Current Term Classes - BIS

Fall 2018

Fall class registration opens on August 6 for BIS students.  

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies may cancel, modify, or make substitutions for any published class or program, may change instructors, and may change the dates and times a class is offered. The information published here and in the catalog is subject to change.  For the most up-to-date and complete information, please use the SIS Class Search.  

BIS students should register in BIS classes. Classes outside of BIS are by permission of your advisor. Other students may register as Community Scholars for BIS classes with program permission. See class details for restrictions.

ISBU | ISHU | ISSS 3281: The Art of Public Speaking
Charlottesville | Thursdays, 6:30-9:15pm | Aug 30-Dec 6 (No class on Nov 22, Thanksgiving break)
OR
TCC Virginia Beach | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class on Nov 21, Thanksgiving break)

Examines the five canons of the art of public speaking allowing students to learn and practice the skills needed to speak persuasively, confidently, forcefully, and  intelligibly to an audience.
Karen Hufford | Charlottesville | 3 UG credits
Sharen Christie Mendoza | TCC Virginia Beach | 3 UG credits

ISBU 3610: Organizational Behavior
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Sep 3-Dec 3 (No class on Oct 8, Fall Reading Day)
Studies the basic theories and research related to the practices of contemporary organizational behavior. Emphasizes the interpersonal skills that promote individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. Class activities are interactive and include experiential exercises, case analyses, and collaborative learning. Students will need to be enrolled in this class by SCPS staff.
John Hulburt | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3310: Film, History, Politics, and Controversy
Charlottesville | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Sep 3-Dec 3 (No class on Oct 8, Fall Reading Day)
Examines movie case studies  that aroused controversy. Analyzes the messages these movies communicated on the screen. Considers what the filmmakers intended to communicate, and how audiences and media critics responded to the portrayals.
George Andrews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3623: Studio Art Seminar: Painting
Richmond | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class on Nov 21, Thanksgiving break)
Introduces painting techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Explores color theory, linear perspective, pictorial composition , figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills.
George Andrews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 4170: African-American Novels
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class on Nov 21, Thanksgiving break)
Focuses on African American novels from 19th century through the present. Examines topics such as literary realism and naturalism, protest fiction, and magical realism. Considers race and gender relations, communal and individual identity, and the modern legacy of slavery. 
Kathy May | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7
OR
Charlottesville | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5, (No class on Nov 21, Thanksgiving Break)

Introduces students to methodologies, content areas, and contributions of social sciences. Provides students with framework for studying and articulating arguments in the social sciences. Students learn similarities among social science disciplines and what differentiates them from the humanities and sciences.
Luke Wright | Online | 3 UG credits
Stephen Levine | Charlottesville | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 28-Dec 4, (No class on Oct 9, Fall Reading Day)
Introduces students to methodologies, content areas, and contributions of humanities. Provides students with framework for studying and articulating arguments in the humanities. Students learn similarities among humanities disciplines and what differentiates them from the social sciences and sciences.
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3190: Good Cop/Bad Cop
NVCC Loudoun | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class meeting Nov 21, Thanksgiving break)
This course examines the current use of the police power in a variety of situations, informed by the past and motivated by the future. Particular emphasis is on contemporary real-life examples to inform the discussion on the proper use of the police power. Those examples are subjected to a variety of perspectives, societal and individual, to gain a fuller understanding of the delicate balance of competing values.
Alan Rasmussen | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3211: Russian Politics
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class on Nov 21 Thanksgiving break)
Explores Russia’s political themes of the 20th century, especially events since the fall of the Soviet Union. Includes Russia’s tentative steps towards capitalism and democracy in the last two decades. Employs different analytical tools to craft an interdisciplinary portrait of Russia. Provides an opportunity to substantially improve critical thinking and basic academic writing.
Yuri Urbanovich | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3300: The Poet in Society
Online Synchronous | Monday & Wednesdays, 12-1:15pm | Sep 3-Dec 3 (No class on Oct 8, Fall Reading Day, and Nov 21, Thanksgiving break)
Explores the complex, historically-conditioned role of the poet in society as it has played out within two very different cultural traditions: the Western democratic tradition of free expression, as practiced in the U.S. and Western Europe, and the Russian/Soviet/East European tradition of the past century, in which censorship and repression of free speech has been the rule.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3610: Italian Renaissance Art 1470-1530: Artists, Workshop, and Patrons
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 (No class on Oct 9, Fall Reading Day)
Explores the Renaissance art of Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and their workshops from 1470-1530. Through period texts, considers materials, techniques, the aims of art-making,  the relation of painting to sculpture, and of the art works to their original locations and patrons while sharpening analytical and critical thinking and writing.
Julia May | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3780: An Examination of the Criminal Justice System
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 30-Dec 6 (No class on Nov 22, Thanksgiving break)
Provides students with an overview and understanding of the criminal justice system as a social institution inside of the American institution.  Enables students to gain an understanding of the various components of the criminal justice system and its responsibilities to include courts, corrections, and law enforcements.
Alan Rasmussen | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3180: Critical Issues in Democracy
NVCC Alexandria | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 30-Dec 6 (No class meeting Nov 22, Thanksgiving break)
Explores several critical issues in democracy, relating to both the United States and countries abroad, such as: the examination of ancient and modern theories of democracy, political parties, the Presidency, voting, foreign policy, and the development of international relations.
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3305: The Impact of Media on the Development of Popular Culture
NVCC Loudoun | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 (No class meeting Oct 9, Fall Reading Day)
Examines the media’s role in conveying cultural meaning through popular culture.  Analyzes the histories and theories underlying media and popular culture; focusing on print, film, radio, television, the internet, and social media. Critiques contemporary popular culture through music, movies, TV programming, advertising, sports, fashion, celebrity culture, language, and collective public expression. 
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3420: Human Thought and Behavior
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 30-Dec 6 (No class on Nov 22, Thanksgiving break)
Students will explore a variety of psychological topics in depth, from these major disciplines within psychology: Developmental, Social, Clinical, and Cognitive, and discuss their impact on the field of psychology and how they apply to behavior and life experience. Learning will be assessed by essay responses to questions posed from journal articles, book chapters, and class discussions and demonstrations. 
Clair Berube | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4010: The Second World War: Experience of Total War
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 (No class on Oct 9, Fall Reading Day)
Covers military, political, social and economic aspects of history’s most devastating conflict. Explores the experiences of military personnel and civilians in Europe and Asia. 
Ann Marie Harkins Plunkett | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4290: An Alternative History of Early America
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7
Examine America’s colonial period (to the eve of the American Revolution) as that of a foreign country. Investigates the people, cultures, institutions, and events of the period on their own terms rather than through the lens of modern America. Uncovers the origins of many later American issues and debates;freedom and slavery;  warfare;  religion and revival;  sectionalism;  race;  class; and commercialism.
David Corlett | 3 UG credits


