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LIST #2 - 2011/2012

PROGRAM CHANGE PROPOSALS
UNDERGRADUATE & GRADUATE


The Curriculum Subcommittee will meet on
Tuesday, October 11, 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 October 11, 2011)


 

Program Proposals

Past Program Proposal Lists:

 






 

 

 

COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS

English

SUBSTANTIVE PROGRAM CHANGE

MA PROGRAM: TESOL

Justification:

We propose to decrease significantly the number of pre-requisite courses for the MA Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by “folding” some pre-requisite content into our existing graduate-level courses and changing the status of two semesters of foreign language coursework from “required” to “preferred.”  In doing so, we hope to enable more students to enter the program with fully-classified status, and we believe that this will allow students to graduate quicker as well as contribute to lowering the university’s cost per student of completing the degree. We also propose to require all of our 200-level courses rather than allowing students to choose six out of seven courses. This change will have several desired effects: a) It will allow us to offer a regularly-scheduled rotation of our courses that would help students to better plan their course of study over four semesters; b) It will allow us to sequence courses in a way that predicts students’ demand more accurately and maximizes students’ enrollment within the course cap; and c) It will enable us to achieve our program goals more effectively. Under the current requirement of taking six out of seven courses, not all students receive adequate preparation in all the goals, and our comprehensive exam cannot assess all of the program goals because of the individual variation in courses taken.

 

Humanities

NEW PROGRAM

Humanties MA

Justification:

The Humanities M.A. program is designed to take the place of the Liberal Arts Master’s Program.  To a large extent, this simply involves naming the current LIBA program what in fact it now is: a graduate program in Humanities. Along with this desire to name the program appropriately, we aspire to make the Humanities M.A. the most effective graduate program in the CSU system for the preparation of students to teach Humanities at the community college level.  Our research into current graduate programs throughout the state, at CSU campuses and beyond, indicates that no program currently exists.

The Liberal Arts Master’s Program has, over the past several years, gravitated towards being primarily a program in the Humanities.  Most of our students are interested in teaching Humanities at the community college level.  Due to state law encouraging close correlation between degree and subject taught, however, the name of our program is a stumbling block (applicants need to argue for “equivalency”).  Merely in light of this practical consideration, therefore, a change (in name, at least) is justified.   Our desire to enhance the program involves some additional changes involving application procedures, admissions standards, and curricular structure.  All of the necessary curriculum to enable this transition is already in place.  The most significant change will not involve curriculum, but rather a much more stringent admissions process (to include requiring a B.A. in Humanities or equivalent as prerequisite for admission) and an emphasis on outreach designed to attract qualified applicants from throughout the state.

 

Foreign Languages

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES

Undergraduate Spanish Major: Minimum Grade

Justification:

The Spanish area faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages is concerned with what appears to be a slight increase in the number of students who have chosen Spanish as either their first or second major. A few of these students are, on the one hand, attempting to take too many units per semester in order to graduate, and, as a result, are accumulating too many average or below-average grades and are then not eligible to graduate. The Spanish area faculty wishes to discourage this practice, and thus unanimously approved setting the following letter grade parameters for the Spanish major to be inserted in the online CSUS Catalog under the Spanish major requirements: All Spanish majors must earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted toward the major.

Undergraduate Spanish Major: Minor Requirement

Justification:

The Spanish area faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages unanimously approved the elimination of the required minor, which is currently a requirement along with the 42 unit Spanish major for all students pursuing a B.A. in Spanish. The decision to delete the minor requirement is part of an ongoing effort to streamline the Spanish major course offerings through the elimination of some courses, and the integration of other courses which have been deemed as excessive in number or perhaps a duplication of an existing course. It is the hope of the Spanish area faculty that the deletion of the required minor will allow our students to complete the B.A. in Spanish without the added burden (additional units) of the minor requirement if they should choose not to pursue a minor along with their Spanish major. This should also help students by reducing the total amount of time they currently need in order to graduate. Once the deletion of the minor requirement has been approved, then all references to it should be deleted from the online CSUS Catalog for Spanish beginning in the fall 2011.

Undergraduate Spanish Minor

Justification:

The Spanish area faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages is concerned with what appears to be a slight increase in the number of students who have chosen Spanish as a minor, along with another major. A few of these students are, on the one hand, attempting to take too many units per semester in order to graduate, and, as a result, are accumulating too many average or below-average grades and are then not eligible to graduate. The Spanish area faculty wishes to discourage this practice, and thus unanimously approved setting the following letter grade parameters for the Spanish minor to be inserted in the online CSUS Catalog under the Spanish major requirements: All Spanish minors must earn a grade of C or better in all courses counted toward the minor.

 

 

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

 

All Program Proposals to be reviewed by CPSP.

 

 

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Engineering

NEW CONCENTRATIONS

BS in Computer Science

Justification:

Create new course (CSC 135) to replace CSC 132 & CSC 136, as requirements (Part D) for the bachelor’s degree. Increase the elective structure (Part E) from 9 units to 12 units. In addition, change the elective requirements (Part E) of the degree to be four electives courses OR 1 concentration. Slate of new concentrations attached.

Justification: In several areas of computer science, the computer science department offers multiple courses and wishes to recognize students who choose to focus their studies in any of these areas.

This is being achieved in a unit-neutral fashion. The major's core is being reduced by one course by combining the material in two existing courses and the required number of electives is being increased by one. All students will be required to take the computer science core and either 12 elective units of their choosing or a 12 unit concentration.

 

Civil Engineering

SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE

Construction Management Undergraduate Degree

Justification:

Replace a required course (CE 9 Surveying) with a newly developed course (CM 9 Construction Surveying and Layout).  No changes in the number of units in the major.
The existing CE 9 course is currently required for both construction management (CM) students and civil engineering (CE) students.  CE 9 focuses on plane surveying as it applies to civil engineers (mainly design-oriented surveying).  A new CM 9 course has been developed to focus on surveying topics and practices that are more applicable to CM students, i.e. surveying skills used commonly in the field of construction.


New CM 9 Course Description:

Geomatics and the principles of surveying measurements for distance, direction, and elevation.  Special emphasis on the application of surveying skills relevant to the field of construction, including building, bridge, and sitework layout techniques and procedures, establishment of reference line and grade, topographic mapping, and earthwork computations. (Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 3 hours).

 

 


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