Courses Developed (2007-2010)

The most-recent courses were developed using Lectora Professional 9, SnagIt 9, Camtasia 6, Photoshop CS4, Sound Forge 9, the CodeBaby Production Studio, Raptivity, and Articulate’s ’09 Presenter, Engage, and Quizmaker.



Course Development

How we developed
the courses:


Development Timeline How we used course templates to develop the courses.



Financial Accounting and Reporting

This course provides a comprehensive, international perspective on accounting and financial reporting systems. Financial accounting and reporting issues are viewed from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics include the factors that managers and executives must consider as they confront complex and important financial accounting and reporting issues: traditional issues such as revenue recognition, valuation allowances, and leases, and contemporary issues as pensions, stock options, and financial derivatives.

Sample Unit


Fiscal Regulation

This course will advance your knowledge of business law as it applies to accounting. You will be introduced to the major legal requirements that will be encountered by the professional accountant. Topics include the Uniform Commercial Code, contracts, and the legal liability and responsibilities of agencies and accountants.

Chapter Notes | Sample Unit | Sample Quiz


Corporate Tax Decisions, Strategies

This course will emphasize the effect of the federal income tax on business, the federal income tax structure, the tax practice environment, and the concept of taxable income as it relates to business. Business practices and strategies are influenced by the rules of taxation. Examples of particular interest include the buying and selling of business assets, the tax minimization choice among business entities, liquidating or reorganizing a business, and transactions between a business and an employee.

Digital Handouts | Glossary | Chapter Notes | Sample Unit | Key Concepts


Leadership Strategies for a Changing World

This course introduces you to the nature and purpose of leadership in organizations. You will evaluate various leadership approaches and methodologies in terms of organizational effectiveness and efficiency in dynamic corporate environments. Additionally, you will investigate ethics and social responsibility, diversity, and team management. You will also apply emotional intelligence in self- awareness, personal development, and communication.

CodeBaby | Glossary | Rare Gem | Sample Unit | Sample Quiz


Strategic Management

Welcome to your MBA Strategic Management course. I look forward to exploring this fascinating subject with you over the next few weeks, as well as to helping you understand some of the challenges that face today’s managers. In this course, you will explore factors that contribute to long-term business success. you will also create a strategic plan for a business by applying strategic management methods, including environmental scanning, competitive analysis, and organization assessment.

Chapter Notes 1 2 3 4 | Sample Unit I R A T


Project Cost & Schedule Monitoring and Controlling

This course provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project cost and schedule. You will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.

Video Intros 1 3 6 | Sample Check List | Project Management



Project Risk, Quality & Procurement Monitoring & Controlling

Managing risk and ensuring quality is a daily part of business. Within projects, risk and quality affect achievement of cost, schedule, and performance goals. Contracting and procurement are essential projects activities. They are also a method of controlling risk and ensuring quality. Risk, quality, and procurement activities must be integrated throughout all project phases. Control of these activities requires project resources and affects project schedules. Contract closing activities comprise a significant part of project closeout and extend way beyond the project final deliverable. M.S.M. students need not only understand the theoretical underpinnings for them but be able to integrate them within projects. This course provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for controlling project quality, risk, and procurement.



Organization Diagnosis and Design

The course conducts an examination of diagnostic models and methods used to help align an organization’s strategies, structures, and processes to support each other and to fit appropriately into the environmental context. Emphasis is placed on total system change strategies and the integration of intervention methods for structural, human systems, cultural, and technological changes in order to enhance the organizational design.

Galbraith’s Star Model | Sample Unit I S R D C F



Anatomy & Physiology (Non-Honors and Honors)

This course is the continuation of an integrated study of the human body. It encompasses the anatomy of selected systems as well as the physiology and terminology as applied to the body. The course also includes the study of the structures and functions of the following: circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Sample Unit I R A D S F SA | Sample Self-Appraisal | Sample Course Notes


Principles of Information Technology

This is an introductory course in programming logic and problem- solving skills. Students learn how to design the logic of a program. Topics include: program development cycle, decision structures, repetition structures, arrays, object-oriented concepts, and data structures. An introduction to database management systems is also included in this course. You will be creating tables, forms, reports, and queries to solve business problems.

Understanding the Programming Process | Quiz on the Programming Process | Flowcharted Samples of Pseudocode | Sample Unit Quiz (crossword) |Three Basic Structures | Unit 3: Decision Structures R D1 D2 A | Course Notes Access Overview | Joining Tables in Queries | A Union B | A Except B | A Intersect B


Intro to Multimedia (Adobe Flash)

In this course, you will learn how to use the multimedia tool, Adobe Flash. You will explore how to create animations, interfaces, and site design. Differences between vector and raster artwork will be explored and considerations such as download speeds, bandwidth, and compression rates will be reviewed. You will create symbols (graphics, buttons and movie clips), and will import artwork, sound, and video files. In addition, an introduction to ActionScript will be reviewed.

Sample Quiz (picklist) | Sample Quiz (fib)


Intermediate Query Design and Reporting

This course covers the advanced concepts of database query design and the use of reporting tools. You will expand your database skills by designing and creating queries using SQL. Emphasis will be placed on the skills needed to develop reports and queries to meet business needs.

Evolution of SQL | SQL Server Hardware Requirements | Sample Quiz | Sample Quiz | Joins Overview | Installing SQL Server (video, 15 mins) | How to Write a Join Query (DD)


Structured Query Languages

This course covers more advanced concepts of the SQL programming language, in particular, the skills needed to develop a business application using SQL. Students expand their programming skills by designing, creating, and managing databases using SQL.

