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About the Courses

Our noncredit courses and events in the liberal arts take place in downtown Chicago at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center (with a few exceptions) on weekday mornings and evenings as well as on weekends, and are available in a variety of formats, including:

  • Free lectures
  • Daylong seminars
  • Weekend events
  • 4-week courses
  • 8-week courses

Click a course title to read the course description and register for the course.

Courses

Making Projects Work (Intermediate)
02/23/2017 to 02/24/2017

PMGT 11102 | Making Projects Work (Intermediate)

The practice of project management is influenced as much by collective wisdom, lessons learned, and the school of hard knocks as it is by its foundation of framework, principles, processes, and techniques. In this course, we will explore the art of recognizing and managing these other shaping influences in order to determine the project management approach best suited to a particular project or portfolio of projects. These influences include stakeholder expectations, customer relationships, resource contention, organizational design and culture, political environment, communication and leadership styles, risks, and market forces.

This course is highly interactive. The overarching objective of this course is to provide you with tactical and strategic insights for tackling real-world project management issues and challenges so you can produce superior project results. Using a combination of case studies and shared real-world experiences, this course will equip project practitioners with an “operational map” for navigating projects toward successful outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the components of a project management system and a project management office (PMO), and the relationships between the organizations in a variety of organizational structures.
  • Define the components of the project life cycle and show why they can vary based on the type of project; starting with expectations, and continuing through a work breakdown structure, the calculation of time, and development of a risk management plan. Learn to calculate the variance of the parallel and critical paths.
  • Describe the role of risk as it relates to the project life cycle and the overall success of the project.
  • Establish a link between soft skills and project risks, through use of the interpersonal models.
  • Understand the Project Management Institute, its impact on the growth of the discipline of PM, and the significance of the PMBOK® process-knowledge area framework.

Course delivery format: This is an onsite course.

Sections: This course is offered three times per year.  It is also offered on 10/06/17 and 6/22/17

Notes:

Breakfast, networking lunch, and all materials included in tuition.

This course is required for the PM Foundations Certificate Program, and Project Management Strategy Certificate. It does not count for credit for participants in the Advanced Certificate program.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IN 60611
Prerequisite(s):

Please note: Participants must have completed either the online or in-person Project Management Foundations certificate or be familiar with the PMI framework as specified in the PMBOK®. This course is highly interactive. Strong English skills are required.

Instructor:
Joe D’Mello
19 PMI PDU's (6 technical, 8 strategy, 5 leadership)
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: PMGT 11102
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
February 23 to February 24
Tuition: $1,250.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM


Online Registration Close Date:
February 3, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Intermediate Manuscript Editing
02/27/2017 to 04/2/2017

EDIT 17200 | Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Students will take the skills and information they learned in the Basic Manuscript Editing course and apply them to more complex editing assignments of greater length. In addition, students will learn to prepare project style sheets, shape author queries, and ensure consistency in a changing manuscript.

Intermediate Manuscript Editing is a required course for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Synchronous sessions will take place on March 9, 16, 23, 30 from 7:30-9pm.

Notes:

Students will need the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Online class will have an additional textbook: Amy Einsohn, The Copy Editor’s Handbook, 3rd edition.

Online
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Siobhan Drummond
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: EDIT 17200
Section: 17W7
Location: Online
Dates:
February 27 to April 2
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times:



Online Registration Close Date:
January 23, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Seminar: Trends in Clinical Research Workshop 02/28/2017

PDEVENT | Seminar: Trends in Clinical Research Workshop

Online Registration only.

Open to anyone

Overview:

The field of clinical research continues to accelerate and change at a rapid pace. Whether you work on the Sponsor, Clinical Research Organization (CRO) or site side of the industry, keeping up with anticipated changes and common trends is essential. This workshop aims to bring clinical research professionals together to connect and learn about the upcoming trends in clinical research. Our first workshop will cover Personalized Medicine and Clinical Trials. We will discuss current operational challenges and possible solutions to conducting complex precision medicine trials. Come join us as we discuss current trends and the future of clinical research!

