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Courses and Content Areas

Increase your knowledge while also gaining the advanced coursework necessary to teach College Credit Plus courses at your high school. Franklin University’s graduate courses provide relevant, engaging curriculum to build your expertise and ensure your students have an even stronger grasp of college-level concepts.

Check our online course schedule to see when courses are being offered each trimester.

Business Courses

GRAD 770 - Lean Six Sigma

Credits: 4

The purpose of this course is to train individuals in Lean Six Sigma skills and strategies to improve processes and provide safe, effective care environments. The learner will demonstrate the practical application of tools utilized with Lean Six Sigma methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned during this course concurrently with a case study designed specifically to use Six Sigma methodologies. Students will develop a Lean Six Sigma project plan that can serve as the foundation for completing a major project for Lean Six Sigma certification following the completion of the course. Interested students would need to apply for Lean Six Sigma certification and complete the major project with Franklin University's Center for Professional Training & Development.

HCM 735 - Healthcare Delivery Systems

Credits: 4

The course provides an extensive overview of leadership in the U.S. health services system. The focus of the course will be on the role health services leadership plays in the delivery of healthcare services, to include managing with professionals, financial management, services utilization, and other aspects of the U.S. healthcare system. The student will explore the key theoretical and practical elements of leadership as well as current issues clarifying how the U.S. health services system is organized, managed, and financed.

HRM 706 - Organizational Development & Intervention

Credits: 4

This course addresses the need for planned change focused on an organization's ability to compete strategically. The framework of consultation as helping organizations reach a level of optimum performance will be applied. Topics addressed include individual, team, and organization-wide interventions that can raise productivity/quality, improve competitiveness, increase skills, morale, and commitment.

HRM 707 - Organizational Leadership

Credits: 4

This course explores the elements of leadership and delineates the principles necessary for success in a global environment. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations, and society. This course provides students with leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership.

MBA 711 - Business Environment

Credits: 4

This course systematically explores the external environment in which businesses operate – legal and regulatory, macroeconomic, cultural, political, technological, and natural. Additionally, the course will examine the critical opportunities and threats that arise from an analysis of external business conditions. Students will apply scenario planning to a selected industry and synthesize trends in the external environment in the presence of risk and uncertainty.

MBA 713 - Human Resources Management

Credits: 4

Organizations are composed of groups of people who work together to achieve defined outcomes. Experience has proven time and again that the key factor which differentiates successful companies from those who struggle to survive is people who make up the employee base. While the human resources function is given the specific task of planning for and resolving many employee-related issues and needs, individual managers have direct responsibility and accountability for motivating and leading employees to achieve sustained organizational success. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with human resources to enhance the contributions of all employees to organizational effectiveness. Students will learn about the elements which drive business success, theories of motivation, and methods for creating a plan for maximizing the human capital of an organization.

MBA 731 - Operations and Project Management

Credits: 4

In today’s business environment, the success of organizations depends on the effective and efficient management of operations. Methods to select, plan, and improve organizational processes will be examined. The application of optimal capacity decisions in supply chains, development production, and inventory plans and schedules will be performed. The student will learn quality management and improvement process to increase the efficiency of a process. A systemized phased approach to defining, planning, monitoring, and controlling projects will be investigated.

MBA 741 - Strategic Management

Credits: 4

One of the keys to success for today’s organizations is their ability to develop, implement, and accurately evaluate effective business strategies. In this course, you will integrate the knowledge you have gained from your prior MBA courses to develop and sharpen your skills for formulating, deploying, and assessing an organization’s strategy for achieving competitive advantage in the marketplace. This course will enable you to merge your knowledge of all of these individual disciplines into a comprehensive and meaningful whole.

MCM 721 - Creative Concepts

Credits: 4

In today’s business world, success can often be attributed more to the genius of a company’s marketing efforts than to the genius of its products or services. A clear understanding of the importance of marketing, as well as a grasp of effective marketing practices, is essential for anyone who wishes to achieve a position of leadership. You will gain a working knowledge of both marketing theory and the practical application of innovative marketing strategies. You will come to understand how product, price, place, and promotion contribute to the marketing mix as you explore research-based insights into consumer behavior. As your final course assignment, you will prepare and present a marketing plan of your own.

