4020. Psychology of Death and Dying. 3 hours. Concepts and attitudes concerning death and dying from a psychological perspective; current research on death and dying; development of insights and understanding to prepare the student to interact effectively with people who are terminally ill and their family members. Prerequisite(s): advanced standing and consent of department. (Same as PSYC 4020.)
4060. Leisure and Aging. 3 hours. Develops an awareness of the physiological, psychological, economic and sociological processes of aging that affect leisure behavior and involvement patterns. Development of activity programs for community-based and institution-bound individuals. Prerequisite(s): SOCI/AGER 4550 recommended. (Same as RECR 4060.)
4250. Topics in Gerontology. l-3 hours. In-depth analysis and discussion of selected significant subjects in aging. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
4450. The Family in Later Life. 3 hours. Later stages in the family life cycle are surveyed with emphasis on changing family composition, role transitions and support systems. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. (Same as SOCI 4450.)
4550. Sociology of Aging. 3 hours. Emergence of aging as a problem in industrial societies; specific problems and programs relating to older people in American society. Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1510 or equivalent. (Same as SOCI 4550.)
4780. Aging Programs and Services. 3 hours. Introduction to the history of social policy in aging; derivations and directions of public policy, interrelationships of agencies; discussion of selected programs and services for the aged.
4840-4850. Studies in Aging Field Practicum. 3 hours each. Field practicum (12 hours per week) in an agency or institution delivering services to the elderly; 170 clock hours in field. Prerequisite(s): senior standing in the studies in aging program and completion of AGER 3480, 4550 and 4780.
4960. Studies in Aging Institute. l-3 hours. Selected topics are developed in an institute format and are regularly scheduled. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5200. Seminar on Research Methods and Design. 1-3 hours. Focuses on policy research and its implications for programs in aging, and on techniques of evaluation of programs for the elderly.
5250. Topics in Gerontology. 1-3 hours. In-depth analysis and discussion of significant subjects in aging. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5300. Computer Applications in Long-Term Care. 4 hours. Overview of entire subject of small computers, including terminology, how computers work and capabilities of computers; effective application of computers in the health care field, including laboratory experience with hardware and software commonly used by health care professionals.
5350. Basic Mediation Skills in Aging. 3 hours. This course, which utilizes negotiation and mediation principles and techniques, meets the dispute resolution training needs of individuals serving the elderly and their families. Included are such professionals as social workers, counselors, discharge planners, home health administrators, care managers, nursing home staff, adult protective service workers, ombudsmen, health and human services staff, and anyone else contracted to serve the elderly and their family members.
5400. Health Delivery Systems. 1-3 hours. A cross-cultural overview of health delivery systems followed by an extensive consideration of all aspects of the health delivery system in the United States; government and private sector involvement in delivery of health services to the aged is emphasized.
5500. Retirement and Retirement Preparation. 1-3 hours. Investigation of retirement as a social institution with emphasis upon the implications for the individual and society. Includes rationale, content and methods involved in retirement planning programs.
5560. Seminar on Minority Aging. 3 hours. An examination of the current state of gerontological knowledge with regard to each of the federally designated minority groups in the United States: African Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Each student will have the opportunity to explore the state of knowledge about a particular group or a research issue across the populations.
5600. Housing for the Elderly: Planning, Public Policy and Research. 1-3 hours. Theoretical, research and practical literature concerning housing alternatives is considered. Emphasis is on the four housing development stages: need assessment, financing, physical design and management of a housing site; and how theory, research and public policy relate to each of these issues.
5650. Ethnic and Cultural Variations in Service Delivery. 1-3 hours. An examination of ethnic and cultural factors influencing the planning and delivery of health and social services to the aged and handicapped. (Same as RHAB 5650.)
5700. Social Gerontology. 1-3 hours. Demographic, social and cultural aspects of aging, with particular emphasis upon American society and the types of problems encountered by older people. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
5710. Health Aspects of Human Aging. 1-3 hours. Examination of general and cellular theories of aging and general age-related changes in various body systems. Issues covered include myths and facts about physical health and aging, normal age-related changes
and common chronic illnesses associated with old age. Students will become familiar with medical terminology to facilitate effective communication with health care professionals who work with the elderly in both institutional and community settings.
5740. Financial Issues in Long-Term Care. 3 hours. This course addresses the need of the administrator/manager who is not a financial expert to understand, identify, and experience some applications of practical information related to financial/management issues in long-term care settings.
5750. Processes of Aging. 1-3 hours. Advanced seminar in social gerontology with emphasis upon psychosocial changes associated with aging.
5770. Program Evaluation in Aging Services. 3 hours. This seminar is designed to provide students with the basic skills and perspectives required to undertake evaluations of health and social programs for the aged, and to assess the merits of program evaluations conducted by others. Emphasis is placed on the unique service needs of older persons; the distinctive character of the facilities, agencies, and programs that serve them; and special challenges faced by those who attempt to assess the benefits of such efforts.
