Continuing Education Center (CEC)
 
Certificate and Diploma Programs 

The Continuing Education Center currently offers the following certificates and diplomas:

Diplomas:

Human Resource Management Diploma

Marketing Management Diploma

Project Management Diploma

  

Certificates:

Accounting Studies Certificate

Community Health Nursing Certificate

Critical Care Nursing Certificate

Essentials of Business Certificate

Financial Management Certificate

Human Resource Management Certificate

Interior Design Certificate

Leadership and Management in Nursing Certificate

Marketing Management Certificate

Nursing Informatics Certificate

Office Management Certificate

Project Management Certificate

Human Resource Management Diploma


 Objective

 This diploma program provides a comprehensive overview of HRM roles and responsibilities in the workplace from a strategic perspective. It fosters and develops the participants’ professional expertise and competencies. This diploma program involves an intensive education program using traditional classroom instruction, hands-on case studies, and executive presentations.

Diploma Requirements

This program consists of the following eight courses to be completed in four years:

CHRM 101 - Overview of Human Resource Management                                            42 hrs

This course introduces the main concepts of managing human resources in organizations,
discusses the various roles that HRM departments play and demonstrates how HR policies
and practices help support the business strategy. Topics include the strategic role of HRM,
job analysis and personnel planning, recruitment and selection, training and development,
performance management, compensation and retention as well as the ethical aspect of HRM.

CHRM 201 - Workforce Planning and Staffing                                                             42 hrs

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CHRM 202 - Total Compensation and Benefits                                                            42 hrs

This course conveys applied knowledge about compensation systems for aspiring HR
professionals. The course objective is to provide a solid understanding of the art of compensation
practice and its role in promoting companies’ competitive advantages. It is assumed that
students will be best prepared to assume the role of competent compensation strategist if they
possess a solid understanding of compensation practices. Thus, we will examine the context of
compensation practice, the criteria used to compensate employees, compensation system design
issues, employee benefits, and contemporary challenges that compensation professionals will
face well into the 21st Century.

CHRM 203 - Employee Training and Development                                                       42 hrs

Rapid changes in technology and job design, along with the increasing importance of learning-and knowledge-based organizations make training and development an increasingly important
topic in human resources development. In this course, the student will learn how to identify
training and development needs through needs assessments, analyze jobs and tasks to
determine training and development objectives, create appropriate training objectives, design
effective training and development programs using different techniques or methods, implement
a variety of different training and development activities, and evaluate training and development
programs.

CHRM 301 - Managing Human Behavior in Organizations                                             42 hrs

This course introduces students to many of the basic principles of human behavior that effective
managers use when managing individuals and groups in organizations. These include theories
relating to individual differences in abilities and attitudes, attribution, motivation, group dynamics,
power and politics, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational
structure and design.

CHRM 302 - Managing the Employment Relationship: HRM, Society and the Law         42 hrs

The purpose of this course is to increase student knowledge of legislation and practices related
to employment and labor law in the work environment and to provide an introduction to the basic
elements of the relationship between employers and their employees. This course provides an
overview of legal issues affecting human resources management. It focuses on the impact of
law on individuals in organizations, recognition of legal problems, and the legal impact of human
resources decisions. It also integrates employment and labor laws with social and economic
forces shaping the current diverse management-labor environment.

CHRM 401- Strategic Human Resource Management                                                      42 hrs

This course is intended to expose students to the “big picture” at the intersection of human
resource management, business policy, and competitive strategy. It covers both the design
and execution of human resource management strategies and is organized around two central
themes, namely: how to think systematically and strategically about aspects of managing the
organization’s human assets, and what needs to be done to implement these policies and achieve
competitive advantage. In essence, the course objective is to have students develop a broader
perspective of business through the development of a strategic HR viewpoint.

CHRM 402 - Advanced Topics in Human Capital Management                                        42 hrs

This course is designed to give the student insights into contemporary and future HRM issues.
It addresses leading-edge human resource management theories and practices in terms of
their ability to have a positive impact on organizational results and encourage desired employee
attitudes and behaviors. This course will help the student understand the diverse aspects of HRM,
while providing knowledge of the tools and techniques of the modern Human Resource Manager.
Main topics cover the importance of managing intangible assets, knowledge management and
learning organizations, flexibility, empowerment and ethics.

