Consumer Sciences Courses

CSM
101
Hours
3
Introduction to Digital Tools

Students are expected to demonstrate basic proficiency in the word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet tools as well as other emerging productivity tool sets. Specific emphasis is placed on introducing skills and uses related to data storage applications, basic technology privacy and security issues, mobile device applications, social media, communications technology, and work-place applications. Students exit this class with a basic introduction to each topic and other emerging topics deemed relevant for today’s digital citizens, consumers, and professionals.

CSM
116
MA
Hours
3
Quantitative Methods of Financ

This three-credit hour course is intended to develop mathematical fluency within the context of financial planning/literacy. It is broad in scope and content rather than specific to a particular discipline, is an introduction to the basic tools and techniques necessary for the development of a successful personal financial plan over one’s life span and emphasizes the use of mathematical techniques as a tool for analysis. CSM 116 includes topics such as real and nominal rates of return, probability, and algebra functions. An emphasis is placed on mathematical reasoning in solving financial problems. It uniquely serves as a course for students not intending to pursue further study in mathematics, science, or engineering, but for students who will be able to utilize mathematical tools to make sound financial decisions. Students will apply practical skills by setting and reaching financial goals as elements of an integrated system, manipulation of quantitative data, calculating future financial needs, and using mathematical induction formulas and tools to determine predictability of expected outcomes. The course commences with money management and credit use, progresses to investments, insurance, retirement planning, and culminates in wealth accumulation and estate planning as the basis for mathematical problem solving exercises. CSM 116 is designed to provide a foundation both for further study and for personal enrichment. Grades are reported as A, B, C, or NC (No Credit).

Prerequisite(s): MATH 100
Mathematics
CSM
201
Hours
3
Indiv Family Resourc Mgt

Management of human, material, and environmental resources to accomplish value-based goals. Highlights importance of decision making to achieve satisfaction and improve quality of life across the family life cycle.

CSM
204
Hours
3
Intro Personl Finan Plan

The course presents financial planning within the context of the family life cycle and the consumer decision-making framework. It provides an overview of topics such as family financial goal setting, budgeting, risk management, savings, and investments.

CSM
300
Hours
1
Time Value of Money & Financial Calculations

The focus of this course is to develop a better understanding of the Time Value of Money concept and the types of financial calculations that will be required in courses such as Introduction to Investment Planning, Asset Management, Retirement Planning and the Capstone Course in Financial Planning.

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSM 204
CSM
303
Hours
3
Introduction to Consumer Economics

This course will focus on the role of the consumer in the economy and concepts underlying consumer economics. Emphasis is on the consumer in the marketplace; consumer choice; information search; consumer protection, including redress; and consumer affairs as a profession. This course will be a review of some topics from lower level classes and a preview of topics that will be covered in upper level classes concerning consumers and their role in the economy.

CSM
381
Hours
3
Consumer Marketing Management

Principles of consumer-oriented marketing management with emphasis on consumer decision-making theory and practice.

CSM
390
Hours
1-6
Field Experience

Supervised experiences in the areas of consumer affairs or family financial planning with government, business, or industry.

CSM
400
Hours
3
Personal Insurance Plan & Mgt

Survey of myriad of personal risks facing consumers and families throughout the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of risk management. Includes a comprehensive study of insurance products.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 201 and CSM 204
CSM
401
W
Hours
3
Consumer Protection

Laws and agencies affecting the consumer's well-being, sources of consumer information, discussion of current consumer issues. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Writing
CSM
403
Hours
3
Consumer Economics

The role of the consumer in the economy. Economic analysis of market and nonmarket consumption activities, incorporating relevant social, psychological, political, and ecological considerations.

CSM
404
Hours
3
Personal Investment Plan & Mgt

Concepts and techniques related to family financial investments.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 201 and CSM 204
CSM
405
Hours
3
Public Policy

A detailed analysis of U.S. public policy, recognizing the broader social and economic impacts of selected policies. Students will develop a better understanding of how and why specific policies are implemented and assess the strengths and weaknesses of different policy structures.

CSM
410
Hours
3
Pers Retire Plan Employ Benefs

Fundamentals for personal retirement planning and the selection of employee benefits.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 201 and CSM 204
CSM
414
Hours
3
Personal Investment Planning & Management II

This course expands upon the content of CSM 404/504, adding a number of new concepts that are relevant to understanding the management of investments for family and individual goal attainment. Lectures, readings, case studies, and problem sets are designed to help students in preparing for the Investment Planning section of the Certified Financial PlannerTM examination.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 404
CSM
415
Hours
3
Customer Service Management

An in-depth study of the functions and structures of customer relations as it relates to business and government agencies. Analysis of consumer needs, complaints, and education.

