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LIST #4 - 2005/2006

If there are no objections reported to Academic Affairs by noon on February 14, 2006 the Course Change Proposals
listed below are approved as submitted.
The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Course Change Proposals contained in this list.

 List #3 Program Proposals are located at
for your review.

Deadlines for Submitting Course and Program Proposals

List No.
Deadline to Submit Course and Program Proposals to Academic Affairs
Curriculum Subcommittee Meets
5 Friday, February 24, 2006 Tuesday, March 14, 2006
6 Friday, March 24, 2006 Tuesday, April 11, 2006
7 Friday, April 21, 2006 Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Course Change Proposals:
Past Program Change Proposal Lists:

College of Arts & Letters
College of Engineering & Computer Science
College of Health & Human Services
College of Natural Sciences & Math
College of Continuing Education
Special Programs

Course List #1
Course List #2
Course List #3



Department of Communication Studies


COMS 4H Title: Honors Public Speaking. Provides both theoretical and practical training in the art of public discourse. Students learn both to recognize and to demonstrate the strategic processes of organizing and delivering speeches, especially within the context of global citizenship issues. Students are also introduced to the basic idea of forming reasonable challenges to speech in the public square. Units: 3

Justification: This course was developed to fulfill G.E. Area A-1 Oral Communication for the University Honors Program.


Department of Design



GPHD 10: Introduction to Digital Design.
A survey course designed to familiarize students with basic understanding of the digital hardware, software, and vocabulary utilized by visual artists from a variety of disciplines. Discussions and activities will cover both creative and efficient application of digital tools and techniques. Students will complete assignments utilizing a variety of applications which may include page layout. illustration. digital image processing and 3-D rendering software. Units: 3

Justification: In effort to strengthen the core curriculum of the design department and provide relevant instruction in technology related to design, the department of design feels a reconfiguration of this course is needed. The lab portion of the course will be reconfigured and more time will be devoted to lectures on technology. There will be an addition of a three dimensional technology component to accommodate the interior design programs technological needs at this level in the curriculum.


Department of English



ENGL 140R Title: Renaissance Drama. Readings in and analysis of English drama written in the period, roughly, from 1500-1660. Course may provide a survey of playwrights and genres from the entire period or focus on a particular theme or a grouping of authors. Students will come to understand the texts as well as the variety of historical, political, cultural, social, sexual, and religious contexts in which the playwrights of the era composed their works. Units: 3

Justification: This course introduces students to and develops their critical reading of the dramatic and theatrical texts written during what has been called the English Renaissance, roughly the period between 1500 and 1660. In addition, students will also investigate and come to understand better the variety of historical, political, cultural, social, sexual, and religious contexts in which the playwrights of the era composed their works.

ENGL 180J Title: Jewish American Literature. Students will examine a rich tradition of Jewish American literature in the context of a complex American multicultural narrative. Topics include the immigrant experience, assimilation, alienation, responses to the Holocaust and other forms of anti-Semitism, the place of Israel in the Jewish American imagination, and a contemporary rediscovery of reconstruction of Jewishness and Judaism. Students will interrogate what constitutes Jewish American identity and defines its literature in a culture that is itself conflicted about its secular/religious ethos and the degree to which subjectivity is determined by “consent and/or descent.” Units: 3

Justification: The tradition of Jewish American Literature which stretches from the Revolutionary period to the present enacts and reflects the participation of Jewish American writers in the social, political and cultural dynamics of America . This course will explore the “instability and multiplicity” of Jewish identity and the peculiar “insider/outsider” status of this ethnic group. Both in its similarities and differences from other ethnic, religious, and racialized identities, Jewish American literature helps us explore the broader implications of and problems with such multicultural constructions.

ENGL 225C: Theoretical Issues in Adult Literacies. This course will introduce students to current theories surrounding the pedagogies and politics of adult literacies within a wide variety of contexts, including community colleges, prisons, and community projects. The course materials will also incorporate information on technological literacies, information literacies, cultural literacies, and multiliteracies. In addition, students will be partnered with community literacy experts and required to complete formal observations of adult reading classrooms throughout the semester, fostering collaboration between the local community and the university. Units: 3

Justification: Course will be offered as core requirement in the new graduate Certificate in Teaching Reading to Adults. Currently no undergraduate or graduate course exists in English or in Education that examines adult literacies in the light of contemporary sociocultural theories about education, class, race, nation, language, and other issues. Course will provide a way for students in the Certificate program to study theories in multiliteracies, motivation, pedagogies by reading and by listening to guest lecturers, colloquium-style, who are literacies practitioners in local prisons, community colleges, and neighborhood adult learning projects.