Hosted By:

Lauren Wall, MS Director, Clinical Research Operations University of Chicago - Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology Oncology

Lauren has over 11 years of experience in Hematology/Oncology clinical research operations spanning industry and academic healthcare. Lauren currently oversees the clinical research operations in the section of Hematology Oncology at the University of Chicago. Her primary responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and overseeing daily clinical research for over 300+ clinical trials. Prior to taking her role in the academic setting, Lauren worked at an Oncology CRO where she gained experience in clinical trial monitoring, auditing and project management. Lauren holds an MSc degree in Clinical Research Administration from the George Washington University.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
tbd
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: PDEVENT
Section: 17W6
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: February 28
Tuition: $10.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–7:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
February 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Advanced Manuscript Editing
03/2/2017 to 03/4/2017

EDIT 11300 | Advanced Manuscript Editing

Mastery of book manuscript editing requires a thorough knowledge of style and editorial judgment. What are the demands of the reader? How does an editor choose one style over another? This three-day intensive course will engage students in a discussion of the decisions an experienced editor will make in preparing a book-length manuscript for publication, including assessing the organization of information, author-editor relations, and sending files to design.

Advanced Manuscript Editing is a required class for students enrolled in the Editing Certificate.

Students must complete both Basic Manuscript Editing and Intermediate Manuscript Editing before enrolling in this class or have permission from the program manager.

Note: Students in the in-person section are asked to read beforehand and bring to class The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller. This text is widely available for sale online. Students should also bring the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style to class.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):

Basic Manuscript Editing and Intermediate Manuscript Editing

Instructor:
Ruth Goring
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: EDIT 11300
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 2 to March 4
Tuition: $1,125.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Online Registration Close Date:
February 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Consumer Behavior
03/2/2017 to 04/1/2017

IMKT 21800 | Consumer Behavior

Consumers are the lifeblood of the marketing industry, and your success as a marketer depends on your ability to understand and connect to their buying behavior. This course teaches you to appreciate the fact that all marketing decisions are based on assumptions about consumer behavior. Throughout this course, you will learn to understand the role consumer behavior plays in designing strategies to create customer value, comprehend the overall relationship between marketing strategy and consumer behavior, and be able to describe the internal and external influences in consumer behavior. By the end of the course, you will understand how to market to consumers, but you will also become a better-informed and more effective consumer yourself.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Ilan Geva
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: IMKT 21800
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 2 to April 1
Tuition: $1,000.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:30 PM–9:00 PM
Thu
6:30 PM–9:00 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–3:00 PM Sat 6/10/2017 (with a 1-hour lunch break)

Online Registration Close Date:
February 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

First Friday: Counterlives: Philip Roth in Context 03/3/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: Counterlives: Philip Roth in Context

Fiction is an opportunity to entertain roads not taken, to live vicariously, to test the boundaries of one’s empathic potential and open-mindedness. Even the most autobiographical writers are aware of this dimension of their art. Philip Roth, who coined the word “counterlife,” might be the most thorough living explorer of this function of literature. In his oeuvre, counterlives are a trope, a theme, and a prompt for reflection on that exclusively human way of conquering mortality called imagination. The lecture will consider Roth’s counterlives in the context of the Western tradition, e.g., Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Fernando Pessoa, and Kafka.

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Katia Mitova
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17W3
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: March 3
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 3, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Essentials of Grammar for Professionals
03/6/2017 to 04/4/2017

EDIT 27400 | Essentials of Grammar for Professionals

Even high performing professionals sometimes pause over the rules and structure of grammar. Grammar for Professionals is an ideal course for the busy working professional who has forgotten the grammar taught in school or wants to revisit and freshen up on specific topics.

The course will cover: Overall grammar, consistency, and style rules Punctuation Verbs and verb tenses Adjectives and adverbs Dangling modifiers, verb agreement, and qualifiers Editing your own work Clear and strong business writing: resumes, cover letters, and emails.

This course is open to the public and students in the Editing Certificate may take this course as an elective.

