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LIST #2 - 2006/2007



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

Course Change Proposals:
Past Program Change Proposal Lists:




CSC 250 - Computer Security and Privacy

Justification: Computer security is emerging field of computer science and engineering with a concentration on the security issues in computer systems.  Computer Security is gaining in importance due to an increase in criminal activity affecting computer systems.  Currently, the US has a shortage of trained computer security analysts.  Computer Science department has recently offered three new graduate courses in the same field, CSC 252 Cryptography Theory and Practices, CSC 253 Computer Forensics, and CSC 254 Network Security.  This course is revised to function in parallel with these new courses.  The title has been changed from “Computer Security Privacy” to “Computer Security” because the meaning of “Privacy” is already included in “Security”.  Computer Security is a more general title and reflects the content of the course.

Description:Principles and technologies behind computer security.  Introduction to encryption and decryption; security mechanisms in computer programs, operating systems, databases, and networks; administration of computer security, and legal and ethical issues.




SW 196 - Introduction to Social Work

Justification: This course will initially be offered as an experimental elective as a way to further evaluate the course content and objectives with the idea that ultimately this would be a required course for all social work majors.  This course is needed as a prerequisite for students entering the social work profession or those who have little prior knowledge of the field and want to learn more.  The course helps to serve as a screening process to the profession by providing students with a look at the profession prior to taking the division’s professional practice courses.  It allows students, both transfer and CSUS to make an informed decision regarding becoming a social worker with an overview of the profession’s knowledge, values and skill requirements.

Description: This course provides an overview of the social work profession and of social welfare systems especially in relation to marginalized populations.  The course also introduces a generalist perspective to social work practice with emphasis on professional development.  Students are exposed to the values and ethics of social work, as well as the important ideologies that shaped social welfare and social work.




GEOL 5A - Geology of Mexico Field Trip

Justification: Field trip to accompany Geology 5 (Geology of Mexico) course.  The field trip is designed to give students a real world perspective on geologic features and processes as they occur in Mexico.  Stops and associated exercises at strategic localities will engage students in assessing the geologic framework of Mexico and critically analyzing potential natural hazards and land-use decisions.

Description:This course will focus on fundamental geologic concepts as seen from real world examples in Mexico that will be visited during several strategic field stops.  Field stops will emphasize a problem-based approach to learning geology and the process of scientific investigation.  Topics include a wide range of geological concepts including plate tectonic setting of Mexico, living with volcanoes, the Mexico City earthquake, issues of water supply, flooding, climate change and atmospheric pollution in Mexico City, the Chicxulub meteor impact crater, geologic time, ore deposits of Mexico, and natural hazards.
Field Trip- 16 days, 2 units.




MATH 196H - An Integrated Course in Mathematics & Child Developement

Justification: One of the two integrated courses for Liberal Studies.  The Liberal Studies Major requires that students take an integrated studies course, and only one such course is presently offered.  Math 196H is an experimental course designed to develop a second integrated studies course.

Description: Students will build on their understanding of the material of Math 17, 107AB by deepening their understanding of the concepts taught in these courses.  This will be done by closely examining these concepts in relationship to theories of intellectual development.  In particular, students will examine mathematical concepts related to K-8 with respect to Nativism, Information Processing, and Constructivism, and throughout the course will consider the questions of “What is Mathematics?” and “How is Mathematics learned?”




ETHN 179 - Black Music and Black Consciousness

Justification: Black music forms an essential part of the Pan African experience.  Black music is part of the Black consciousness.  Understanding the development and function of Black music is fundamental to understanding the development of people of African descent throughout the Black Diaspora.  A course on Black music and its connection to Black thought and development will greatly increase the depth and breadth of Ethnic Studies curricula for students in Pan African Studies, Ethnic Studies and General Education students.

Description: Provides students with an understanding of the essential role Black music assumes in the development of people of African descent throughout the Black Diaspora.  Major topics include the historical development of Black music, the role of music in Black resistance and other forms of political behavior, the economic exploitation of Black music and the Black musician and the influence of globalization.



GOVT 281 - Comparative State Government

Justification: It is important for citizens of California to have an understanding of how state government works across the entire U.S.  This is especially true of the graduate students in the government department, many of whom work for the state government.  Currently, the department offers only a course focusing primarily on California government.

Description: Examines state political institutions and processes.  Special attention will be paid to how the political variation among the states shapes processes and outcomes. Topics covered will include governors, legislatures, interest groups, public opinion, political parties and elections.



PSYC 194 - Cooperative Research

Justification: This change only affects the course description and prerequisites.  The new description clarifies that the course is intended for those interested in graduate school or a career involving research and the new prerequisites help to ensure that the student possesses the necessary background to complete the course.

Opportunity for dedicated students interested in graduate school or a career involving research to work cooperatively on a psychological research project under faculty supervision.

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