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Poem: "No Idea What's Going to Happen"

This poem is spillover from the June 2, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe and [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Improvise" square in my 6-1-20 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] technoshaman, and je_reviens. It belongs to the Rutledge thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It follows "Vulnerable and Bound," so read that first.

"No Idea What's Going to Happen"

[Tuesday, May 27, 2014]

Oscar strolled down Main Street,
asking people to do park surveys.

The handout was just a half-page with
a list of favorite park activities and
a couple other things, but online
they had a fill-in-the-blank survey
and a picture survey at medium size
plus a longer, more detailed one
for the real park enthusiasts.

Oscar kept a close eye on
the sidewalk crowd, watching for
the handful of black or Asian folks
that Rutledge had, although
most residents were white.

He even made a point of
including the few Syrians
he saw -- they were here now,
so they'd have to fit in somehow --
but while they were happy to give
him a minute of their time, they
didn't seem active in parks.

A troop of Activity Scouts
paused their field trip to mob him,
demanding the long survey.

Oscar showed them how
to access it and then answered
a lot questions about volunteering.

Finally he finished the last one
and sent them on their way.

Then his smartphone rang.

"Hi, Oscar," said Theodore.
"Are you free at the moment?"

"I'm handing out park surveys
on Main Street," Oscar said. "Why?"

"I may have a solution to your issues
with the business project," said Theodore.
"Can you swing by my office now, or
shall we make an appointment for later?"

"I'm at 41 and my target is 50 before
taking a break," Oscar hedged.

"So bring your surveys and I'll
ask a page to pass them around
City Hall," Theodore said.

"Sure, that'll work," Oscar said.
"I'll be there in a few minutes."

He looked around. There was
a bus stop at the end of the block.

He had to jog to catch the bus
that was pulling up, but he made it.
The trip only took a little while.

In the lobby, a perky blonde
was waiting for him. "Are you
Oscar? I'm Polly Ann Clark, and
I'm assigned to help you with
your park survey project."

"Yeah, that's me," Oscar said,
giving her half the paper ones.
"These are the short forms.
Anyone interested can follow
the links or scan the code
to visit the park website for
the medium or long surveys."

"I'll sweep the building and
meet you at the mayor's office,"
Polly Ann said, heading for the café.

Oscar went upstairs to find out
what the mayor wanted with him.

"Thank you for coming, Oscar,"
said Theodore. "I would like you
to meet someone. This is Labib Abdel,
formerly of Damascus. He's a businessman.
Labib, this is Oscar Paton, who's heading
a movement to revitalize Rutledge."

"Pleased to meet you," Labib said
in perfectly good English that
just had an unfamiliar lilt to it.

He was sort of toast-colored, with
dark hair going gray at the temples,
dressed in a gray suit and white shirt
with a cheerful goldenrod tie.

"Um, yeah," Oscar said.
"Fred thought we should do
something to perk up business
around here and I figured it'd
help to get more started,
but ... then he quit."

"Well that's not right,"
Labib said. He actually
sounded offended, as if Fred
had dumped him. Weird.

"Yeah, it's left me feeling ...
kind of vulnerable," Oscar said.
"That makes me uncomfortable,
but I can't just abandon the town."

"There can be no vulnerability without
risk; there can be no community without
vulnerability; there can be no peace, and
ultimately no life, without community,"
Theodore said. "You'll figure it out."

"I would like to hear more about
the business idea," Labib said.
"It sounds very promising."

"Oscar, give him the pitch,"
Theodore prompted.

"So um ... it's called
a business incubator,"
Oscar said. "Members can
get space to work, mentoring,
and other stuff they need to start
a new business. I'm hoping that
it will boost the success rate."

"That can work," Labib said.
"Some larger cities have them."

"You know about them?"
Oscar said, startled.

"I am familiar with
the concept," Labib said.
"I spent several years working
for an organization that promoted
small businesses in Damascus.
Then I went back to college, and
afterwards I took a job with a firm
that handled international business."

"That sounds really useful," Oscar said.
"I know we need to do something to fix
the local economy, but I'm not sure what.
I don't have any training in this, and Fred
was the one who made things happen."

"Anyone can make things happen,"
Labib said firmly. "If this Fred isn't
interested, we can do it ourselves."

"Well, I'm trying anyway," Oscar said.
"I just don't know what I'm doing."

"So improvise," Theodore said.
"You'll figure it out, especially if you
and Labib decide to work together."

"Honestly, most of my experience
with improvising amounts to collecting
things to throw in the Loose Parts Bin
at the playground," Oscar confessed.

