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UCAD 021. Pacific in the World. 3 Units.

This interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce international students to the history, people and culture of the University of the Pacific and California. In doing so, it helps students connect Pacific to their home countries, creates common ground between international and domestic students, and investigates Pacific as a place in a particular historical moment. Content delivery will include conventional classroom learning, including reading, lecture and discussion, as well as digital and field experiences.

UCAD 110. Budgeting and Financial Statement Analysis. 3 Units.

This course focuses on the accounting elements that are presented in each of the financial statements and how the financial statements are analyzed using the liquidity, solvency, and profitability ratios. Emphasis is placed on using accounting as a tool to assist managers in the decision-making process. This course also offers a brief introduction to the master budget process.

UCAD 120. Argumentation and Persuasion. 3 Units.

This course is intended to help students become more competent at making persuasive arguments and identifying weakness in arguments in a professional context. Students will be introduced to critical issues and topics for persuasive argumentation including decision making, genres, logos, pathos, and ethos.

UCAD 123. Benefits, Cost and Decisions. 3 Units.

This course examines how decisions are made. The economic framework of rational choice theory---taking action as long as benefits outweigh costs---is used as a starting point for analyzing decision-making behavior of individuals, firms and governments. We consider how costs and benefits are measured and how to evaluate the validity of information and data used in assessing them. Basic game theoretic models are introduced to explain strategic decision-making. The limits of rational choice theory are also addressed with insights from behavioral economics.

UCAD 130. Professional Communication. 3 Units.

This course is designed to help students become more effective communicators in professional and business settings. It covers the skills necessary for communication in the work environment and modern society.

UCAD 143. Mediation and Conflict Management. 3 Units.

Conflict is inevitable, but it does not have to be debilitating for individuals and organizational/social systems. This course explores the theory and practice of dispute resolution using interest-based mediation and negotiation techniques. Students gain a broad understanding of mediation and negotiation strategies, learn skills that lead to greater success in managing conflict, and develop confidence in the mediation process as an effective means to resolving interpersonal, organizational, and community disputes.

UCAD 150. Advanced Professional Writing. 3 Units.

This course will help students write more clearly, concisely, and persuasively for specific audiences in professional contexts. Students will learn to identify the needs of their audience, determine what information to include and how, and to structure a document to answer questions, solve problems or otherwise effectively meet the needs of a given audience and context.

UCAD 165. Project Management: Applied Theory and Practice. 3 Units.

This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resources allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Additional consideration is given to the project lifecycle, Gantt charting, execution and implementation strategies, risk management, budgeting, influence and team leadership.