Missouri State University - West Plains

Short Courses

2014 Fall Semester Short Courses

Missouri State University-West Plains will offer a variety of short courses during the 2014 fall semester that will appeal to community members and students alike. The courses will provide personal enrichment for area residents and serve as a special interest course for students who want to gain an extra credit hour or two. The courses focus on specific topics that will provide opportunities for lifelong learning. Most courses will last five to eight weeks and meet one night per week.

Getting Started: For information about the admissions and registration process, contact the office of admissions at (417) 255-7955 or WPAdmissions@MissouriState.edu.

Tuition and Fees: Non-degree seeking students enrolling in one or two credit hours for the 2014 fall semester will pay $119 in tuition and fees for a one-credit hour course and $238 for a two-credit hour course.* For a full listing of tuition and fees go to http://wp.missouristate.edu/recreg/costs.htm.

Course No.Title & DescriptionTermCreditDayTimeInstructor
AGR 162 01* Introduction to Riding
Introductory course with a focus on safe and effective techniques for both English and Western riding. The course may be repeated for a total of 3 hours.
Full Sem. 1 ARR Arranged W-Risner, L.
AGR 197 01 Forage Production
Covers production of cool season grasses, legumes and warm season grasses adapted to the Ozarks. Including rotational grazing, pasture management and hay production.
1st 5 wks 1 W 5:30-6:20 PM W-Risner, L.
AGR 197 02 Beef Production
Management of the beef herd including reproduction, feeding management, selection using performance records. Selection and management for improved weaning and yearling weights. Improving profitability in the beef herd.
2nd 5 wks 1 W 5:30-6:20 PM W-Risner, L.
CFD 197 01 Understanding Girl Bullying & What To Do About It.
Designed for parents, teachers, school counselors and administrators who want to collaborate to identify and address relational and social aggression in their schools. This study will include causes and characteristics of bullying among girls and outlines assessment, prevention and intervention methods. Research of classroom dynamics, bullying and cyberbullying along with specific suggestions for working with parents and teachers. Provides strategies to help heal the divide between girls by giving them the tools to work through their problems.
1st 8 wks 1 W 5:30-6:50 PM TBD
CFD 197 02 Parenting From the Inside Out
Practical applications that go beyond the “how to” ideas will be presented to parents and caregivers to give them a deeper self-understanding and interpersonal relationship with their child. Combining personal experience, psychology and brain science, participants will explore the extent childhood experiences impact the way people parent and offer guidance on how to raise compassionate and resilient children. The course follows the work of authors Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell as explained in their book, Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive.
2nd 8 wks 1 W 5:30-6:50 PM TBD
CFD 197 03 Explosive Child
Do you have or work with an explosive child? Wonder why strategies that work for other kids don’t work for the explosive child? This course provides a framework for parents, teachers and caretakers to understand the behavior of the explosive child. Students will be presented specific, practical ways to recognize the signs of an impending explosion, defuse tension and reduce frustration levels for the whole family.
1st 8 wks 1 W 7:00-8:20 PM TBD
CGP 197 01* Intro to Game Development
Introductory course to the concepts of digital game development. This course will provide practical, hands-on experience with game programming, level design and asset manipulation. No prior experience is required to take this course.
2nd 8 wks 2 MW 4:00-5:50 PM Poulette, J.
CGP 197 02* Intro to 3D Modeling & 3D Printing
In this course students will learn the fundamentals of computer based 3D modeling of objects followed by an introduction to 3D printing of their designs. This is a hands-on course and does assume that you are at ease on computer applications like Microsoft Word or Excel.
1st 8 wks 2 TR 5:30-6:50 PM Huff, J.
CIS 197 01 Business Computing: Microsoft Office
This course will provide practical, concentrated instruction to help students improve skills in the use of several programs within the Microsoft® Office Suite. Extended emphasis will be given to Excel and Word and a detailed overview will be provided for Outlook, Access and PowerPoint. Computer projects will range from simple to complex and will likely include specific projects from the students’ workplaces. The course will be taught in a computer classroom, featuring a computer for each student.
1st 5 wks 1 T 6:00-8:50 PM Thanomsing, C.
ECO 197 01 Reading Economic Statistics
