Loyola University Chicago

January Term

Course Descriptions

College of Arts & Sciences

Listed below are the course descriptions for College of Arts and Sciences, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, and School of Social Work.

ANTH 100 Globalization and Local Cultures (Online)

This course is a study of cultural diversity on a global scale, and provides a comparative perspective on the investigation of humans as cultural and social beings. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the historic and contemporary relationships between cultures and societies, and to understand how cultures change over time.

ANTH 101 Human Origins

Requirement: UCSF 137 for students admitted to Loyola University for fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience.

This course explores the study of the biological history of the human species from its inception to the establishments of food producing societies. Students will demonstrate understanding of basic biological principles (heredity, physiology, evolutionary mechanisms, ecology) in the context of their application to the human condition, as well as the role of cultural behavior in defining the distinctiveness of that condition.

BIOL 111 General Biology Lab I
Co-requisite: BIOL 101

This course complements the lecture material through observation, experimentation, and when appropriate, dissection of representative organisms. Observations will include physical and chemical phenomena as well as the anatomy and physiology of selected organisms. The organisms to be studied will be selected from the kingdoms monera, protista, fungi, plantae, and animalia.

BIOL 210 BIOL Laboratory Techniques
Pre-requisite: BIOL 102 and 112

Lab sessions designed to prove a firm foundation in basic techniques and procedures, use of equipment and apparatus; keeping a lab notebook and in data collection and treatment.

BIOL 265  Ecology
Pre-requisites: BIOL 102, 112; CHEM 102 or 106.  Restricted to Biology and Environmental Science/Studies students

This course will cover the relationships of organisms to their environment and to each other at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels.

BIOL 282 Genetics (Blended)
Pre-requisites:  BIOL 102, 112; CHEM 102 or 106. Pre-requisites For Bioinformatics majors ONLY: BIOL 101; CHEM 102 or 106

This course surveys principles and processes of genetic inheritance, gene expression, molecular biology, developmental, quantitative, population and evolutionary genetics. Students will develop knowledge and awareness of the genetic bases of modern biology. They will understand Mendelian principles of inheritance, chromosome and DNA structure and replication, gene expression, molecular biology, genetic bases of development and other biological processes, and quantitative, population and evolutionary genetics.

BIOL 329/ENVS 319:  Winter Ecology
Pre-requisites: Gen Biol 102 and Biol 112

Our goal for Winter Ecology is to teach you about ecosystems in winter by immersing you in the winter environment. These are the course objectives:

  • Understand the habitats on, in, and under snow
  • Recognize stars of the winter sky
  • Identify LUREC plants in their winter condition
  • Understand the morphological, physiological, life cycle modifications that temperate plants do to survive
  • Recognize winter birds and understand their winter adaptations
  • Understand aquatic habitats in winter and the behavior of the fish in them
  • Understand the activity of invertebrates during winter
  • Gain an understanding of research on winter ecosystems
  • Learn what ecologists, especially wetland ecologists and restorationists, do in the winter

Winter Ecology is an intensive course that requires quick processing and learning of material. Students will be expected to work full time on the course. Students will not have time to take another J-term course or to work during that time. Students will also also be expected to live at LUREC.

Class sessions (Mondays - Friday) will include lectures and discussions in the morning, often led by guest lecturers, field work in the afternoons, and evenings reflecting on the environment with a series of videos, journaling, and community bonfires to close the day. You will choose individual projects to work on with partners – a particular site to observe and measure during the two-week period, and a small research project to work on during the second week. Your grades will be based on projects, journaling, reporting on a primary research article, and class participation. (There will be no tests.) You will earn three credits during the two week period. Some class activities may be scheduled at night. Some assignments will be due the week after J term.

Please see "class notes"in LOCUS for additional details.

For more information go to: http://www.luc.edu/januaryterm/campusinformation/lurec/

BIOL 365 Writing a Scientific Manuscript
Prerequisite: BIOL 102,112
This course is designed for upper level students interested in practicing the scientific process; including hypothesis construction, experimental design, data collection, and writing of a scientific paper detailing introduction, methods, results and discussion. Students would learn to develop hypotheses, design experiments based on those hypotheses, analyze data, and learn to construct and peer-review a scientific manuscript

CHEM 226 Organic Chemistry B Lab
Co- or prerequisite: CHEM 224, Prerequisite: CHEM 225.

A laboratory course for non-chemistry majors designed to reinforce lecture topics from CHEM 224 and to expose students to organic synthesis.  Students will perform reactions to prepare known organic compounds and then isolate and characterize the reaction products.

