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Agenda: April 7, 2016

1. Approve minutes from March 24, 2016 meeting.

2. Current Postings

BIOL 405 – Advanced Topics in Comparative Physiology

BIOL 410 – Modeling in the Life Sciences

BIOL 443 – Advanced Topics in Developmental Biology

BIOL 451 – Neurobiology

BIOL 453 – Physiological Bases of Behavior

BIOL 454 – Vision Science

BIOL 456 – Plant Molecular Biology

BIOL 457 – Physiology of Marine and Estuarine Animals

BIOL 463 – Theoretical and Quantitative Biology

BIOL 466 – Population and Quantitative Genetics

BIOL 468 – Ecology of Rivers and Streams

BIOL 480 – Animal Behavior

BIOL 481 – Advanced Topics in Evolutionary Biology

BIOL 483 – Evolution: From Genes to Genomes

BIOL 486 – Genome Science

BIOL 495 – Seminar in Bioinformatics

ENES 103 – Introduction to MATLAB for Engineering Applications

Global Studies ( Program Changes)

PSYC 310 – Psychology: Exploring the Discipline and Careers (New)

PSYC 311 – Research Methods in Psychology I (New)

Psychology Bachelor of Arts Degree (Program Changes)

Psychology Bachelor of Science Degree (Program Changes)

3. Revised Postings Received from Departments

BIOL 487 – Medical Case Studies (New) – Revisions

EDUC 431 – Methods for Teaching STEM in the Middle Grades (New) – Revisions

EDUC 435 – Integrated STEM Content and Pedagogy (New) – Revisions

ENGL 241 – Currents in British Literature (Change: Total Max Credits & Description) – Revisions

ENGL 243 – Currents in American Literature (Change: Total Max Credits & Description) – Revisions

4. Tabled Postings

The UGC discussed the following courses and invited Aging to come and discuss the courses:

AGNG 320 – Introduction to the Management of Aging Services (Change: Title, Transcript Title & Description) Revisions 3/23/16

AGNG 460 – Internship in the Management of Aging Services (Change: Title, Transcript Title & Credits) – Revisions 3/23/16

AGNG 462 – Internship in Aging Service I (Change: Title, Transcript Title & Credits) – Revisions 3/23/16

Management of Aging Services (Program Change) – The program change was tabled because it is dependent on the approval of other tabled courses.

The UGC discussed the following ENME courses on 3/24/16 and it was noted that these courses need to be resubmitted as new courses:

ENME489 – Special Topics In Mechanical Engineering: Medical Device Development (Change Course Number & Course Title)

ENME 489 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Biomaterials (Change: Course Number, Title, Transcript Title, Recommended Course Prep, Repeatable & Description)

ENME 489 – Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering: Biomechanics (Change: Course Number, Title, Transcript Title, Recommended Course Prep, Repeatable & Description) REVISED

The UGC discussed and tabled the following courses on 12/3/15:

PHIL 345 – Philosophy of Language (Change: Prerequisite, Repeatable & Description) – The UGC is unclear if grading changes are meant to include p/f or not.

PHIL 454 – Animals and the Environment: Moral Theory and its Application (Change: Course Number, Formal Title, Prerequisite & Description) – revised 454 – The UGC would like to know if the department is changing the transcript title too.

PHIL 399 – Topics in Philosophy (Change: Prerequisite & Description) – revised – The UGC needs to know how many credits can be taken, and the department needs to include the number of times the class can be taken in the catalogue description.

PHIL 399b – Topics in Philosophy (Change: Course Number, Prerequisite & Description) – revised – The UGC needs to know how many credits can be taken, and the department needs to include the number of times the class can be taken in the catalogue description.

PHIL 498 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) – revised – The UGC needs to know how many credits can be taken, and the department needs to include the number of times the class can be taken in the catalogue description.

PHIL 499 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) – revised – The UGC needs to know how many credits can be taken, and the department needs to include the number of times the class can be taken in the catalogue description.

The UGC is waiting for Departments to address the tabled postings listed below:

ART 461 – Advance Photographic Compositing (New) The UGC tabled the course because all 400 level courses need at least recommended or prerequisite listed. Also, from the syllabus is was not clear what the assignments in the class consist of or how they will be graded. The department has been requested to indicate which assignments are written, which are visual, and how they will be assessed.

ART462 – Entrepreneurial Practices in Photography (New) – The UGC tabled the course because it was not happy with the prerequisites or the determination that students must be juniors or seniors to take the class. Since some students use AP credits and come in with 45 credits, it is better for departments to mandate students take certain classes. Also, the Registrar’s Office can not use “300” or “400” level classes in any discipline as a prerequisite. The UGC suggested to the department that they build “junior or senior standing” into the schedule of classes and add a “reserve capacity,” thereby determining that a certain number (or all) seats must be reserved for juniors or seniors. This can be changed by the department, and thus does not have to come through the UGC. Finally, the UGC would like to know what the “team assignments” are and how will the instructor assess them?

VART – Photography Concentration BA (Program Change) – The UGC tabled the two program changes because ART 461 and ART 462 were listed in both.

VART – Photography Concentration BFA (Program Change)

5. Removing from agenda

The following courses will be removed from the agenda and resubmitted in Fall 2016

SOWK 240 – Information Technology in Social Work (Change: Title & Description) – The UGC tabled the courses because it seems the department is proposing a new course. The proposed change to the course catalog suggests such a new course. If this is the case, the UGC would like for the department to resubmit the course as a new course with an accompanying syllabus? If this is not the case, the department should make that clearer in the rationale?

SOWK 397 ‐ Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice (Change: Title & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because the proposed change is dependent on the new SOWK 240, concerns about which are addressed above. The UGC has been working to phase out using sophomore/junior/senior standing as a prerequisite because it does not necessarily clearly communicate to students the particular skills/competencies they need to be successful in the class.

Social Work Minor (Program Change) – The program change will be considered once SOWK 240 is resubmitted.

POLI 468 – Disaster Politics (New) – Revised – The UGC tabled the course because there is no breakdown of how the assignments are weighted. The department mentions a “heavy emphasis on discussion,” but provide no sense of how you will measure and assess that participation. The UGC would like for the department to add a section to the syllabus that explains the various components of the students’ grades and how they will be weighted and assessed. Also, it is our understanding that every 400-level POLI class should have a significant writing component, but you mention only a midterm and final. How will you incorporate the writing?

POLI 476 – State and Societal Transition in Post-Communist Europe: Study Abroad in Poland (New) – suspended by department