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LIST #4 - 2007/2008

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on February 12, 2008)


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:

 






 



COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

Art

NON SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

BA Art Studio

Justification:

This form accompanies a proposal for a new course, ART 147
The course will be added to the BA Studio Art major, the Studio Art minor, the Pre-credential subject matter program and the Graduate studio program.

 

English

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Rhetoric and Writing

Justification:

The English Department revised its major to include various “areas of interest” to allow students to specialize in one of the many sub-fields included within our discipline. Until recently, we were not able to offer an area in rhetoric and writing because of a lack of faculty. Due to recent hires, we now have the faculty and courses to be able to add a “Rhetoric and Writing” option to the major’s areas of interest. The department voted to adopt the new area, supporting the following goals statement:

The area of interest in Rhetoric and Writing, while acknowledging that writing is a tool that is vital to critical inquiry, does more than provide instruction in composition skills; rather, the goal of this undergraduate program is to foster an ethically-driven understanding of ways in which all language is meaning-making. Participants will examine how various communities make meaning in a variety of contexts—academic, civic, corporate, digital—through the production and consumption of texts from a variety of genres in both public and private discourse. Having gained a foundational understanding of critical discourse analysis, of basic rhetorical theory, of writing for social action, and of the complexly layered relationships between language and power, graduates will be qualified to pursue work or further studies in professional writing, teaching composition, public service, interdisciplinary studies, law, rhetoric, media studies, or composition studies; further, graduates will have the tools with which to engage fully in civic life.

This addition also impacted one existing area of interest. The department used to offer an area of interest known as “Creative and Professional Writing.” This combination was created because there was no other place for our technical writing class and internship to be included. These courses will now be included in the Rhetoric and Writing area of interest, so the former section will be renamed “Creative Writing” and lose the professional writing and writing internship classes.

The rest of the changes detailed in this proposal are non-substantive changes which result from an updating of the course offerings within the department—placing newly approved courses within an appropriate area of interest and removing courses which are no longer offered from existing areas of interest.

 

Philosophy

NON SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

General Major, Applied Ethics and Law Concentration, Logic and Philosophy of Science Concentration, Minor

Justification:

The Department is re-numbering two of its required course:
PHIL 020: History of Ancient Philosophy to PHIL 025
PHIL 021: History of Early Modern Philosophy to PHIL 027.

We wish to change our program:
General Major
Concentration in Applied Ethics and Law
Concentration in Logic and Philosophy of Science
Minor in Philosophy
to reflect this change in the course numbers.

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Child Development

NON SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

MA, Child Development

Justification:

This proposal is to add two existing CHDV courses to the list of Core options for students. They were inadvertently left off the list once the courses were created, and we would like students in both concentrations to have the option of taking CHDV 253 and CHDV 258 to fulfill the Core requirements.

 

Special Education, Rehabilitation and School Psychology

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Education Specialist Credential Program: Mild/Moderate

Justification:

CHANGE: The Education Specialist Credential Program: Mild/Moderate will be dropping five courses (EDS 216, 122, 124, 291 & HLSC 136) as a program Level I requirement. This action is in response to community feedback, student surveys, and as a reaction to mandated CCTC Standards for the Mild/Moderate Educational Specialist Credential. Additionally, in response to the above constituents and standards, the lecture/lab paradigm is being applied to several methodology classes (EDS 101, 273, 276 & 292). The format for these courses will have a theoretical framework(A) and field based application(B)

Finally, in response to the above constituents, an existing options class (EDS 276A/B) will become part of the required coursework for the Mild/Moderate Educational Specialist Credential and one unit will be added to the initial EDS 232 Mild/Moderate seminar.

These actions will lead to a net drop of ten-units and is a cost saving benefit to the graduate credential program.

The revised program changes has fewer course requirements due to State standards no longer needing to be addressed in individual courses. Our program changes demonstrate how State standards can be met with fewer courses.

