THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA GRADUATE CATALOG
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12.3.3 DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER SCIENCES (CSM)
Head: Professor Milla Boschung, Office: 212 Adams Hall

Information on prerequisites and scheduling of courses should be obtained from the head of the department.
 

CSM 500 Personal Insurance Planning and Management. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 204. Survey of the myriad of personal risks facing consumers and families throughout the life cycle. An emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of risk management. Includes a comprehensive study of insurance products.

 

CSM 501 Consumer Protection. Three hours.

Study of laws and agencies affecting the consumer’s well-being, sources of consumer information, and discussion of current consumer issues.

 

CSM 502 Social and Economic Problems of the Family. Three hours.

Addresses current social and economic problems facing the American family.

 

CSM 503 Recent Developments in Family Economics. Three hours.

Current theories in the management of family resources, consumer behavior and demand, and wealth and welfare are presented.

 

CSM 504 Personal Investment Planning and Management. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 204. Focus on personal investing in marketable securities. Covers the basics of investing, including detailed definitions of investment terms, descriptive materials on how securities are purchased and sold, theoretical models of security valuation and practical examples of how to calculate growth rates.

 

CSM 505 Public Policy: Social and Economic Issues. Three hours.

Detailed analysis of U.S. public policy, recognizing the broader social and economic impacts of selected policies. Students will develop a better understanding of how and why specific policies are implemented and assess the strengths and weaknesses of different policy structures. 

 

CSM 506 Consumer Management Quality Assurance. Three hours.

Provides in-depth coverage of the primary theories and methods necessary for quality assurance in a wide range of organizational settings.

 

CSM 507 Consumer Quality Management Facilitation Skills. Three hours.

Provides a comprehensive study of facilitation skills necessary to lead an organization in continuous improvement.

 

CSM 508 Consumer Quality Management Systems. Three hours.

Provides an in-depth analysis of management systems as a method of organizing and leading business, educational, and health care institutions. Covers the primary issues related to management systems.

 

CSM 509 Wall Street Study Tour. Three hours.

Provides an overview of the American financial system with emphasis on financial service providers, products and markets. Includes a 6-day tour of New York’s financial district, presentations by financial professionals, team activities, assignments and stock market analysis.

 

CSM 510 Personal Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 204

Fundamentals of personal retirement planning and the selection of employee benefits.

 

CSM 515 Customer Service. Three hours.

Provides an in-depth study of the functions and structures of customer relations as it relates to business and government agencies. Analyzes consumer needs, complaints and education.

 

CSM 520 Personal Estate Planning. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 204. Techniques of personal estate planning within the family life cycle.

 

CSM 521 Consumer Communications. Three hours.

Principles, methods, techniques, and resources used in developing, presenting, and evaluating a complete consumer communications programs.

 

CSM 525 Consumer Conflict Resolution. Three hours.

Exploration of practical conflict management and a survey of the theory and practice of formal mediation. Explores the history, nomenclature, strategies and approaches to conflict mediation.

 

CSM 527 Consumer Conflict Mediation, Management & Negotiation. Adv. I. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 525.

Explores fundamentals of workplace law as a component to mediating, managing and negotiating conflict in the workplace. Students will be trained to maximize their effectiveness as employees, managers and leaders in the workplace.

 

CSM 530 Family and Consumer Law. Three hours.

The study of family and consumer law in specific issues of marriage, parent-child relationships, divorce, and the economic consequences of divorce, as well as consumerism and a general understanding of the legal system and adversarial proceedings.

 

CSM 535 Psychology of Money. Three hours.

Innovative study of financial behaviors and their relationship to money management with emphasis placed on both theory and its application.

 

CSM 537 Developing the Leader Within. Three hours.

In-depth analysis of leadership principles, qualities, styles and models with a focus on developing leadership skills, potential within the individual students. Designed to assist students in identifying opportunities for improvement.

 

CSM 545 Microcomputers in Consumer Sciences. Three hours.

Encompasses technical skills and scientific methodologies that can be used to create computer-based solutions to real problems encountered in home economics.

 

CSM 547 Digital Resources. Three hours.
Provides students with skills to live and work in a digital environment by developing technological skills in use and application of computers, Internet, Web 2.0, mobile devices and other digital tools. Introduces trainers, business people and managers to current technology tools for communication focused on the student's own work environment. Assessments are products intended for use in the student's own career. Each term the tools introduced may change but typically include those for communications and management via digital means. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.
 

CSM 548 Web-Based Consumer Instruction. Three hours.

Prepares consumer educators for virtual training environment. Provides overview of processes used in developing a web-based consumer course. Overview of online instructional technologies.

 

CSM 549 Professional Social Networking. Three hours.
The course content is focused on current genre of communication tools identified as ‘social media’. Content includes an overview of the origins of the current social media tools, definitions and terminology, and case studies of current uses of social media in specific settings. The social media tools selected are examined as discrete units and as components of larger initiatives within organizations. Connections of these tools to the functions of various organizations and individual professional initiatives are explored; the applications presented are those within large organizations, smaller groups and individual, professional offices. Popular press items on these tools as well as research foundations are included as background for the selection and use of social media. Case studies from a range of disciplines will be used as primary instructional tools. The precise suite of tools is revised each term. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.
 

CSM 550 Consumer Economics. Three hours. Examination of the role of the consumer in the economy; economic analysis of market and non-market consumption activities, incorporating relevant social, psychological, political, and ecological considerations.

 

CSM 554 Personal Income Tax Management and Planning. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 204. Analysis of personal income tax management and planning as it relates to consumers and families throughout the life cycle.

 

CSM 555 Food Economics. Three hours.

Study of the world’s food supplies and population; food consumption, patterns and nutritional adequacy in the U.S.; and national and international policies and programs to combat hunger and malnutrition.