COMP 170 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming (in JAVA)
MATH 118 or Placement or COMP125 or COMP150 or COMP163 or permission.

An introduction to the computer science major, covering basic concepts of object-oriented (OO) programming languages. The course will address the following questions: What is an algorithm? How does one write, debug, run (execute), and test an effective computer program? How does one convert an algorithm into a computer program? How does one judge a program? What does "object-oriented" mean? Topics include: variables, data types, input/output, loops and repetition, Boolean expressions and logic, arrays, subprograms, classes/objects, OO principles.  This course is programming intensive and lab sessions and assignment work will be take place both during synchronous online class periods and on your own time. For more information see: http://people.cs.luc.edu/whonig/Comp170

Graduate Students: you may use COMP 170 J-Term for needed prerequisites and be ready to take COMP 271 in Spring.

For J-Term, COMP 170 meets completely online – you can do the class from anywhere with good internet connection.  We cover a full semester of material in 10 days – you need to think of it as (at least) a full-time job and plan 8 hours or more work daily.  While we meet synchronously for just one hour each day you will be doing reading, programming, lab work, and interacting in an online forum throughout the day. Assignments will be due every day.  The Computer Science department recommends some prior exposure to programming or a good math background prior to taking COMP 170; to discuss the course and to check if it is suitable for you contact Dr. William Honig, whonig@luc.edu

COMP 377/477  IT Project Management (combined undergraduate/graduate class)
Prerequisite: COMP 251 or COMP 271

This course introduces students to the philosophy and practice of project management.  The course involves a student group project to investigate and plan a 'real world' IT project that specifies project objectives, schedules, work breakdown structure and responsibilities, a written interim report, and a final oral and written report. Students will learn time management, work-flow management, and team dynamics to design, implement, and test large-scale software projects.

ENGL 271 Exploring Poetry

Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

This online seminar establishes a foundation from which to ground, understand, situate, analyze, and even create contemporary poetry. We will use both synchronous and asynchronous on-line contact with each other to explore the principles of poetry structure and writing through a combination of lectures, craft analyses, writing exercises, assigned reading, in-class reading, discussion, and assigned writing projects. This is a writing course, both aggregate and recursive, meaning we continue to use and understand earlier concepts and techniques even as we progress, most notably through student critical awareness of the places a writer may inhabit in the greater genre of poetry and how and why this may have value to the student as a student, scholar, writer and world citizen. The course first establishes a historical/ontological framework for poetry in order to recognize the general arc of the art-form. We will then explore a general critical sensibility of poetry structure, writing, technique, and purpose using established writers’ poems and perspectives on craft. We will examine genre, structure and style as an avenue of interpretation, classification and creation. The final stage of the course focuses on analysis of value assessment for poetry in a contemporary setting, particularly within a capitalist structure. Topics include: structural vision, genre vs sub-genre, craft elements, conflict, point-of-view, tense, sensory detail, setting and shifts in settings, genre stylistics (confessional, historical, etc), voices and authorial distance.​


ENGL 273 Exploring Fiction
(Satisfies Core Literary Knowledge: Tier 2)

Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Adopting an international perspective, this section of English 273 will focus on selected novels from Africa, the West Indies, South Asia, and USA.  Our main aim will be to examine the portrayal of such issues as nationalism, religion, race, ethnicity, gender/sexuality, and class/caste in the texts under study. In addition, we will analyze the cultural bases of contributing techniques, including structure, language, narrative focus, and characterization among others, to arrive at comparative assessments of the diverse fictional voices of modern and contemporary world writers.


·      This course will be taught entirely online, with recorded lectures available via Sakai and Zoom (Loyola’s video and web conferencing service), which students can access at their own time and pace.

·      Five optional synchronous lecture sessions will be scheduled from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. (Recordings will be provided to those students who cannot attend.)

·      To complete the course, you will need access to a computer and internet, but a headset and webcam are not necessary.

Assignments: Graded assignments will include a midterm, a final exam, and a brief paper.

For questions about the course, please contact Dr. Mann at hmann@luc.edu

ENGL 283 Women in Literature
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

In this class, we will examine creative non-fiction written by women. Specifically, we will look at texts that explore experiences that are unique to women: being mothers and daughters. How does being a mother or daughter change one’s outlook on life? Focusing on literature written by 20th and 21st century women authors, this course is designed to help students gain knowledge of women's lives and writings; to show students the difference gender makes to the writing, reading, and interpretation of literature; to train students in the analysis of literature; and to teach students how to describe, analyze, and formulate arguments about literary texts.

