HOD Core and Career Skills
All of the core courses in the program include specific mechanisms for developing six core skills:
- Writing: Develop a clear, concise, expository style and master the practical forms used in professional situations, for example, position papers, briefing papers, memos, and news releases.
- Oral presentation: Deliver informative and persuasive presentations and make effective use of media.
- Analytic thinking and creative problem solving: Applying analytic and creative thinking skills to recognize, define, and solve personal, professional, and social problems.
- Interpersonal communication: Master active listening, assertiveness, and conflict resolution skills.
- Group leadership: Develop skills for understanding small group behavior and group roles.
- Technology/computer skills: Learn to use multimedia, intranets, the Web, and electronic communication.
Additionally, the core curriculum is designed to develop the following areas of knowledge or career skills:
- An understanding of the basic principles and typical patterns of human development to provide leadership and facilitate decision making in organizational and small group settings
- Application of quantitative and qualitative data-gathering and analysis skills to define and plan solutions to applied problems
- An understanding of the ethical dimensions of personal and organizational decisions as applied to making professional and personal decisions and analyzing social problems
- Aptitude with organizational theories and their applications (for example, open systems theory, the distribution of power and information in systems and bureaucracies)
- Effective management, supervision, and organizational development and program planning skills (for example, methods of facilitating problem solving, needs assessment, goal setting, program development, and evaluation)
- Effective career planning and development skills (for example, clarifying personal goals, developing a profile of skills, writing an effective resume, and interviewing)