"Don't worry about lack of experience,"
Theodore said. "You are about to start
the greatest improvisation of all. With
no script. No idea what's going to happen,
often with people and places you've never
seen before. And you are not in control."

"You're kinda scaring me here,"
Oscar said. "So I just ... what?"

"So say 'yes.' And if you're lucky,
you'll find people who will say 'yes'
back," Theodore suggested.

Labib waved him off. "It is
less scary if you take things
in small pieces. Oscar, you want
to make new businesses, right?"

"Yeah, that's right," said Oscar.
"Kids come out of college and
it's hard for them to start up, or
sometimes folks need a side gig."

"I'm not wealthy, but I did manage
to salvage more of my family's funds
than most of the other refugees did,"
Labib said. "I'd like to invest in
my new hometown. Perhaps
this gives us common ground."

"Oh, wow," Oscar said. "I had, um,
this other idea that we need to keep
the businesses we have so they don't
all close. Maybe you can help us
figure out which ones to save?"

"I can help, because prioritization is
a basic business skill, but you'll need
to provide the local perspective,"
Labib said. "I know business,
but you know Vermont."

"And that is the basis for
an effective partnership,
gentlemen," said Theodore.
"Each of you brings something
to the table. Why don't you go
get lunch and discuss it?"

"I have my park surveys
to finish," Oscar pointed out.

"If you gave them to Polly Ann like I
suggested, they're probably done by now,"
Theodore said. "Let's ping her and find out."
He pushed a button on his desk phone.

Polly Ann picked up immediately.
"Mr. Castle, can you ask Mr. Paton
if he has any more forms? I ran out."

"Come ask him yourself, Polly Ann,
he needs to collect the surveys anyway,"
Theodore said, and opened the door.

A minute later, Polly Ann trotted into
the room. "Here are the filled ones,"
she said. "They got me through
the first floor, but not the second."

"Thanks," Oscar said. "Don't you
have your own work to do, though?"

"Mr. Castle told me to help you,"
said Polly Ann. "A page's job is
whatever the boss wants done."

"Very well said," Labib replied,
though he seemed to be trying
to keep his distance from
Polly Ann for some reason.

"Then you can have these,"
Oscar said, handing her the rest
of the survey papers. "It doesn't
matter who passes them around
as long as they get answered and
turned back in to the park service."

"I live near Pine Hill Park, I could
drop them off there," Polly Ann said.

"That's great, thanks," said Oscar.

Polly Ann scampered away
with the papers in hand.

"I appreciate the offer of
lunch," said Labib. "Have any
of the local restaurants started
offering halal meals yet?"

"I don't know. Let's find out,"
Theodore said, and checked
his smartphone. "Okay, great,
Mandy's Diner says they have
a 'limited halal menu' now."

"Then I'm sure I can find
something there," Labib said.
"Thank you for checking."

"This is all ... really new to me,
but let's give it a try," Oscar said.

"Everything here is new to me,"
Labib said gently, "but that's all right.
We can explore new things together."

Oscar found him oddly more comforting
than the mayor, even though Labib was
foreign. He seemed to know all about
how business things actually worked and
he didn't keep bugging Oscar to do stuff.

"Okay," said Oscar. "Let's get lunch
and talk about this some more."

He had no idea what was going
to happen, but at least he was
less terrified of it now.

* * *


Polly Ann Clark -- She has pinkish-fair skin, brown eyes, and long blonde hair that curls at the ends. Polly Ann wants to get involved in local politics, so she is majoring in Human Services with a minor in Popular Culture at the College of St. Joseph. She is also working as a page at City Hall, where her organizational skills come in handy. Helpful and energetic, Polly Ann is popular among her friends and coworkers. As a hobby, she enjoys drawing nature. She drives an old car that frequently breaks down.
Qualities: Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Helpful, Good (+2) Human Services Student, Good (+2) Organized, Good (+2) Nature Art
Poor (-2) Unreliable Car

at the College of St. Joseph in Rutledge, Vermont

The Associate Degree program in Human Services is designed to provide students with appropriate skills to function at an entry level in a variety of human service settings and capacities.
College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Human Services Guided Pathway here.
Requirements for an Associate of Science in Human Services
Course Credits Description
ENG103 English Composition I: Engaged Citizens 3 The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 English Composition II: Engaged Citizens 3 This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 1 1 Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 2 1 Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology 3 This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of Psychology.
BUS102 Business Math 3
Teaches practical applications and skills which will be useful in a business career and in functioning as a concerned consumer. Subjects of study include: bank reconciliation, payroll, use of percents, simple interest, annuities, present value, future value, taxes, mark up and mark down, and financial statement analysis. Satisfies General Education math requirement.
Science Elective 3/4 Human Services majors are required to take one of the following:
SCI107 Integrated Science I
REL206 Faith Traditions 3 This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
History Elective 3 Human Services majors are required to take one of the following pairs:
HIS103 US History I
HIS104 US History II
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community 3 This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences
Arts and Sciences Elective

