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Jennifer Walters

Courses Completed

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BIS Defined & My Internship Experience
Courses Completed

BIS Courses & Concentration Courses:

Core BIS Courses Taken:
Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies
This is the first in a series of four core classes required within the BIS program.  This course introduces the concept of Interdisciplinary thinking.  This is a great course that highlights the utility of such a degree.  Students also learn what they will be doing throughout the program.  Students study many different perspectives and learn to be a problem solver by using knowledge in all facets of life. 
Inderdisciplinary Inquiry
This is the second course in the series.  I began to build a professional portfolio that was built on throughout the semester, and used after the course was completed.  I also concentrated on learning different research methods and designed our own research project from beginning to end.  I enjoyed this class because we were able to materialize what we had learned by presenting our research findings to the class. 
Applied Interdisciplinary Studies
This is a portion of the program where you set up and complete an internship or work experience that helps you develop professionally.  I chose something that enabled me to actively combine what I have learned in concentration area courses as well as previous BIS courses.  This was one of the most challenging aspects of the program, for we had to complete 125 hours of internship experience and also manage other areas in school, personal, work and family life. This was a very rewarding experience for me, and I made great professional contacts. 
Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar is a final reflection and integration of knowledge gained through the program.  My seminar was based on Money and Meaning.  The course focused on the meaning and value of money and the meaning of life, as well as understanding priorities and being financially responsible.  We tracked our daily spending, viewed our credit reports, read thought-provoking books and wrote reflective papers. 

Business Courses:
Management Strategy-
    Identified basic business models and organization of large companies.  Studied basic leadership models, strategic planning models and all facets of managing a small to medium business.
Personal Financial Management:
     Learned basic financial document formatting.  Created and worked with balance sheets and income statements to determine basic finance models.  Studied insurance and stock/mutual fund portfolios.  Identified main concepts of company financial structure.
Managerial Economics:
     Studied the inner workings of cause-effect relationships in today's economy.  Discussed contributions by many theorists and their conflicting perspectives on ideas behind economics.  Created basic tables and graphs to understand pricing methods and free-market economic thinking.
Accounting and Financial Analysis:
     Created and analyzed corporate financial statements.  Created a company profile and researched a large corporation's financial documents.  Learned the fundamentals of keeping balance sheets and income statements, and how to classify certain expenditures.
     Discussed various models for corporate marketing methods.  Researched product differentiation and price leadership.  Created marketing plans for several corporations.  
Business & The Law:
    Learned the  history of law-making and its relation to today's business world.  Studied real-world implications and court cases.  Analyzed several areas of law under the business umbrella.  Familiarized with basic terms and vocabuary used in legal documents and forms.  
Education Psychology Courses:
Human Development:
     Studied basic stages in physical growth and development.  Looked into various cognitive theories and learning mechanisms from birth to adulthood.  Studied various perspectives in research.
Education Psychology I:
     Three modules composed of various stages in development.  Studied the development and functions of the brain. 
Education Psychology II:
     Three modules composed of learning and memory, motivation and career development.  Each model was focused on seperately in order to explore various meanings and definitions of behavioral and cognitive learning methods.
Childhood & Adolescence:
     Studied the various stages of childhood development in the first two decades of life.  Looked into emotional, cognitive, social and behavioral models to determine workable theories. 
Educational Environments:
     Learned how to create enriching environments in order to ensure efficient learning takes place.   Researched various models, methods , implications and benefits of all learning models.