The 2011 International Summer Institute

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We now live in a world where national boundaries are becoming meaningless. In a global market, competition for customers requires a special understanding of the delicacies of international relationships, whether from a cultural, financial or regulatory standpoint.

With the increasing emphasis on the global economy and international cooperation, everyone needs to understand that their role as citizens of the world is more important than their role as citizens of a particular country.

A global point of view is not one easily obtained in a classroom. This is true whether you're a student in China, Turkey, Japan, Jordan or the United States. What is critically important is that today's students develop global awareness as well as sensitivity to customers and their cultural differences. The 2011 International Summer Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will provide an international group of students with an in-depth understanding of the educational and cultural subtleties of New England and America.

Summer is the perfect time for you to try something new. Join us at the University of Massachusetts Lowell!

Note: the deadline for registering for this program for domestic students is June 11, 2011.

Inn & Conference Center

While attending classes you will be staying on campus at UMass Lowell's Inn & Conference Center.

There is a lot to like about Lowell, where you will find the best places for indoor rock climbing, live music, shopping and more.

During your free time, you can explore, within driving distance, many local landmarks, including Historic Lowell Massachusetts, the home of the American Industrial Revolution!

Our summer program includes the following classes (See course descriptions below):
Undergraduate (July 12-August 1, Mondays through Fridays)
Graduate (Evening courses: Mondays through Thursdays, beginning July 11 - August 1;
Day courses, Mondays through Fridays, beginning July 12- August 1)

Health and Environment
30.308-042 Global Health

Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts
47.101-042 General Psychology
49.403-042 International Economics
49.401-042 Special Topics in Economics: International Development and Finance
73.515-042 Special Topics: Technology, Arts, & Learning

Plastics Engineering
26.203-042 Introduction to Polymeric Materials, Processing, and Testing

Electrical Engineering:
16.528-042 Alternative Energy Systems
16.710-042 Principles of Nanoelectronics

Management
61.610-042 Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
61.300-042 Introduction to Investments
61.691-042 International Finance
62.311-042 Marketing Opportunity Analysis
63.489-042 Current Topics: Business Intelligence
63.640-042 Enterprise Systems for Management
64.361-042 Starting a New Venture
66.480-042 Current Topics: International Management
64.480-042 Current Topics: Social Entrepreneurship
64.480-044 Current Topics: Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization

Sciences
95.383-042 Astronomy and Astro Physics I

Education
02.507-042 Academic Writing for English Language Learners
08.659-042 Strategies for Instruction in Higher Education

Tuition for two undergraduate courses is $6,500 and for two graduate courses, $6,750. This will include your accommodations (single occupancy) and meals.

All courses are 3 credits and are available to University of Massachusetts Lowell students. Any questions regarding the placement of these courses in your academic plan should be directed to your advisor.

For international students and scholars who may have questions regarding pre-arrival concerns and post-arrival academic and cultural adjustment related issues, please contact:

Maria Conley, Director International Students & Scholars Office
Phone: 978.934.2383
Email: maria_conley@uml.edu

 

Note: Please contact Jacqui Hawk (Email: Jacqueline_hawk@uml.edu) to ensure and confirm that your preferred class choice is running prior to making your travel arrangements.   

International students interested in registering for these courses should contact Jacqui Hawk at Jacqueline_Hawk@uml.edu once they have arranged for their Visas in the United States.

Please note the deadline for registering for this program is June 1, 2011. 

Domestic students interested in this program can register directly through isis.uml.edu

UMass Lowell Students
The 2011 International Summer Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is also open to UMass Lowell students who are interested in taking classes with students from outside the U.S., which will allow them to gain a more international perspective as they interact on a variety of subject matter. If you are a current UMass Lowell student interested in enrolling in one of these summer institute courses, please refer to the Continuing Education Summer Course Listings, searching by the course number indicated on this webpage, but with an -041 section number (not -042).