PHI103 Reason and the Search for Meaning

PHI301 Ethics for the Professional

5 The Associate of Science in Human Services requires students to take five Arts and Sciences credits.
HUS102 Introduction to Human Services 3 This is an introductory survey course designed to help students examine career options and educational requirements in the field of human services. Some of the specialty areas examined include social rehabilitative and welfare services to children, families, and the elderly, correctional/criminal justice services, substance abuse, mental retardation and vocational rehabilitation services. Additional topics include an analysis of historical, current, and projected trends in the field and issues involved in the provision of human services provider agencies.
HUS108 Professional Development 3
HUS306 Case Management & Counseling 3 Students are instructed in the skills of assessing a client’s unique treatment or program needs, designing a treatment or service plan, delivering a course of counseling, documenting and evaluating progress, and working within a team approach in order to ensure that appropriate services are provided to clients. As part of the course, students will focus on refining their skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with clients, and practice specific counseling strategies and techniques in the context of simulated individual and group counseling situations. Prerequisite: 12 hours in HUS or PSY including PSY103 and PSY304. HUS305 is also recommended.
HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services 3 This course explores the historical underpinnings of service delivery as well as current day practices and service characteristics in the field of human services. The course will also address issues of ethnic-sensitive practices as well as institutional vs. community based helping services. Current legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act will be studied. Fieldwork component will also be required. Prerequisite: PSY102 or permission of Division Chairperson.
PSY104 Human Growth and Development 3 This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches.
PSY201 Principles of Learning 3 An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience.
PSY304 Abnormal Psychology 3 This course examines the etiology and treatment of abnormal human behaviors. Areas of study include: historical and current approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior, and a review of the characteristics and treatment of organic and functional disorders described in the current edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (including areas such as anxiety, affective and personality disorders, schizophrenia, impaired brain disorders and disorders of childhood.)
Electives in Behavioral Sciences or Education (by advisement)

HUS106 Professional Development: Crisis Management

HUS305 Theories of Personality

HUS443 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice
9 The Associate of Science in Human Services requires students to take nine Behavioral Sciences or Education (by advisement) credits.
Total 61

HUS106 Professional Development: Crisis Management
This course examines the topic of personal crisis from a developmental perspective as well as addressing characteristics of situational crises that may require some type of emergency response at the individual and systems level. Both preventive and reactive intervention approaches will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to be certified to participate in a community disaster response network, as well as in courses in community First Aid, CPR, and disease prevention. $35 lab fee. 1 credit.

HUS305 Theories of Personality
This course will survey major counseling approaches focusing on basic concepts, therapeutic processes, the nature of the client/therapist relationship, and specific procedures applicable to individual and group situations. Professional, ethical and legal issues which impact on the counselor will be examined, and special attention will be given in helping students assess their own values and communication styles as a prerequisite to counseling others through a required interpersonal skills field experience. Prerequisite: PSY304 or permission of the Division Chairperson. Junior standing. 3 credits.

HUS443 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice
This course will examine contemporary issues of social justice that impact on individuals, families, organizations, and communities within our society and in different cultures. Topics will include issues such as poverty, violence, substance abuse, health promotion and maintenance, discrimination, international relations, the impact of the media and technology, and cultural reform. The roles and responsibilities of individual citizens in general, and professionals in business, education and the helping professions in particular, will be explored as they relate to the process of social change. Students will be provided with the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and applied research. 3 credits.

PSY103 Developmental Psychology
A systematic examination of the processes of human development from birth to death. Emotional, intellectual, social, biological and other psychological aspects of growth will be considered from the perspectives of stage theorists such as Freud, Piaget, and Erickson as well as from perspectives derived from classical and operant conditioning work of Pavlov, Skinner, and social learning theorists. Prerequisites: PSY102. 3 credits.