CSM
420
Hours
3
Personal Estate Planning

Techniques of personal estate planning within the family life cycle.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 201 and CSM 204
CSM
424
Hours
3
Addict. & Dysf. in Money Mgmt

CSM 424/524 is an exploration of addictions and dysfunctions related to managing money and finances and a brief guide for changing dysfunctional behavior related to money. The course does not provide training in diagnosing, but rather emphasizes describing behavior.

CSM
425
Hours
3
Conflict Resolution for the Workplace

This course provides skill building and practical methods for handling organizational and personal conflicts. Appropriate for the student who has received no formal preparation in managing conflict, and also for the professional who is educated in conflict theory and negotiation strategy, but needs grounding in basic interpersonal communication and management skills, such as rapport building, empathic listening, behavior modeling, reframing, problem solving, and decision making.

CSM
427
Hours
3
Emotional Intelligence: The Personal Qualities of the Negotiator

This course teaches students to accurately identify and express emotions, and to develop and improve the emotional intelligence skills essential to managing conflict successfully. Students are directed through a series of self-evaluations to determine their current skill levels, learn the characteristics of specific skills, and apply and model the new learning. Students learn to break the habit of emotional reactivity and to model emotional proactivity.

CSM
428
Hours
3
Processes of Negotiation

This course deepens students' understanding of negotiation skills that can be used across a variety of settings. Students explore best practices in negotiation and learn to identify and apply optimal strategies. The dynamics of negotiating across diverse cultures and contexts are also examined.

CSM
430
Hours
3
Family & Consumer Law for Non-Lawyers

The study of family law for non-lawyers. Topics include marriage, divorce, custody, child support, alimony and property division, and the role of alternative dispute resolution in the family law setting, including mediation, private judges, and collaborative practice. Students will acquire a general understanding of legal terms, resources, and the legal system and its adversarial proceedings.

CSM
435
Hours
3
Psychology Of Money

An innovative study of financial behaviors and their relationship to money management with emphasis placed on both theory and its application.

CSM
437
Hours
3
Developing The Leader Within

An in-depth look at leadership principles, qualities, styles, and models with a focus on developing leadership skills and potential within the individual students. Designed to assist students in identifying opportunities for improvement.

CSM
440
Hours
3
Maximizing Use of Social Media Marketing

In this course students will develop skills for strategic social media marketing and engagement. They will explore and utilize techniques for integrating social media marketing campaigns that serve as listening and outreach tools in building brand awareness. This course will provide a framework for online brand management and promotion for careers and majors in the college of Human Environmental Sciences.

CSM
441
C, W
Hours
3
Consumer Communications

Principles, methods, techniques, and resources used in developing, presenting, and evaluating a complete consumer communication program. Writing proficiency and use of the computer are required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): CS 102 or CSM 101
Computer Science, Writing
CSM
445
C
Hours
3
Applied Digital Tools

The course encompasses a collection of technical skills beyond basic computer applications; content is focused on the use of technology in real-world contexts, such as the digital consumer society and digital workplaces. Students are expected to demonstrate applied proficiency in word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet tools (by major) as well as other emerging productivity tool sets. Students exit this class with a variety of experiences in the use of personal technologies as well as those which might be encountered in a digital workplace; these may include applied privacy and security defense strategies, organizational applications, mobile device applications, and cloud-computing as applied in case studies and/or project-based activities. Basic computer-use proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): CS 102 or CSM 101
Computer Science
CSM
447
C, W
Hours
3
Advanced Digital Tools

The primary content consists of student skills to live and work in a digital environment by developing technological skills in use and application of digital tools, such as sophisticated mobile device applications, computer-mediated collaboration, content management, social media and personal branding strategies, and cloud-based applications. Students develop or refine their virtual presence using current and appropriate tools. Course activities include writing assignments to meet the W requirement, but these will be integrated into other topics within the course. Writing proficiency and computer proficiency are required for a passing grade in this course.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 101 or CS 102
Computer Science, Writing
CSM
451
W
Hours
3
Consumer Demographics

This course will focus on developing students’ ability to understand consumer demographics and impacts from these demographic changes. The course will cover basic concepts and measurement issues of demography as it relates to consumer and families. This class will also develop student’s ability to adapt to changing trends in a dynamic world. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.