 

Marketing Management Diploma

 

Objective

The objective of this diploma is to provide an advanced and comprehensive overview of marketing from basic to strategic. The components of marketing, such as consumer behavior, sales management, marketing communication, marketing research, market segmentation, and strategic marketing planning will be emphasized.

Diploma Requirements

The program consists of the following eight courses to be completed in four years:

CMKT 101 - Principles of Marketing                                                                         42 hrs

This course is an overview of the scope of the marketing function and the environment affecting
marketing managers. Topics covered include the marketing environment and planning and
developing of the marketing mix.

CMKT 202 - Marketing Research                                                                              42 hrs

This course covers the entire research process: problem definition, data collection methods,
sample design, collection of data, tabulation and analysis, and presentation of results.

CMKT 301 - Marketing Communications and Advertising                                       42 hrs

This course is an overview of promotion management and integrated marketing communications.
Topics covered include behavioral foundations of marketing communications, environmental
influences on marketing communications, and the promotion management process and its
execution.

CMKT 302 - Sales Management                                                                               42 hrs

This course focuses on the activities of first-line field sales managers. It covers sales
management functions and strategies, developing the selling function, sales goals and structure,
building a sales program, and leading and motivating the sales force.

CMKT 401 - Services Marketing                                                                              42 hrs

This course is an overview of the process of marketing services. It includes a study of the
characteristics of services and their marketing implications, developing marketing strategies,
creating value, pricing and promoting the service performance, and ensuring a positive customer
experience.

CMKT 402 - Public Relations                                                                                     42 hrs

This course focuses on the communication between an individual or organization and the public
to promote stakeholder acceptance and approval. Students explore traditional and emerging
components of the public relations process through mass media, as well as the needs of different
types of businesses, such as corporations, non-profit organizations, and governmental offices.

CMKT 403 - Consumer Behavior                                                                               42 hrs

This course focuses on the customer as the key to market success. Topics covered include the
roles of a customer, market values a customer seeks, determinants of customer behavior, the
customer’s mind-set, customer decision-making, and customer-focused marketing.

CMKT 404 - International Marketing                                                                        42 hrs

This course is an overview of the scope and challenge of international marketing. Topics covered
include the cultural environment of global markets; assessing global market opportunities; and
developing and implementing global marketing strategies.

 

Project Management Diploma

 

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Certificates:

Accounting Studies Certificate

Community Health Nursing Certificate

Critical Care Nursing Certificate

Essentials of Business Certificate

Financial Management Certificate

Human Resource Management Certificate

Interior Design Certificate

Leadership and Management in Nursing Certificate

Marketing Management Certificate

Nursing Informatics Certificate

Office Management Certificate

Project Management Certificate

 

 

Accounting Studies Certificate


Objective

The objective of this program is to provide learning opportunities in selected aspects of accounting with emphasis on modern developments.

Certificate Requirements

This program consists of four courses to be completed in two years: 

CACT 101             Principles of Accounting I                                                                     42 hrs

This course introduces students to principles of recording transactions, the preparation of financial statements, and completion of the accounting cycle. 

CACT 201             Principles of Accounting II                                                                    42 hrs

This course is a continuation of Accounting I. It covers depreciation policies and procedures, depletion and amortization, income determination, partnership accounts, corporate capital accounts, dividends and retained earnings. 

CACT 301             Cost Accounting and Control                                                                  42 hrs

This course focuses on the nature and purpose of cost accounting; basic techniques of process and job costing; accounting of materials, labor and overhead; development and use of cost budgets and standards for planning and evaluation of performance; cost classification in relation to behavior; and cost condition statements as tools for evaluating alternative courses of action.

CACT 302             Auditing                                                                                                    42 hrs

This course focuses on the principles and procedures covering the public accountant’s responsibilities in examining and reporting on financial statements of business concerns, including professional ethics, legal responsibility scope, and application of audit procedures.