PSY121 Stress Management
Helps individuals understand what stress is, the effect stress has on health and ways to minimize the negative effects of stress. This course is designed to allow students to actually experience a variety of different relaxation techniques – including imagery mediation progressive muscle relaxation and yoga. Participants will be challenged to reformulate their habits of dealing with stress. 1 credit.

PHI103 Reason and the Search for Meaning
This introduction to philosophy will acquaint students with the strategies philosophers have used in their search for meaning. Students will examine a variety of philosophical explanations of the world and human nature and will relate these systems of thought to their own views of contemporary culture. The content of the course will introduce the major branches of philosophy and the basic questions associated with each. The theory presented in the course will be supplemented with extensive discussion of current issues thereby enabling course participants to apply the philosophical theory to real life situations. 3 credits.

PHI301 Ethics for the Professional
An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions. Junior standing required. 3 credits.

POS102 American Government
This course surveys the structure and functions of the U.S. political system, the historical context of that system, and the major issues and problems confronting that system in the current century. 3 credits.

POS220 Comparative Politics
A comparative survey of the structure and function of political systems. The student will examine democracy, communism and socialism as the ideological basis of contemporary political systems. Specific governments using these various approaches will be studied, compared and analyzed. 3 credits.

REL201 Introduction to Western and Middle Eastern Religious Thought
An introduction to modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course covers the scriptural basis for the two dominant Western religions and the Koran as the basis of Islam, the dominant religion in Middle Eastern culture. 3 credits.

FIA101 Art Fundamentals 3
A foundation studio course in which students explore the elements of design: line, shape and form, space, texture, value, and color and the principles involved in their use in the fine arts. This course develops an understanding of the elements and principles of art within the context of a variety of experiences utilizing different art media and techniques. $50 lab fee.

FIA203 Nature Drawing 3
A drawing course where natural objects will be used to develop a visual awareness of the elements and principles of art. Instruction will be given in the uses of various types of media: pencil, charcoal, pastel and color pencil. FIA101 suggested before taking this course.

at the College of St. Joseph in Rutledge, Vermont

The Interdisciplinary Popular Culture Minor is designed to provide you with a background in several areas of popular culture. It will help prepare you for a variety of graduate programs including English, American Studies, Sociology, Psychology and Business Administration, as well as a broad spectrum of careers.
Requirements for Popular Culture Interdisciplinary Minor
Course Credits Description
POC201 Introduction to Popular Culture 3 This course is designed to provide the theoretical background for analyzing popular culture. In addition to providing students a range of popular culture theory, the course will also explore how these theories can be used to explore film, television, music, video games and the internet. All students in the Popular Culture concentration must take this course.
Popular Culture Electives 15 Five electives in Popular culture, including at least one course in each of the following areas: Visual Popular Culture, Literary Popular Culture and New Media.
Total 18

ACT132 What’s in the News!
This course presents the opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and communication skills through spirited discussion of important issues facing our nation and world. $25 lab fee. Course may be taken more than once for credit. 1 credit.

COM201 Mass Media in American Culture 3
This course investigates the historical development and technological evolution of mass communication in the United States. The course will explore roles and content of newspapers, television, radio, film, and the internet from a variety of theoretical perspectives. In addition to traditional forms of media, this course will pay specific attention to emerging technologies and social networking.

SOM201 Writing for the Web 3
This course is designed to provide students with solid introductory knowledge of content creation and curation techniques for the web, identifying the needs of an audience and the importance of style and grammar standards. Students will learn and execute various forms of writing, including blogging, journalistic writing, broadcast writing and distribution of content via social media. In addition, the course will cover broader topics including legal and ethical issues, such as libel and copyrights, and a look at the changes technology had brought, such as the shift in the influence of traditional media outlets.

SOM260 Social Media Communications 3
This course will examine how social media has transformed personal and business communications. Students will explore how social media has changed the way people interact and the expectations of consumers and advertisers. Students will explore how content is collected, shared and consumed and how media and marketers reach targeted audiences. This course will focus on key concepts that can be applied to all social media and Web planning, regardless of the popular platform of the day.

