Current Term Classes - BIS

Spring 2019

Spring class registration opens on November 30 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 | ISSS 3880: Data Analytics and Decision Making
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 16-Apr 24 (No class Mar 13)
Introduces the analytics process from question formulation to data gathering, processing, and decision making; highlights and explores differences among methods using large data sets, and case studies from various industries to illustrate and understand concepts. Utilizes statistical software; applies analytical methods through exercises, case study examination, and a final project. Prerequisite: foundational knowledge of statistics or instructor permission. Students must have instructor approval to register for this class. This is a Cyber Security Analysis Certificate elective.
Majed Al-Ghandour | 3 UG credits

ISBU | ISSS 3887: Educational Technology in the Information Age
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class Mar 14)
Focuses on ongoing societal debates over educational technology while exploring local technology resources available at UVA and on the Web in general. Explores web-based tools, information websites, and interactive databases that support communication, research, and design skills, as well as creativity and knowledge presentation in online environments. 
Gail Hunger | 3 UG credits |

ISBU | ISSS 4670: Organizational Change and Development
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class Mar 14)
This course is designed to equip anyone who has a role to play in organizational change (employees and associates at all levels, supervisors and managers, information technology consultants, and a variety of organizational stakeholders) with the basic tools required to analyze change and its consequences. 
Mary Repass | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3180: Roots and Stems of Effective Writing — The Essay
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class Mar 14)
Writing begins with intuition, moves towards consciousness and strives for clarity. Such movement, such unfolding, calls for a steady eye and an enduring approach. Accordingly, this class will focus upon resurrecting the fading art of patience, a faculty required for writing.  The focus of the class will be on creative essays and academic essays.  To convey thoughts effectively one must be willing to take the time to observe one’s subject, accurately. It is necessary to attend ardently to the language in order to articulate our explorations, to argue our viewpoints. One must keep the hand practiced in the actual activity of writing.  This class will ask students to read widely, to respond to assigned readings through weekly essays and to share work openly in a workshop setting with a focus on revision.
Charlotte Matthews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3220: American Autobiography
Richmond | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class Mar 12)
In this course, students explore through reading and writing the ethics and mores of autobiography, and consider how memoir-making plays a part in American reinvention of self. Students focus on critical writing and reading skills.
David Seth Horton | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3621: The Biological Basis for Art
NVCC Loudoun | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 | In-person classes: 1/15, 2/26 & 4/23. All other classes to be held synchronously online. (No class Mar 12)
Investigates the idea of approaching art as a form of human evolution.  Examines the art of several past and present cultures. Blends art and science to connect aesthetics to an understanding of human nature from the cognitive and biological sciences.  Examines existing personal and cultural theories of art and art criticism. 
George Geoffrey Andrews | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3623: Studio Art Seminar: Painting
NVCC Alexandria | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 | In-person classes: 1/17, 2/28 & 4/25. All other classes to be held synchronously online. (No class 3/14)
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 3624: Visual Culture and Aesthetics: The Practice of Seeing
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class 3/12)
Examines the cultural elements involved in the interactive process of defining and interpreting the meaning of visual images with regard to how art images are produced, consumed, and made meaningful.  Explores images in art history and digital media to investigate the philosophical, social, and cultural influences which affect how we interpret and define the art experience.
Julia May | 3 UG credits

ISHU 3953: African-American Theater, Music and Dance from the 19th-20th Century
TCC Virginia Beach | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class 3/14)
Explores the historic perspective of the influence of African-American culture on theater, music and dance of 19th-20th Century U.S. Examines the socio-cultural aspects of the integration of West African slaves into America.  Probes the evolution of early American theater beginning with minstrels, for example, and continues with the development of both music and dance of the Jazz Age. 
Sharen Mendoza | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4510: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences: Introduction to European Studies
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 16-Apr 24 (No class 3/13)
Explores several centuries of European history and traditions through different social scientific approaches including demography and ethnicity, politics, economics, and law. Provides background for understanding major developments (the welfare state, end of empire, Cold War, migration, and the EU) in European civilization in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Richard Floyd | 3 UG credits

ISIN 4520: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities: Renaissance to Radical Islam
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 16-Apr 24 (No class 3/13)
Examines the “human” through works of drama, literature, philosophy, history and film. Explores the sub-theme of war to demonstrate how studying the ‘human’ exposes changing attitudes of Western Culture from the Renaissance through the twentieth century. Considers the transmission of ideas across cultures and historical periods, and how the traveling of texts through the press and translations contribute to the production of the “human.” 
Luke Wright | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3010: Nationalism and National Identity
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 14-Apr 29 (No class on 1/21 & 3/11) | Limited to BIS students
This seminar examines the role of nationalism and national identity in two regions of particular interest, the British Isles and the Balkans. Two key questions examined are: How can national traditions peacefully be expressed and preserved in an age of increasing supranational identities such as the European Union and the global economy? Do human rights broadly defined and enforced by international organizations supersede the right of peoples to be governed with, and ruled by, those of common language and culture? 
Ann Marie Plunkett | 3 UG credits
 