Writing
CSM
454
Hours
3
Personal Income Tax Mgt Planng

An analysis of personal income tax management and planning as it relates to consumers and families throughout the life cycle.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 201 and CSM 204
CSM
455
Hours
3
Consumer Analytics Methods

This course introduces research methods with an emphasis on non-experimental research designs. Examples and exercises are drawn from real-world research applications that inform consumer behavior and policy. Students learn how to execute the methodologies using software used by consumer analysts in consumer research settings. Topics include: research design, sampling, data management, descriptive statistics, data visualization, statistical inference, simple linear regression, and multivariate regression.

Prerequisite(s): ST 260 or BER 345
CSM
458
C
Hours
3
Spreadsheets in Fin. Decisions

The focus of this course is to develop a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel as it may be used to analyze problems related to personal financial planning. The course emphasizes life-cycle planning and computer literacy. The course is designed to help students in becoming better prepared for the actual workplace environment.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 204 or RHM 474 or AC 210
Computer Science
CSM
459
W
Hours
3
Tech of Counsl in Cons Science

This course explores the indicators, causes, and impact of financial stress and problems on individual’s and family's well-being. The course emphasizes the fundamentals of counseling, communication, and ethics for those working in professional settings to help individuals from different backgrounds achieve personal financial goals as well as the workplace in general. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.

Writing
CSM
460
Hours
3
Financial Planning Case Study Capstone Course

A systems approach to financial management for individuals and families from the perspective of planner/counselor. Focuses on analytical techniques. Emphasizes identification and development of strategies for meeting client goals. This course should be taken during the last semester of the degree curriculum.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 458 and CSM 201 and CSM 204 and CSM 400 and CSM 404 and CSM 458
CSM
461
Hours
3
Managing in a High Performance Organization

This course will provide an interactive exploration of management skills that enable an individual to effectively communicate, build and lead teams, delegate, make presentations and manage priorities to achieve success.

CSM
462
Hours
3
Financial Planning Practice Management

An in-depth look at the professional side of careers in Consumer Sciences. Experiental activities, guest speakers, faculty lecturers and student projects provide students with opportunities to learn and practice traits, skills and abilities needed for a successful career.

CSM
473
Hours
3
Innovation and Creativity in HES Entrepreneurship

This course introduces students to techniques to release their inner creativity and develop creativity skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. Apply creative thinking to: conceptualize new ventures, recognize consumer trends, and find unique market niche.

CSM
475
Hours
3
Entrepreneurship In Hes

A study of home-based businesses taught from the perspective of theory and application in family resource management.

CSM
478
Hours
3
Social Entrepreneurship

This seminar will explore how the ideas of social entrepreneurs have provided innovative solutions to some of the world’s most systemic problems and why more social entrepreneurs will be needed in the 21st century. To study, understand and prepare oneself to become, or appreciate social entrepreneurs is a relatively new field of academic interest. It requires that students be creative thinkers and willing to inform themselves about current economic, political and social issues so they begin to understand the complexity surrounding the world’s most challenging problems.

CSM
480
Hours
3
E-Commerce@Human Envir Science

Offers sound advice and vital practical help on developing an idea into a business on the Internet, addressing areas of specialization in human environmental sciences.

CSM
486
Hours
3
Principled Negotiation

An in-depth study of principled, interest-based negotiation, which replaces adversarial approaches with problem-solving. Students formulate a personal strategy of thoughtful introspection with the goal of satisfying interests on all sides of a conflict and strengthening relationships among conflict partners.

CSM
490
Hours
1-6
Individual Study

Open to qualified undergraduates with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Individualized work may be selected in the areas of consumer affairs, consumer economics, and financial planning and counseling.

CSM
491
Hours
1-6
Individual Study

Open to qualified undergraduates with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Individualized work may be selected in the areas of consumer affairs, consumer economics, and financial planning and counseling.

CSM
492
Hours
1-6
Individual Study

Open to qualified undergraduates with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Individualized work may be selected in the areas of consumer affairs, consumer economics, and financial planning and counseling.

CSM
493
Hours
1-6
Individual Study

Open to qualified undergraduates with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Individualized work may be selected in the areas of consumer affairs, consumer economics, and financial planning and counseling.

CSM
499
Hours
3
Undergraduate Rsch

Under faculty supervision, student will participate in a research project.