American University of Beirut

Continuing Education Center (CEC)

Background

In line with its mission to serve the region and its commitment to life-long learning, AUB offers a variety of certificate and diploma non-credit programs, non-certificate courses, intensive professional courses, and special programs for all ages as well as students with intellectual disabilities, school-age children, and children of AUB alumni.

All courses pertaining to CEC Certificates involve at least 30 contact hours per course and include at least four courses but can reach up to six courses per certificate. Furthermore, enrolling into a CEC Diploma program requires the completion of the relevant CEC Certificate. Diploma program requirements are usually eight courses (including certificate courses) and can reach up to twelve courses. All CEC courses are designed to include more practical case studies customized for professionals in the specialization area.

The Continuing Education Center (CEC) at the American University of Beirut promotes AUB’s motto “so that they may have life and have it more abundantly” and stands at the heart of AUB’s strategic plan in extending the resources of the University into the community by providing high-quality educational opportunities for people of all educational and professional levels.

Mission

The mission of CEC is to meet the lifelong educational and training needs of all learners in the local community in Lebanon, the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond. CEC aims to enhance professional and technical skills of individuals while addressing their needs for personal development and cultural enrichment.

Vision

CEC aspires to become a center of excellence in providing quality education and training in a variety of fields to a diverse population of learners in Lebanon, the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond.

General Criteria for Admission

Students applying to one of the certificate or diploma programs should submit a secondary school or university certificate. Also, a minimum score of 400 in EEE (TOEFL: CBT 163 or IBT 57) is required for admission. Applicants who are graduates of an English speaking university are exempted from the English language test. An applicant might also be required to report for an interview with the program coordinator.

A student with an EEE score of 350-399 (TOEFL: CBT 155 or IBT 50) will be allowed to take a maximum of two courses in one of the certificate programs provided that s/he sits for the EEE/TOEFL at the end of the first and/or second course and meets the minimum requirements. If the student does not meet the minimum required English score for entry into that program by the end of the second course, s/he will be disqualified from the certificate program and will not be allowed to register for another course in that certificate. The student will have to take more English courses before being allowed to re-register to complete the courses in that certificate program and become eligible for a certificate upon completion of course requirements.

Students applying for enrollment in the English language courses are required to sit for a placement test given at CEC.

Enrollment in all other courses is generally open to all learners from diverse educational backgrounds, unless stated otherwise.

Graduation Requirements for Certificate and Diploma Programs

A certificate or a diploma is offered upon the successful completion of all the required courses and the attainment of a minimum grade of 60 over 100 or (D) in each course along with a minimum cumulative average of 70 over 100 (GPA: 2.2). If the academic requirements change before the student finishes a specified program of study, the student may follow the new requirements upon the approval of the program coordinator.

CEC Programs of Study

CEC programs are designed to cater to the personal and professional growth needs of practitioners in a wide variety of areas including business and management, cultural and humanitarian studies, education, fine arts, foreign languages, health care, media and communication, as well as science and technology.

This section elaborates on the courses offered as part of the requirements towards 34 professional CEC Certificates and Diplomas as well as non-certificate courses. Certificate and Diploma programs are categorized according to different specialization areas, listed alphabetically under eight different tracks as shown in the following pages.

Business and Management

Accounting Studies Certificate

Objective

The objective of the accounting studies program is to provide learning opportunities to students who are interested in developing their business career by teaching them accounting principles, preparing of financial statements for different types of business organizations and enhancing their analytical and technical skills for the purpose of using financial data in decision making. Moreover, the program focuses on the relationship between the company’s management and the independent auditors, including the legal responsibilities and liabilities for each party.

Requirements

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

CACT 101Principles of Accounting I
CACT 201Principles of Accounting II
CACT 301 Cost Accounting and Control
CACT 302Auditing

Associate Project Management Certificate

Objective

The Associate Project Management program offers participants the opportunity to define, plan, and execute a project no matter how simple or complex it may be. Participants will acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to deliver successful projects, both on time and within budget, while meeting any performance specifications determined from the onset. Students will examine the key skills of a project manager and learn how to develop and apply those skills for project success. Participants will also learn how to create a project schedule, resource plan and budget and how to monitor and evaluate a project to manage time, cost, scope, and resources effectively.

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

CPRM 102Emotional Intelligence and Project Leadership
CPRM 103Project Schedule Management
CPRM 104Project Stakeholder Engagement and Management
CPRM 216Project Risk Analysis and Mitigation

Aviation Management Certificate

Objective

The objective of this program is to provide participants with thorough grounding in aviation-related topics which are management, operation, and regulation. The courses are carefully selected to equip the participants with the skills required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the aviation industry.

