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This course will explore creativity from the standpoint of making the student more aware of a world of potentials and the limitless surrounding possibilities for making and doing something new and useful in a wide variety of settings. Everyone can be more of an artist by first seeing past the status quo, and then being the scientist, bringing discipline to new ideas and shepherding them from the mind to the “marketplace of ideas.” Creativity applies in areas as diverse as business, choosing recreational and vacation activities, volunteer work, furthering one’s personal learning, and employing creative strategies. Creativity, in this sense, is a valuable life skill to be developed, nurtured and liberally exercised to enhance life, work and career.

With the rise of technology use and the prolific integration of internet and web-technologies in everyday life, social communication has been enabled to instantaneously broadcast messages with global visibility of media (text, pictures, videos, blogs, tweets, etc.). Institutions of society from private industry, education and politics have been directly impacted and compelled to adapt and manage these types of social media. Relationships and how individuals and groups interact with one another have been challenged by social media and raised concerns of privacy, authenticity and culture. The practical use and management of social media by individuals, businesses, and organizations is fundamental to their success as well as how well they can craft their online identity - given the expediency of the technology.

Although the focus of this course is the study of how adults develop throughout a lifetime, the course purpose is to build a solid foundation upon which to live out our vastly changing lives as individuals, workers, and caregivers. This is done within the context of adult development theory. The human being possesses an innate desire to understand oneself and to define the unique contribution each of us represents in the universe. Adult roles today grow evermore challenging as the world accelerates the rate and breadth of change. Our commitments and contributions are tied to perceptions and understandings and these must keep up with the rippling tides of change. Towards that end, this course explores human contribution through the perspective of the changing world. This course is specifically designed to help adults expand their perceptions of adult development and learning through a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own life journey as they study a wide range of theories of Adult Development.

The purpose of this course is both to provide adult learners with foundational knowledge of the human resource management functions and to explore contemporary issues in the field. It is recommended that students have completed a basic management course prior to enrolling in this course.

Operations Management is an outgrowth of Production Management, a relatively new field in the history of business enterprise. With the onset and maturing of the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing capacities expanded exponentially as did the amount of support and scientific tools needed to sustain this capability. Companies, and even entire industries, often migrated regionally, and ultimately internationally, to obtain a greater economic advantage in the utilization of their resources. Concurrent to the rise of manufacturing industries, service industries also were created and grew to assist consumers in choice selection. As it stands today, Operations Management encompasses the physical reality of both manufacturing and service industries in their quest for increasing effectiveness and efficiencies in delivering the goods and services to their intermediate and ultimate consumers.

Smart companies know that effective people management strategies increase an organization's human resource value. Corporations have learned that designing and implementing the right human resources policies and programs increases loyalty and commitment to the organization, promotes better decision making for the organization and the employee, and generates measurable returns (e.g. increased productivity, cost reduction). In today’s globally competitive and constantly changing business environment, effective human resource management skills are more important than ever before. If managed carefully, human resource management becomes a strategic advantage to the company. To meet this challenge, effective and competitive organizations realize that human resource recruiting and selecting employees, with professional expertise as well as ongoing training, is the key to achieving corporate goals.

Good business decisions are made with the assistance of vast amounts of information. Statistics is a methodical way of dealing with the collection, analysis, interpretation, inference and presentation of that data.

The first step in quantitative analysis is to identify a problem that can be solved using statistics. Next is to recognize the various types of information already available or the kind of information needed to solve business problem, or challenge assumptions. Once collected, data is organized and statistical measures applied showing mean, median, range, and standard deviation to help analyze the information.

The rapid change in technology and global competition in today’s business climate has changed the way corporations operate and plan for the future. The old highly bureaucratic management structure cannot respond quickly to outside influences. The increased need to be competitive, to create quality products in a shorter period of time, and to develop, trusting, long-term relationships with customers has led to more horizontal work flow and project coordination. The organizational structure is now built around cross-functional teams. Project Management is a disciplined approach to managing projects and teams.