Summer 2018  |  PA 5920 Section 101: Skills Workshop -- Visual Strategy Mapping (87935)

Class Component:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
4 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
May Session
Mon 09:00AM - 04:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Tue 09:00AM - 04:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 85
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 25 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Topics on public policy or planning skills. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
Visual strategy mapping is one of the most powerful techniques there is for helping individuals or groups figure out what to do in challenging situations, how to do it, and why. The course introduces participants to a variety of ways to engage in visual strategy mapping, which is a kind of causal mapping. Causal maps are statement-and-arrow diagrams that show what causes what. Arrows are used to link statements in a causal way, i.e., Statement A --> Statement B means Statement A might cause or result in Statement B happening. Strategy maps may consist of anywhere from a dozen to hundreds of statements and arrows. The course focuses on the theory of mapping, how to create strategy maps as and for an individual, how to develop strategy map by and for groups, and how to use computer software to create polished versions of the maps. A generation or more of Humphrey (and other) students has found visual strategy mapping extremely helpful for figuring out what to do about academic, professional, and personal challenges.
Grading is on an A-F or S-N basis.
Exam Format:
There is no exam.
Class Format:
The class meets for a Monday and Tuesday all day. The first day is devoted to the theory of mapping, creating a strategy map as an individual, and developing a map as group. The second day is devoted discussing how strategy mapping can be used as part of organizational and broader change processes, and to learning a mapping software. The software is used by each participant to create an electronic and hard-copy version of the map he or she developed on the first day. By the end of the second day participants should have most all of what they need to write the 15-page (plus attachments) required paper for the course. The paper is due three weeks after the end of the course.
The class meets for two full days, during which participants learn how to do strategy mapping as individuals and in groups. At the end of the two days participants will have an electronic copy of the map they produced as an individual. This map provides most of the focus of the required paper. Participants will also have experience with individual and group mapping. Comparing and contrasting the two approaches provides the other major part of the required paper. There is one required text and several suggested supplementary readings and web-based instructional modules.
Past Syllabi: (Fall 2018) (Fall 2016) (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
26 February 2018

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