WF ED 540 – Data Analysis in Workforce Education & Development
Provides opportunities to acquire and practice skills in descriptive and inferential statistics. Students in all graduate degree programs in WF ED may complete WF ED 540 or STAT 500, Applied Statistics.
WF ED 550 – Research in Workforce Education
Research techniques in workforce education. Completion required by all WF ED PhD candidates as well as by students in WF ED MS degree program.
WF ED 573 – Needs Assessment for Workforce Development Professionals
Typically offered during Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer Session (I do not teach any Summer Session offering of this course). This course is an elective course in Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies degree in Organization Development and Change, and is a course in the area of concentration in the Staffing, Training, and Development area of concentration in the Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations. Penn State World Campus, manager of these degree programs, has the authority and responsibility for course design and all course policies. I am responsible solely for teaching this course. The World Campus description of WF ED 573 reads,
Acquire skills to identify training and development needs, distinguish problems with management versus training solutions, develop and evaluate training solutions.According to the University Bulletin: Graduate Degree Programs,
WF ED 573 is designed for workforce development professionals to familiarize them with the models, concepts, and techniques for designing, implementing, and analyzing the results of training needs assessments in organizations. After successfully completing this course, they will have the necessary skills and competencies to identify human performance problems, distinguish between training and non-training plans of action, and design and develop appropriate plans of action in response to human performance problems.
WF ED 595A – Field Based Project in Industrial Training
Students identify a training or organization development problem in industry or business and carry out contract problem analysis and resolutions. Completion required by PhD candidates and MEd/MS students in the Human Resource Development/Organization Development emphasis.
WF ED 596 – Individual Studies
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.