The program changes also enables prospective individuals to get their educational specialist credential in a timely fashion.

Education Specialist Credential Program: Multiple Subject

Justification:

CHANGE: The Teaching Credential Program: Multiple Subject will be dropping two courses (EDS 216, & HLSM 136) requirement. This action is in response to community feedback, student surveys, and as a reaction to mandated CCTC Standards for the Mild/Moderate Educational Specialist Credential. Additionally, in response to the above constituents and standards, the lecture/lab paradigm is being applied to several methodology classes (EDS 101A/B, 273A/B, 276A/B & 292A/B). The format of these courses will have a theoretical framework(A) and a field based/lab application(B).

Finally, in response to the above constituents, an existing options class (EDS 276A/B) will become part of the required coursework for the Mild/Moderate Educational Specialist Credential and one unit will be added to the initial EDS 232 seminar.

These actions will lead to a net drop of one unit.

 

Teacher Education

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Master of Education with Curriculum and Instruction Emphasis (Online option)

Justification:

Our Current MA in Education with C & I Emphasis Program is a popular program that serves the needs of people throughout our service region. Now we hope to extend our reach beyond the immediate region by offering this program online. This option has been designed to meet the needs of students who require a rigorous and yet flexible way to attain their degrees.

The program will meet 25% face-to-face and 75% online. During the face-to-face sessions students will be part of experiences that will emphasize community development, which will allow participants to get to know their peers and instructors and allow them to learn the online tools that will be used for instructional delivery.

Three new courses have been developed especially for this option (see attached form A’s). These courses would (at least initially) fill the 12 unit elective slot in the C & I program. Given the special nature of this program, students would enroll as a cohort and proceed through the program in the following sequence:

Summer: EDTE 226 and EDTE 251
Fall: EDTE 227, EDTE 250 and EDTE 237
Spring: EDTE 238 and EDTE 239
Summer: EDTE 290 and EDTE 505

 

 

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Nursing

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 30 Unit Option

Justification

The Division of Nursing is requesting a change in the requirements for the LVN 30 unit program. Section 1435.5 in the Laws Relating to Nursing Education Licensure - Practice in the State of California provides an oppotunity for the licensed Vocational Nurse to prepare for licensure as a Registered Nurse by completing no more than 30 units of designated courses. The LVN 30-unit option is designed for individuals who currently hold a valid California LVN license. THe 30-Unit Option students are admitted on a space available basis. Selection from qualified applicants is based on cumulative GPA, for the 30 most recent graded semester units as well as the combined GPA of the pre-requisite courses.

THe new program provides revised course content and sequencing that better reflects the needs of the LVN student to practice as a Registered Nurse.

 

 

NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS

Biological Sciences

NON SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Master of Science in Biological Sciences

Justification:

We previously submitted course changes that affect the M.S. in Biological Sciences Graduate Program. The proposed changes here integrate those changes into the Program without changing the total units in the program. The previously approved course changes were to split the 3 unit course Bio 220 (Research Methods) to yield a 2 unit Bio 220 and Bio 221A (Cell and Molecular Methods and Techniques; 2 units) and Bio 221B (Methods in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation; 2 units). In order to incorporate these into the Graduate Program we have reduced the units specified for Bio 220 in the required core. Bio 221A was added as a requirement for the Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. Bio 221B was added as a requirement for the Biological Conservation Concentration. Bio 221A or Bio 221B were added as a requirement for the No Concentration option. In addition, two units of Bio 299 were added as a requirement in the core since all students completing an MS must complete research projects and the Department requires students engaged in research to enroll in Bio 299. The incorporation of Bio 220, 221A, 221B and 299 causes changes in units required elsewhere in the program and these adjustments (such as a reduction in the number of elective units required) have been made throughout. Finally, we have removed the lists of approved electives to ensure that students understand that electives must be selected in consultation with the thesis advisor and must be approved at Advancement.

 


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