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

CAVM 101Air Transport Fundamentals
CAVM 102Aviation Policy and Regulation
CAVM 103Aviation Operations Management
CAVM 104Aviation Safety Management Systems

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 who may consider enrolling in individual courses to continue their professional development will be given attestations of completed courses.

Requirements

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

CACT 101Principles of Accounting I
CMKT 101Principles of Marketing
CECN 101Introduction to Economics
CMGT 101Principles of Management
CECN 301Money and Banking
CFIN 101Principles of Finance

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.

Requirements

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

CFIN 101Principles of Finance
CFIN 301Financial Statements Analysis
CFIN 302Investment Analysis
CFIN 303Commercial Banking

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 Lebanon 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.

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

CHRM 101Overview of Human Resource Management
CHRM 201Workforce Planning and Staffing
CHRM 202Total Compensation and Benefits
CHRM 203Employee Training and Development

International Commercial Arbitration Certificate

Objective

This program is intended for Lawyers, engineers, contractors, legal directors, corporate counsels from companies involved in international commercial arbitration, professionals and academics aiming for a career or to expand their knowledge in international commercial arbitration. The course will examine arbitration law and practice from a comparative, multi-jurisdictional perspective, and focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of modern international commercial comparative arbitration.

Requirements
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The program is composed of four courses to be completed in two years.

CABT 205Central Aspects & Agreement to Arbitrate
CABT 206Arbitral Tribunal, Jurisdiction, Powers, and Process
CABT 207Applicable Laws of Arbitration
CABT 208Arbitral Award

Leadership Skills Certificate

Objective

This program aims to introduce participants to the essential skills needed to be successful leaders in the field of social work. Participants will be guided to discover their leadership skills, strengths, and weaknesses. They will also learn how to design their own self-development plans and develop strategies to improve the organizations in which they are working.

Requirements

The program is composed of four courses to be completed within two years:

CLDS 100 Introduction to Leadership Skills
CLDS 202 Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Management
CLDS 203Understanding Oneself Understanding Others
CLDS 204Leading Oneself Leading Others

Marketing Management Certificate

Objective
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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.

Requirements​

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

CMKT 101Principles of Marketing
CMKT 202Marketing Research
CMKT 301Marketing Communications and Advertising
CMKT 302Sales Management

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.

Requirements

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

CBUS 101Introduction to Business
CBUS 102Business English
CBUS 202Office Procedures and Routines
CBUS 203Office Automation

Project Management Certificate

Objective

Managing projects has become one of the most important characteristics of modern organizations. This serves to focus responsibility and authority to achieve the organizational goals and retain better control, coordination, communication and customer relations. This certificate program provides participants with the ability to achieve these objectives via effective project management. Participants will master: (i) leadership and communication skills, (ii) project scheduling and cost control principles, (iii) stakeholders categorizing and managing and (iv) risk identification and mitigation.

Requirements

This program consists of the following four courses to be completed within two years:

CPRM 202 Project Leadership and Communication
CPRM 203 Project Management Scheduling and Control Tools
CPRM 204 Project Stakeholder Management
CPRM 316 Project Risk Management

Aviation Management Diploma

Objective

This diploma program equips participants with the skills required to pursue a successful career in various sectors of the air transport industry including airlines, airport companies and authorities, civil aviation departments, and air transport consultancies. The program provides the managerial and practical skills required to assist the participants to become more valuable employees or potential employees to international aviation businesses.

Requirements

The diploma program consists of ten courses divided over two parts which include the Aviation Management Certificate (four courses) plus the diploma focus (six courses). The following are the diploma focus courses to be completed within three years:

CAVM 201Aviation Strategic Management
CAVM 202Air Transport Economics
CAVM 203Aviation Marketing
CAVM 301Airport Design and Master Planning
CAVM 302Airline Business Management
CAVM 303Research Methods and Forecasting in Aviation

Human Resources 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.

Requirements

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

CHRM 101Overview of Human Resource Management
CHRM 201Workforce Planning and Staffing
CHRM 202Total Compensation and Benefits
CHRM 203Employee Training and Development
CHRM 301Managing Human Behavior in Organizations
CHRM 302Managing the Employment Relationship:
CHRM 401Strategic Management
CHRM 402Advanced Topics in Human Capital Management

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.

Requirements

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

CMKT 101Principles of Marketing
CMKT 202Marketing Research
CMKT 301Marketing Communications and Advertising
CMKT 302Sales Management
CMKT 401Services Marketing
CMKT 402Public Relations
CMKT 403Consumer Behavior
CMKT 404International Marketing

Project Management Diploma

Objective

Upon mastering basic Project Management (PM) skills and techniques in the PM certificate, this diploma offers an advanced and practical project management training in critical areas such as construction planning, financing, and economic feasibility, procurement, supply chain management, and quality assurance.

