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Minutes: February 18, 2016

 

1. Minutes from February 11, 2016, were approved as written.

2. Postings

The following courses were discussed and approved:

EDUC 412M – Introduction to Middle Level Teaching and Learning (New) – REVISED

GCSP 301 (or ENES 301) – Grand Challenges Orientation Seminar (New) – REVISED

IS 471 – Data Analytics for Cybersecurity (New)

IS 472 – Software Security (New)

IS 478 – Cybersecurity Internship (New) – REVISED

MUSC 252 – Music in Wartime (New) – REVISED

ART 341 – Introduction to Animation (Change: Description)

ART 384 – Introduction to 3D Computer Animation (Change: Title, Prerequisite & Description) – REVISED

ART 387 – Expression in Time and Motion (Change: Title, Prerequisite & Description) – REVISED

ART 447 – Special Effects and Motion & Graphics (Change: Title) – REVISED

ART 484 – Advanced 3D Computer Animation (Change: Title & Prerequisite) – REVISED

ART 486 – Advanced Interactive Media (Change: Title, Prerequisite & Description) – REVISED

ART 487 – Experimental Interfaces (Change: Title, Transcript Title, Prerequisite, Repeatable, Max. Total Credits & Description) – REVISED

ART 488 – Advanced Topics in Animation and Interactive Art (Change: Title & Prerequisite) – REVISED

VART – Animation BA revised (Program Change) – REVISED

Visual Arts Animation Concentration BFA (Program Change) – REVISED

3. Revised Postings Received from Departments – The following revised positing will be reviewed at the March 10, 2016 meeting.

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

EDUC 454 – Phase I Internship Seminar for Middle School STEM Teachers (New) – REVISED

EDUC 466 – School, Family, and Community Partnerships for Middle Grades STEM Success (New) – REVISED

EDUC 466 – School, Family, and Community Partnerships for Middle Grades STEM Success (New) – REVISED

4. Current Postings – Due to the number of course proposals and the length of our meeting the following positing will be discussed on March 10, 2016.

ARCH 325 – Life and Death in Pompeii (New)

EHS 102 – Emergency Medical Responder (New)

MATH 426 – Mathematical Software Packages: MATLAB (Change: Title, Transcript Title, Prerequisite & Description)

STAT 432 – Statistical Computer Packages and Their Applications: SAS and R (Change: Title, Transcript, Prerequisite & Description)

MLLI – Minor in Arabic Language and Culture (Program Change)

MUSC 321 – Music History I (Change: Prerequisite)

MUSC 380 – Introduction to Conducting (Change: Prerequisite)

MUSC 480 – Topics in Music, Art, and Society (Change: Prerequisite)

SOWK 240 – Information Technology in Social Work (Change: Title & Description)

SOWK 397 ‐ Social Work Methods I: Introduction to Practice (Change: Title & Description)

Social Work Minor (Program Change)

AGING Major Program Change – Program Change

AGNG 300 – Introduction to Policy and Aging Services (Change: Title, Transcript Title)

AGNG 310 – Introduction to the Management of Aging Services (Change: Title, Transcript Title)

AGNG 320 – Introduction to the Management of Aging Services (Change: Title, Transcript Title & Description)

AGNG 460 – Internship in the Management of Aging Services(Change: Title, Transcript Title & Credits)

AGNG 462 – Internship in Aging Service I (Change: Title, Transcript Title & Credits)

Computer Science Game Development Track (Program Change)

Data Science track within the CMSC BS program (Program Change)

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

ENGL 226 – Grammar and Usage of Standard English (Change: Description)

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

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

ENME 303 – Topics in Engineering (Change: Title, Transcript Title)

ENME 489 – 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)

GLBL 301 – Approaches to Globalization (Change: Recommended Course Prep)

GLBL 386 – The Politics of Development (Change: Recommended Course Prep & Description)

HAPP 340 – Health Communication (New)

PHIL 353 – Morality and Psychology (New)

POLI 386 (cross-listed as GLBL 386) (Change: Recommended Course Prep & Description)

PSYC 353 – Morality and Psychology (New)

5. Discussion of APR – Due to time constraints the following APR’s will be discuss on March 10, 2016.

Sociology & Anthropology – APR

6. Tabled Postings

The UGC discussed and tabled the following courses on 2/18/16:

BIOL 487 – Medical Case Studies (New) – The UGC tabled the course because it needs further clarification from the department. The committee needs to know if the department intends for BIOL 303, CHEM 351, PHYS 112 or 122, and MATH 151 or 155, all with a “C” or better to be prerequisites, rather than recommended course preparation. If that is indeed the case, please remove the course from the “recommended preparation” box. In the syllabus, the department needs to spell out clearly what a “case assessment” is and how the students will evaluate them.

HAPP 350 – Public Health Ethics (New) – The UGC tabled the course because it needs clarification on the following: 1) The department stipulated that the maximum credit for the course is 3, yet have said it is repeatable. The committee assumed this was an error. Could you confirm that the course is not repeatable (that is, it is not intended as a course where the content will differ significantly each time it is offered) and update the paperwork accordingly? 2) The committee is concerned about the 25% of the grade that is course participation without any real understanding of how that participation will be assessed. If the department could include a discussion of what participation means in this class and how you will assess it, that would be very helpful. 3) The syllabus states extra credit is available but does not state how much that could potentially influence the grade. Please clarify.

IS 479 – Cybersecurity Project (New) – The UGC tabled the course because it needed additional clarification.

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 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 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 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 catalogue description.

The UGC is still waiting for departments to address the tabled postings listed belows:

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 (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 (Program Change)

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)

7. The department has requested that ART 489 – Senior Projects (Change: Prerequisite) – REVISED be removed from consideration.