 

Community Health Nursing Certificate


Objective 

The post basic certificate program in community health nursing is designed to provide students with theories of nursing and principles underlying current community health nursing practice. The focus of care is on clients who may be represented as individuals, families, and small groups or larger aggregates and community. The nursing role is developed with emphasis on health maintenance, health promotion and disease prevention as facilitated by health teaching, and appropriate use of community resources. Critical inquiry using nursing research and epidemiological processes is fostered by didactic and clinical learning experiences. Clinical experiences are designed to enhance collaborating effectively with interdisciplinary team members in health care settings.

Concepts and theory are learned through various combinations of classroom discussions, lectures, and seminars, case studies, independent study and guided application in practice. The faculty will carry responsibility in the area of clinical practice by consultative services and participating in demonstrations. Emphasis is placed on the use of community sites including ambulatory care centers, homes, and schools, collaborative activities with Community Institutions and group teaching. The program includes 90 contact hours theory and 180 contact hours clinical.

Certificate Requirements

The post basic Community Health Nursing Certificate program consists of four courses: 

CNRS 310              Introduction to Theories and Concepts in Community Health Nursing         45 hrs

This course is designed to introduce students to theories of nursing and principles underlying current community health nursing practice, public health and primary health care. The focus of care is on clients who may be represented as individuals, families, and small groups or larger aggregates and community.  

CNRS 311              Practicum I: Application of Theories and Concepts                                       90 hrs

The practicum course provides students with field practice experiences through collaboration with other health professionals in primary health care settings, clients’ homes and schools. The focus of interventions is health promotion, health maintenance and the prevention of illness and disability.

CNRS 312 - Advance Concepts and Issues Relevant to Community/Public Health Nursing       45 hrs

This course addresses advanced concepts and issues relevant to community/public health nursing. Students are provided with advanced knowledge and skills in population, family and individual needs assessment. Areas of focus include health promotion, health education, and management of chronic diseases.

CNRS 313 - Practicum II: Planning and Evaluation of Community Based Interventions             90 hrs

This course provides field experiences designed to enhance collaborating with interdisciplinary team members in planning, organizing, delivering and evaluating population-focused programs to achieve health goals, including health promotion and disease prevention activities.

 

Critical Care Nursing Certificate


Objective

The program is designed to build on the knowledge and clinical experience of nurses. It consists of 90 contact hours theory and 180 contact hours clinical. The theory part tackles concepts and issues related to assessment, care, and evaluation of critically ill adults. The practicum part includes application of critical care concepts in assessing and managing evidence-based care to critically ill clients. Areas of emphasis include nursing assessment, interventions, and evaluation in critical illness, ventilatory assistance, hemodynamic monitoring, dysrhythmias and EKG interpretation.

The program is based on the nursing process as a framework for building theoretical knowledge and applying nursing care. Concepts such as critical care environment, relationship with patient and family, end-of-life care, infection control and safety, communication, documentation and critical thinking will be integrated in this course. Reading and understanding nursing research, doing library search and using information technology to enhance learning will be incorporated.

Certificate Requirements

The post basic Critical Care Nursing Certificate program consists of five courses:

CNRS 314 - Fundamental Concepts in Critical Care Nursing: Assessment and Evaluation        30 hrs

This course gives an overview of critical care nursing: critical care environment, relationship with patient and family, end-of-life care, infection control and safety, communication and documentation. It also focuses on dysrhythmia interpretation, EKG interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring, and ventilatory assistance

CNRS 315 - Nursing Management During Critical Care Illness                                                    60 hrs

This course aims at enhancing the participants’ know how in cases of shock, cardiac alterations, nervous system alterations, acute respiratory failure, acute renal failure, hematological and immune disorders, gastrointestinal alterations, endocrine alterations, trauma , and burns.

CNRS 316 - Practicum I: Critical Care Nursing: Assessment and Evaluation                               60 hrs

CNRS 317 - Practicum II: Critical Care Nursing: Management                                                     90 hrs

CNRS 318 - Practicum III: Code Management                                                                              30 hrs

 

Essentials of Business Certificate


Objective

The objective of this program is to provide learning opportunities in selected aspects of business with emphasis on modern developments. Some may consider enrolling in individual courses to continue their professional development and will be given attestations of courses completed.