ENGL 410L: Internship in Teaching Adult Reading. Tutoring in adult reading. Tutors work with students who need reading instruction at Sac State, local community colleges or adult education agencies in the Sacramento area. Graded Credit/No Credit. Units: 3

Students who want to teach reading in adult setting—community college, adult education, prisons etc.—need a Reading Certificate to qualify them to teach. English 410L is being proposed as part of this program, providing supervised practical experience in an internship.

Department of History


HIST 50H: Honors World Civilizations I: Beginnings to 1600.
Intensive survey of major civilizations of the world from the beginnings of civilization to 1600. Covers the classical and medieval traditions of the West as well as at least two major non-western cultures. Units: 3

Justification: This course is a required lower-division survey course for the recently approved CSUS GE Honors Program. This course is based on the same general standards and curricular guidelines for the current Hist 50, but it is a more intensive approach to the same subject matter suitable for students in the Honors program.

HIST 51H: Honors World Civilizations II: 1600 to Present. Intensive survey of the development of the major civilizations of the world from 1600 to the present. Stresses the dynamism and expansion of the West, the interpenetration of cultures in the modern era, and the resurgence of non-western independence in the 20th century. Units: 3

Justification: This course is a required lower-division survey course for the recently approved CSUS GE Honors Program. This course is based on the same general standards and curricular guidelines for the current Hist 50, but it is a more intensive approach to the same subject matter suitable for students in the Honors program.

Department of Philosophy


4H: Critical Thinking-Honors.
Study of the basic skills of good reasoning needed for the intelligent and responsible conduct of life. Topics include: argument structure and identification, validity and strength of arguments, common fallacies of reasons, use and abuse of language in reasoning, principles of fair play in argumentation. Honors course emphasizing a variety of historically important sources from diverse global traditions. Units: 3

Justification: This course is designed to fulfill G.E. area A-3 requirements for the new G.E. Honors program. Emphasis in that program is on diverse global traditions, discussion, and Great Books for advanced students. This course will meet those needs by including primary sources from several traditions that emphasize or illustrate critical thinking skills and issues. The course structure and content has been altered to fit with Honors Program goals and to meet the needs of the advanced students in the program.


PHIL 190P: Seminar: Plato. Intensive study of a selection of Plato’s dialogues, focusing on topics that relate to Socrates’ revolutionary approach to ethical inquiry. These topics include: the soul, virtue as an intellectual skill, the good life, the Forms, and the structure of knowledge. Units: 3

Justification: The Department wishes to change only the title and description in order to broaden allow seminars on other topics in Plato without seeking new course approval.



Department of Computer Science


CSC 140: Advanced Algorithm Design and Analysis. Algorithm design using dynamic programming, randomization and greedy methods. Analysis using recurrence relations and amortization. String and network-flow algorithms. NP-completeness, reductions and approximation algorithms. Review of divide-and-conquer design and asymptotic notation. Units: 3

Justification: Fundamental to the study of computer science is the study of algorithms. Every branch of computer science relies on efficient and correct algorithms, so it is imperative that students have a deep understanding of the analysis and design of algorithms in general.

The CSUS course numbered CSC 130 introduces students to elementary methods of analyzing standard algorithms. This course teaches more advanced methods of analysis and examines advanced algorithms from the perspective of algorithm design.

CSC 252: Cryptography Theory and Practice. Introduction to design and analysis of cryptographic systems. Symmetric cryptography: block ciphers and secure hash functions. Asymmetric cryptography: key exchange and public-key systems. Authentication and encryption in an adversarial model. Simple cryptanalysis. Protocol design and analysis. Units: 3

Justification: A fundamental use of computers is the storage, transmission and processing of information. Cryptography is the study of mathematical transformations that can be used in computers to secure information by making it unreadable to all but its intended recipients and by allowing for the verification of its integrity. Cryptography, if used inappropriately, dangerously lulls people into a sense of security that does not exist. Only through basic understanding of cryptography’s properties and uses can information be properly secured. For students wishing to manage sensitive data with computers, this course will give essential understanding of what cryptography can and cannot do.