5780. Federal, State and Local Programs in Aging. 1-3 hours. History of social policy in aging; derivations and directions of public policy, interrelationships of agencies; discussion of selected programs and services for the aged.
5790. Developing Community Programs for the Elderly. 1-3 hours. Overview of programs and services for the aged sponsored by non-governmental agencies and associations; nutrition programs, senior centers, day care and long-term care, advocacy groups, and counseling and therapy groups.
5800. Proseminar on Programs in Aging. 1-3 hours. Investigation of the impact of management processes and organizational structure upon behavior as it relates to the administration of programs in aging. Establishment of organizational goals through the process of grant writing.
5810. Seminar on Administration of Long-Term Care and Retirement Facilities I. 3 hours. The continuum of long-term care; management principles and functions; organization of long-term care facilities; employment issues; government regulations and their enforcement; marketing long-term care; and other topics pertinent to the administration of long-term care and retirement facilities.
5820. Seminar on Administration of Long-Term Care and Retirement Facilities II. 3 hours. Overview of departments within the long-term care facility; the facility's relations with families, volunteers, and the public; safety issues; education and training; history and trends in the long-term care field; and other topics pertinent to the administration of long-term care and retirement facilities.
5830. Seminar on Administration of Community-Based Programs in Aging. 3 hours. Management of community-based programs for the elderly, focusing on personnel issues, including hiring, firing, and supervising; roles, responsibilities, and relations with governing boards; fund-raising with special events, foundations, and grant proposal writing. Topics covered also include mission statements, planning, technology audits, outcome valuation, marketing, compensation and benefits, and volunteers.
5840. Internship in Administration of Programs in Aging. 3 hours. Five hundred clock hour practicum in approved agency serving the aged. Credit awarded only upon completion of internship. Pass/no pass only.
5850. Internship in Administration of Programs in Aging. 3 hours. Five hundred clock hour practicum in approved agency serving the aged. Credit awarded only upon completion of internship. Pass/no pass only.
5860. Seminar on the Psychology of Aging. 1-3 hours. Theoretical and research literature concerned with the psychological aspects of aging. Age-related changes in physical, perceptual and cognitive processes are considered with regard to their effects on the occupational, social and personal adjustments and motivations of the aging adult. (Same as PSYC 5860.)
5890. Psychological Counseling for Late Maturity and Old Age. 1-3 hours. Study of the predictable and normal dependencies of aging; techniques of individual, family and group counseling applied to later life with emphasis on problems of retirement, health and bereavement. (Same as PSYC 5890.)
5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Individual study assigned with consent of major professor and instructor.
5940. Proseminar on Applications in Practice. 3 hours. The focus of this capstone seminar is the application of gerontological theory to practice issues in the field of aging. Students demonstrate their ability to apply theory to practice through class discussion and the submission of a major written project. Continuous enrollment required once work on project has begun.
5960-5970. Studies in Aging Institute. 1-3 hours each. Scheduled regularly for participants in institutes. May be repeated for credit. No more than 6 hours allowed for regular students.
6150. Theories in Aging. 3 hours. An intensive analysis of the theories of aging that have been advanced by researchers in the social and behavioral sciences from 1950 to the present. Prerequisite(s): a minimum of 12 hours in gerontology, including AGER 4550 or 5700, or equivalent.
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ACCT 5130. Accounting for Management. 3 hours. Designed to provide an understanding of financial and managerial accounting data in making business decisions. Cases, readings and projects are used to examine a wide variety of financial and managerial topics.
Prerequisite(s): ACCT 5020 (2020, 2030); ECON 5000 (1100, 1110); MATH 1190; BCIS 5090 (2610, 3610); MSCI 5010 (3700, 3710). For students not majoring in accounting.
BLAW 5050. Legal and Ethical Environment of Business. 3 hours. Designed to explore the historical, philosophical and ethical bases of the legal system; the functions, policies and procedures of administrative agencies; and ethical issues with impact on business organization and structure, as well as commercial practices.
BLAW 5600. Current Topics in Law. 3 hours. Designed to provide information on the legal environment of specified functional areas as required by needs of functional areas and/or changes in the law. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Note: This course is taught once a year focusing on legal aspects of retirement facility and long-term care administration.
FINA 5040. Finance: Concepts and Environments. 3 hours. The nature, functions and relationships of financial institutions, money markets and capital markets. Lectures and case study of investment banking, commercial banking, mortgage banking, consumer financing, organized security exchanges, and governmental fiscal and monetary controls. Prerequisite(s): ACCT 2020 and 2030, or 5020. This course meets the deficiency requirement in finance for MBA candidates, and may be counted as part of a graduate program in a field other than business administration.
MGMT 5070. Management Concepts. 3 hours. A survey of theories and concepts with emphasis on the management process, organizational behavior, communication theory and production management. This course meets the deficiency requirement in management for MBA candidates, and may be counted as part of a graduate program in a field other than business administration.
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