Introduces students to basic measures of economic performance in the U.S. and provide sources for obtaining data. Specific data will include unemployment rates, real GDP, personal income, the money supply, price indices, interest rates and others to be determined by the class. We will discuss the importance and shortcomings of this data and suggest alternative sources and measures. By the end of the course, students will understand why this data is collected and reported and feel comfortable retrieving the data from official sources. No prior knowledge of statistics or economic theory is required, although a basic knowledge of computers and the Internet is essential. The course will not develop economic theories or statistical methods, but rather will illuminate the sources and relevance of common economic measures.
1st 8 wks 1 T 5:30-6:50 PM Birdyshaw, E.
ENG 197 01 Mark Twain: Life and Literature
Mark Twain is not only the most recognizable American author, flaunting his trademark white suit and bushy eyebrows and mustache; he has also proven to be the most prolific and influential. This course will offer insights into his life and literature. Students will be asked to re-visit some of Twain’s most popular works by reading excerpts from The Innocents Abroad, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Life on the Mississippi. They will also read several lesser-known works, such as “The Story of the Old Ram,” “Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral,” “Cone-Pone Opinions,” and a selection of speeches and letters that demonstrate the range of genres in which Twain worked and demonstrate his range of romanticism and realism, optimism and pessimism and hilarity and tragedy. These readings will be supplemented with excerpts from Ken Burns’ documentary, Mark Twain and with audio recordings of Twain’s writings. In-class participation, daily quizzes, a two-page essay and a final exam will be required.
1st 5 wks 1 M 5:30-8:20 PM Howerton, P.
ENG 197 02 Writing Rebellion: Key Documents of the American Revolution
This course will offer close readings and discussion of several revolutionary works produced by American writers during the Revolutionary Era. Although the required reading will include such prominent texts as Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence,” several lesser-known works will also be studied, including John Dickinson’s Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer, Jefferson’s “A Summary View of the Rights of British America,” John Adams’s “Thoughts on Government” and “The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” John Crevecoeur’s “What is an American?” and the poetry of Philip Freneau. Students will be prompted to consider how these authors contributed to the evolution of social and political thought and how these authors used the written word to transform the colonists into revolutionaries. In-class participation, daily quizzes, a two-page essay and a final exam will be required.
2nd 5 wks 1 M 5:30-8:20 PM Howerton, P.
EPR 197 01 Marketing w/Social Media-Blended
In this course, you will learn how to use social media to market and promote a small business. A variety of popular social media platforms will be covered, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
1st 5 wks 1 M 5:30-8:20 PM Boys, C.
EPR 197 1L Marketing w/Social Media
In this course, you will learn how to use social media to market and promote a small business. A variety of popular social media platforms will be covered, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
1st 5 wks 1 OL Online Boys, C.
EPR 197 2L Starting a Small Business
Learn what to expect when you open a small business. From financing, taxes and licenses to marketing, learn how to open your business properly and legally from the first steps.
1st 5 wks 1 OL Online Hampsten, D.
EPR 197 3l Business Plan Basics
Before you start your business, learn the six critical features of your business plan. Learn where to find the information required and resources available to complete the marketing, sales, financing, operations and budgeting necessary to complete your business plan.
2nd 5 wks 1 OL Online Hampsten, D.
EPR 197 04 Bridging the Generational Gap
Generationalism in the workplace is a complex issue for corporate America. Think about this one question? What do you remember about the day Kennedy died? Seniors and Boomers will answer very specifically about “gunshots in Dallas” and where they were and how the nation felt.Generation X will answer about a plane in Martha’s Vineyard. Generation Y may simply ask “who?” This one question opens the door to a very large and complex problem facing corporate America today. In this course, we will take a look at what historical and cultural events have shaped each generation, how society has influenced each generation and even how marketing affects and is ultimately impacted by each generation. We will identify key factors that are important to each generation and how you, as an individual, can learn to identify these factors within yourself and within your co-workers so you can better navigate the workplace together. Be prepared to see people differently and to learn to work together in peace and harmony!