Requirements
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The PM diploma will be granted upon completing the four core courses of the PM certificate) CPRM, 202, 203, 204, and 316) plus five electives from the following list:

CPRM 301Pre-Project Planning
CPRM 302Design Project Management
CPRM 303Construction Project Management
CPRM 304Construction Contract Administration 
under the FIDIC Conditions​
CPRM 305Green Project Management and Sustainable Construction
CPRM 311Technology and Innovation Management
CPRM 312Program Management
CPRM 313Project Economic Feasibility
CPRM 314Managerial Risk and Decision Analysis
CPRM 315Supply Chain Management

Non-Certificate Business and Management Courses

Cultural and Humanitarian Studies

International Relations and Diplomacy Certificate

Objective

The objective of this program is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of international relations within the contemporary interdependent world, while placing a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy within this framework.

Requirements

This program consists of five courses to be completed within two years:

CCDC 101International Relations and Diplomacy
CCDC 201Global Governance and Diplomacy
CCDC 202Conflict Zone Mediation
CCDC 203Sustainable Development and the Global Markets
CCDC 204Cultural Diplomacy by the Arts, Music and Cinema

Humanitarian Certificate

Objective

This certification, in collaboration with DisasterReady, will introduce the Core Humanitarian Principles and Standards as a framework to support local organizations in establishing internal emergency response systems, improving the quality of response, and fostering collaboration. This is a blended certificate; courses are given online and in-person. Face-to-face classes are provided at AUB and the online self-study courses are available free of charge on DisasterReady. For instructions on how to access the online courses, please refer to the DisasterReady Guide.

Requirements
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This program consists of five courses to be completed within two years:

CHMN 201Principles and Standards of Humanitarianism
CHMN 202Safety, Security and Staff Care
CHMN 203Humanitarian Programming
CHMN 204Humanitarian Leadership and Operations

Education

Coaching for School-Based Improvement Certificate

Objective

This program provides training for individuals to become coaches who train school teams on how to lead school-based improvement based on TAMAM’s research based approach that is customized and grounded in the context of the Arab Region. This program prepares the coaches to acquire the needed skills and competencies to provide continuous guidance and support for the school teams while being coached on TAMAM eleven competencies, skills related to the school improvement journey, and the attitudes required to sustain their commitment to lead school-based improvement. Moreover, this program prepares the coaches with the appropriate approach to monitor the work of the school teams and to provide them with adequate support and challenge. The approach also prepares the coaches with the skills to negotiate with the administrators of schools to urge them to provide the teams with supportive conditions that sustain their commitment to engage in TAMAM activities and facilitate their work on leading the school-based improvement even after the gradual withdrawal of the coaches. The Program is based on international literature related to educational leadership and school improvement but is designed to fit the context of the Arab Region and is presented in Arabic Language.

Requirements

The program consists of the following four courses:

CEDU 217 Principles of School Improvement
CEDU 218Building Capacity to Lead Change
CEDU 219The school Improvement Journey
CEDU 220Coaching Roles and Responsibilities

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Objective

The purpose of this certificate is to expose practitioners and prospective teachers in various Early Childhood Education contexts to both theoretical and practical knowledge regarding current trends in early childhood education, child development and teaching, and practices in the field. It also aims to develop the related skills for better performance. New educational programs and approaches are explored in light of findings of new brain research regarding how children learn and develop. The implications for appropriate practices are studied in various areas which include curriculum, methods of instruction, classroom management, parental involvement, and the changing role of the teacher. Special emphasis is placed upon the inquiry method and the development of creative and critical thinking.

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

CECE 201Trends in Early Childhood Education
CECE 202Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the EC classroom
CECE 203Curriculum and Planning in Early Childhood Education
CECE 204Managing the Early Childhood Classroom

Life Centered Education Certificate

The program is composed of the following courses:

CLCE 110 Daily Living Skills I
CLCE 111 Daily Living Skills II
CLCE 112 Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills I
CLCE 113 Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills II
CLCE 114 Functional Math I
CLCE 115 Functional Math II
CLCE 116 Computer Skills I
CLCE 117 Computer Skills II
CLCE 200 Daily Living Skills III
CLCE 201 Daily Living Skills IV
CLCE 202 Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills III 
CLCE 203 Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills IV
CLCE 204 Money Management and Employment I
CLCE 205 Money Management and Employment II
CLCE 206 Computer and Expressive Arts III
CLCE 207 Computer and Expressive Arts IV
CLCE 300 Daily Living Skills V
CLCE 301 Daily Living Skills VI
CLCE 302 Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills V
CLCE 303 Self Determination and Interpersonal Skills VI
CLCE 304 Money Management and Employment III
CLCE 305 Money Management and Employment IV
CLCE 306 Computer and Expressive Arts V
CLCE 307 Computer and Expressive Arts VI

Objective

This certificate aims to provide students with special needs with a functional/career education program that responds to their needs and prepares them for career attainment. Its courses address a variety of subject matters in English, Arabic, Math, computer skills, drama, and art in addition to internships in selected business platforms.