ISLS 3020: Critical Thinking: Why Do We Believe the Things We Do?
Online Synchronous | Mondays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 14-Apr 29 (No class 1/21 & 3/11) | Limited to BIS students
This course focuses on a central question: ‘Why do we believe the things we do?’ This question will drive all of the individual writing and reading assignments. In this context students consider, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, topics such as: mental models, hidden assumptions and the place of implicit beliefs in reasoning; ‘thin slicing’ and the role of the ‘adaptive unconscious’ in decision making; propaganda, public relations and the role of the media in belief formation; the identification and evaluation of arguments and the difference between persuasive and cogent reasoning.
Deborah Bishop | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3100: Age of Discovery: Europe and the Wider World, 1500-1700
Charlottesville | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 16-Apr 24 (No class 3/13) | Limited to BIS students
Examines intellectual and social/political upheavals of the early modern period in Europe including the opening of the wider world to European explorers and traders. Considers the mutual impact of Western and non-Western civilizations through the analysis of primary sources including literature, maps, and works of art. 
Evelyn Edson | 3 UG credits

ISLS 3780: An Examination of the Criminal Justice System
NVCC Loudoun | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class 3/14) | Limited to BIS students
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 3170: The Bill of Rights in the 21st Century
Online Synchronous | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class 3/14)
This course examines the origins of the Bill of Rights and the specific rights listed, as well as the contours of those rights as they have been interpreted by the Supreme Court. The course addresses contemporary issues, including the right to bear arms, the relation between religion and government, and use of high-tech criminal investigative tools. 
Cynthia Levy | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3360: Making Sense of the News
TCC Virginia Beach | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class 3/12)
Develops thoughtful and informed perspectives on some of the most intriguing news stories of our times. Examines aspects of current event topics. Students will have opportunities to share their discoveries and report their findings and judgments and discuss the relevant issues.
Cynthia Levy | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3401: Smart Cities Enabling Sustainability
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class 3/12)
Introduces smart cities within the context of sustainability: economic, environmental, and equity. Provides a multidisciplinary look at innovative smart city approaches to solve complex problems on the local level with global impact; includes topics from environmental studies, information technology, data science, engineering, and social science. 
Angela Orebaugh | 3 UG credits

ISSS 3810: The American Presidency
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 16-Apr 24 (No class 3/13)
This course addresses the constitutional role and historical development of the American Presidency. We will also examine the theoretical explanations of the institution’s relationship to democratic government, the separation of powers, and the expansion of national administrative power.  This broad understanding of the historical and theoretical presidency will inform our consideration of current events and upcoming presidential elections.
Robert Guttman | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4060: War and World Politics
Online Asynchronous | Available Jan 14-Apr 30
Explores the causes of war, evolution and advances in military strategy, historical case studies, and contemporary issues of nuclear weapons, humanitarian war, and war against terrorism through major scholarly works, primary documents, films, class discussions, papers, and lectures.
Peter Ronayne | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4131: Mental Health Disorders of Modern Society
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class 3/12)
OR
Charlottesville | Thursdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 17-Apr 25 (No class 3/14)

Introduces students to psychological disorders and mental health concerns prevalent in today’s society via memoirs and classic texts from psychological literature.  Examines the symptoms of each disorder.  Explores common misperceptions related to the disorders and current treatment options.  Includes discussion and familiarization with available resources. 
Fan Gao | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4610: Economics of Climate Change
Charlottesville | Tuesdays, 7-9:45pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class 3/12)
Examines all aspects of global warming, emphasizing appropriate government policies such as carbon taxes, cap and trade systems, and clean technologies to limit future carbon emissions. Provides students with economic background and tools to address the public policy issues related to climate change.
Andrew Wilson | 3 UG credits

ISSS 4820: American Political Thought and Institutions
Alexandria | Tuesdays | Jan 1-Apr 23 (No class on 3/12)
This course analyzes America’s governing institutions (including the presidency, Congress, the courts, and political parties) through the political thought that informs American constitutionalism.  This course, then, is about political ideas as they have appeared and developed in the United States and the manner in which they have influenced and shaped the development of governing institutions. Particular attention will be paid to how these institutions interact, overlap, and intersect.
Robert Guttman | 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.

PSHM 4300: Introduction to Population Health: Programs, Policy & Epidemiology
Online Synchronous | Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm | Jan 16-Apr 24 (No class 3/13) | Limited to BPHM & HCM Concentration Students
Examines health issues from a population health perspective of  policy and programs; introduces students to principles of population health practice with emphasis on history, philosophy and scope. Examines how health care delivery systems, public health agencies and community organizations work together to develop interventions to improve the health outcomes in the various communities they serve. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program.  
Rashida Biggs | 3 UG credits | Required

PSHM 4700: Economics and Finance of Health Care
Online Synchronous | Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm | Jan 15-Apr 23 (No class 3/12) | Limited to BPHM & HCM Concentration Students
Provides basic overview of economic and financial management concepts in health care. Introduces important economic concepts and issues in health care including market factors, production, costs, labor issues, and economic evaluation. Provides an overview of basic financial management principles, capital planning, financial statements, and budgeting in health care organizations. Prerequisite: Admission to BPHM or BIS Program. 
Maria Kronenburg | 3 UG credits | Required


The following Information Technology (IT) course is limited to students completing the IT concentration within BIS. Students should only register for courses after meeting with their IT advisor.

IT 3220: Strategic Business Value of Information Technology
Online Asynchronous* | Available Jan 14-Apr 30 | 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


*Asynchronous online courses at SCPS can sometimes include synchronous sessions. Instructors can require attendance for these sessions as long as the dates are listed. For synchronous class sessions whose dates are not listed, attendance is strongly encouraged, but not mandatory. These sessions can be recorded for students who are unable to attend.