basic concepts of management, with emphasis on organizational design, management processes, leadership, motivation, and managing teams and individuals in a global business environment. Lectures are comprised of real life business examples, including videos and articles. Learning is further enhanced with thought provoking assignments. Students are required to interact with each other by providing constructive comments to their classmates. 

"I was able to understand the majority of the concepts in MGMT 301 relatively easily.... due to Dr. Min's teaching style I was able to grasp them well!"- Student Testimonial, MGMT 301, Summer 2017

Course Name: MKTG 310: Public Relations and Marketing
Instructor: Beth Michalec
Summer Session I, online

PR, Marketing and You

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Beth Michalec presenting at Communication Day 2018

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Are you loyal to a particular brand or product? Why? What makes you remember that favorite brand? Answer to all three: Your RELATIONSHIP with the brand or product, of course! Students in Marketing 310 will examine the role of public relations in a company's efforts to manufacture and market its products and services. Students will analyze brands including Kodak, Coca-Cola, Under Armour, Nike, Disney, Subaru, Warby Parker, McDonald's, Southwest, Jeep, Apple, and Amazon, through readings, case studies and discussion boards. One of the most unique aspects of the course is its marketplace orientation. Every topic discussed in class is relevant to today’s public relations field, including fake news and the role of social media in a company’s brand. Students must take BA 303 and MKTG 301 before enrolling in this course.  

“What helped me learn in this course were the discussion forums. What made them a great benefit to my learning, was that they discussed different topics every week. They give me the benefit of seeing what other people are talking about and what their opinions are.” – Student Testimonial, Marketing 310, Summer 2017

Course Name: BBH 143: Drugs, Behavior, and Health
Instructor: Teresa Kistler
Summer Session II, online

Drugs, Behavior, and Health

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BBH 143: Drugs, Behavior, and Health will explore drug use today, abuse and dependency, and treatment. 

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Nine out of ten people with a substance addiction start using before they turn 18. Over 22.7 million individuals over the age of 12 needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, but only 2.5 million received treatment. In this class we will probe into the underlying biological, psychological and societal reasons for drug use, abuse and dependency. You will learn the basic facts and major issues concerning drug use today, how substance use impacts the health and well-being of those who use and the impact substance use has on families and society. To increase your understanding of the experience to those in early recovery, students will abstain from one daily habit/food/beverage for 14 days and reflect on the experience. The course will examine both licit and illicit drugs; alcohol, opiates, cocaine, cannabis, prescription drugs, and caffeine will be just a few of the drugs discussed. We will explore the historical context of drug use and the laws pertaining to drug use. Finally, we will discuss prevention, intervention and treatment options available for individuals and their families.

"I enjoyed the discussion questions, because they incorporated what we were learning at the time and helped us be able to express our opinions about certain topics, while also hearing those of others and being exposed to new ideas."- Student Testimonial, BBH 143, Summer 2017

Course Name: COMM 100: The Mass Media and Society
Instructor: Dr. Kasey Hudak
Summer Session II, online

The Messages in the Media

Did you ever watch or read something in the media that changed or reinforced your beliefs in something? How many times have you watched an advertisement on television that has had a positive or negative influence on you? COMM 100 will draw from historical and contemporary topics that pay particular attention to the social influences that shape media messages. The course looks at all genres of mass media including books, music, gaming, magazines, television and social media. By the end of the semester, each student should have a better understanding of the dynamic nature of the mass media in an information society. A degree requirement for many communication degree programs at Penn State, COMM 100 also satisfies a GS- General Education Requirement for Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

Course Name: Earth 101: Natural Disasters: Hollywood vs. Reality
Instructor: Drew Anderson
Summer Session II, online

Exploring Natural Disasters: Hollywood Portrayals vs. Reality

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Drew Anderson at NASA

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WARNING: Taking this class will change the way you see Hollywood natural disaster blockbusters! Instead of just enjoying the movie, absurd scientific errors will now jump off the screen to you. This class will share the basics of weather, geology, and space science so that you have the skills to identify Hollywood’s lies. You’ll also understand why Hollywood natural disaster movies benefit the greater good of society. 

“I really enjoyed the Earth 101 class. You have given me a greater understanding and appreciation for the topics we covered. I am very grateful for that. You made learning fun and enjoyable. I have never had a science class that I enjoyed until I took your class.” –Student Testimonial, Earth 101, Summer 2017

Course Name: ECON 104: Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
Instructor: Robert Wolfe
Summer Session II, online

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Professor Wolfe teaching Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy.

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Thinking like an Economist

Do you think the President of the United States has full control over our economy? Have you ever wondered why some countries are very wealthy and other countries are very poor? Macroeconomics is concerned with economy-wide factors such as inflation, unemployment, and overall economic growth. Broadly, the course focuses on the determination of national income, on unemployment, inflation, and economic growth in the context of a global economy, and on how monetary and fiscal policy, in particular, influence the economy. This course is designed as an introductory course and has no pre-requisites. Satisfies both General Education Social Science credit and Bachelor of Arts Social Science credit.

Course Name: IST 110: Introduction to Information, People and Technology
Instructor: Kermit Burley
Summer Session II, online

IST in the 21st Century

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Kermit Burley teaching Introduction to information, people and technology.

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How can technology help people and organizations adapt rapidly and creatively? Where will technology be in a few years? How do people use technology in everyday life? IST 110 offers an overview of technology and how people use technology to interact and succeed. This introductory course will open minds as to what you can expect from technology in the future. Students will be introduced to the demands and opportunities of information and communications technologies, the careers available in the field, and make them better users of the devices they use every day. This fully online course, uses a fully online textbook that is constantly updated and offers easily understood modules that allow for individual and group work as well as unique online features that keeps this course constantly up to date and useful. 

“I want to say that it was such a pleasure to have finally taken a course with Professor Burley. Even though it was an accelerated class, nothing felt rushed and I truly enjoyed my transition into IST with this course. I hope that this is not the last class I take with him.”-Student Testimonial, IST 110, Summer 2017