The certificate’s program offers knowledge and skills for students to be effective, independent productive individuals in careers that are best suited to their likes and strengths.

Requirements
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The program is composed of eight courses:

CLCE 100English I
CLCE 101English II
CLCE 102Arabic I
CLCE 103Arabic II
CLCE 104Math I
CLCE 105Math II
CLCE 106Computer and Expressive Arts I
CLCE 107Computer and Expressive Arts II

Refer to “Next Step Program” on page 758.

Non-Certificate Education Courses


Fine Arts

Arabic and Oriental Music Studies (Instrument) Certificate

Objective

Provide a large diverse public (different ages and generations) with no previous musical knowledge, a basic appreciation and practice of Arabic and Oriental Music in its various aspects: theory, history, voice and instruments: wind, string, and percussion.

Requirements

CMUS 106 IOriental Music Instrument: Theory and Practice I
CMUS 107 IOriental Music Instrument: Theory and Practice II
CMUS 203 IOriental Music Instrument: Theory and Practice III
CMUS 204 IOriental Music Instrument: Theory and Practice IV

Arabic and Oriental Music Studies (Voice) Certificate

Objective

Provide a large diverse public (different ages and generations) with no previous musical knowledge, a basic appreciation and practice of Arabic and Oriental Music in its various aspects: theory, history, voice and instruments: wind, string, and percussion.

Requirements

CMUS 103 VTheory and Practice of Voice I
CMUS 104 VTheory and Practice of Voice II
CMUS 201 VVoice for Oriental Singing: Theory and Practice I
CMUS 202 VVoice for Oriental Singing: Theory and Practice II

Interior Design Certificate

Objective

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 are used.

Requirements

The program consists of four courses:

CINR 101Basic Skills for Interior Design
CINR 102Elements and History of Design Styles
CINR 201AutoCAD for Interior Designers
CINR 202Practice of Interior Design

Arabic and Oriental Music Studies Diploma

Objective

This course provides a large diverse public (different ages and generations) with no previous musical knowledge and a basic appreciation and practice of Arabic and Oriental Music in its various aspects: theory, history, voice and instruments: wind, string, and percussion. Holders of the Diploma will be at the level of music performers within an Ensemble.

Requirements

Students should complete one of the certificate music programs and the following courses:

CMUS 301 VVoice for Oriental Music: Theory and Practice III
CMUS 302 VVoice for Oriental Music: Theory and Practice IV
CMUS 303 IOriental Music Instrument: Theory and Practice V
CMUS 304 IOriental Music Instrument: Theory and Practice VI
CMUS 305Oriental Music Ensemble Practice I
CMUS 306Oriental Music Ensemble Practice II

Interior Design Diploma

Objective

This diploma 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.

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

CINR 101Basic Skills for Interior Design
CINR 102Elements and History of Design Styles
CINR 103Drawing and Rendering for Interior Spaces
CINR 201AutoCAD for Interior Designers
CINR 202Practice of Interior Design
CINR 203Technical Detailing and Executing Drawing
CINR 301Advanced Interior Architecture Project
CINR 302Supervised Research Project

Non-Certificate Fine Arts Courses

Foreign Languages

English Language

Courses are offered at all levels from beginners to advanced with emphasis on communication competence. Students who complete Level 7 are often able to pass the AUB English Entrance Exam (EEE) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Each student’s level is determined by a placement test given to all new applicants before the session begins.

CENG 101English Language Level 142 hrs.
CENG 102English Language Level 242 hrs.
CENG 103English Language Level 342 hrs.
CENG 104English Language Level 442 hrs.
CENG 105English Language Level 542 hrs.
CENG 106English Language Level 642 hrs.
CENG 107English Language Level 742 hrs.

اللغة اإلنكليزية

مدة الدورة: 12 اسبوع، 7 ساعات في االسبوع

المسـتوى: االول حتى السابع

 الـــدوام: من العاشرة حتى الثانية عشرة ظهراً او من الخامسة والنصف حتى السابعة والنصف مساء

دورة مكثفة في اللغة االنكليزية تهدف الى تمكين المشتركين فيها من أصول اللغة في القراءة والكتابة والقواعد والمحادثة، وهي تشمل عدة مستويات يوزع الطالب فيها وفق ًا لمدى إلمام كل منهم بها

تحدد مستويات الطالب بنا ًء على نتائجهم في امتحان خاص للتصنيف ُيجرى قبل

إتمامهم عمليات التسجيل للدورة.


Arabic Language

Other Languages

Health Care

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 through consulting 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 theory contact-hours and 180 clinical contact-hours.