The computer science department wishes to increase its graduate elective offerings. This course would do so by offering instruction in a very practical discipline.

No other course at CSUS teaches similar content.

CSC 253: Computer Forensics. Structured security incident investigations internal and external; emphasis on analysis of electronic evidence and proper audit; utilization of scientific aids in obtaining information from computing devices; legal electronic evidence. Units: 3

Justification: Computer Forensics is an emerging field of computer science and engineering with a heavy component of cyber-crime scene analysis, ethics, criminology, and law. With an increase in criminal activity using or affecting computer systems, it has become a necessary sub-discipline of Information Assurance and Security (IAS). In its current practice, Computer Forensics deals with two main areas: Finding evidence on a computer and dealing with the aftermath of an intrusion. While intrusion response often concentrates on dealing with the effects of the incident and not with apprehending the perpetrator, it is important to figure out the modus operandi of the attack in order to prevent repetition. Currently, the US has an acute shortage of trained computer forensics analysts. The topic is such a new area that we know of only one other California State University Computer Science department teaching this course. Computer Forensics is also one of the courses required in the Information Assurance (IA) curriculum which is based on the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. These standards are a prerequisite for designation of a Center of Academic Excellence in IA. Our department is in the process of pursuing this designation for the University.

CSC 254: Network Security. In-depth study of network security problems and discussion of potential solutions. Topics include: network vulnerabilities and attacks, secure communication, Internet security protocols and tools to defend against network attacks, network intrusion detection, and wireless network security. Survey and demonstration of software tools used for network security. 3 units.

Justification: Network Security is an emerging field of computer science with a concentration on the security issues pertinent to computer networks, such as network and protocol vulnerabilities, network attacks and defenses, and secure protocols. Network Security is becoming more critical due to an increase in malicious or criminal activities on the Internet. Currently there is a shortage of trained network security experts to fight these activities. This course is designed to increase awareness of dangerous network security issues, identify security problems, and learn to prevent or eliminate those problems, thereby producing a trained labor force in network security. It covers vulnerabilities in communication protocols, how attackers exploit those vulnerabilities in protocols or network configurations, and how to improve existing protocols to fight attacks.

A network security course is one of the core courses required in the Information Assurance (IA) curriculum, which is based on the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS) standards. These standards are a prerequisite for designation of a Center of Academic Excellence in IA. Our department is in the process of pursuing this designation for the University.

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering


ENGR 001A: Fundamentals of Engineering. This course provides problem solving skills that are needed in all areas of engineering at CSUS. Students will be exposed to the different areas of engineering and understand the relationship between them. Students will work in teams and complete hands-on laboratory experiments and projects in engineering. Students develop effective communication skills by presenting periodic oral and written reports in this course. 3 Units.

Justification: This course provides students with problem solving skills that are essential to all engineering majors. Students develop problem solving skills through hands-on laboratory experience/projects. It is articulated with several area high schools to qualified students who complete an equivalent lecture course on their home campuses and complement it with the laboratory experience/projects at CSUS. This represents a significant amount of work that is in excess of the 1 unit lab credit currently awarded for the ENGR 1 course. The change will allow us to appropriately recognize student workload for credit and complement the 1 unit hands-on laboratory experience/project with a 2 unit lecture component.


Division of Criminal Justice


CrJ 181A: Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice. Course analyzes the social construction of crime by news and entertainment media, including the images of crime, criminals, victims and the justice system presented through the mass media and the influence of that social construction on justice institutions and policy. Students will observe and analyze media forms depicting crime and justice, including newsreels, documentaries, and films, and participate in field studies of local media. 3 Units.

Justification: This course introduces criminal justice students to the manner in which the media influence and shape the perception of crime in society and how those perceptions shape the criminal justice system. By using a sociological framework, the course will expose students to a new way of looking at crime problems and provide them with a deeper understanding of how crime and the criminal justice system are both socially constructed by the news and entertainment media. Many criminal justice students have had limited exposure to sociological perspectives and criminological theory, and this course would fill this gap in our curriculum. More importantly, students entering the criminal justice field need an understanding of how the media shape not only how crime is portrayed but also how crime is perceived by our society. Moreover, they should understand how justice agencies use the media in crime prevention and to shape public opinion, and how the media influences public perceptions of the justice process, justice agencies and justice policy.