Synchronous sessions: March 18, 25, April 1st, April 8. Saturdays 9:00 to 10:00 am.

Online
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Patrick Casey
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: EDIT 27400
Section: 17W7
Location: Online
Dates:
March 6 to April 4
Tuition: $975.00
Days/Times:



Online Registration Close Date:
February 20, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Statistical Concepts for Clinical Research
03/6/2017 to 04/8/2017

CLIN 17300 | Statistical Concepts for Clinical Research

This course introduces basic statistical concepts, such as hypothesis testing, the meaning of P value, and power determination. Other concepts covered that have particular relevance to clinical research design and monitoring are the importance of randomization and randomization procedures, stratification, crossover designs, nonrandomized concurrent control studies, and the use of historical controls will also be introduced.

Synchronous sessions on: March 18, 25, April 1, 8  from 10-11AM.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Melvin Munsaka
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: CLIN 17300
Section: 17W7
Location: Online
Dates:
March 6 to April 8
Tuition: $1,300.00
Days/Times:



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
February 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Seminar: Performing Under Pressure: Mastering... 03/7/2017

PDEVENT | Seminar: Performing Under Pressure: Mastering Emotional Intelligence

Online Registration only.

Open to anyone

Overview:

We are brilliant individuals who possess intelligence and technical skills, right? Then why are we having difficulty managing others and/or collaborating on a team? The answer is simple. Our IQ is outweighing our EQ – Emotional Intelligence. Emotions drive behavior, good or bad, and determine whether appropriate or inappropriate action is taken. When we are emotionally intelligent, we have the ability to manage our own emotions and others, particularly when under pressure. Research has proven that those with higher levels of emotional intelligence enjoy a greater earning potential, have less absenteeism and experience greater workplace success as it relates to people management, decision making, and communication skills. This seminar provides both theoretical and practical application techniques through the use of open dialogue, group work, and/or individual exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the biological basis and business case for emotional intelligence
  • To recognize the five categories of EQ skills in work life and relationships
  • To focus on specific ways to practice and improve one’s emotional intelligence
  • To develop your Emotional Intelligence Action Plan

Presenter:

Samantha ColemanDr. Samantha Coleman is an award-winning leader, educator and professional counselor. She began her career working in mental health facilities, psychiatric hospitals, crisis programs, and private practices. Coleman’s endeavor as a socially responsible entrepreneur has also brought her into the landscape of both public and higher education. Her ability to both lead and manage allow her to visualize the large picture and the minute details that are necessary for true impact within an organization and its program delivery. Her clinical skills allowed for Assist Her, Inc. have become a heralded training for Master’s level interns from notable psychology and social work programs, such as the University of Illinois at Chicago Applied Psychology Program, Jane Addams School of Social Work, Dominican University, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology just to name a few. Dr. Coleman’s expertise in leadership, management, systems, culture, career advancement, etc. have found her in the classroom as a Professor preparing adult learners for their future careers as scholars and practitioners. She has a talent for formulating information into a framework that creates understanding of core concepts.

Dr. Coleman is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (PhD, Organizational Leadership), Concordia University (M.A. Community Counseling) and The University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A. Psychology). Her research interests revolve around Work Engagement and Psychological Capital (PsyCap).

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
tbd
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: PDEVENT
Section: 17W4
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: March 7
Tuition: $10.00
Days/Times: Tue
6:00 PM–7:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 7, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Managerial Analysis:Tools for Better Decisions
03/9/2017 to 05/4/2017

FIND 21200 | Managerial Analysis:Tools for Better Decisions

Financial accounting looks back at past financial performance and generates statements meant especially for a company’s external stakeholders, such as investors, lenders, and government regulators. Managerial analysis looks forward and serves decision makers inside the company. This elective course shows you an array of practical, flexible tools you can employ to analyze and measure financial and organizational performance. This will help you manage and reduce costs, increase operational efficiency, identify profit-maximizing production and service volumes, improve internal controls, and develop performance metrics for critical business processes and operations. Department managers, financial managers, budget analysts, managerial accountants, and entrepreneurs will find the course valuable.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):