Certificate Requirements

The program consists of the following six courses to be completed in three years:

CACT 101 - Principles of Accounting I                                                                                         42 hrs

This course introduces students to principles of recording transactions, the preparation of financial statements, and completion of the accounting cycle.

CMKT 101 - Principles of Marketing                                                                                              42 hrs

This course is an overview of the scope of the marketing function and the environment affecting marketing managers. Topics covered include the marketing environment and planning and developing of the marketing mix.

CECN 101 - Introduction to Economics                                                                                         42 hrs 

This course is a survey of economic principles that includes national income accounting and analysis, monetary and fiscal policies, and demand and supply analysis.

CMGT 101 - Principles of Management                                                                                          42 hrs

This course focuses on the functions of management: planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and control.

CECN 301 - Money and Banking                                                                                                     42 hrs

This course focuses on management of commercial banks, the structure of commercial banking, management of bank funds and the role of money in the economy.

CFIN 101 - Principles of Finance                                                                                                   42 hrs

This course is an introduction to the field of financial management, including the institutional framework of finance, the role of finance in the business firm, financial analysis, planning and control, working capital management, cash budgeting, and elements of capital budgeting.


 

Financial Management Certificate


Objective

The objective of this program is to introduce participants to the process of financial decision making to serve various business objectives in different settings. The program enables participants to deal with financial decisions facing businesses, household savers and institutional and individual investors. Participants cover the areas of financial management, financial reports, security analysis, and banking activities.

Certificate Requirements

The program consists of the following four courses to be completed in two years: 

CFIN 201               Business Finance                                                                                   42 hrs

This course is an introduction to major decisions a financial manager has to make, including assessment of the profitability of investment opportunities, short-term and long-term financing alternatives, risk-return tradeoff, and the concept of the goal of wealth maximization.

CFIN 301               Financial Statements Analysis                                                              42 hrs

This course focuses on the description and interpretation of reported and audited financial statements, limitations of company reports, analysis of financial ratios, examinations of professional practices regarding measurement and disclosure of financial information, and development of skills needed to read, analyze and evaluate financial statements. Prerequisite: Business Finance.

CFIN 302               Investment Analysis                                                                              42 hrs

This course focuses on the description and analysis of the sources of investment information, various investment vehicles, operations of security markets, trading environment, security valuation models, investment objectives, and modern techniques of investing in securities. Prerequisite: Business Finance.

CFIN 303               Commercial Banking                                                                              42 hrs

This course is an introduction to banking regulations, evolution of banking activities, description of banking accounts and lending practices, functions and operations of commercial banks, credit analysis, liquidity management, assets and liability management, profitability and adequacy measures. Prerequisite: Business Finance.

 

Human Resource Management Certificate


Objective

The objective of this certificate is to offer instruction on practical, current issues in the human resource field for professional development. Increasingly, companies in realize that a motivated, appropriately selected, trained, appraised and compensated workforce is critical to improving company financial performance and success. Human resource professionals facilitate this process through effective management of human resource issues.

Certificate Requirements

The Human Resource Certificate requires successful completion of four core courses to be completed in two years: 

CHRM 101             Overview of Human Resource Management                                        42 hrs

This course introduces the main concepts of managing human resources in organizations, discusses the various roles that HRM departments play and demonstrates how HR policies and practices help support the business strategy. Topics include the strategic role of HRM, job analysis and personnel planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management, compensation and retention as well as the ethical aspect of HRM.

CHRM 201             Workforce Planning and Staffing

CHRM 202             Total Compensation and Benefits                                                       42 hrs

This course conveys applied knowledge about compensation systems for aspiring HR professionals. The course objective is to provide a solid understanding of the art of compensation practice and its role in promoting companies’ competitive advantages. It is assumed that students will be best prepared to assume the role of competent compensation strategist if they possess a solid understanding of compensation practices. Thus, we will examine the context of compensation practice, the criteria used to compensate employees, compensation system design issues, employee benefits, and contemporary challenges that compensation professionals will face well into the 21st Century.

CHRM 203             Employee Training and Development                                                 42 hrs

Rapid changes in technology and job design, along with the increasing importance of learning- and knowledge-based organizations make training and development an increasingly important topic in human resources development. In this course, the student will learn how to identify training and development needs through needs assessments, analyze jobs and tasks to determine training and development objectives, create appropriate training objectives, design effective training and development programs using different techniques or methods, implement a variety of different training and development activities, and evaluate training and development programs.