 

CSM 558 Personal Financial Planning Computer Applications. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 201, CSM 204, CSM 445.

Focus is on developing a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel as it may be used to analyze problems related to personal financial planning with an emphasis on life-cycle planning and computer literacy.

 

CSM 559 Techniques of Consumer Counseling. Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 204

Introduces students to basic interactional interviewing skills and strategies. Course is beneficial to those entering the fields of financial planning, business, management, sales or any commercial activity that involves interpersonal communication. Students who plan to supervise and manage others would benefit by expanding theory with practical application. Students with career goals involved counseling families, couples and individuals regarding life decisions will benefit from this course.

 

CSM 560 Personal Financial Planning and Counseling Techniques. Three hours.

Systems approach to financial management for individuals and families from the perspective of planner/counselor. Focus is on analytical techniques. Emphasizes identification and development of strategies for meeting client goals.

 

CSM 562 Cognition, Strategies, and Technology. Three hours.

This course lays some of the cornerstones of the program emphasis in interactive technology, guiding students in the development of their philosophy and understanding about the use of technology in teaching and learning as well as human interactions. Topics include synchronous vs. asynchronous learning, paradigm shifts in how people learn, and a review of the theory serving to underpin this topic. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.

 

CSM 564 Digital Tools. Three hours.
The focus of this course use of a broad range of digital tools, including the skills considered core skills required to function in a digital workplace environment . Building a collaborative environment, a course goal, requires students to learn to use various tools to work independently and/or collaboratively through computer-mediated means. Each term new tools are introduced and students work on projects with the tools, all related to their career plans. Computer-mediated communications applied to collaborative, web-based environments are emphasized. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.  

CSM 566 Multimedia Design and Development. Three hours.
Prerequisites: CSM 564 or concurrent enrollment in CSM 564
Reviews the basic schools of thought and major theories in the field of electronic design and development. Students will learn advanced development tools in the context of actual design and development projects including a professional electronic portfolio. Students will have an opportunity to combine an understanding of the theory of design and development with advanced tools. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.


CSM 568 Emerging Technologies. Three hours.
Introduces students to a range of new technologies, reflecting cutting edge trends. The technologies are in the fields of mobile technologies, productivity tools, digital management functions, and training/marketing. Each class features new applications, which are explored by the students in terms of their own career goals and organizations. Assessments may include case studies, pilot projects, and critiques from real-world applications. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.

CSM 570 Coordination and Delivery of Information Using Digital Technologies. Three hours.
Prerequisites: CSM 564
An ever growing range of options are available for delivering information via digital technologies, including web-base tutorials, online courses, webinars, synchronous and asynchronous communication media, multimedia presentations, Web 2.0 technologies and wireless, hand-held devices. Delivery via these tools as well as organizational coordination of information delivered digitally are addressed. Tools vary each term but may include Blackboard, Course Sites, CANVAS and other content management systems. The tools needed to coordinate these technologies will be addressed from the viewpoint of developer, consumer, and content manager. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.
 

CSM 572 Needs Assessment, Planning and Evaluation. Three hours.

Course outcomes include demonstrated understanding of program evaluation strategies based on a systems theory model for comprehensive planning, formative and summative evaluation. These evaluation activities focus on e-learning environments and applications in a wide-range of settings. Planning models are also introduced around which projects and action research can be structured. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.

 

CSM 574 Privacy and Security in Interactive Technology. Three hours.
This course is an introduction to some of the basic issues confronting technology users, especially those in today’s workplaces. It is designed for entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers, freelance consultants, and anyone who works with technology but in organizations which may or may not have IT departments. It is also appropriate for those working remotely at home or concerned about privacy and security in personal technology use. The topics include threats to computer and communication systems and privacy concepts; basic security defense techniques; web and network security issues; portable device security; operating systems security issues; email security; and security issues for home networks and smaller work environments such as privately-held companies and non-profit groups. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.
 

CSM 575 Entrepreneurship in HES. Three hours.

Sound advice and vital practical help on developing an idea into a business and the different aspects of managing a home-based or small business. Examines each segment of creating and managing a small business.

 

CSM 580 E-Commerce @CHES. Three hours.

Sound advice and vital practical help on developing an idea into a business on the internet. Addresses the different aspects of designing a web site, internet marketing, the role of search engines, measuring the effectiveness or an internet strategy.

 

CSM 581 Practicum. Three to six hours.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department head and professor.

Supervised experience in a related business, industry, or social agency.

 

CSM 582 Non-thesis Research and Dissemination.   Three hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 564 or concurrent enrollment with any of these classes or faculty approval.

Development of a professional paper on a topic selected by the student and approved by the graduate committee and/or 582 Advisor. Includes examination and analysis of collateral research studies. Students will prepare articles for submission to a referred journal or presentation at a professional conference. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.

 

CSM 583 Special Problems in Interactive Technology.  Three to six hours.

Prerequisites: CSM 564 or concurrent enrollment. 

This is the Capstone Project Plan II, for the IT specialization, featuring exploration of a special problem in an area of graduate study. Other majors will work on a special problem involving technology and associated with their various areas of study. Designed for all majors, totally asynchronous, delivered online.  

 

CSM 586 Consumer Management of Human Capital. Three hours.

Survey of the theory and practice of employee/consumer assistance programs (EAP).

 

CSM 590 Special Problems in Consumer Affairs. Two to six hours.

 

CSM 591 Special Problems in Consumer and Family Economics. Two to six hours.

 

CSM 592 Special Problems in Family Financial Planning and Counseling. Two to six hours.

 

CSM 595 Seminar. One to four hours.

Current developments and research in selected areas are presented.

 

CSM 599 Thesis Research. One to six hours.

 


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