CrJ 289: Criminal Justice Systems of the Future. Societal structures, definitions of deviance and criminal behavior, social problems related to criminality, the nature of systems for handing criminal and sanctions in future societies. Pre requisite: Graduate Status. 3 Units

Justification: CrJ 189 is already an approved course. This form A is for the purpose of creating CrJ 289 to be offered jointly with CrJ 189. The graduate course would cover the same topic areas but include additional work on the part of graduate students in the form of the project as described below. This course will offer a new elective to our graduate students and will test the potential for offering mixed graduate/undergraduate courses.


Department of Biological Sciences


BIO 150: Forensic Biology. Principles governing the application of biology and biological statistics to solve crimes. Topics include evidence examination and preservation, presumptive and confirmatory serological tests, hair comparison, generation and statistical analysis of mitochondrial and nuclear DNA profiles, structure and administration of the modern crime laboratory, and the role of the criminalist in the U.S. court system. Lecture two hours; laboratory three hours. Prerequisites: BIO 001, BIO 002, CHEM 20. Not offered every semester. 3 units.

Justification: Advances in DNA typing technology within the past ten years revolutionized the area of forensic biology, popularized careers in the field through television shows like CSI, and greatly increased the number of Biological Sciences majors and graduate students interested in careers as criminalists. In addition, the recent passage of California State Proposition 69 has generated a huge job market for entry-level DNA analysts, and college graduates who have completed academic coursework in biological forensics have a much better chance of competing for these positions. Currently, the Department of Biological Sciences does not offer any courses in forensic biology and only offers minimal exposure to the field through General Genetics (one laboratory exercise in DNA-based paternity testing) and graduate Human Molecular Genetics (approximately 3 weeks devoted to lectures on DNA forensics with no accompanying laboratory). This course would fill the need for hands-on training in forensic biology, provide students with the theoretical understanding and historical context for the techniques and procedures they are learning, give them a realistic view of the criminalist's job duties and roles with respect to law enforcement and the U.S. court system, and prepare them exceptionally well for jobs as criminalists after graduation.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Math 15H: Honors Mathematical Reasoning. An introduction to the composition and interpretation of mathematical ideas and to the mathematical reasoning necessary to derive results in a variety of mathematical topics. Emphasis on developing concepts and analyzing results. Open to university General Education Honors students. 3 units.

This course meets GE requirements in Area B4.

Justification: This course will be the standard course in Area B4 for students in the General Education Honors Program.



EDTE 369H: Advanced Placement Institute: Economics (Micro and Macro combined). The Advanced Placement (AP) Economics Summer Workshop is designed for both beginning and experienced teachers of AP Economics. Specifically, the course is organized and tailored to meet the needs of an eclectic secondary teacher population by (1) reviewing the College Board content specifications for micro and macro economics courses; (2) specifying the sequence of key concepts; (3) identifying problematic areas of economic study for secondary students, including graphical and mathematical issues; (4) the organizing and developing of teaching models; (5) the developing of writing models for AP Economics; and (5) developing and refining measurement and evaluation procedures. 2 Units.

Advanced Placement (AP) professional development training for teachers is not offered in the CSUS Region. The need for effective professional development has been a well-researched topic in the past decade. Professional development days are now considered a requirement for most teachers in grades K-12. By providing AP professional development opportunities, we can assure quality of instruction to college-bound students, and ultimately, better prepare entering freshmen for their undergraduate work.


Honors Program


HON 1: Education, Self-Examination and Living. Introduction to comparative ideas of education and self-development. In writings from around the world, the course examines works on education, autobiographical accounts, and short stories to explore concepts of teaching, learning, human growth and development, and the role of the school and university in the realization of human potential. Units: 3

Justification: This course is one of the required courses taken in their first year by freshmen in Sacramento State’s new Honors Program. It will be offered for the first time in Fall 2006. It is intended to fulfill General Education Area E. The enrollment is limited to 30 to conform to the Honors criteria of collaborative learning.



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