|Winter 2010 New & Special Topics Courses |
BIOL 489-A - Special Topics: Neuroscience
A comprehensive lecture, laboratory, and discussion course of the scientific study of the nervous system. Topics covered include the origins of neuroscience, methods of study, neural development, neurophysiology, motor systems, brain sexual differentiation, circadian rhythms, stress, learning and memory, consciousness, and nervous system disorders. Laboratory exercises will focus on histological techniques, neuroanatomy, tract tracing, invertebrate neurophysiology, human electroencephalography, learned sensory responses, and neuroethology. Research articles seminal to the field of neuroscience will also be discussed.
BUAD 289-A - Special Topics: Networking, Marketing, and New Media
This course deals, in theory and practice, with the development and technological implementation of campaigns to spread messages by using networks (viral marketing or network marketing). The course focuses on the marketing of ideas to gain ┐thought leadership┐ at a rapid pace by using new electronic media. It covers the foundations of this form of marketing in microeconomics and psychology, the basic mathematical principles on which it relies, the techniques of management, marketing and communication it uses and the tools of information technology that facilitate its success. All students of at least junior standing may participate. Course fulfills BUAD Marketing Concentration Elective.
BUAD 289-B - Special Topics: Entrepreneurship: New Venture Creation
This course focuses on one primary aspect of entrepreneurship: taking a new business from its initial concept to crafting a master plan for implementing the steps to launch the enterprise. Students will evaluate their own potential as entrepreneurs and develop a comprehensive planning document that could serve as the platform for creating a new business venture. Course fulfills BUAD Marketing or Management Concentration Elective.
EDUC 289-A - Special Topics: The Role of Standardized Tests in Education
The course will explore the history of standardized testing in the United States, tracing the evolution of these tools from initial inception to the current "high-stakes" model. Topics will include the design and development of tests, how results of assessments are used, and factore influencing performance on tests. In addition, the course will examine a number of controversial issues associated with standardized testing. Students will be encourages to distinguish between intended and unintended consequences of "high-stakes" testing and accountability rules at the federal and local levels. Using the PRAXIS II as a model, students will engage in a critical analysis of the relationship between test-takers knowledge/skills and test scores to explore whether standardized tests measure what they are intended to measure, how preparation may alter the testing outcomes, and the impact that scores have on educational decisions. Prerequisites: Teacher certification candidates with sophomore standing.
HUMA 389-A - Special Topics: Women in Islam
This course will examine translated Islamic texts on gender and historical evidence of Muslim women's religious and social activities since the sixth century.
LEAD 389-A - Special Topics: Peer Leadership in Student Affairs
This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore contemporary student development theory, to understand the needs and leadership gifts of a variety of special populations, to learn about and practice a variety of helping skills in order to create change, and to apply this knowledge on our residential campus in a way that leads to a changed campus culture and improved student life.
PHIL 389-A - Special Topics: The Therapy of Desire: An Introduction to Hellenistic Philosophy
The course will introduce students to the three major schools of Hellenistic philosophy that dominated Greek thought after Aristotle: Pyrrhonian Scepticism, Stoicism, and Epicureanism. Using Martha Nussbaum's influential study, The Therapy of Desire, as the core text, students will investigate the Hellenistic philosophers' departure from the Classical conception of the good life and the implications of this departure not only for ethics but for metaphysics and epistemology as well.