1st 5 wks 1 W 5:30-8:20 PM Cressman, K.
PSY 197 01 Death and Dying
This course deals with the uncomfortable subject of death. The purpose of this course is to help students be more aware of the processes that occur when dealing with death and dying. Historical and modern perspectives will be looked at, as well as the attitudes that arise when death is the subject. Students will take with them a better understanding and awareness of death and dying and will have guidelines that will be practical for daily living.
1st 8 wks 1 T 5:30-7:20 PM Carr, J.
PSY 197 02 Stress Management
Stress management is a course which deals with the identification of and practical ways of handling stress in our daily lives. The BIO/PSY/SOC model will be used to explain how stress affects humans biologically, psychologically and socially. Specific tactics for stress reduction will also be discussed.
2nd 8 wks 1 T 5:30-7:20 PM Carr, J.
SPN 297 01 Grammar Schmammer: Learning Spanish Through Song
This class skips the traditional, grammar-intensive language introduction. Instead students will focus on “hearing” Spanish and learning vocabulary in context. It is appropriate for any level, from beginner to advanced. No book is required, just a set of headphones and homework can be done anywhere students can access the Internet. We will study popular music from Latin America and Spain, including salsa, merengue, vallenato, folk, rock and reggaeton. By the end of the course, students should: (1) recognize a variety of regional accents and musical genres (2) identify nouns and verbs/verb endings, (3) easily recognize cognates, (4) understand lyrics to at least six songs, (5) be able to sing along with at least two songs and (6) memorize 300-500 new words and/or phrases.
1st 5 wks 1 W 5:30-8:20 PM Howerton, V.
TEC 197 01 Beginning App Inventor for the Non-Programmer
This is an introductory course. No prior programming experience is necessary or required. This course will give you first-hand experience developing your own Android mobile applications without needing programming experiences or having to learn any programming. You will learn programming by building apps for mobile phones and tablets using a free visual interface, drag and drop system. You will learn basic features and how to install and set up App Inventor. You will explore and learn how to build various different mobile applications using visual interface and drag & drop. Lastly, you will have an opportunity to develop, package and install your brand new applications on an Android device.
1st 5 wks 1 Sat 9:00-11:50 AM Thanomsing, C.
TEC 197 02 Digital Storytelling & Presentation Graphics
This is an introductory course and is not strictly about Microsoft PowerPoint. Minimal experience using Microsoft PowerPoint is recommended, but not required. This course will provide you broader knowledge and skills in designing and developing the digital presentation using various digital storytelling or presentation graphics software. This course will offer you opportunities and possibly give you first-hand experience exploring ways and techniques to utilize several software and tools to create meaningful, attractive and engaging presentations. You will learn the basic principles of presentation design. Through an exploration and investigation of presentation graphics software, you will learn how to use various software to develop linear, multi-dimensional, interactive, multimedia and storytelling presentations.
1st 5 wks 1 M 6:00-8:50 PM Thanomsing, C.
TEC 197 03 Mobile Technology in Everyday
This is an introductory course. No experience using mobile technology is necessary or required. This course will provide a better understanding of the ways mobile technology and applications interact with everyday life and learning. This course will offer you opportunities and possibly give you first-hand experience exploring how you, as a mobile technology user, can effectively, efficiently and productively utilize your mobile device and applications for everyday use. This course has two related goals. First, at the end of this course, you will be able to operate and manage mobile phones and tablets. In this goal, you will investigate how all of the components in mobile devices (hardware, software and features) work together. Secondly, at the end of this course, you will be able to utilize mobile applications in your everyday life and learning. In this goal, you will investigate various different mobile applications.
2nd 5 wks 1 M 6:00-8:50 PM Thanomsing, C.

* Supplemental Course Fees will be charged for AGR 162 ($105) and CGP 197 ($20 per credit hour). Additional student services fees apply for students taking more than 2 credit hours.