The following Health Care Management (HCM) courses are limited to students completing the HCM concentration within BIS. Students should only register for these courses after meeting with their HCM advisor. Attendance at in-person class on October 20 is required for PSHM 3010, and PSHM 4650.

PSHM 3010: Introduction to Health Care Management: Applying Concepts to Practice
Restricted to BPHM and BIS students only.
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 (No class meeting on 10/8, Fall Reading Day)
In-person class meets Oct 20; 8:30am-12:30pm.

Provides an introduction to health care management for allied health practitioners.  Integrates theory and practice through course presentations, readings, online discussions, experiential exercises, and written assignments.  Emphasizes the application of critical thinking and problem solving skills, within multidisciplinary environments, to both health care practice and professional development.  
Ana Abad-Jorge | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 3050: Current Issues in Health Care
Restricted to BPHM and BIS students only.
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7

Provides an introduction to the healthcare and healthcare management literature for allied healthcare professionals, building on the foundational knowledge provided in the concurrent PSHM 3010 Introduction to Healthcare Management. The course emphasizes the application of critical thinking and library research skills.
Rashida Biggs | 1 UG credit | Elective but Highly Recommended for New Students

PSHM 4052: Global Health Care
Restricted to BPHM and BIS students only.
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7

Introduces key concepts of health care in a global context, including the impact of cultural and economic forces influencing health care access in developed and developing nations. Appraises and explores different systems and logistical issues in health care delivery; identifies international actors and roles in health and humanitarian action. Prerequisites: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program; and completion of PSHM 3010.
Rashida Biggs | 2 UG credits | Advanced Restricted Elective

PSHM 4600: Service Excellence in Health Care: Quality Improvement & Customer Service
Restricted to BPHM and BIS students only.
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 28-Dec 4 (No class on Oct 9, Fall Reading Day)

Explores the concepts and organizational factors that impact service delivery and quality in health care.  It emphasizes service excellence and resources to improve customer service and quality of services. It will also focus on the concepts, theories, practices, tools, and strategies for quality improvement and quality management in health care organizations and in service delivery. Prerequisite: Completion of PSHM 3010.
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 4650: American Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities
Restricted to BPHM and BIS students only.
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class meeting on Nov 21 Thanksgiving break)
In-person class on Saturday, Oct 20; 8:30am-12:30pm

Provides foundational overview of the structure and function of the US health care system. Promotes critical discussion of history and current status of organizations and delivery systems. Examines challenges facing providers, patients, and policy makers, as health care becomes more complex. Utilizes current events and media to explore controversies related to labor, finance, access, and health disparities. Required: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.  
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 4750: Organizational Behavior and Leadership in Health Care
Restricted to BPHM and BIS students only.
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm | Aug 29-Dec 5 (No class meeting Nov 21, Thanksgiving break)

Provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations, and an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and enhance the quality of employees’ work life. Through the examination of leadership topics, explores the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a diverse healthcare environment in a variety of situations. Prerequisites: Admission to BPHM Program; and completion of PSHM 3010.
Rashida Biggs | 3 UG credits | Elective


The following Information Technology (IT) courses are limited to students completing the IT concentration within BIS. Students should only register for courses after meeting with their IT advisor. Attendance at synchronous sessions is strongly encouraged, but each synchronous session will be recorded for future listening (at no penalty) if you are not able to attend.

IT 3220: Strategic Business Value of Information Technology
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7 |
Synchronous sessions | Thursdays, 7-8:30pm

Focuses on how to assess the value of IT investments and align technical strategies with business strategies. Introduces Porter’s Five Forces Model, the value chain, technology payoff metrics, and risk analysis. Explores ways to leverage disruptive technologies for competitive advantage.
Lisa Wentzel | 3 UG credits | Required

IT 3350: Agile Project Management
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7 |
Synchronous sessions | Thursdays, 7-8:30pm

Introduces the principles of Agile Project Management and covers the frameworks and practices used by agile teams. Explores innovative ways of gathering requirements, estimation, release planning, performance metrics, and scaling with the Agile Manifesto in mind. Emphasizes software development while applying the principles to any type of project.
Michael Vito | 3 UG credits | Elective  

IT 3400: Database Management and Business Intelligence/Analytics
Online Asynchronous | Available Aug 28-Dec 7 |
Synchronous sessions | Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm

Learn and apply the fundamentals of relational database modeling and database management systems technology in the development of business information systems.  Encompasses entity/relationship diagrams, relational theory, normalization, integrity constraints, the Structured Query Language (SQL), and physical and logical design.  Students will also be exposed to core concepts and tools associated with data warehousing.  
Pritpal Kochar | 3 UG credits | Required