PSYC 605 - Psychology of Marketing

Credits: 4

This course provides an exploration of the use of behavioral science techniques to influence product and service creation, pricing, promotion and distribution channels. Includes a discussion on the use of functional magnetic resonance studies, psychological persuasion, subliminal cues, lie detection, and consumer color choice.

PSYC 606 - Psychology of Human Resources

Credits: 4

This course provides an investigation into the use of psychology in the acquisition of organizational talent, the retention and development of individual talent, and the selective departure of talent. Areas of interest include: applicant testing, the organizational impact of generational differences, individual and group motivation, coping with organizational stressors, the psychology of individual and group performance, and succession planning.

Computer Science Courses

COMP 630 - Issues & Database Management

Credits: 4

This course focuses on the fundamental design considerations in designing a database. Specific topics include performance analysis of design alternatives, system configuration and the administration of a popular database system. The course also offers an in-depth analysis of the algorithms and machine organizations of database systems.

COMP 660 - Communication Strategies for the Technical Professional

Credits: 4

This course focuses on the problems, principles and techniques of communicating technical and scientific information. Types of communication addressed include: proposals, reports and manuals. The course uses a case-study approach to give students both the theoretical foundations and hands-on practice they need to work effectively in heterogeneous corporate groups.

COMP 665 - Project Management of Information Systems

Credits: 4

This course examines various issues related to the management of information systems. Topics include: strategic planning, organizing the technology resources, means of prioritizing and selecting information technology, staffing, personnel management, and assessment.

COMP 671 - Verification and Testing

Credits: 4

This course focuses on the issues of delivering high quality software, especially in large complex systems. Topics covered include testing strategies (black box, white box, regression, etc.), unit testing, system integration, system verification and support tools. It also will reinforce the need for requirements that are testable and traceable from the early design stages.

COMP 672 - Human Factors

Credits: 4

This course provides a broad overview of human-computer interaction (HCI) as a sub-area of computer science and explores user-centered design approaches in information systems. Topics include user interface and software design strategies, user experience levels, interaction styles, usability engineering and assessment models.

English/Language Arts/Communications Courses

COMM 707 - Communication Foundations: Business Communications

Credits: 4

More than ever before, the ability to understand and be understood is critical for success in the corporate world. Communication is no longer limited by the narrow definitions of the past. Achieving a business leadership position today means not only being adept at both oral and written communication, but also understanding communication from a strategic point of view and knowing how to effectively organize and present information to audiences of all sizes. In this course, you will develop and refine these capabilities.

MBA 707 - MBA Foundations: Communications

Credits: 4

More than ever before, the ability to understand and be understood is critical for success in the corporate world. Communication is no longer limited by the narrow definitions of the past. Achieving a business leadership position today means not only being adept at both oral and written communication, but also understanding communication from a strategic point of view and knowing how to effectively organize and present information to audiences of all sizes. In this course, you will develop and refine these capabilities. What you gain from this course will be of value throughout your MBA program, as well as in the workplace.

Mathematics/Statistics Courses

Math 620 - Applied Mathematics I

4 Credits

This course covers differentiation in several variables, multiple integrations, line and surface integrals, and topics in complex variables. The student is assumed to be capable in topics such as taking limits, continuity, taking derivatives, using derivatives, calculating the definite integral for basic functions, integration by substitution, and the standard applications of the definite integral. The course is designed to supply students with the appropriate knowledge for higher level graduate courses in mathematics.

Math 630 - Applied Mathematics II

4 Credits

This course covers limits of functions, sequences and series, continuity, differentiation, integration, and other topics found in calculus. The purpose of this course is to strengthen students’ understanding of the results of calculus and the basis of their validity and to strengthen students’ understanding of the uses of deductive reasoning. Also, this course will increase students’ ability to understand definitions and proofs, and to construct proofs.

Social Science Courses

CJAD 700 - Effective Administration of Justice

Credits: 4

Applying strategic decision making strategies, students will analyze the structures, practices, and performance of organizations in the administration of justice, including courts, law enforcement, and corrections, both not-for-profit and for-profit. Applied perspectives in ethical leadership functions that respond to organizational problems and objectives through best-practices will also be addressed. Additional topics will include program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

CJAD 710 - Adult and Juvenile Systems of Justice

Credits: 4

Students will analyze complex and multi-systemic adult and juvenile systems of justice and social control mechanisms on both a micro and macro level. Attention will be given to innovative initiatives and best-practices from across the nation with a view toward positive social change. Technology for effective cross-system collaboration will also be addressed, as will the role of constitutional protections and constraints on arrest, prosecution, conviction, and incarceration.