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

CNRS 311Introduction to Community Health Nursing
CNRS 312Practicum I: Application of Theories and Concepts
CNRS 313Advanced Concepts and Issues Relevant to Community/Public Health Nursing
CNRS 314Practicum II: Planning and Evaluationof Community Based Interventions​

Critical Care Nursing Certificate

Objective

The program is designed to build on the knowledge and clinical experience of nurses. It consists of 90 theory contact-hours and 90 clinical contact-hours. 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.

Requirements

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

CNRS 315Fundamental of Critical Care Nursing
CNRS 316Nursing Care Management of the Critically Ill Adult
CNRS 317Nursing Management of Acute Medical Surgical Emergencies
CNRS 318Practicum I: Critical Care Nursing: Assessment and Evaluation​
CNRS 319Practicum II: Critical Care Nursing: Management 
CNRS 320Practicum III: Code Management

Leadership and Management in Nursing Certificate

Objective

This program helps build the managerial capacity of nurse managers or nurses in charge of 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, an essential element in 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.

Requirements

The program consists of five courses:

CNRS 301Foundations of Leadership and Management in Nursing
CNRS 302Leading Towards Effective Patient Care Management
CNRS 303Managing Quality Improvement
CNRS 304Advanced Management Practice
CNRS 305Practicum

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.

Requirements

The post basic NI program consists of five courses:

CNRS 306Data, Information and Knowledge
CNRS 307Informatics and the Health Care Delivery System
CNRS 308 System Lifecycle
CNRS 309Issues in Health Care Informatics
CNRS 310 Data Standards, Terminologies and Implications for Practice​

Media and Communication

Journalism Certificate

Objective

This certificate offers a comprehensive insight into the theories and practices of journalism in the digital era. Its courses address a variety of areas, including media law, ethics of reporting, digital storytelling, visual media production, investigative journalism, mobile reporting, cyber activism, in addition to other relevant fields in modern journalism. The certificate’s program aims to advance the participants’ skills and capabilities when reporting on multimedia platforms.

Requirements

The program is composed of four courses in journalism.

CJRN 201Media Law and Ethics
CJRN 202 Investigative Journalism
CJRN 203 Mobile Reporting
CJRN 204Multimedia Journalism

Strategic Communication Certificate

Objective

This certificate provides an overview of strategic communication skills and requirements in traditional media, social media, as well as corporate sector institutions. The courses address topics that range from interpersonal communication skills, public speaking, public relations, campaigning, image production, branding, in addition to variety of advertising and marketing techniques. The certificate aims to boost the participants’ capabilities in terms of constructing, packaging, promoting and selling ideas in competitive marketplaces.

Requirements

This program consists of four courses in strategic communication:

CSTC 201 Public Relations
CSTC 202 Communication Campaigns
CSTC 203 Corporate Identity and Branding
CSTC 204 Interpersonal Communication

Journalism and Strategic Communication Diploma

Objective

The Certificate offers a comprehensive insight into the practices of journalism in the digital age. The courses address a wide range of issues related to media ethics, digital storytelling, visual media production, investigative journalism, mobile reporting, in addition to other relevant fields in journalism. Through its diverse topics, rigorous content and interactive exercises, the program aims to advance the participants’ skills and expertise when creating content for multimedia platforms.

Requirements
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The program is composed of eight courses: four in journalism, and four in strategic communication. In other words, to complete this diploma program, students must complete the Journalism certificate and the Strategic Communication certificate.

CJRN 201 Media Law and Ethics
CJRN 202 Investigative Journalism
CJRN 203 Mobile Reporting
CJRN 204 Multimedia Journalism
CSTC 201 Public Relations
CSTC 202 Communication Campaigns
CSTC 203 Corporate Identity and Branding
CSTC 204 Interpersonal Communication

Science and Technology

Mobile Application Development Certificate

Objective

The objective of this certificate is to teach students the skills needed to advance in a career of mobile application design and development.

Requirements

This program consists of four courses to be completed within two years.

CMAD 200Developing Hybrid Mobile Apps with PhoneGap
CMAD 201Developing Android Apps
CMAD 202Developing iOS Apps
CMAD 203Developing Windows Phone Apps

Web Application Development Certificate

Objective

The objective of this certificate is to enable students with the skills needed to advance in a career of web application design and development and, eventually, architecture. Students will be creating high standard, performance and secure real-world web application projects that will involve interacting with databases, such as MySQL and MS SQLSERVER as well as Cloud Databases.

Requirements

This program consists of six courses to be completed within three years.