Labib Abdel -- He has caramel skin, black eyes, and short curly black hair starting to go gray at the temples. His heritage is Syrian. He speaks Arabic, English, French, and Japanese. He is 46 years old in 2014. He is the wife of Oraida Rahman and father of Rida (5) and Nakiah (3).
Labib earned a Bachelor's Degree in Small Business Management at Syrian Private University in Damascus. He is particularly intrigued by the different ways people do business, such as comparing halal and standard mortgages. He spent several years working for an organization that promoted small businesses in the city. Then Labib got a Master of Business Administration at the Higher Institute of Business Administration in Damascus. On graduating, he took a job with a firm that handled international business.
After rebel forces attacked Damascus in July of 2012, Labib reached out to his connections, and got his family out of the city late that year. They spent most of 2013 shuffling around Europe, trying and failing to find a country that would accept them as citizens. In early 2014, they made their way to America and settled in Rutledge, Vermont.
While not wealthy, Labib managed to salvage more of his money than average for refugees, and he hopes to invest in his new home. He gets excited looking for new opportunities, and he still believes in a bright future despite his past hardships. However, he has no close ties outside his immediate family, which leaves him feeling disconnected and therefore uncomfortable. Labib tends to dress in navy and gray, accented with red and goldenrod.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Businessman, Good (+2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Good (+2) Muslim, Good (+2) Optimist
Poor (-2) Disconnected

Department Leadership Wa Small Business Management
( the Entrepreneurship And the Small the Business On Management )
at Syrian Private University in Damascus

Requirements for obtaining a university degree
The limit minimum required to obtain a degree university degree ( BSc) in Management Business is complete (134 hours) credits studied by the student successfully in accordance with the instructions of this plan

The university requirements are determined by ( 15 ) credit hours (i.e. 11.2% of the total credit hours in the college), and are distributed between mandatory requirements with a number of credit hours (9), and optional requirements are selected ( 6 ) hours out of ( 14 ) credit hours.

2.1. Compulsory university requirements

(9 mandatory credit hours)

Course Name Course Code Credit hours Theoretical Practical Pre-requisite
Arabic Language REQU105 2 2
Computer Skills REQU103 3 2 2
English Language (1) REQU101 2 2
English Language ( 2 ) REQU 207 2 2 REQU101

Total Required 9 8 2

Optional university requirements
( 6 credit hours optional)

Course Name Course Code Credit hours Theoretical Practical Pre-requisite
English Language ( 3 ) REQU 302 2 2 REQU 207

Second Foreign Language (French) REQU 106 2 2
Sociology UNRE 108 2 2

The college requirements consist of (57) credit hours, equivalent to 42.5% of the total credit hours for graduation, which the student fully completes during the first and second years. The college requirements are divided into: mandatory number (48) credit hours and its percentage (84%) of the college requirements , and optional optional number (9) hours and its percentage (16%) of the college requirements .

3.1. . Compulsory college requirements

(48) credit hours (or 84% of the college’s requirements)

Course Name Course Code Credit hours Theoretical Practical Prerequisite
Accounting Principles I BAAA101 2 2 None
Management Principles BAHR101 2 2 None
Mathematics for Business BASO101 3 2 2 None
Introduction to Marketing BAML101 2 2 None
Legal Environment of Business BAHR102 3 3 None
History of Economic Thought BAFB201 2 2 None
Introduction to production and Operations Management BASO202 2 2 BAHR101
Statistics for Business and Economics BASO 2 03 3 2 2 BASO101
Accounting Principles II BAAA202 2 2 BAAA101
Principles of Financial Management BAFB202 2 2 BAAA101
Marketing Management BAML 3 02 3 3 BAML101
Management Information Systems I BASO304 3 2 2 REQU103
Microeconomics BAFB303 2 2 BAFB201
Quality Management BAHR303 2 2 BASO202
Human Resource Management BAHR 3 04 3 3 BAHR101
Financial Management BAFB404 2 2 BAFB202
International Management BAHR405 2 2 BAHR 3 04
Macroeconomics BAFB405 2 2 BAFB303
Project Management BAEB401 3 2 2 BAHR303
Professional Internship BAHR406 3 - 6 Completion of 90% of the college’s requirements
Total Required 4 8 41 1 4

Elective College Requirements
(9) credit hours (i.e. 16% of the college’s requirements)

Course Name Course Code Credit hours Theoretical Practical Prerequisite
English for Business BAHR307 3 3 REQU 207
International Business BAFB306 3 3 BAFB201
Business Ethics and Sustainability BAHR308 3 3 BAHR101
Total Required 9

The college consists of six departments. The requirements of each department constitute (62) credit hours, equivalent to 46.3% of the total credit hours for graduation, to be fully completed by the student during the third and fourth years. The department's requirements are divided into mandatory , numbering (56) hours and its percentage (90%) of the department's requirements, and optional requirements numbering (6) hours and its percentage (10%) of the department's requirements.