FNAR 199 Art and Visual Culture

An introduction to the principles of art and their application to broader visual culture, this course explores the complex nature of art through an examination of its visual elements, techniques, functions, critical methodologies, and related social issues. The course takes advantage of Chicago's artistic resources. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the elements of visual language; means of visual expression in diverse cultures and eras; media and techniques of art; artistic terminology; and critical approaches to the study of visual culture and related social issues. Students will acquire the skills to interpret art and visual culture in oral and written form.

HIST 102 Evolution of Western Ideas and Institutions Since the 17 Century
(Satisfies Core Historical Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course traces the development and of western civilization and its global impact from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will gain an understanding of history as a discipline, develop critical thinking skills based on historical knowledge about the key people, places, and events that shaped the modern world, and hone their communication skills.

HIST 103 American Pluralism
(Satisfies Core Historical Knowledge: Foundational)

This course is an introduction to history as a discipline, and an analysis of the origins, development and structure of the United States as a pluralistic and multiracial society from 1609 to the present. Students will be able to demonstrate historical knowledge, draw links between the American experience and national identities, and to develop critical thinking and communication skills.

HIST 104 Global History since 1500

This course deals with the emergence of the modern world, including such topics as the expansion and intensification of cross-cultural interaction; imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism; the spread of information; capitalism, industrialism, and popular sovereignty; race and ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic status. Students will be able to evaluate and explain the forces of historical continuity and change; demonstrate how the encounters/changes between and among societies produced the world we have today; analyze and discuss the significance of primary and secondary sources and how they relate to the history under discussion.

HIST 212 United States Since 1865

Requirement: HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 103, or HIST 104 for students admitted to Loyola University for fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students with a declared major or minor in History.

This course is an introduction to the history of the United States from the Civil War to the present. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the United States became a modern industrial society, the emergence and evolution of the modern welfare state, the rise of the United States as a global power, and the impact of controversies over civil rights and liberties on American society.

ITAL 101 Italian I
This J-term course ITAL 101 section is designed for students who have studied Italian in the past, but want  or need a refresher course before enrolling in ITAL 102. Beginning Italian students should not enroll in this course.

LITR 280 World Materpieces in Translation: The Literature and Culture of Israel

For information, please visit: http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/j-termandspringbreaklocations/jerusalemisrael/#d.en.366035

MUSC 101 Art of Listening
(Satisfies Core Artistic Knowledge and Experience)

Focus is on the acquisition and enhancement of listening skills through direct experience of musical works along with an examination of cross-cultural similarities and differences among musical styles. Concert attendance is required. A cultivation of musical perception through a process of repeated and guided listenings; strengthening of listening skills while developing and expanding styles perspectives. Review the course syllabus for MUSC 101.

MUSC 102 Class Piano for Beginners

For the student who has never had keyboard instruction and is interested in learning the art of performance on the piano. Fundamentals of music theory, note reading and personal enjoyment are emphasized. Strongly recommended for those preparing to teach music in elementary school.  Students will learn a basic keyboard ability with an emphasis on reading music symbols accurately while also enjoying the making and doing of music.

PHIL 130 Philosophy and Persons
The course examines the way philosophy looks for fundamental characteristics that identify life as a properly human life, asks about its ultimate meaning or purpose, and raises questions about what counts as a good life. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the various approaches of the philosophical question of what it means to be human.

PHIL 181 Ethics
This course examines ethical norms for conduct (e.g., theories of right and wrong action, of justice and of human rights) and ethical norms for judging the goodness or badness of persons and their lives. Special attention will be given to criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life. At the end of the course students are able to demonstrate understanding of criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life.

PHIL 288 Culture and Civilization

Requirement: PHIL 130 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Philosophy or Department of Political Science.

This course examines the nature, causes, and possible future development of human culture and civilization. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the various approaches to the philosophical study of human culture and civilization.

PHYS 111 L College Physics Laboratory I
Corequisite: PHYS 111

Laboratory sessions cover selected topics in introductory mechanics, including freefall, uniform circular motion, work-energy, collisions, rotational motion, and harmonic motion. Students will gain experience and familiarity with basic measuring devices and simple mechanics equipment.  Understand measurement errors and their propagation, plotting and interpretation of data, the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary mechanics.

PHYS 112L College Physics Laboratory II

Pre- or Co-requisite: PHYS 112
One two-hour laboratory period per week, to complement Physics 112.