CWAD 200Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
CWAD 201Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
CWAD 202Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
CWAD 203Developing PHP Web Applications
CWAD 204Developing Node.js Applications
CWAD 205Developing Single Page Applications with AngularJS 

Certificate and Diploma Programs Course Descriptions

Special Programs

The SPAAC Summer Program

Program Overview

The American University of Beirut’s Continuing Education Center (CEC), in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations and the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB), hosts the SPAAC Summer Program to enhance participants’ knowledge of Lebanese culture and expand their understanding of the modern Middle East while experiencing campus life at AUB.

The SPAAC Program is a rich and pleasurable educational experience, and a unique opportunity to enjoy the summer, make new friends, get a taste of college life, and explore Lebanon.

The summer program is open to bright and motivated students from around the world between the ages of 14 and 18. Participants’ stay on campus is facilitated and carefully supervised by our highly qualified staff. Participants will be accompanied by staff on all planned activities including on-campus activities and field trips to extraordinary historical sites throughout Lebanon.

Program Structure

Academic Courses

Participants will take courses in classical and colloquial Arabic. We use a curriculum rich in social and cultural activities. Participants will also take courses in early history, contemporary history, soft skills, and the archaeology of Lebanon and the region (a combination of field trips and time in the classroom). The language of instruction is English. Arabic will be used when appropriate.

All participants will take the following courses:

  1. Arabic Language (Level 1 or Level 2)

  2. This course aims to enhance participants’ real-life communication skills and enable them to develop proficiency in the Arabic language by emphasizing the use of the language in meaningful contexts rather than solely focusing on grammar rules. The course puts an emphasis on building fluency and ease in understanding and expressing ideas in Arabic.

    In addition to strengthening students’ linguistic foundation, the course also introduces them to Lebanese society, history, and culture through folk tales, songs, poems, and short stories that depict various aspects of the country’s cultural heritage.

  3. Lebanese Culture and Heritage

  4. This course links the land located on the shores of the east end of the Mediterranean Sea with a series of civilizations and armies that either settled or occupied that land from the Phoenicians or Canaanites all the way through to the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, and the French, until we reach the point when Lebanon, as we know it today, was created and got its independence.

  5. Contemporary Lebanese Studies

  6. This course aims at giving participants a better understanding of Lebanon from the prehistoric period until the modern day. The archaeology program starts with a general introduction to archaeological sites in Lebanon and surveys prehistoric Lebanon.

Elective Courses​

Participants may choose to participate in one or two afternoon courses (Drawing, The Young Designer, Well-Being Through Acting, Folk Dance, and Cooking).

  1. Drawing

  2. Students will learn how to execute a freehand drawing from observation. They will use a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, and ink to draw from still life and nature. Basic principles of composition, proportion, and perspective are stressed. This course will also cover the theory of color and the different types of color mediums and techniques.

  3. The Young Designer

  4. This is a fun and engaging course for creative minds to explore graphic design, product design, interior design, and architecture.

  5. Well-Being Through Acting

  6. This course utilizes acting techniques and exercises that provide essential tools for participants’ overall well-being and their development as stronger members of their communities, while helping them overcome the anxieties, insecurities, and expectations that they may be experiencing.

  7. Folk Dance

  8. This course introduces participants to Lebanese cultural roots through the Lebanese traditional dance “dabke.” The course aims at teaching participants the basic dabke steps, which they will then be able to practice at Lebanese community gatherings and/or during other special occasions.

    Other Activities


    Participants will participate in community engagement activities organized by AUB’s Center for Civic Engagement and Community Services. They will also enjoy dinner outings to various places in Beirut.

    Country Excursions


    One-day trips to significant historical and cultural destinations will ensure participants’ exposure to the rich diversity Lebanon has to offer.

    Among the field trips that may be organized are:

    • Visits to archaeological and historical sites in Jbeil, Batroun, Beiteddine, Mousa Castle, Baalback, and Jeita
    • Hikes in the Cedars and Qadisha Valley
    • A visit to a Lebanese beach

    Meals and transportation on planned excursions are included in the program cost.

Next Step Program

The “Next Step” program is a collaborative initiative between the Lebanese Down Syndrome Association (LDSA) and the Continuing Education Center at the American University of Beirut targeting students with intellectual disabilities. It is a university-based higher-education program for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities whose main objective is to introduce an innovative educational environment that facilitates the learning and practice of both vocational and life skills needed to participate in the workforce and reach independent living.

Vision

The “Next Step” program aims at establishing a post-secondary educational program that focuses on and caters for the individual needs and career choices of each student, as per the following criteria:

  • The program positively nurtures and supports the students’ strengths and interests.
  • The program provides mentoring and guidance in the students’ chosen career paths.
  • The program is versatile and diverse in terms of the curriculum and educational set-up, and the tools and strategies that will be used are adaptable to respond to each individual need.
  • The program will follow-up on the students’ implementation of the skills they have learned, evaluate their impact, and accommodate their placement and employment.
Program Models

The “Next Step” program is modeled, inspired, and adapted after different models that have been successfully implemented around the world and whose impact has been considered a breakthrough in the lives and quality of employment for people with intellectual disabilities.