Financial Accounting

Instructor:
John Twombly
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: FIND 21200
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 9 to May 4
Tuition: $1,350.00
Days/Times: Thu
6:00 PM–9:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
February 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Behavioral Economics
03/9/2017 to 04/27/2017

FIND 21500 | Behavioral Economics

This elective course provides an overview of topics in behavioral economics. It focuses on using the concepts studied to both understand and improve financial and other decisions. Areas covered include thought systems, learning, biases, overconfidence, choices, and practical applications in finance and business.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Ira Goldberg PhD
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: FIND 21500
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 9 to April 27
Tuition: $1,350.00
Days/Times: Thu
6:00 PM–9:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
February 26, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

The Structure of Medical Articles
03/9/2017 to 03/11/2017

MEWE 21800 | The Structure of Medical Articles

In this interactive course, a brief overview of trial types and design will be given (including a refresher on basic concepts of biostatistics), after which each section of a standard medical manuscript will be dissected and discussed from various aspects and in a considerable detail, using examples from published literature. In addition, the students will be asked to come up with their own “trials,” to offer critical input on their colleagues’ thinking, and to take turns in a “hot seat,” where they will edit parts of a manuscript provided by the instructor (word by word, punctuation mark by punctuation mark) and explain each of their decisions. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the interplay between critical reading and writing, and the ways in which various components of a manuscript come together.

Note: Students who register 5 or fewer business days before the class runs are responsible for emailing the program manager for any pre-assignment.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Vojislav Pejovic
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: MEWE 21800
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 9 to March 11
Tuition: $1,400.00
Days/Times: Thu
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fri
9:00 AM–4:30 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
February 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Writer's Studio Jumpstart Session: Creating Breakout Characters... 03/11/2017

WRIT 22101 | Jumpstart Session: Creating Breakout Characters for Page, Stage, and Screen

Indelible, passionate, strong, single-minded characters allow us to see ourselves not just as we are but as we might be at our heroic or anti-heroic best. Because audiences thrill to identify with these higher versions of themselves overcoming extraordinary obstacles, breakout characters help sell stories and put the writer on the map. Using examples from contemporary media, we will unlock the mysteries of these larger-than-life icons and, using in-class exercises, discover ways to bring the characters we write into high definition, breakout focus.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Susan Hubbard
3 PD/CPDU
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: WRIT 22101
Section: 01
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: March 11
Tuition: $85.00
Days/Times: Sat
1:30 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 10, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Works of the Mind: Responses to Suffering: Greek... 03/12/2017

BPWOTM | Works of the Mind: Responses to Suffering: Greek Tragedy and the Religions

Suffering is a universal reality and affects us all either on our own or through those we love or in historical or natural catastrophes. Even culture has ways of responding to suffering. Three classic ways will be discussed in the lecture—Greek tragedies, Buddhism and Christianity.

David Tracy, Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions; Professor in the Committee on Social Thought

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
David Tracy
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: BPWOTM
Section: 17W3
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: March 12
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Sun
1:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 12, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Managing Integrated Marketing Communications
03/13/2017 to 04/8/2017

IMKT 11300 | Managing Integrated Marketing Communications

This course teaches you to express your brand values, your selling proposition, and your marketing themes and messages consistently through all your media and customer touchpoints. You will learn to coordinate a marketing campaign and manage and motivate a staff and agency team. You will set goals, allocate marketing resources, manage budget, measure whether goals are being met, and use data to guide important marketing decisions.

Gleacher Center
450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Prerequisite(s):

Successful Marketing & Brading for Competitive Advantages

Instructor:
Douglas Dome
Course Documents (if available):
Course Code: IMKT 11300
Section: 17W1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
March 13 to April 8
Tuition: $1,000.00
Days/Times: Mon
6:30 PM–9:00 PM
Wed
6:30 PM–9:00 PM
Sat
9:00 AM–3:00 PM Sat 4/8/2017 (with a 1-hour lunch break)

Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 3, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

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