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LIST #7 - 2010/2011

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 1:30 in SAC 275
to review the Program Change Proposals contained in this list.
(Response due to Academic Affairs by noon on March 8, 2011)


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:

 




 

 

 

 

ARTS & LETTERS

Humanitites and Religious Studies

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

HRS/HUM Concentration

Justification:

In response to changes in staffing, assessment activities, revised departmental learning goals, and recommendations from the department’s 2009 program review:

  • Reduction of units for major from 45-39;
  • Reorganization of concentration core and electives to focus on humanities study;
  • Updating of electives list to reflect changes in the curriculum since 2008;
  • Removal of courses from electives list that do not have humanities topics and approaches as core objectives;
  • Revision of some course prerequisites;
  • Revision of capstone strategy into two seminars for majors, the HRS 190 “Topics” course (as required previously) and a new senior seminar, HRS 195, designed to enhance in an advanced manner content knowledge and the development of skills in concentration’s methods and approaches.

HRS/RS Concentration

Justification:

In response to changes in staffing, revised departmental learning goals, and recommendations from the department’s 2009 program review:

  • Reduction of units for major from 45-39;
  • Reorganization of concentration core and electives to focus on religious studies;
  • Updating of electives list to reflect changes in the curriculum since 2008;
  • Removal of courses from electives list that do not have religious studies topics and approached as core objectives;
  • Revision of some course prerequisites;
  • Revision of capstone strategy into two seminars for majors, the HRS 190 “Topics” course (as required previously) and a new senior seminar, HRS 198, designed to enhance in an advanced manner content knowledge and the development of skills in concentration’s methods and approaches.

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

HRS/HUM Minor

Justification:

Revise minor to mirror proposed changes to Humanities Concentration

HRS/RS Minor

Justification:

Revise minor to mirror proposed changes to Religious Studies Concentration

 

 

Music

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Bachelor of Musics: Music Education Concentration

Justification:

This proposal eliminates two requirements in the B.M. Music Education concentration and moves the deleted content into other existing courses. And it changes another requirement to a more appropriate course. The overall unit count for the concentration remains unchanged.

 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Mechanical Engineering

 

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

MS in Mechanical Engineering

Justification:

   For Fall 2010 ME 209 (Research Methodology) was increased from 1 to 2 units (approved Spring 2010).  This course remains a required part of the core curriculum.  It has also been qualified as a GWI course.  Three general changes to the ME MS program are proposed here:

  1. Changes to the distribution of units to accommodate the addition of  another unit to the core.  Specifically, the total number of elective units decreases from 9-12 to 7-9 units and the culminating experience (ME 500) increases from 2-5 to 4-6 units.  These are proposed to keep the total number of units at 30.
  2. Changes in the courses listed for the technical specializations.  These reflect the courses currently available.  Not shown on the Form B are five experimental courses in the Design and Dynamic Systems areas and one in the Manufacturing Area.  These will be added via a Form B if and when they receive permanent status.  The number of units in the specialization remains the same.
  3. Eliminate Plan B.  We would like our students to do their culminating experience over at least two terms and prepare a substantive report, which are the requirement of a thesis in our program.  Starting in Fall 2011 we want all students to pursue our current Plan A: Thesis Option so we are eliminating Plan B. There is no fiscal impact to these changes.

 

COLLEGE OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Nursing

 

NEW PROGRAM

Accelerated Second Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program Collaborative with CSU, Stanislaus (ASBSNc)

Justification:

This proposal requests approval for a Collaborative Accelerated Second Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (ASBSNc) program between CSU, Stanislaus and Sacramento State to be offered through the College of Continuing Education. The second bachelors' students that have completed the prerequisites are the focus population for this new pre-licensure nursing program. The Division of Nursing has a successful history with an ASBSN program, but the ELM/ASBSN program was deleted from the program offerings due to the present state of fiscal and faculty resources.


Students with a bachelor's degree in any other discipline who have completed the required pre-requisites will be able to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in an accelerated format. Second bachelors' students are exempt from all general education requirements as mandated in EOAA: 2008-14. As such, the ASBSNc students will be able to complete the program in an accelerated time frame of 15 months. It is estimated that a cohort of up to 20-30 students from each campus will be admitted August or December 2011 (pending approvals) and every year thereafter. Future expansion of the collaborative program is dependent on student interest and community need.


The programs will collaborate and share approximately 30% of the required pre-licensure content with each campus maintaining responsibility for approximately 70% of their approved curricula. This 30% was determined through the articulation of the two curricula (CSU, Stanislaus & Sacramento State). The 10 theory courses that will be "shared courses" will be divided equally between the two campuses. In addition, the determination of which campus is slated to teach which course was determined by the availability of faculty resources and expertise in specific content areas. The baccalaureate degrees will be awarded from the student's home campus.


The clinical and lab courses will be taken on the student's home campus. Due to sharing of theory courses, the Division of Nursing is submitting course change proposals to separate out the theory and clinical portions of the courses that are now considered one course. The curriculum remains the same as the traditional pre licensure nursing program but will delivered in a compressed 15 month format with one six-week semester and four ten-week semesters. There is a change in sequencing between the current second and third semester courses as well. The current third semester will move to second semester and the current second to the third semester.


The move to Folsom Hall affords the opportunity to increase students in the baccalaureate nursing program with increased lab and classroom space. There is a high demand for an accelerated second baccalaureate option as evidenced by the frequent calls and e-mails inquiring if the Division of Nursing offers such a program. A report from the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationlInstitute of Medicine in October 2010 calls for an increase in bachelor's prepared nurses from 50% to 80% by 2020 to meet the health care needs of the United States. In California, this translates to 108,000 new bachelor's prepared nurses.


This program will be delivered through self-support and will not impact the budget for the Division of Nursing or College of Health and Human Services. The cost of the program will be the same as similar programs in the CSU system. This program attempts to address limited faculty resources through the sharing of faculty between campuses. The proposal must be approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (in progress) and the Chancellor's Office (pending Sac State approval).


Catholic Healthcare West has pledged support to the program as follows: a substantial donation to the Campaign for Nursing, funding to provide a simulation coordinator for three years, clinical placements, and clinical faculty.

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS

Biological Sciences

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

BS in Biological Sciences: Biomedical Sciences Concentration

Justification:

In the recent revision of the B.S. in Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences concentration, two editorial errors were made.  One is in “A. Required Courses, which should read 24 units instead of 27 units.   Students in the Biomedical Sciences concentration must take CHEM 24 and CHEM 124 instead of CHEM 20, which was already listed and counted in the Required Lower Division Coursework. We have added language to the “*Note” to better clarify the substitution.

The second change is in “B. Elective Courses. The third bullet in that section should have read:   “Additional electives selected in consultation with an advisor to total 13 upper division elective units.”  Currently, it reads:  “Additional electives selected in consultation with an advisor to total 9 upper division elective units.”  We are proposing to change the 9 upper division units to 13 upper division units in the revision. 

The total units in the major do not change with both of these numerical corrections.

 

BS in Biological Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Sciences Concentration

Justification:

In the recent revision of the B.S. in Biological Sciences, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) concentration,  Molecular Cell Biology (BIO 121), which is required as a corequisite for Immunology (BIO 149A), was omitted as a requirement in our revision of the concentration.   We are proposing to add the 3-unit BIO 121 to the required upper division courses in the CLS concentration and remove 3 units of electives in area 4.  The total units in the major do not change.

 

 

 

COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

Social Science

 

NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Social Science

Justification:

This program change insures consistency between the Social Science major and Subject Matter Competency requrements. This program change does not affect the unit requirements

 


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