LCMC Course Catalog

Spring 2021 Course Schedule Announced

For the Spring 2021 semester, we have centralized the start date for the vast majority of LCMC classes which will start on Tuesday, January 19th and run on a 15-week schedule. The Certified Financial Planning courses will continue to run as 8-week courses with a Term A and a Term B (see below for more detail).

For questions about the LCMC course schedule, please reach out to Vikram Rangraj at
Computer Science Courses
CSC I - Internet History, Technology, and Security (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous

The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it, and how it works. After this course you will not take the Internet and Web for granted. You will be better informed about important technological issues currently facing society. You will realize that the Internet and Web are spaces for innovation and you will get a better understanding of how you might fit into that innovation. If you get excited about the material in this course, it is a great lead-in to taking a course in Web design, Web development, programming, or even network administration. At a minimum, you will be a much wiser network citizen.

Prerequisites: None
CSC II - Programming for Everyone I (3 Credits)

Time: Monday, 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific

This course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We cover the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. We will explore how we can use the Python built-in data structures such as lists, dictionaries, and tuples to perform data analysis. The course has no prerequisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. This course will introduce the core syntax, commands, and data structures of the Python programming language. Once a student completes this course, they will be ready to take more advanced programming courses.

Prerequisites: None
CSC III - Programming for Everyone II (3 Credits)

Time: Tuesday, 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific

This course teaches students about the fundamentals of data access, data management, and expands upon the topics learned in CSC II. In the first half of the course, students will learn how to leverage their Python skills to treat the Internet as a source of data. Students will work with HTML, XML and JSON data formats in Python. The second half of the course introduces students to the fundamentals of Structured Query Language (SQL) and database design as part of a multi-step data gathering, analysis and processing effort. As part of the course, students will build web crawlers and multi-step data gathering and visualization processes.

Prerequisites: CSC II
CSC IV - Web Development (3 Credits)

Time: Tuesday, 12pm Eastern / 9pm Pacific (UPDATED)

Web Development introduces students to HTML, CSS, and Javascript - the core technologies which power modern websites. Students will learn how to create interactive, aesthetically pleasing websites for a variety of purposes. This course culminates with a project in which students will build a website for a real or imaginary product of their choosing.

Prerequisites: CSC III or Intro Computer Science Class or Calculus I (B or higher)
Data Analytics Courses
DAM I - Foundations of Data Analytics (3 Credits)

Time: Wednesday, 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific

In an increasingly data-driven world, everyone should be able to understand the numbers that govern so much of our lives. Students will learn the core concepts of inference, data analysis and computing by working with real economic, social and geographic data. Particular attention will be paid to Bayes’ Theorem - one of the most important concepts in applying statistics to the real world. Lastly, this course will cover the implications and dangers of bias in data.

Prerequisites: None
Digital Marketing Courses
DMC I - Social Media Marketing (3 Credits)

Time: Thursday, 430pm Eastern / 130pm Pacific

The average consumer spends nearly 2.5 hours per day on social media sites. It’s no surprise, then, that having a presence on Social Media has become vital to virtually every corporation. Social media marketing allows marketers to connect with customers better than they ever have before. This course explores how to effectively use social media to grow brands, and reach customers where they spend their time. By the end of this course, students will be comfortable with the principles of social media marketing and will obtain the Facebook Certified Digital Marketing Associate Certification.

Prerequisites: None
DMC V - Viral and Organic Growth (3 Credits)

Time: Thursday, 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific

Viral and Organic growth have become the gold standard by which content marketing efforts are judged. This type of growth is highly valuable, because it tends to be relatively cost-efficient. Companies which generate content that spreads through the internet with minimal effort and cost are among the most successful at growing their brand awareness and user-base. This course is intended to teach students what drives users to share content, how to build shareable content, and how to run contests and perform other activities that tend to lead to viral or organic growth.

Prerequisites: None
Esports Gaming & Administration Courses
ESM I - Introduction to Esports Management (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous

One of the fastest growing industries, Esports will attract 453.8 million viewers in 2020 alone. Intro to Esports Management starts with an introduction to the history of competitive gaming and continues with an exploration of its emerging ecosystem. Students will learn the complexities involved in understanding the dynamics of the Esports industry and all of its stakeholders from gamers to billion-dollar media companies. Students will learn to navigate the structure of Esports leagues, teams, players, gaming publishers, tournament operators, media and affiliate organizations. The course involves an experiential learning component that will allow students firsthand experience in analyzing the marketplace and helping Esports companies with various Esports related tasks.

Prerequisites: None
Game Development Courses
GDM I - Introduction to Games (3 Credits)

Time: Wednesday, 3pm Eastern / 12pm Pacific

This course provides students with a broad overview of the games industry. It covers the state of the industry, the societal impact of games, and the fundamentals of game creation. Additionally, students will explore the different genres of games and improve their understanding of the heuristics and aesthetics of play. This course is created in accordance with the Unity Curriculum Framework and the IGDA 2020 education guidelines. 

*GDM I is also used in the Esports & Gaming Administration major.

Prerequisites: None
Human Resource Management Courses
HRM I - Training and Development (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous

Training & Staff Development are key to building an empowered and motivated workforce. This course is designed to help students develop knowledge and skill in the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of organizational training. It will also help students build skills in creating effective performance improvement programs, a vital resource in talent retention that is often overlooked. Lastly, students will be required to produce their own sample training plan. 

