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Independent Study

GPPS 5300 - Independent Study

Independent study in a topic related to the graduate program in Professional Studies as designated and approved by the instructor assigned to oversee and grade the project.

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GPPS 5301 - Special Topics in Professional Studies

The instructor assigned will designate the special topic(s) related to the graduate program in Professional Studies and oversee and grade students’ work in the course. With a change of content, this course may be taken for credit twice.

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GPPS 5325 - Issues in Economic Development

This course concerns economic, social, and demographic change in those countries comprising the less wealthy regions of the South. It examines development from linear (neoclassical), structuralist (political economy), and other perspectives, and emphasizes relationships between “advanced” and “developing” countries within the context of the global economy. In addition to theoretical grounding, the course provides practice in preparing development profiles of individual countries.

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GPPS 5347 - Program Evaluation

This course is intended to provide students with skills required to apply the methods of science to the assessment of social programs. Here a social program refers to organized, goal-directed activities designed to address a social problem. The goal of this course is to provide you, the student, with enough skill that you are able to design and implement evaluations of programs. The extent to which you are able to do this without assistance reflects largely your familiarity with scientific methods. Some of the more technical forms of impact studies may require additional study, or assistance from consultants.

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GPPS 5352 - Systemic Analysis

Provides students with a foundational understanding of the complex and dynamic relations between issues and the systems that cause them. Systemic analysis trains students to understand in the operational dynamics of the social and structural dimensions of a society or group.

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GPPS 5357 - Quantitative Analysis

This course is designed to help students develop skills necessary to understand and utilize research based on quantitative methods while building fundamental skills in quantitative analysis. The course will include basic univariate statistics, bivariate statistics and basic multivariate statistics including basic analysis of variance and basic multiple regression analysis. This course stresses the use of Microsoft Excel for performing statistical analysis.

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GPPS 5361 - Strategic Staffing and Talent Management

This course presents the theoretical frameworks and practical tactics for the acquisition, deployment, and retention of the talent necessary to achieve the strategic and tactical objectives of the business. Topics will include strategic staffing, human resource planning, recruitment, assessment, selection decision-making strategies, succession planning and retention strategies. The importance of linking staffing and talent management to business strategies, objectives, and competitive challenges will be emphasized.

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GPPS 5389 - MPS Internship

The internship will provide professional experience in the student’s field of study in a private or public organization. Students will select the organization and specific internship position with the approval of the major advisor. Students will be expected to perform professional duties for a minimum of 160 hours during the semester. Prior to the beginning of the internship, student will develop a set of professional objectives for the internship experience. Students will maintain a log of experiences and activities during the internship. At the conclusion of the internship, students will write a paper evaluating the experience gained in light of the stated objectives.

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GPPS 5395 - MPS Residency Program

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program requires students to complete a professional residency. The residency is a milestone towards the completion of the MPS degree. Consistent with the criteria for the MPS Capstone Project, each residency will be subject to the approval of the student’s advisory committee. Appropriate residencies are those designed to: (a) provide students with an opportunity to develop a sense of affiliation and identification with the program and the university; (b) provide students with an opportunity for scholarly dialogue related to their capstone project; or (c) provide students with an opportunity for professional socialization by developing relationships with peers, faculty, and practitioners in the field. Examples of appropriate residencies include but are not limited to sessions at the Storrs campus, attendance and participation in approved regional national or international professional conferences.

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GPPS 5397 - MPS Capstone Project

Towards the end of the M.P.S. program, students will select, with faculty approval, a topic for a major project that demonstrates the student’s ability to define, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and recommend actions or solutions to deal with a major issue, problem, or opportunity within the field of study. Capstone Projects may include job-related field projects, integrative analyses of professional literature, and comprehensive project proposals for adoption by third parties. In all cases, the Capstone Project is intended to demonstrate an extensive understanding of the topic area selected, the ability to devleop and integrative and systemic analysis of a problem, and the ability to identify appropriate solutions and recommendations. A written report documenting all aspects of the project will be presented for faculty approval.

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