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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
SMGT-700

Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability

The changing relationships of humans to the natural environment; changes in dominant scientific perspectives and the process of scientific debate. The quest for understanding, manipulating, and dominating the natural world. Cultural and organizational structures; the role and impact of technology; the systems approach to problem solving and its implications for the future.

Prerequisites
No Prerequisites
    Credits3
    Lecture
    SMGT-710

    The Natural Environment

    Natural cycles, climate, water, energy, biosystems, ecosystems, the role of humans in the biosphere; human impacts on natural systems. Use of case studies; some pre-reading, carbon cycle as a unifying theme. Disturbance pollution and toxicity; carrying capacity; natural capital.

    Prerequisites
    No Prerequisites
      Credits3
      Lecture
      SMGT-720

      Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line

      Document and project internal and external costs resulting from the inseparability of the natural, social, and economic environments. Assess sustainability issues using basic modeling techniques; cause and effect, root cause analysis, regression analysis, and business scenario-based cases.

      Prerequisites
      No Prerequisites
        Credits3
        Lecture
        SMGT-730

        Policy, Law and the Ethics of Sustainability

        The Law and Ethics regarding sustainability of Economic development and emerging environmental challenges at national and international levels; Including NationalEnvironmental Policy Act (NEPA), United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Carbon Footprints, Kyoto protocol, and Brundtland Commission. The policy and role of government and its agencies such as Army Corps of Engineers; Department of Interior, etc., in building a more just, prosperous, and secure environmental common future.

        Prerequisites
        No Prerequisites
          Credits3
          Lecture
          SMGT-740

          Economics of Sustainability

          Understand the economy as a component of the ecosystem within which it resides, with natural capital added to the typical analysis of human, social, built, and financial capital. Explore traditional micro, macro, and international trade theory and policy and the implications of sustainability. Topics include: history of economic systems and thought; globalization and localization; distinguishing between growth and development; the nature and causes of market failure; consumption, consumerism, and human well-being; emerging markets; technological change; business organization and financial market alternatives; demographic change; and the global food economy.

          Prerequisites
          No Prerequisites
            Credits3
            Lecture
            SMGT-750

            The Built Environment

            The assessment of the intersection of the built environment and human needs: water, air, food, waste, transportation, healthcare and education. Focus on evaluation and analysis of energy technology systems and building efficiency in the context of facilities management.

            Prerequisites
            No Prerequisites
              Credits3
              Lecture
              SMGT-760

              Geopolitical Systems: Decision Making for Sustainability on the Local, State and National Level

              An examination of decision making and public policy for sustainability at the national, state, and local level, with emphasis on the social, economic, and political factors affecting decisions within the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

              Prerequisites
              No Prerequisites
                Credits3
                Lecture
                SMGT-770

                Leading Sustainable Organizations

                A macro-level perspective on leading sustainable organizations. Topics addressed include organizational change and transformation processes, strategic and creative thinking, organizational structures and their impacts, conflict management and negotiation, stakeholder management, and situational leadership styles and behaviors. Focuses on how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations, especially in times of environmental change.

                Prerequisites
                No Prerequisites
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  SMGT-780

                  Corporate Social Responsibility

                  Corporate social responsibility and an organization. Evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making recognizing the links between the success of an organization and the well-being of a community. Integrating corporate social responsibility throughout an organization, creating metrics and communicating CSR policies internally and externally. Development of best practices in an organization pertaining to corporate social responsibility.

                  Prerequisites
                  No Prerequisites
                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    SMGT-782

                    Supply Chain Management

                    Planning, organizing, and controlling the organization's supply chair are examined in context of the triple bottom line. Total cost analyses or product and process life cycles are considered in the context of strategy and operations. Topics include sourcing, operations, distribution, reverse logistics, and service supply chains. Process measurements and the impact on organizational performance in the context of footprints (e.g., carbon, water, pollution). Discussion of existing and potential software systems.

                    Prerequisites
                    No Prerequisites
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      SMGT-784

                      Sustainable Water Management

                      This course addresses practical applications of sustainability in aquatic environments. Topics covered include water and health, water quality and quantity, governance, assessing the aquatic environment, water treatment technologies, environmental mitigation, and impacts of climate change. Emphasis will be on selected areas of interest from the perspective of public health, engineering, and municipal conservation management.

                      Prerequisites
                      No Prerequisites
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        SMGT-785

                        Waste Management and Resource Recovery

                        Students will develop an understanding of the generation, treatment, and disposal of municipal, industrial, and agricultural wastes. Students will critically evaluate waste management and resource recovery processes and policies in the United States and compare them with practices used in other countries. Students will develop written and oral presentation skills necessary to effectively convey technical, economic, and social information related to waste management.

                        Prerequisites
                        No Prerequisites
                          Credits1
                          Lecture
                          SMGT-790

                          Capstone Preparation Course

                          This one-credit course orientation course is designed to prepare students for the capstone project. Students will conduct research and literature reviews resulting in a capstone project proposal. Project proposal must receive approval before commencement of SMGT 792.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: gr st.
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            SMGT-792

                            Capstone Project

                            Completion of the approved capstone project assisting students' synthesis of their learning throughout the program. This project will result in research papers, multimedia presentations, actual field settings, or other projects that demonstrate each student's ability to understand how to apply what he or she has learned in the program.

                            Prerequisites
                            No Prerequisites