Prerequisites: None
Professional Sales Courses
PS I - Relationship-Driven Professional Selling (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous

Plain and simple, this course will teach you how to sell. A leading national bestseller book found that over 40% of all jobs have some sales component to it—in this course, we will teach you the tools you need to be successful in whatever type of sales you are doing. PS I is a foundational course which teaches the students the basic steps in the selling process and introduces sales as a career.

Prerequisites: None
Project Management Courses
PMM I - Introduction to Project Management (3 Credits)

Time: Monday, 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific

There are two basic approaches to project management - waterfall (predictive) and agile. Students will become familiar with both through this course and learn which approach is best suited for a high velocity, multidimensional environment. This course introduces students to vital project-management concepts, including foundational principles and the life-cycle of projects. Students will also develop an understanding of how individual projects - and the larger programs they make up - fit within the context of an organization. This course is essential for any students wishing to pursue education in project management, and helpful for students who wish to gain an understanding of the role of project management within the modern workforce.

Prerequisites: None
Public Health Courses
PHM I - The History of Public Health (3 Credits)

Time: Tuesday, 12pm Eastern / 9am Pacific

From the first introduction of government-mandated quarantines to the modern movement towards universal health care, the role of public health and governance has fundamentally shaped human societies. In this course, students will learn the role of the state in ensuring favorable public health outcomes. Students will also learn the importance of public health, understand how it is provided, and learn how it is practiced. This course is intended to introduce students to the field of public health; it is intended to be broadly accessible to all students and provide a practical understanding of the field.

This course will be temporarily expanded to explore the lessons learned from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Prerequisites: None
Supply Chain Management Courses
SCM I - Forecasting and Logistics (3 Credits)

Time: Monday, 530pm Eastern / 230pm Pacific

This course provides a broad overview of the planning and execution of customer demand. It is divided into two parts: forecasting and logistics. In the first half, we cover forecasting. Matching supply and demand requires planning. You will master different forecasting techniques essential for building a sales and operations plan. In the second half, we cover the three major building blocks of logistics networks: transportation, warehousing, and inventory. After completing this course, you will be able to differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation and understand what goes into designing and setting up a warehousing facility. Finally, you will be able to develop logistics networks that minimize costs and deliver top customer service.

Prerequisites: None
SCM II - Sourcing & Operations (3 Credits)

Time: Monday, 530pm Eastern / 230pm Pacific

This course provides an overview of sourcing and operations. It is divided into two parts. In the first part, students will learn the key components of sourcing: supplier selection, supplier segmentation, make vs buy decisions and supplier relationships. In the second part, students will learn both the Lean Inventory methodology and the Six Sigma methodology. This will allow them to improve supply chain operations. Students will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to a product of their choosing. Lastly the course will be supplemented by guest lecturers who have significant experience in supply chain management.

Prerequisites: SCM I
Certified Financial Planning Courses
CFP 301 - General Principles of Financial Planning (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous
Term A: 1/4/2021 - 3/1/2021

This course provides a comprehensive examination of the general principles of financial planning, professional conduct and regulation, and education planning. These topics constitute thirty percent of the principle knowledge topics tested on the CFP® Certification Examination. The course introduces students to the financial planning process and working with clients to set goals and assess risk tolerance. In addition, students will learn to process and analyze information, construct personal financial statements, develop debt management plans, recommend financing strategies, and understand the basic components of a written comprehensive financial plan. The course also covers the regulatory environment, time value of money, and economic concepts.

Prerequisites: Sophomore status at home institution
CFP 302 - Risk Management and Insurance Planning (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous
Term A: 1/4/2021 - 3/1/2021

This course provides a comprehensive examination of the general principles of risk management and insurance planning for individual and family clients. These topics constitute approximately seventeen percent of the principle knowledge topics tested on the CFP® Certification Examination. The course first introduces students to the risk management and insurance planning process and working with clients to analyze and evaluate risk exposures. Second, the core insurance lines of coverage are explored in detail, including: health, disability, long-term care, life, and personal property and casualty (homeowners’, personal auto policy, etc.). In addition, the student will learn to analyze an individual and family’s insurance needs, to select the most appropriate insurance policy and company, and to understand a business owner’s use of insurance to protect the business’ assets and future income.

Prerequisites: Sophomore status at home institution
CFP 304 - Tax Planning (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous
Term B: 3/1/2021 - 4/26/2021

This course covers taxation for individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, as well as the tax aspects of investments, insurance, annuities, and retirement planning. Students will be able to identify the likely tax consequences of personal and business financial activities and select appropriate and lawful tax-minimizing tactics and strategies.

Prerequisites: Sophomore status at home institution
CFP 307 - Financial Plan Development (3 Credits)

Time: Asynchronous
Term B: 3/1/2021 - 4/26/2021

This course provides students an opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge learned through the prerequisite six-course CFP® curriculum. Students will participate in developing a complete financial plan, through the use of case studies and interviewing mock clients. Presentations of a formal financial plan, demonstrating the ability to set client expectations and communicate with clients by answering questions and concerns, are also required.

Prerequisites: Sophomore status at home institution; successful completion of CFP 301-306