Course Index

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APL 580 Capstone Project

This course will include the creation of a formal proposal that must be prepared, submitted, and approved by the faculty, the Program Director and the institution involved in the research. Depending on the nature of the project, the student also will need to meet all Institutional Review Board requirements established by Nebraska Methodist College.  During the course of the project, a student will be required to demonstrate that they can successfully apply theoretical knowledge and skills learned through the Program coursework.  All projects will be designed collaboratively between students and faculty to round out a student's integrative experience in the Program. 

Upon completion of the Program coursework, a student will be called upon to synthesize learning and experiences into a capstone project: Potential projects include:

  • A research or policy analysis paper of publishable quality.
  • A research project on an educational problem in a community or institutional setting.
  • Credits: 3.0

APL 570 Academic Budgeting and Financial Management

This course provides an overview of the financial principles to successfully plan and manage program/department budgets and expenses.  Specific topics will include basic accounting, budgeting/resource allocation including base-line and zero-based budgeting practices, financial management which includes program revenue streams and expenses, as well as cost/benefit analysis, and strategy development/strategic planning.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 565 Human Resources Management for Higher Education

This course examines the unique demands of managing human resources in higher education. Through the effective utilization of faculty and staff, academic leaders are able to effectively manage faculty recruitment and hiring; implement evaluation procedures, and faculty development and training programs.  Additional topics include labor relations, collective bargaining, and labor laws.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 560 Academic Administration

This course provides a critical study of organizational procedures and administrative practices as related to the implementation and maintenance of an effective education programs.  Students will develop strategies for successfully managing an academic program, department or division by evaluating effective program polices. Compare and contrast the requirements of national, regional, programmatic and government regulatory agencies critical in academic leadership (regional and program accreditation, DOE, and federal financial aid regulations). In addition, topics unique to academic administration such as academic governance and faculty management (e.g., teaching loads, scheduling, rank and promotion) are addressed.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 555 Instructional Design Techniques

This course provides introductory experiences and studies in creating and presenting instructional materials for training and development purposes. Topics include basic analysis, design, content writing, development guidelines and successful implementation of technology integration into course content. The course stresses the advantages, limitations, issues, and utilizations of technologies as applied to education and training including copyright and fair use laws as it relates to higher education.

  • Credits: 2.0

APL 550 External Funding and Grant Writing

This course develops skills for seeking external funding through grant writing.  Through the development of effective grant writing skills, competitive funding from government agencies and private foundations are attainable. Students will develop the skills to develop a competitive funding proposal.  To include the ability to effectively capture ideas to create a program or a plan, show how the plan is what is needed to respond to a "Request for Proposal," and package those ideas so that they make sense to the people who will review the proposal.

  • Credits: 1.0

APL 525 Issues and Trends in Higher Education

This course examines a brief history of higher education as a means to place contemporary issues and trends in a broader context. Topics will include trends in online education, competency-based programs, credit for prior learning, and the "business" of education. This course will require students to engage in debates on the current state of education both in the United States and in a broader global community.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 520 Outcomes Assessment

This course focuses on the models and tools necessary to assess student learning outcomes (SLO). In addition, an exploration of how to incorporate SLO data with program effectiveness assessment data in the creation of a program systematic evaluation plans (SEP).  By examining the elements of effective learner, assessment within an education program and the clinical setting will provide a foundation for making necessary adjustments in curriculum. Fundamental principles of assessment are discussed as well as various authentic assessment methods.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 515 Design and Development of Curricular Programs

This course focuses on curriculum/program development for healthcare education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.  Instructional design models, implementation planning, student assessment methods, analysis of effectiveness and continuous improvement are discussed.

  • Credits: 3.0

APL 510 Leadership Theories and Application

This course explores the leadership skills required for academic leaders to effectively deal with varied individuals and circumstances. Students will engage in guided reflection.  Using self-development students will be able to establish greater knowledge of self through the practice of reflective thinking. Students will identify leaders and leadership situations that model the various theories and styles.  Students will develop a clear personal philosophy of their leadership style.

  • Credits: 3.0