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Minutes: October 15, 2015

 

1. Minutes from October 1, 2015, were approved as written.

2. Postings

The following courses were discussed and approved by the UGC:

ART 329 – Topics in Art History & Visual Culture (Change: Max. Total Credits & Description)

ART 339 – Design Thinking for the Social Entrepreneur (New) – Revised

ART 424 – Topics in Contemporary Art (Change: Formal Title, Transcript Title, Prerequisite & Description) Revised

Art History and Museum Studies Minor Requirements (Program Change)

Art History course offerings in the Visual Arts Core for Art History & Museum Studies Majors (Program Change)

Art History course offerings in the Visual Arts Core for Art History & Museum Studies Majors (Program Change)

BIOL 490 revised (New) – Revised

BTEC 300 – Biotechnology Survey: Legal, Ethical, Regulatory & Biosafety Issues (New) – Revised

BTEC 350 – Statistics for Translational Life Science (New) – Revised

ECON 263 – Sports Economics – (Change: Course Number, Formal Title, Transcript Title, Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite, Description)

MATH 365 – Financial Mathematics for Actuaries – (New) – Revised

STAT 365 – Financial Mathematics for Actuaries – (New) – Revised

MATH 390 – Special Topics in Mathematics – (Change: Max. Total Credits & Description) – Revised

MATH 490 – Special Topics in Mathematics – (Change: Max. Total Credits & Description) – Revised

MATH 490 – Special Topics in Mathematics– (Change: Max. Total Credits & Description) – Revised

3. Tabled Postings

The UGC discussed and tabled the following courses from 10/15/2015 meeting:

ANCS 305 – Warfare in the Ancient World (New) – The UGC tabled the course because the committee had questions regarding the breakdown of grades on the assignments make up 50% of the grade but on the current syllabus it wasn’t clear what the assignments are and how you will assess them. The committee was also unclear what “experimental methodology” means in the course description and would like clarification.

ANCS 375 – Ancient Medicine (New) – The UGC tabled the course because the syllabus has a conflict with the “graded mini-essays,” it doesn’t reflect the breakdown of the grade. Also, the grade breakdown And in the grade breakdown, 50% of the grade is based on quizzes, which the committee found was unusual in a 300-level class. Can you take a look at this and adjust?

The UGC reviewed all of the Philosophy course proposals and tabled them because the department has consistently asked for one philosophy course “or permission of the instructor.” The Registrar’s representatives would like for this to be clarified. All professors have the option of allowing any student into their class, but if you build “permission of the instructor” into the course, it goes in a separate place in SA, and it means that for each student in the class, the professor will have to give permission. The UGC also recommends that the department reconsiders the way in which they are using “recommended course preparation.” Rather than stating “especially PHIL 3xx,” why not just use 3xx as the recommended course preparation, especially since all of the courses now have a hard prereq of one PHIL course.

Finally, in all of your courses, the UGC would like for the department to remove “or the second attempt” from the catalog description. Students can always take a class a second time for a better grade; you want to make sure you are limiting the number of credits they can earn in the same class, which allows for students to take special topics courses on different topics, even with the same number.

PHIL 399 – Topics in Philosophy (Change: Prerequisite & Description)

PHIL 399b – Topics in Philosophy (Change: Course Number, Prerequisite & Description) – The tabled the course because PHIL 398 is not available for use because it has been less than ten years since your department offered a course with that number, and courses cannot be retired until ten years has elapsed. Also, the UGC would like a clearer rationale for the department’s preference for having two special topics designations at the 300 and 400 level. The department also needs to specify a maximum number of credits for repeatability.

PHIL 420 – Advanced Topics in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description)

PHIL 452 – Advanced Topics in Ethics (Change: Recommended Course Preparation & Description)

PHIL 454 – Animals and the Environment: Moral Theory and its Application (Change: Course Number, Formal Title, Prerequisite & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because the description is too long and confusing. The committee was particularly concerned with the lack of parallel structure in the descriptions of the various topics that the course covers and would appreciate a clearer course description.

PHIL 471 – Freedom, Determinism and Responsibility (Change: Formal Title, Recommended Course Preparation & Prerequisite)

PHIL 472 – Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Science (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because in the catalogue description, please add a comma between “physics” and “or” in the first sentence. The committee did not understand what the department meant to convey in the recommended course preparation “a background in some particular science.” It would be clearer to list some recommended courses in departments who might offer helpful training for the students taking PHIL 472. The course description needs a final period to end the sentence. Finally, please indicate the maximum number of credits of PHIL 472 that students can take.

PHIL 481 – Ancient Philosophy (Change: Title, Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) The UGC would like for you to indicate the maximum number of credits

PHIL 498 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description) – The UGC tabled the course because the prerequisites call for any PHIL course while the recommended course are 300- levels. The committee would like to know if this was the department’s intention? That a student could take this class after only a lower level PHIL class, but it would be better if they had more upper-level exposure?

PHIL 499 – Advanced Topics in Philosophy (Change: Recommended Course Preparation, Prerequisite & Description)

The UGC discussed and tabled the following courses from 9/17/2015 meeting:

POLI 372 – Understanding Transitioning Nations: Study Abroad in Poland (New) – The UGC requested that the Department updated the course proposal and received support from the Study Aboard Program.

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)

4. The following posting will be discussed at the next UGC meeting:

ARCH 100 – Introduction to Archaeology (Change: Formal Title, Transcript Title & Description)

ARCH 200 – Archaeology and Art of Greece (Change: Course Number & Description)

ARCH 330: Archaeology of Bronze Age Greece (Change: Course Number, Formal Title, Transcript Title & Description)

CMPE 450 (Change: Prerequisite)

CMPE Gateway Program Change (Change: Prerequisite)

5. Assignment of APR & YTR – The UGC discussed the format for UGC Reports and asked for volunteers to complete the APR’s. The assignments are:

Guidelines for APR & Format for UGC Reports

Africana Studies – APR: Susan McDonough

Ancient Studies – APR: Steve Young

Media and Communication Studies – APR: Jeff Martens

Sociology & Anthropology – APR: Cindy Hody

History – YTR: Susan McDonough

Interdisciplinary Studies – YTR: Susan McDonough