Undergraduate
Course Descriptions

Plastics Engineering:


26.203-042 Introduction to Polymeric Materials, Processing, and Testing
Instructor: Stephen Driscoll
Time: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
This course introduces the basics of polymer science, plastics materials (principal resins and additive technology), and processing and testing fundamentals, including hands-on processing and testing laboratory sessions in the Plastics Engineering Department.
Note: Not for Plastics Engineering majors

Electrical Engineering:


16.528-042 Alternative Energy Systems 
Instructor: Ziyad Salameh
Time: 6:30 – 9:15 PM
This course will address PV conversion, cell efficiency, cell response, sWind Energy conversion systems: Wind and its characteristics; aerodynamic theory of windmills; wind turbines and generators; wind farms; siting of windmills. Other alternative energy sources: Tidal energy, wave energy, ocean thermal energy conversion, geothermal energy, solar thermal power, satellite power, biofuels. Energy storage: Batteries, fuel cells, hydro pump storage, flywheels, compressed air.

16.710-042 Principles of Nanoelectronics
Instructor: Joel Therrien
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Applications of nanomaterials for electronic devices, approaches/challenges to manufacturing, and synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials.   The course includes a brief introduction to quantum mechanics as well as semiconductor device operation. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of the still developing field of nanoelectronics and introduce the student to the benefits and challenges in implementing such devices. The course will include hands on experiences in fabricating simple nanodevices.  This course may be taken as a senior level undergraduate or graduate level.

Health and Environment:


30.308-042 Global Health
Instructor: Ramraj Gautam
Time: 9:00 - 11:30 AM
The focus of this course is on examining health issues from a global perspective including issues related to maternal and child health, aging, infectious diseases, sanitation and health inequality.  Nutritional and environmental health issues in diverse societies are analyzed.  Social determinants of health and access to health care in developing and developed countries are emphasized.

Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts


47.101-042 General Psychology
Instructor: Krista A. Paduchowski
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Intended as an introductory course both for non-concentrators and for concentrators, this course surveys the major areas of psychology: the nature of psychology as a science, principles of learning, the relationship between physiological and psychological processes in humans and animals, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, motivation and emotion, personality and development, adjustment and behavior disorders, and social behavior.

49.403-042 International Economics
Instructor: David Kingsley
Time: 9:00-11:30 AM
This course covers both International trade and international finance from an economics perspective.  International trade examines the basic economic theory of why countries trade. Is trade always good? Which countries trade what and with whom? Should we form free trade agreements (NAFTA)?  International Finance covers the determination of exchange rates and capital flows between countries. Topics include the Balance of Payments, trade deficits and alternative monetary systems.

49.401-042 Special Topics in Economics: International Development and Finance       
Instructor: Shakil Quayes
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 PM
The two primary objectives of this course include a clear understanding of the concepts and current issues pertaining to international development, and understanding the nature of development finance in context of today’s global credit market. 

Management:


61.300-042 Introduction to Investments   
Instructor: Steven Freund
time: 12:00 – 2:30 PM
This course provides an introduction to the principles of investment. Also considered is the security analysis of stocks and bonds for markets, industries and firms. Primary and secondary capital markets, money markets, and other investment alternatives in terms of risk-return tradeoffs. The subject of options and futures as investment alternatives will also be discussed. Emphasis is on fundamental and technical analyses.

62.311-042 Marketing Opportunity Analysis
Instructor: Eunsang Yoon
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 AM
This course will focus on the strategic role of marketing and the functions, which leads the business to new products and new markets. There will also be an emphasis on market and product development.

63.489-042 Current Topics: Business Intelligence 
Instructor: Jialun Qin
Time: 12:00 – 2:30 AM
This course introduces the concepts behind technologies such as artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms and their applications in modern business environments to gain competitive advantages. 

64.361-042 Starting a New Venture
Instructor: Yi Yang
Time: 12:00- 2:30 PM
This course is designed for students with a curiosity and interest in starting a new business.  In this course, students will explore the entrepreneurship process including how entrepreneurs discover and evaluate the sources and opportunities for new business ventures; how they assemble the resources, how they operate and grow a new business; and finally how they harvest their hard work as successful entrepreneurs.  The course covers a variety of topics associated with launching and running a new business venture, such as marketing, financing, building the venture team, legal and regulatory issues, and social and environmental issues.

66.480-042 Current Topics: International Management 
Instructor: Silvia Salas
Time: 12:00- 2:30 PM
This course introduces students to the challenges of managing employees on a global scale. Some of the topics covered include managing the political, legal, and technological environment, ethics and social responsibility, managing across cultures, organizational diversity, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, and managing political risk, government relations and alliances, global leadership  and human resource selection.