Examples of similar programs:

  • Lesley University, Threshold Program, Cambridge
  • University of Iowa, Reach Program, Iowa City

The main source of curriculum material used by the “Next Step” program is extracted from the Life Centered Education resources published by the Council for Exceptional Children, Virginia. Another source of information and guidance has been Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.

The Life Centered Education Program (LCE)

Life Centered Education (LCE) is a research-based program developed by the Council of Exceptional Children led by a task force of leading transition professionals. The LCE curriculum is designed for students who have learning disabilities, mild intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and those whose ability to live independently is in question. Since its creation, practitioners and professionals have developed and refined the curriculum so that it continues to provide a viable approach for life skill and transition education for students with special needs. During the process, the curriculum has grown to become the most widely used transition education program used in the U.S. in all fifty states.

The LCE curriculum matrix identifies three critical domains for adults living in the 21st century, and then, it further divides these domains into twenty core competences:

  1. Daily Living Skills Teaching students how to use and manage their personal finances, households, personal needs, family responsibilities, food preparation, citizenship responsibilities, and leisure activities.
    1. Managing Personal Finances
    2. Selecting Adequate Housing
    3. Caring for Personal Needs
    4. Demonstrating Relationship Responsibilities
    5. Buying, Preparing, and Consuming Foods
    6. Buying and Caring for Clothing
    7. Exhibiting Responsible Citizenship
    8. Utilizing Recreational Facilities and Engaging in Leisure
    9. Choosing and Accessing Transportation
  2. Self-Determination and Interpersonal Skills Helping students develop self-awareness, self-confidence, socially responsible behavior, effective interpersonal and communication skills, and positive agency and decision-making.
    1. Understanding Self-Determination
    2. Becoming Self-Aware
    3. Developing Interpersonal Skills
    4. Communicating With Others
    5. Good Decision Making
    6. Developing Social Awareness
    7. Understanding Disability
  3. Employment Skills Paving way to employment possibilities and choices by teaching constructive work habits, physical and manual skills, specific job competencies, and seeking and maintaining jobs.
    1. Knowing and Exploring Employment Opportunities
    2. Exploring Employment Choices
    3. Seeking, Securing, and Maintaining Employment
    4. Exhibiting Appropriate Employment Skills

Refer to ”Life Centered Education Certificate” on page 717

. Lesson Plans

The twenty competencies are further divided into ninety-four sub-competencies and broken down by objective. Within each objective are at least three lesson plans that follow an Awareness, Explanation, Preparation (AEP) learning sequence in order to ensure true content mastery. Many lesson plans have accompanying fact sheets, worksheets, and other activities that provide additional engagement and hands-on learning. It is also important to note that while most of the LCE instruction occur within the classroom, a considerable amount of home and community-based experience is also incorporated to maximize impact.

Genius Mind Summer Program for Kids

The “Genius Mind” yearly summer program focuses on developing the technical and innovation skills of our children between ages of 7 and 11 years.

Our Curriculum is proprietary and has the goal of equipping our young children, with the required skills, for the challenging 21st Century.

These skills include:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration

The Program is set to fill-in the gap between the standard adapted schooling curriculum, and the dynamically changing professional job market.

At “Genius Mind”, our students will be introduced to various topics ranging from sciences, technology, coding, robotics, arts and crafts with some history and daily team building physical activities.

These applied topics will further support the education of our children with emphasis on improving their critical thinking and group collaboration.

Future Developer Summer Program for Kids

The Future Developer is an IT based program organized yearly during the summer for students between the ages of (12 – 18). Learning in focused on Programming in JAVA, Front-end Web Development, Mobile Application Development on Android, Mobile Application Development on iOS, and Game Development in an interactive learning atmosphere while enjoying AUB top notch Instructors, State of Art Labs, and outstanding Campus.

Program Structure
  1. Developing Mobile Applications with Android Platform
    1. Develop basic Android application
    2. Test Android applications using the Android emulator and student’s own device
    3. Publish Android application on Google Play store
  2. Developing Mobile Applications with iOS Platform
    1. Learn the fundamentals of Objective-C and Swift programming
    2. Develop appropriate application user interface (UI)
    3. Develop basic iOS application
    4. Publish iOS application on Apple store
  3. Web Applications (Front-end web development basics)
    1. Understand the web page layout
    2. Write the appropriate HTML5 and CSS3 code to design a powerful nice looking website
    3. Use JavaScript to add more functionality to the website
    4. Publish the website online
  4. Programming in Java (Java Basics)
    1. Understand the fundamental concepts of object-oriented programming
    2. Develop the skills needed to write, test, and debug Java programs
  5. Game Development (Unity3D)
    1. Understand the Unity Interface
    2. Create Scenes
    3. Create Unity Game Objects
    4. Apply Physics to your Game
    5. Create simple games and deploy them