CJAD 720 - Criminology Theory and Solutions to Crime

Credits: 4

Students will evaluate contemporary criminology theories and apply them to formulate prevention, treatment, and crime control models, within a framework of cultural diversity. Crime data relationships and patterns will also be integrated with biological, psychological, and sociological theories of criminal behavior in a critical evaluation of contemporary criminological theories. Policy formation and implementation will also be addressed.

CJAD 740 - Strategic Policing & Contemporary Crime Control Strategies

Credits: 4

Students will learn how policing strategies are developed, tested, implemented and evaluated in a democratic society. Evidence-based practice will be explored against innovative policing tactics and the evolving policy and political dynamic at play. Students will learn how policy issues are framed, identify participants in the policy process, and discover how policy is created. Students will examine the usefulness and strategic implications of COMPSTAT, community policing, intelligence led policing, and transnational cybercrime.

CJAD 760 - Miscarriages of Justice: The Death Penalty & Beyond

Credits: 4

Prerequisite(s): Effective Administration of Justice (CJAD 700)

The course introduces students to the magnitude, complexities, and causes of miscarriages of justice within the U.S. criminal justice system. Students examine individual and systemic injustices and analyze the human and financial costs associated with them. Students develop feasible solutions to mitigate miscarriages of justice, taking into account American political, cultural, and legal frameworks.

HRM 707 - Organizational Leadership

Credits: 4

This course explores the elements of leadership and delineates the principles necessary for success in a global environment. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations, and society. This course provides students with leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership.

PSYC 602 - Individual and Organizational Intelligence

Credits: 4

This course focuses on the application of systems theory, social psychology concepts, organizational lifecycles, and biological principles to the understanding of business operations. Includes a review of basic business principles, multiple intelligences, organizational intelligence, organizational culture, emotional intelligence, biomimicry and organizational DNA.

PSYC 603 - Managerial Psychology

Credits: 4

This course will explore the psychological influences on the development and behavior of managers and organizational leaders. Topics include: follower influences, nature vs. nurture in the development of leaders, relationship of personality to leadership style, behavioral decision- making biases, tactical, operational, and strategic decision-making, group think, and scenario planning.

PSYC 604 - Behavioral Economics and Neurofinance

Credits: 4

This course is an inquiry into how brain structures limit or reinforce economic and financial decision making. Topics include: basic principles of behavioral economics, measures of economic and financial performance, logical and non-linear decision-making, human factors in finance, and essential financial analysis.

PSYC 605 - Psychology of Marketing

Credits: 4

This course provides an exploration of the use of behavioral science techniques to influence product and service creation, pricing, promotion and distribution channels. Includes a discussion on the use of functional magnetic resonance studies, psychological persuasion, subliminal cues, lie detection, and consumer color choice.

PSYC 606 - Psychology of Human Resources

Credits: 4

This course provides an investigation into the use of psychology in the acquisition of organizational talent, the retention and development of individual talent, and the selective departure of talent. Areas of interest include: applicant testing, the organizational impact of generational differences, individual and group motivation, coping with organizational stressors, the psychology of individual and group performance, and succession planning.

PUAD 701 - Foundations of Government & Nonprofit Administration

Credits: 4

Students examine fundamental public service values that differentiate the mission and purpose of government and nonprofit organizations from those of private, for-profit, organizations. The course focuses on applying public administration and organizational theories to analyze administrative problems faced by leaders and managers implementing government and nonprofit programs. Students learn to think systematically about selecting alternative options for delivering programs and improving organizational performance. Finally, students develop fundamental information literacy, computing, writing, and presentation skills required for effective academic and professional communication.

Urbana University, a division of Franklin University, offers additional graduate courses in business, computer science, English/language arts/communications, mathematics/statistics, natural and social sciences. Urbana courses are also covered under grant funds for high school faculty members who qualify and a reduced tuition rate is also available. 

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