- Decisions Section
1. Mandatory requirements of the department

(56) credit hours (i.e. 90% of the department’s requirements)

Course Name Course Code Credit hours Theoretical


Family Business Management BAEB502 3 3 BAEB401
Principles Of Entrepreneurship BAEB503 3 3 BAEB401
Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management BAEB504 3 3 BAEB401
Managerial Finance for Family Business and Entrepreneurship BAEB505 3 3 BAFB404
Introduction to Web Technology
Entrepreneurship BAEB506 3 2 2 BASO304
Entrepreneurship Marketing BAEB 6 07 3 3 BAEB503
BAML 3 02 Law & Entrepreneurship BAEB608 3 3 BAEB503
BAHR102 Social Leadership BAEB60 9 3 3 BAEB503
Strategic Management BAHR615 3 3 BAEB401
Feasibility Study
BAFB615 4 3 2 BAFB404
BAML 3 02
BAEB401 Small business and Entrepreneurial Finance BAEB7 10 3 3
BAEB505 Emerging Enterprise Consulting BAEB711 3 1 4 BAEB60 9
Research Methods in Small Business and Entrepreneurial Administration BAEB712 3 3 BAFB614
BASO 2 03 Venture Capital BAEB71 3 3 3 BAEB608
Managing Innovation and Creativity BAEB81 4 3 3 BAEB712
Small Business Development Strategies BAEB81 5 3 3 BAHR615
International Entrepreneurship
BAEB81 6 3 3 BAEB71 3

Senior Project in Small Business and Entrepreneurial Administration BAEB81 7 4 2 4 Completion of 80% of the courses
Total Required 56 50 12

2. Requirements for the elective department
(6) credit hours (i.e. 10% of the department’s requirements)

Course Name Course Code Credit hours Theoretical
Leadership and Motivation BAHR614 3 3 BAHR 3 04
Service organizations Management BASO509 3 3 BAML302

An MBA with executive management competence
at the Higher Institute of Business Administration in Damascus


This program aims to provide the economic sector in the country with qualified administrative cadres capable of developing and modernizing work in public and private sector institutions. It is intended for those wishing to develop skills and scientific and practical capabilities in the various fields of management.

Master of Business Administration System
institute shall be applied.

Study Plan for Courses of the Master of Business Administration (Executive Management) Program
Learning Activity Contact and
practical learning hours Additional
Hours Credit
Foundation Courses Economics for Managers 40 40 4
Management and Operations Research 40 40 4
Accounting and Financial Management 40 40 4
Marketing management 40 40 4
Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior 40 40 4
Project Management 40 40 4
Strategic Management 40 40 4
Legal Business Environment 40 40 4
Business Games and Simulation 40 40 4
Financial management competence
Elective Finance Investment Analysis 40 40 4
Financial Markets and Intermediaries 40 40 4
Management of Financial Institutions 40 40 4
Marketing management competence
Marketing Marketing Research 40 40 4
Integrated Marketing Communications 40 40 4
Marketing Services 40 40 4
Elective human resource management competence
Human Resources Management Human Resource Development 40 40 4

Orientation in Modern Human Resources Management 40 40 4
Administrative Leadership and Motivation 40 40 4
Operations management jurisdiction
Operation Management Quality Management 40 40 4
Production Management 40 40 4

Supply Chain Management 40 40 4
Information Society Administration competence
Management of Information society Telecommunications Regulations 40 40 4
Economy and services of the information society 40 40 4
Information and Communication Policies and Strategies 40 40 4
The project applied graduation research project 40 280 16
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"You are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what's going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say 'yes.' And if you're lucky, you'll find people who will say 'yes' back."
-- Stephen Colbert

"There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be
no community without vulnerability; there can be no
peace, and ultimately no life, without community."
-- M. Scott Peck

See examples of a short survey, a medium-size fill-in-the-blank survey and a picture survey, and a long detailed survey with different types of questions.

Loose parts can be any bunch of objects small enough for children to carry around and play with. Playgrounds in Terramagne-America often have blocks or other toys for rent. In Rutledge parks, the loose parts usually consist of natural stuff that someone picked up in the woods and put in the nature play area. Here are some guidelines for effective nature play areas. T-America tends to follow the zoning principle: some areas are only for wildlife, some have trails for "leave no trace" visiting, and some offer free-range access for nature play. The designated playground simply collects useful and interesting materials for children to enjoy, like lots of big branches for building huts or nests.

Muslims are obligated to eat only halal foods. Rutledge is making an effort to supply appropriate foods, but in a mostly white/Christian state this is somewhat challenging.
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