 

Interior Design Certificate


Objectives

The Interior Design Certificate Program equips students with the methods and skills needed to temper the urgent problems generated by a rapidly growing demography and to create a friendly urban environment. The courses will address the different types of living spaces, the different concepts of  interior design, and the different methods for combining aesthetic factors with cost and functional    concerns. Graphic illustrations, sketches, case studies, AutoCAD, and real models will be used.

Target Participants

- All individuals with a Baccalaureate level of education may be able to join the certificate program.

- Professionals from other areas (engineers, architects, scientists, physicians) are encouraged to take courses from the program.

- Amateurs may also be admitted to the program on the basis of an interview with the program coordinator.

Certificate Requirements

The program consists of four courses:

CINR 101 - Introduction to Interior Design                                                                    42 hrs

This course will introduce students to the creation of living spaces, types of interior spaces, space organization, techniques of harmony and esthetics. It will focus on clarify­ing interior design concepts through graphics, sketches, colors and geometric instruments.

CINR 102 - Colors, Materials, and Lighting                                                                     42 hrs

This course introduces the elements that affect the interior spaces. It focuses on color and its implications; ideas of space and the use of color to solve spatial problems; color harmony and the way colors interact; color qualities and combinations; and the major finish materials used in today’s interiors from fabrics to wall coverings and hard surface materials. Students will also learn the fundamentals of lighting design in relation to interior spaces. Visits will be planned to art galleries and factories.

CINR 201 - Presentation Techniques for Interior Designers                                           42 hrs

This course focuses on how to present a technical drawing and a basic floor plan. The student will learn to develop interior elevations, and then transform the ideas and drawings into a polished presentation. The course will also introduce the basic tools necessary to translate drafting skills into a digital format using AutoCAD. Prerequisite: CINR 101

CINR 202 - Interiors Architecture Project                                                                        42 hrs

The emphasis of this course is on spatial problem-solving, influence of human factors on design, and the application of design principles to projects of varying scale, materials, and structure. This course will develop and expand students’ ability to solve complex design issues, and hence their drafting, rendering; presentation skills will also be enhanced. Prerequisite: CINR 201

 

Leadership and Management in Nursing Certificate


Objectives

The post basic program in Leadership and Management in Nursing helps build the managerial capacity of nurse managers or nurses in charge in leading and managing skills to ensure success in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. It emphasizes the use of creativity in problem solving and decision-making thus promoting critical thinking which is essential to the nursing process. It introduces nurses to the change process and control measures which contribute to the improvement of nursing practice. This program allows the nurses to examine their role as leaders in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Certificate Requirements

The program consists of four courses:

CNRS 301              Nursing Leadership Roles and Management Functions                          62 hrs

This course focuses on the requisites and foundations of successful and effective leadership and management. The topics that will be discussed include: organizational structure, strategic and operational planning, time management, staffing, communication, managing conflict, delegation, and performance appraisal.

CNRS 302              Managing Quality Improvement                                                              45 hrs

In this course, students will be provided with the basic concepts and tools necessary to manage quality improvement. Topics include: quality management and utilization, accreditation and risk management, patients relations and patients satisfaction as quality indicator, development of policies and procedures, human resource management, and evidence based nursing management.

CNRS 303              Advanced Management Practice                                                             15 hrs

This is an advanced short course that concentrates on the following major areas: development of policies and procedures, human resource management, and evidence based nursing management.

CNRS 304              Practicum                                                                                                 42 hrs

The practicum would be divided into clinical rotation with hands on or observation depending if the participants are Lebanese or not. Other rotations would be to Human Resources department, patient relation department, quality and risk management office, and nursing office for observation. This course includes a project writing related to improvement initiative or clinical problem.

 

Marketing Management Certificate


 Objective

The objective of this program is to provide participants with an understanding of the marketing-management process. The basic components of marketing, such as consumer behavior, marketing research, product distribution, promotion, and price planning will be emphasized.