64.480-042 Current Topics: Social Entrepreneurship
Instructors: Dave Lewis and Ashwin Mehta
Time: 9:00-11:30 AM
Although the term social entrepreneurship is gaining popularity in the media, there is no common agreement as to what it is.  A general view of social entrepreneurship is that it is a process that requires both economic and social motives such as the fulfillment of social needs or a transformational benefit to a significant portion of society. The aims of this class are to enable students to develop an understanding and awareness of the value of Social Enterprise within the context of the economy and to gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

64.480-044 Current Topics: Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization 
Instructor: Steven Tello
Time: 9:00- 11:30 AM
This course will provide strong conceptual foundations for understanding the technology entrepreneurship process. In this course, students will explore the entrepreneurship process including how entrepreneurs discover and evaluate the sources and opportunities for new business ventures; how they assemble the resources to launch a new business, how they operate and grow a new business; and finally how they extract value from the business.  A particular emphasis is placed on the development of technology and science based ventures.  The course will include site visits to the areas technology incubators as well as conversations with technology entrepreneurs.

Sciences:


95.383-042 Astronomy and Astro Physics I 
Instructo: Ed Salesky
Time: 3:00 – 5:30 PM
This course is designed for an interdisciplinary general undergraduate (upperclassmen) audience. The fundamentals of astronomy and astromechanics, introductory survey of astrophysics and the solar system (i.e. planetary astronomy) are explored.


Graduate Course Descriptions


Education:


02.507-042 Academic Writing for English Language Learners
Instructor: Miriam Margala
Time: 12:00 - 2:30 PM
This is a student oriented, pro-active course where writing skills are connected to reading skills.  This course will enable graduate level English language learners to become competent academic writers.  Through attentive, detailed and critical reading of various materials, students will learn effective planning, drafting, rewriting and editing strategies.

08.659-042 Strategies for Instruction in Higher Education
Instructors: Sumudu Lewis and Katharine Covino
Time: 9:00 – 11:30 AM
If you are thinking about a career as a college instructor, then this course will introduce you to a variety of methods and techniques for engaging students in their learning.  Additionally, we will look at ways to assess learning during and at the end of instruction.  There will be opportunities to discuss video-cases of college instruction and to practice techniques in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.

Management:


61.691-042 International Finance
Instructor: Dev Prasad
Time: 6:30-9:15 PM (M, T, W, TH)
This course covers the financial aspects of international business operations. Evaluation of risks associated with multinational operation and managerial decision making under conditions of financial uncertainty.   

61.610-042 Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
Instructor: Michael Carter
Time: 6:30-9:15 PM (M, T, W, TH)
This course examines the interactions between changing perceptions of macroeconomic conditions and movements in the prices and yields on financial market instruments.   The orientation of this course is heavily institutional with emphasis on helping students develop a “Wall Street” perspective on asset choice and the impact of global macroeconomic conditions on financial asset prices and currency exchange rates.

63.640-042 Enterprise Systems for Management
Instructor: Luvai Motiwalla
Time: 3:30-6:15 PM (M, T, W, TH)
This course will focus on change management and business process management with the implementation of enterprise-level systems in organizations.  The key goal of the course is to help students understand the process of managing organization change with IT dealing with issues such as change management, business process management, managing people, supply chain, customer service, and global outsourcing.

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:


73.515-042 - Special Topics: Technology, Arts, & Learning
Instructor: S. Alex Ruthmann
Time: 3:30-6:15 PM (M, T, W, TH)
Since its founding, Lowell has been a center for creative practice and enterprise at the intersection of technology and the arts. Beginning with the technology of textiles through to today’s vibrant artist and musician community, this course will explore educational and creative processes at the intersection of music, visual art and technology. Participants will make visits to local artists, musicians and cultural sites, and engage in hands-on experiences making, creating and learning with technology. Drawing on the processes of digital curation, participants will work collaboratively using mobile technologies, such as iPads and Flip video cameras, to collect, organize and record audio, video and photographic images of their experiences in Lowell, developing skills in mutual learning, reflective practice, and creative process.

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