PLSC 102 – International Relations in an Age of Globalization
(Satisfies Core Societal and Cultural Knowledge: Foundational Course)

This course is designed to introduce students to the major concepts and approaches in the study of international relations. In the first part we will cover the basic theories used in the study of the field. In the second part, we will focus on specific issues that are of interest to the study of international relations such as military conflict, the global economy, the environment, international law, and human rights. The course is an option in the “Societal and Cultural Knowledge” section of the core curriculum as well as a required course in the Political Science and Global and International Studies majors.

  • The course is taught entirely online.
  • Five optional synchronous lecture sessions are scheduled from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • To participate in this course, you will need access to a computer and internet.
  • Headset and webcam are useful but not necessary.
  • Course requirements include a midterm, forum posts, a brief essay, and a final exam.

PLSC 358 War, Peace, and Politics
The historical evolution of war, the nature of wars in the 20th century and into the 21st century, the nature of threats, sources of conflict, and procedures for peaceful resolution of disputes. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principal causes of wars, the means and ends of warfare, and the process and prospects of reestablishing peace.

PSYC 238 Gender and Sex Differences and Similarities
Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100 or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services or the School of Nursing.

This course is an overview of psychological research and theory concerning differences and similarities between genders.   Students will understand similarities and differences between genders, comprehend the diversity of ideas about gender and how ideas of gender are determined by societies and cultures.

PSYC 275 Social Psychology
Analysis of human thoughts, feelings and actions as influenced by other people. Topics include socialization, perception of self and others, prosocial and antisocial behavior, attitudes, interpersonal attraction, social influence and group behavior. Group B.

PSYC 368 Counseling I

Prerequisites: PSYC 101; PSYC 331 or 338 is also recommended.

Introduction to the principles, theories, ethics, and techniques of major helping interventions including the clinical interview and use of the case history, individual and group approaches. Students will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate different approaches to intervention in terms of their theoretical underpinnings, application to diverse problems, goals and populations, general effectiveness, and overall strengths and limitations.

SPAN 101 Spanish I

Prerequisite: Minimum of one semester of high school Spanish, or a one semester university level Spanish course. This course is intended for students who have had limited previous experience with Spanish, and need a refresher course before continuing onto SPAN 102.  Instructor permission is required.    

This is an intensive 10-day online immersion course created for students who need to review and develop their first semester language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, as well as in cultural awareness. 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Interpret cultural cues regarding greetings.
  • Discuss basic interests related to your studies and university life.
  • Talk about family life and leisure activities such as sports.
  • Indicate conditions related to the present tense.  
  • Analyze cultural readings regarding life in Latin America/Spain.
  • Present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience.

In order to achieve these course objectives, we will be using authentic materials such as songs, videos, poems, and online games carefully selected to enhance your linguistic skills.   

Students signing up for this course agree to attend the 5 synchronous sessions (please see below and on syllabus).  We will also have daily asynchronous sessions where you will be responsible for using the online textbook and its accompanying language software.  Because this is an online course where all of the materials and resources are also found online, students will be required to have access to a computer with reliable internet access. 

Mandatory Orientation:

  • Online orientation via Adobe Connect-Thursday, TBA

Required synchronous session dates:

·       TBA


SPAN 102 Spanish II
Prerequisite: SPAN 101

This course builds on 101, and introduces students to new topics and grammatical structures. Students will be able to produce sounds in Spanish more accurately, express appropriate reactions to ordinary situations, understand basic oral commands, read more complex texts, and write sentences in cohesive paragraphs.

Christian Theology
This course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues

THEO 186 Global Religious Ethics

Religious Ethics explores fundamental moral sources and methods in Christian ethics in dialogue with the ethical understandings of at least one other religious tradition, and with special attention to Roman Catholic thought. In doing so, it explores moral issues faced by individuals and communities from theological perspectives, particularly mindful of how the economic, political and cultural structures in a religiously plural world affect those issues. In this course, students will explore and compare the ethical understandings of Christianity and at least one other religious tradition.  With respect to each tradition, students will learn about the foundational sources, doctrines and questions that guide its ethical thinking.

THEO 232 New Testament
This course will be a comprehensive exploration of the New Testament in its historical, social, and religious settings, with emphasis on the unique purpose and theology of each New Testament writing. Specific attention will be paid to the legacies of two figures of enormous importance: Jesus and Paul. We will also explore the phenomenon of the New Testament “canon,” while focusing on the content, contexts, and development of the New Testament. A portion of the course will also be devoted to becoming familiar with the critical methodologies used in the modern academic study of the Bible.