Certificate Requirements

The program consists of the following four courses to be completed in two years:  

CMKT 101             Principles of Marketing                                                                         42 hrs

This course is an overview of the scope of the marketing function and the environment affecting marketing managers. Topics covered include the marketing environment and planning and developing of the marketing mix.

CMKT 202             Marketing Research                                                                               42 hrs

This course covers the entire research process: problem definition, data collection methods, sample design, collection of data, tabulation and analysis, and presentation of results.

CMKT 301             Marketing Communications and Advertising                                        42 hrs

This course is an overview of promotion management and integrated marketing communications. Topics covered include behavioral foundations of marketing communications, environmental influences on marketing communications, and the promotion management process and its execution.

CMKT 302             Sales Management                                                                                 42 hrs

This course focuses on the activities of first-line field sales managers. It covers sales management functions and strategies, developing the selling function, sales goals and structure, building a sales program, and leading and motivating the sales force.

 

Nursing Informatics Certificate


Objective

The post basic certificate in Nursing Informatics is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take a leadership role in the selection and implementation of health care information management systems, and in applying the knowledge gained from the information generated from these systems. This program entails five courses which focus on concepts and issues surrounding technology and information management in today’s rapidly changing health care environment.

Certificate Requirements

The post basic NI program consists of five courses:  

CNRS 305              Data, Information and Knowledge                                                           30 hrs

This course focuses on the nature of data, the concepts of information and knowledge, principles of relational database systems, operations, information systems, data sets, data standards and classification systems. During the course, students will be able to gain knowledge about developing a database.

CNRS 306              Informatics and the Health Care Delivery System                                 45 hrs

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of health care informatics. It focuses on the history of health care informatics, basic informatics concepts and health information management applications. During the course, students will discuss and compare information management applications related to administration, education, practice and research.

CNRS 307              System Lifecycle                                                                                      45 hrs

This course focuses on a structured approach to the selection and implementation of an information system. The course includes four sections corresponding to the five phases of the life cycle: planning, analysis, design, implementation and evaluation.

CNRS 308              Issues in Health Care Informatics                                                           30 hrs

This course is designed to encourage students to engage in a dialogue among themselves and with experts in the field of health care and health care informatics in order to come to some understanding of current issues. Using a single broad case study, students view the issues engendered by the case through the many-colored lenses of ethics, politics, society and law.

CNRS 309              Data Standards, Terminologies and Implications for Practice                30 hrs

This course focuses on Knowledge Representation: data standards, terminologies, and their implications for practice.  The terminologies component provides an overview for nursing, and other health care terminologies in use.  The data component describes the functions of data standards and implications for informatics as well as professional practices.

 

Office Management Certificate


Objective

The objective of this program is to develop efficient executive secretaries to facilitate the complex and demanding jobs of today’s executives.

Certificate Requirements

The program consists of the following four courses to be completed in two years:

CBUS 101              Introduction to Business                                                                      42 hrs

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to study many dimensions of the business system. Subjects covered include management and organization, human resource management, information for business decision-making, financial information, and business and its environment.

CBUS 102              Business English                                                                                    42 hrs

The purpose of this course is to focus on the communication requirements of participants in business situations in order to project a professional image and avoid costly mistakes. Guided activities include problem-solving, information transfer tasks, role playing and transfers to participants’ work environments to develop confidence in applying common uses of language structures, business terminology, and expressions.

CBUS 202              Office Procedures and Routines                                                             42 hrs

The purpose of this course is to present fundamental principles and successful practices for completing office work effectively and efficiently. Subjects covered include techniques for general secretarial duties, such as filing, information processing skills, preparing and publishing reports, handling mail and electronic messages, using effective telecommunication practices, making meeting arrangements, making travel arrangements, keeping company books and records, and maintaining good human relations proper etiquette.

CBUS 203              Office Automation                                                                                   42 hrs

This course is intended to introduce students to computer office automation systems which are designed primarily to improve office productivity and efficiency. It focuses on topics like managing documents, electronic filing systems, electronic mail, maintaining calendars and appointments, and word processing using Microsoft Word (advanced features like manipulating tables, merging documents, using style, outline, footnotes, pictures, etc.) and spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel (advanced features like formulas, functions, charts, page setup, database management, filtering, etc.).

 

Project Management Certificate

 

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