Scholarships and Endowments

Refugees Aid Scholarship

The Continuing Education Center at the American University of Beirut has launched a Syrian Refugee Training Program using a designated fund. The Objective of the program is to equip the participants with tools to help them rebuild their country as well as to enhance their living conditions. The program will provide education for students and teachers by providing:

  • The following Five Teaching Certificates: (4 courses each, total of 120 Contact hours)
    • Early Childhood Education (Nursery, KG1, KG2)
    • Special Needs Education (Learning Disabilities| Nursery- Grade 4)
    • Elementary School Education (Grades 1-5)
    • Middle School Education (Grades 6-9)
    • Secondary School Education (Grades 10-12).
  • Professional Certificates (4 courses each, total of 120 Contact hours) in the following specializations:
    • Office Management
    • Essentials of Business
    • Associate Project Management.
  • English Language:
    • Level I
    • Level II
    • Level III
    • Level IV
    • Level V

This scholarship extends over a period of five years (2017-2023) where each year we will be teaching 215 participants.

WAAAUB Abu Dhabi Chapter CEC Endowed Fund

The WAAAUB Abu Dhabi Chapter made a gift that was allocated towards the “WAAAUB Abu Dhabi Chapter CEC Endowed Fund”.

This gift was made by the Chapter to expand the benefits of CEC offerings in Lebanon and the region.

The annual return of the endowment fund will be allocated to support selected CEC Diploma students to complete their CEC diploma courses. The fund will cover up to two courses per student that s/he is taking as part of the graduation requirements for a CEC Diploma after the completion of the relevant CEC Certificate. Scholarship eligibility include:

  • First priority: students applying or registered for a CEC diploma program: Scholarship will be offered to student(s) with the highest GPA of courses taken towards the relevant CEC certificate. Any student can benefit up to a maximum of two courses pertaining to a CEC Diploma.
  • Second priority: if funding is still available, then eligibility for students registered for CEC Certificate programs will be based on the highest GPA of at least two courses taken by the student towards the CEC certificate. Any student can benefit up to a maximum of one course pertaining to a CEC Certificate.

CEC Rules and Regulations

AUB EEE

Applicants who need to sit for the AUB EEE should register for the test two days prior to the examination day, pay an exam fee, and submit two passport photos and an identity card. Registration and test administration are done in Nicely Hall, Room 500.

Student IDs

CEC students are provided with AUB identification cards, which they should carry while on AUB campus. In case the student loses the ID card that s/he gets upon registration, s/he can get a new one by paying a replacement fee.

Course Offerings

The updated course listing is posted each term on the CEC website. CEC is under no obligation to offer any of the certificate or diploma courses at all times.

Course Cancellations

CEC reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrolment or other unavoidable circumstances. All registrants will be notified, and a complete refund is made automatically.

Student Withdrawal

For students deciding to withdraw from a course in which they have already registered, fees are refunded according to the CEC refund policy on which the applicant signs. Requests for refunds are not accepted after the third week of classes. Refund checks may take up to four weeks for processing.

Attendance

Attendance to all classes is required. CEC instructors will record attendance at the beginning of each session. A student who is absent for more than one fifth the number of sessions of a course without valid excuse will not be entitled to a final grade for that course. The student will receive a “W” grade. Late arrivals and early departures are tracked by the class instructor, the result of three unexcused late arrivals and/or early departures will be equivalent to a day of absence. Late arrivals and early departure are recorded if the student arrives 15+ minutes late or leaves 15+ minutes before.

Access to University Facilities

  • Students enrolled in CEC courses are entitled to use the reading facilities at the university libraries but not to check out books.
  • CEC students are not entitled to free access to Charles Hostler Student Center. Those who wish to join may apply for a paid monthly membership.

Examinations

Final Examinations are held within one week of the last class session.

Repeating a Course

A student is not allowed to register for the same course more than two times.

Attestations and Transcripts

Attestations are offered to students who are enrolled in CEC courses. Requests for attestations can be submitted to the CEC office and may take up to three working days to be ready. Transcripts are provided by the Registar’s Office. The student should fill out a request form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

Holidays

The CEC follows the AUB calendar with respect to holidays.

AUB Rules and Regulations

All students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations of the University.

Change of Personal Information

Students are encouraged to inform CEC about any changes in their contact information.

Contact CEC

Continuing Education Center, PO Box 11-0236

Riad El Solh 1107 2020 - Beirut, Lebanon

Phone: +961-1-350000 or 374374, ext.3140

+961-1-759675

Email: cec@aub.edu.lb

Website: www.aub.edu.lb/cec


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