|Fall 2010 New & Special Topics Courses |
BIOL 250-A Introductory Microbiology
A lecture and laboratory course dealing with the basics of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Topics covered include bacterial structure and function, metabolism, basic molecular biology, and the essentials of the host-microbe interaction. An emphasis is placed on aspects of microbiology important to the allied health professions. Laboratory work focuses on the culture, staining, and identification of bacteria. Prerequisites: BIOL 115.
BIOL 489-A Special Topics: Biology of the Cancer Cell
This course will cover the cell and molecular biology of cancer cells. Attention will be given to the six characteristics of cancer cells defined by Hanahan and Weinberg: Self-sufficiency in growth signals, insensitivity to growth-inhibitory signals, evasion of apoptosis, limitless replicative potential, sustained angiogenesis, and metastasis. The role of signal transduction pathways, chemical carcinogens and viruses in carcinogenesis will be discussed. Strategies and mechanisms of cancer treatments will be introduced. The laboratory component of the course will include the maintenance of cancer cell lines and their use in guided lab exercises and independent research projects. Students may be required to perform some lab activities outside of regularly-scheduled times. Prerequisite: "C" or better in BIOL 244.
CSCS 150-A Applications of Discrete Structures
Discrete structures are sets of distinct or unconnected elements. These structures are useful when solving problems that require counting objects, exploring the relationship between finite sets, and analyzing an algorithm (a finite sequence of steps) for its effectiveness and efficiency. Discrete structures can be used to answer the following questions: What is the cheapest or fastest way to travel between two cities? Why is a ten character password better than a six character password? Can students be enrolled in courses so that each has their first choice? What is the longest matching sequence in two strands of DNA? How quickly can a set of items be sorted? Which items should be packed to optimize the total value of all items in a container? In this course you will learn techniques for solving such problems and for defending your solution. Weekly laboratory sessions provide opportunities for students to analyze problems and experiment with their solutions. This is not a programming course.
EDUC 278-A Early Childhood: Classroom Management + Conflict Resolution
This course addresses the academic and non-academic needs of early learners. It examines the theoretical principles of classroom management for children. It is designed for early childhood certification students to understand developmentally appropriate strategies, and methods for creating, organizing, and maintaining healthly, safe, and caring learning environments that are conducive for growth. The topics in this course include classroom management, cognitive behavior modification, conflict resolution, and communication with family, and community members. It provides the Pre-service teacher with strategies to identify and respond to all behaviors. Pre-service teachers will examine the relationship between students, teachers, families, community and the learning environment, and the role it plays on creating a positive, inclusive and empowering setting. Prerequisite: Sophomore Block.
EDUC 396-A Early Childhood: Assessment of Early Learners
This course addresses the assessment of young children from birth through age eight. It is designed for early childhood certification students to understand the historical, theoretical, and research groundings that inform current assessment practices. Pre-service teachers will explore the role of assessment in early childhood education and examine the various forms of assessment. Pre-service teachers will examine the various methods of assessment to best meet the needs of individual students. Pre-Service teachers will experience the process of establishing an instructional plan using assessment data. Prerequisite: Sophomore Block.
ENGL 489-A Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies: James Joyce's Ulysses
Condemned as obscene (it was banned in the United States for years), called unreadable, praised as the greatest novel of the century, James Joyce's ULYSSES is the book against which all other 20th-century novels are measured. By its very nature it's a communal book--it's about a struggle for community, and it needs to be read in community (it's almost impossible to make sense of the book without the help of fellow readers!). In the class, then, we will help each other travel through this difficult but entertaining and moving Irish Odyssey. After studying several DUBLINERS stories and A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, the class will do a close, chapter-by-chapter reading of ULYSSES, while keeping a careful journal, giving oral presentations, and writing a final research paper.
GEOG 489-A Special Topics: Introduction to G.I.S
This lecture/lab course introduces the spatial thinking and basic tools of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will learn G.I.S. theory and apply this knowledge to real-life scenarios in a hands-on computer lab setting-understanding, visualizing and solving geographic problems.
PHIL 318-A Medical Ethics
A study of ethical issues associated with the practice of medicine. We will begin with an overview of major positions in ethical theory and of fundamental concepts and principles in medical ethics. These will then be used to address particular moral issues that arise within the health-care field. Issues may include (but are not limited to) the relation between health-care providers and patients, truth-telling, informed-consent, conflicting obligations, advance-directives, withholding and withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment, suicide, euthanasia, human reproduction, research ethics, and social justice and health-care policy. Catholic teachings on some of these issues may also be considered.
PHIL 339-A Happiness
An examination of classical and contemporary philosophical accounts of happiness. We will consider what happiness is, who is happy, how happiness can be attained, what relation there should be between happiness and politics, and whether happiness can be measured. We will also consider some applied issues, which may include whether measures of a country's well-being should include a happiness index; whether there is a relation between wealth and happiness; whether there is a relation between religious experience and happiness; and what, if anything, the extensive use of anti-depressants in our society means. Historical figures studied may include Epicurus, Seneca, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Mill, Sidgwick, and Nietzsche.
POLI 289-A Special Topics: Trial Advocacy
This course provides an introduction to civil and criminal litigation in the context of the American judicial system with a focus on courtroom procedures, evidence, witness preparation and examination, and the art of advocacy. Although intended for the training of students who hope to compete with the St. Norbert Mock Trial Team, the course is open to any student interested in learning more about the courts and the legal process.
PSYC 313-A Infancy and Toddlerhood Development
This advanced course in developmental psychology focuses on development
from conception to the age of three and covers development at multiple levels including the physiological, behavioral, and psychological. It will also examine the infant in context; from their immediate family relationships to broader societal attitudes and policies towards infants. Prerequisites: PSYC 301 or instructor's permission.
SOCI 289-A Special Topics: Corrections in American Society
This course will focus on society's organized response to individuals accused or convicted of criminal offenses. Students in the course will study: (1) The history, philosophy, theory, and practice of corrections systems and strategies for adults and juveniles: (2) Empirical research reports on the effectiveness of various corrections strategies; (3) Contemporary challenges and debates regarding corrections practices in the United States.
SOCI 489-A Special Topics: Childhood and Children in American Society
Students in this course will study: (1) the history of childhood in the United States as a recognized stage in the lifespan; (2) classic and current sociological theories of childhood and children's lives; (3) research methods for studying children; and (4) current empirical sociological studies of children's lives.
SPAN 389-A Special Topics: Magic Realism in Spanish American Fiction
Magic realist writing, appearing in the latter half of the 20th century,
is associated with one of the richest periods in Spanish American literary history. In this literature, multiple interpretations of reality co-exist and challenge one another, setting up a tension that models the diverse cultural perspectives and beliefs that co-exist in Spanish American society. This course explores the concept of magic realism in Spanish American fiction through the reading and analysis of several novels and short stories. Essays on how different writers have understood this idea will guide our reading and discussions.