Chapter Two: Courses You Can Challenge

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The Interdisciplinary Professional Studies program offers five upper-division courses that can be challenged for credit through a portfolio and a demonstration of learning. The courses that can be challenged are:

  • BAS 425: Creating a Culture of Safety
    • Study of safety as a vital element of human behavior in society, business, and industry. Examines the safety responsibilities of leaders, managers, and supervisors, focuses on developing skills in planning, implementation, awareness, monitoring, and risk management, and covers governmental influence, hazard awareness and control, operational considerations in the workplace, accidents, and planning.
  • IPS 410: Case Studies in Leadership
    • This course introduces and analyzes effective leadership styles. Additionally, leadership practices and models are applied to case studies. Through various forms of reading, writing, presentations, video and/or multi-media, students will apply theories to assess their own leadership style and identify styles of popular companies/people.
  • IPS 430: Ethics
    • This course examines universal ethical principles and standards practiced across various disciplines. Exploration of personal and professional conduct and social responsibility in the light of existing ethical, moral, and social values across disciplines will also be discussed. This course is designed to enable students to form individual positions on ethical conduct and social responsibility, and both identifies and applies ethical principles to real-world situations.
  • IPS 440: Project Management and Design
    • The course develops a foundation of concepts that support the project management process groups required for successful implementation and completion of a project. Principles and applied techniques of effective planning, communication, risk, schedule, and cost management are major themes discussed in this course.
  • IPS 450: Creativity and Collaboration
    • Explore and apply the elements of a creative and collaborative mindset to generate original and adaptive solutions to challenging problems. Review and practice the stages of the creative process, from risk to revision, and set individual goals to develop more deliberate and productive creative collaborations.

This section will cover the specific courses students can petition for credit in Boise State’s BAS/IPS Program, and lead them through exercises on interpreting the learning objectives of each course and expressing the ways their experiential learning addresses them.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore and evaluate credit for prior learning options by reading the university’s credit for prior learning policy.
  • Evaluate the courses you can challenge within the IPS program through reviewing the course descriptions and participating in the journal assignment.


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