THEO 267 Jesus Christ
Requirement: THEO 100 or THEO 107 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012.

This course examines the life of Jesus Christ, utilizing the Gospels, the writings of Paul and other biblical authors, the early ecumenical councils, and the history of church doctrine, including contemporary scholarship.

THEO 282  Introduction to Hinduism
(Satisfies Core Theological and Religious Studies Knowledge: Tier 2)

Requirement: THEO 100 or THEO 107 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012.

This course provides an introduction to Hinduism. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Hindu scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Hinduism, the key Hindu concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the basic narratives and imagery of Hinduism.

THTR 100 Introduction to Theatre Experience

This course is an introductory study of the theatrical art form and its contemporary production practice.  Students engage in a series of workshops and participatory creative projects. Students will demonstrate the ability to identify the variety of collaborating arts and artists that combine to create of a work of theatre; to analyze a play script for live performance; to evaluate theatrical production; and to creatively apply knowledge of theatrical process through expressive and creative endeavors.

School of Communication

COMM 101: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking
This introductory course is designed to supply students with the skills of public address, a fundamental understanding of critical thinking practices, foundational tenets of communication theory, a grasp of the relationship between context and communication, and a sense of the social responsibility that comes with the capacity for communication

COMM 296:  Themes in Advertising and Public Relations
Prerequisite: COMM 175

Intermediate-level Advertising/Public Relations lecture course that examines specific areas of study. Topics vary each semester. This course may be repeated (with different topics) for a total of 9 hours, but only 6 may count toward the major. Students will gain access to a wide variety of topics in AD/PR.

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability

ENVS 301/MPBH 401  Environmental Health
Restricted to Juniors and Seniors within IES  
This course is designed as an introduction to environmental public health issues, laws, regulations, research, and advocacy. Environmental factors including biological, physical and chemical factors that affect the health of a community will be presented. The environmental media (air, water and land) and various community exposure concerns will also be presented. The course will utilize available internet resources to access environmental data, and focus -related research. A team project will be completed requiring literature review and presentation and critical assessment of a successful (or unsuccessful) environmental advocacy campaign.


ENVS 319/BIOL 329  Winter Ecology
Pre-requisites: ENVS 280 or BIOL 265 or permission of instructor
Students will immerse themselves in the winter environment and learn about habitats on, in, and under snow, both terrestrial and aquatic, organisms that live in these habitats and their physiological, behavioral and morphological adaptations for survival. Students will gain an understanding of research on winter ecosystems. Students will gain understanding of habitats and organisms present during winter in temperate ecosystems and gain experience with field techniques employed when studying these ecosystems.


ENVS 336 Biomimicry: Design Inspired by Nature
Prerequisites: UCSF 137 or ENVS 137; MGMT 201 for Quinlan students

This course provides an introduction to biomimicry (or biomimetics) and the application of biomimicry design principles.  Biomimicry is the design of business products, processes, and systems modeled after nature’s wisdom.  In biomimicry, nature serves as the design inspiration for sustainable solutions to solve complex human problems. 

ENVS 340/BIOL 395  The Natural History of Belize
Prerequisite: IES Majors/Minors: ENVS 137; Biology Majors/Minors: BIOL 102 & 112; Anthropology or International Studies Majors/Minors: Junior or Senior Standing

This Study Abroad field course is designed to build on the foundations learned in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Anthropology classes by examining the biodiversity and tropical ecosystems of Belize, by exploring the cultural traditions of some of its peoples, particularly the Mayans; and learn how local communities are involved in protecting and sustaining ecological and natural sites through community based conservation and sustainability practices. Please review the course information on the Study Abroad website.

Quinlan School of Business

ECON 303 Intermediate Microeconomics
This course is a detailed study of consumer and firm behavior, market structures, and the elementary propositions concerning welfare economics. Students will develop analytical skills to understand and predict consumer and firm behavior, understand the underlying pinning of antitrust legislation and dynamic market strategies.

INFS 346  Database & Data Warehousing Systems
Prerequisites:  Sophomore Standing, minimum grade of "C-" in INFS/ISOM 247.  

Covers current concepts in database theory and use.  The course teaches design, implementation, and utilization of relational database management systems by covering the processes, tools, and methodologies such as business requirement collection, ER modeling, relational modeling, normalization, SQL, and MS Access. 

Outcome:  Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of how to effectively develop and use business database system.