Evolution of SQL | SQL Server Hardware Requirements | Sample Quiz | Introduction to Database Installation (video, 8 mins) | Sample Unit R A S D


Information and Office Management

Welcome to Information and Office Management! In this course, you will be learning how to use Microsoft Office 2007 applications programs and the ways they can be used in a business environment. This will be done through the use of a text which provides guided practice, projects which provide added practice, and Seminars and Discussion Questions which encourage questions and discussion about the topics covered. The application programs covered are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition, you will learn more about e-mail. Understanding all of these programs is essential to your future success. No matter the program you are in, these programs can aid you as you climb the corporate ladder. The following are video tutorials based on activities from the text:

Starting and Exiting MS Office Programs | Creating and Saving a File | Viewing the Office 2007 User Interface | Saving to a New File Name | Viewing and Printing Your Work | Getting Help and Closing a File |Starting a Word Document | Saving a Document | Selecting Text |Formatting the Text Using the Mini-Toolbar | Navigating a Document |Creating a Document Using a Template |


For Higher Education, an additional eighteen courses were developed by myself and a colleague from the Summer of 2007 to October of 2008; each of these made use of multimedia to one extent or another.

Here’s a sampling. For purposes of brevity, we’ll profile just the core courses.


Higher Education (HE) Foundations

The roles that higher education institutions have taken in our society are interwoven with ancestral traditions, the aspirations of individuals and groups, the quest for the propagation of values by religious and secular groups, internal governance of both visionary and short-sighted leaders, the external ‘collective’ as expressed by both state and federal governments, social and philosophical movements, economic boom and bust, and demographics as well as politics and power structures. For this course, we have selected a modification of that offered by one of today’s leading contemporary scholars of American higher education history, Dr. Roger L. Geiger, Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Penn State University and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University.

Bloom’s Taxonomy (Included in all HE courses) | Interactive Timeline: History of Higher Education | Timeline Database (sortable) | Interactive Map: The Colleges of Paris in 1895 | The Nine Colonial Colleges | Maps in Motion | Civil War Colleges Map | Sample Unit Resources Page


HE Laws and Regulations

Welcome to Higher Ed Laws and Regulations. In this course ,you will examine legal structures, principles, and analysis of higher education situations. Specifically, you will focus on the competing interests, rights, and responsibilities of state and federal governments, institutions, faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders in various higher education settings. You may find in your initial assignments that you are in unfamiliar territory. Learning higher education law is demanding and this is to be expected. However, this course is designed with reading, discussions and assignments that will help prepare you for the challenge!

Glossary | MELL | Sample Unit Resources Page | Sample Self-Assessment



HE Organization and Governance

Your path to completing the Master’s of Science degree in Higher Education Studies continues with Higher Ed Organization and Governance, part of the core requirements for the program. As a core course in the program, it helps lay a foundation for understanding higher education as a field of study from the perspective of how colleges and universities work. The major text to help lay this foundation is appropriately titled How Colleges Work. From it, and other readings and activities, we gain a theoretical and practical sense of the forms and functions of higher education institutions in the United States. The journey looks at a number of major issues from who controls higher education to basic systems, specific structures, shared governance models, and decision making.

Sample Podcast for a Single Unit | Timeline of Weekly Assignments |
Glossary | Course Project Overview | WebQuest: Higher Ed in Your State |


Multiculturalism and Diversity in HE

This course examines multiculturalism and diversity in higher education from social, cultural, and historical perspectives. you will gain an understanding of factors that influence multiculturalism and diversity within higher education. Further, it will provide the basic skills needed to prepare a strategic plan advocating multiculturalism and diversity from the institutional perspective.

Impairment vs. Disability | Advance Organizer of Weekly Units |
Sample Weekly Unit Quiz | Glossary | Model of Student Affairs Competence |
Designing Effective Multicultural Training Programs | 16 Simulations |


HE Finance

The higher education professional who knows how to manage resources – both financial and otherwise – is leaps and bounds ahead of his or her colleagues who may tend to assume that the budget will take care of itself. It’s incredibly important in today’s climate to understand where the money and resources come from, where they go, and what creative strategies exist for making the most of what you have. Whether you work in a public or private institution, a not-for-profit or for-profit institution, the same concerns about “the bottom line” will inevitably arise.

Sample Podcast | Unit Timeline | Glossary | Bloom’s Taxonomy | Sample Quiz 


Research Methods in HE

The term research can spawn all kinds of thoughts and emotions about what it actually represents. Some people may find a dictionary definition suitable while others conjure up ideas of “Einstein-looking” characters dressed in white lab coats, observing rats run through mazes. Other people may approach research from less of an intellectual position and take an emotional stance. Emotions may run the gambit from utter fear to tremendous elation. However, those who are elated about research tend to be among the minority, at least when approaching formal research for the first time. It may help narrow the thoughts, calm the emotions, and provide preliminary focus to know that research methods in higher education are neither dictionary definition adequate nor lab rat appropriate. Research methods are nothing to fear. Research methods are simply distinct processes to study events in life—in this case, higher education—and draw conclusions about the results of a study.

Sample Unit Resources Page | Glossary | Weekly Assignment Timeline |
Course Project: IRB | Scales of Measurement | Elements of Reasoning |
Jared’s Flower |


Samples from Other Courses

Kohlberg Dilemma #1: Joe Wants to Go to Camp

Kohlberg Dilemma #2: Judy Wants to Go to a Concert 

Kohlberg Dilemma #3: Woman Steals Drugs to Stay Alive