Class Notes: Synchronous Class Meeting Times will run 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Central Standard Time.  Your attendance and participation is expected during every class meeting.  These meetings will include your participation in discussions, quizzes, and exams.  In addition to class session participation, quizzes and exams, this course also requires completion of HW assignments that will be posted on Sakai.

A brief ON-LINE meeting will be held in mid-to-late December to review the course guidelines. We will discuss J-term expectations, required textbooks, homework and more.  Knowing the design and expectations for the course puts you in position to be successful.  Please watch your LOYOLA e-mail account for the meeting date and time. If you use a different e-mail account, then set your Loyola account to forward all e-mails.

General experience with the J-term course points to success for organized and ambitious students who are eager learners and have serious attitude towards their studies.  The on-line course runs very similar to a traditional in-class course. The class meets on-line (as specified above) but students still engage and ask questions, just like a traditional class.

MARK 201 Principles of Marketing
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

This course develops an understanding of the marketing systems by which organizations plan, price, promote and distribute products and services to selected target markets.

Outcome:  Students analyze market conditions and apply the basic tools to develop marketing strategies to successfully meet the customers' needs resulting in a viable, profitable organization.

Class Notes: Please note this online course has both synchronous and asynchronous components. Students are expected to be online from 2:00-4:00pm (Central Standard Time) each day during the J-Term. There will also be daily asynchronous activities. If you would like to see a syllabus for the J-Term Mark 201 course, please contact Dr. Mary Ann McGrath at Mmcgrat@luc.edu .

MARK 310 Consumer Behavior

Prerequisites: Junior standing, minimum grade of "C-" in MARK 201.

This course develops an understanding of how consumers behave before, during and after the consumption process through a discussion of cultural, social and perceptual factors. 

Outcome: Students evaluate consumer behavior and apply their understanding in the creation of a marketing plan designed to improve the brand equity of a firm.

OPMG 332 Operations Management

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and minimum grade "C-" ISSCM 241

Introduction to concepts and methods for managing production and service operations.  Topics include demand forecasting, aggregate and capacity planning, inventory management, facility layout and location, just-in-time, managing quality, project planning, resource allocation, and logistics.

Outcome: Understanding of basic issues and role of operations management in organizations, and of tools for problem-solving in operations management.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies

CPST 247: Computer Concepts and Applications

An introduction to computer and internet resources and skills with an emphasis on effective use of technology in the work place. Students will learn to identify and provide recommendations for technology-based issues in business using industry standard language, identify changes in information technologies and assess the impact on business and society.

Outcomes: Understand the purpose and composition of information systems in business, and receive hands on experience developing business applications with tools such as Microsoft Office, social media, basic website construction.

Restricted to students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

ENGL 317: The Writing of Poetry

This course provides extensive practice in both the reading and the writing of poetry. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the critical skills necessary for discussing, analyzing and formulating arguments about poetry, and will produce a portfolio of original poems. 

Restricted to students in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

School of Social Work

SOWK 201 Social Welfare Policies & Services I
Requirement: ANTH 100, PLSC 102, PSYC 100, or SOCL 101 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Criminal Justice, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, Department of Political Science, the Department of Sociology, Human Services, or the School of Nursing.
Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

Analysis of institutional structures of welfare as they relate to social problems. Selected major values and interests in American society are used to analyze the social welfare institution. Students will be able to describe and analyze current social welfare policies and social services within a historical, societal, and political context.

  • Social Work 201 Social Welfare Policies & Services I is an on-line, writing intensive course for J Term 2014. 
  • Please check back for synchronous times. Course will meet on-line through Adobe Connect. The two-week course will involve daily readings, exams, and daily assignments. All course activities and assignments will be completed by the end of the two week period. Students should have internet capacity as well as voice and audio capabilities on the computer they will use.
  • Students should have comfort with the Sakai on-line environment by accessing on-line Sakai tutorials provided through University technology prior to the start of the course. Enrollment in the course should be the student's main activity during the two-week period.
  • A meeting will be held in December to review guidelines for the class, required textbooks and readings to be completed prior to the first day of class. Details of the meeting will be sent in late November/early December. Please contact the instructor with any questions.

SOWK 602 Health Policy and Health Systems
Prerequisites: SOWK 507 and SOWK 509

Health-care systems are examined in the context of social policy and healthcare needs. The effects of different levels of healthcare interventions, changing roles and responsibilities of government, the voluntary sector and the proprietary sector are assessed in relation to access and utilization of health care.