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Spring 2018

Regular Session
January 16 - May 11, 2018

Off-Campus Courses
&
Online Courses

Course Descriptions
BIOS | ENGL | FLCL | GEOG | ILASPOLS | PSYC | SOCI | STAT


 

 

BIOS 442/542

Evolution and the Creationist Challenge
BIOS 442 YE1, Class # 7396

 Catalog Description: Evolutionary theory and tenets of present-day anti-evolutionists with emphasis on providing students with the skills to articulate the theory of evolution as it applies to the biological sciences. Not a substitute for a formal course in evolutionary theory. Recommended for students pursuing careers in secondary science education.

Ron Toth (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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ENGL 308

 

Technical Writing
ENGL 308: YE1, Class #7398


NO ENGL MAJORS OR MINORS

Catalog Description: Principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry (e.g., manuals, proposals, procedures, newsletters, brochures, specifications, memoranda, and formal reports). Topics include analysis of audience and purpose, simplifying complex information, document design, and project management.

Janice Knudsen (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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ENGL 308

 

Technical Writing
ENGL 308: YE2, Class #7399

Catalog Description: Principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry (e.g., manuals, proposals, procedures, newsletters, brochures, specifications, memoranda, and formal reports). Topics include analysis of audience and purpose, simplifying complex information, document design, and project management.

Brande Martin (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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FLCL 271

 

Classical Mythology
FLCL 271: YE1, Class #7400

Catalog Description: An interdisciplinary approach to Greek and Roman myths, including their historical and contemporary relevance.

Laura Steele (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 105

 

Weather, Climate, and You
GEOG 105: YE1, Class #7401

Introduction to the science of weather and climate. Solar radiation, energy transfer and the seasons. Clouds and precipitation, weather systems and extreme weather. Climate variability and change. Impacts on humans and the environment. Three hours of lecture.

Victor Gensini (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 256/556

 

Maps & Mapping/Fundamentals of Mapping
GEOG 256: YE1, Class # 7402

Catalog Description: GEOG 256, Introduction to maps as models of our earth, tools of visualization, and forms of graphic communication. Use of satellite and aerial imagery, land surveying, and geographic information systems in map production. Thematic maps and how they are used. Map design for informational and persuasive purposes. Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory.

Yiwei Jim & Ryan James (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 303

 

Water Resources & the Environment
GEOG 303: YE1, Class #7403

Catalog Description: Evaluation of water as a resource; its availability, distribution, use, and quality. Operation of the hydrologic cycle and relationships between surface water and the soil, groundwater, and atmosphere. Human impacts on water resources and the management of water-related hazards, including flooding, drought, and the spread of disease. Lecture and field experience.

Sharon Ashley & Walker Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 306

 

Severe & Hazardous Weather
GEOG 306: YE1, Class #7404

Catalog Description: Examination of fundamentals of atmospheric phenomena with an emphasis on understanding concepts and processes behind severe manifestations of weather and climate. Physical aspects of extratropical cyclones, winter weather phenomena, thunderstorm phenomena, tropical weather systems, and large-scale, longer-term weather events are analyzed. Case studies are employed to investigate human, economic, and environmental consequences of extreme weather and climate events.

Walker Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 330

 

Geography of the US & Canada
GEOG 330: YE1, Class #7405

Catalog Description: Regional analysis of the two countries. Cultural, economic, and political patterns. Geographic perspectives applied to current issues and problems.

Sharon Ashley (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 359/557

 

Introduction to Geographic Information
Systems 
GEOG 359: YE1, Class # 7437

Catalog Description: GEOG 359, Study of the fundamental principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis on the development of these systems, their components and their integration into mainstream geography. Two hours of lecture, two hours of laboratory. PRQ: GEOG 256 or GEOG 352 or consent of department.


Philip Young (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 403/503

 

Soils & Environmental Land Use Planning
GEOG 403: YE1, Class # 7406

Catalog Description: Application of soil science to environmental issues; use of geospatial data in mapping and utilizing the soil resource in agricultural, urban, and natural systems; use of soils information in wetland delineations, waste disposal, nutrient and contaminant cycling, erosion-sedimentation, ecological restoration, and environmental quality. Professional ethics, certification, and licensing of soil scientists.

Michael Konen (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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GEOG 464/564

 

Location Analysis
GEOG 464: YE1, Class # 7407

Catalog Description, GEOG 464: Examination of the location patterns of human social and economics activities. Principles of optimal location for agricultural, industrial, retail, transportation, and urban functions. Use of GIS and other spatial methods in location analysis. Lecture and laboratory. PRQ: GEOG 256.

Ryan James (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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Internship
ILAS 390: P1, Class # 3350

Catalog Description, ILAS 390: Work as an intern in an off-campus agency in activities related to one of the majors in the college.  Reading and paper preparation under the supervision of a faculty member in the college.  May be repeated once. S/U grading.

Judy Santacaterina (3 credit hours)

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POLS 210

 

Introduction to Law & Courts
POLS 210: YE1, Class #7412

Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of law and courts, including legal theory, judicial institutions, legal actors, legal systems and ways in which law is interrelated with politics, public policy and society.

Mitch Pickerill (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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POLS 304

 

American Public Opinion
POLS 304: YE1, Class 7413

American political values, attitudes, and beliefs, the factors that influence their development, and the role of public opinion in American democracy. Survey research methods, including sampling, questionnaire design, and data collection methods. Recommended: At least sophomore standing.

April Clark (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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POLS 312

 

Law and Film
POLS 312: YE1, Class 7414

Analysis of feature films to explore topics such as law school and the legal profession, criminal and civil law, civil rights and liberties, and justice as it relates to race, gender, and class.

Artemus Ward (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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 POLS 314

 

Law, Politics & Baseball
POLS 314: YE1, Class #7415

Catalog Description: Analysis of the legal and political aspects of baseball to explore topics such as the relationship between business and government, antitrust law, labor-management relations, and discrimination as it relates to race, gender, and class. (NOTE: POLS 314 used to be taught as one of the topics under POLS 414.)

Artemus Ward (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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POLS 340

 

Political Analysis
POLS 340: PYE1, Class 7416

Concepts and principal methods of research in political science: techniques of gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data and reporting findings.

  • 01/16 - 05/11/18, blended with face-to-face meetings at NIU-Naperville.

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STAT 350

 

Public Administration
PSPA 331X: YE1, Class 7417

Crosslisted as POLS 331. Leadership, decision making, organizational behavior, program effectiveness, and fiscal management in public administrative agencies.

Li-Yin Liu (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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PSYC 300

 

Introduction to Brain & Behavior
PSYC 300: YE1, Class #7429

Catalog Description: Introductory survey concerned with the relationship between the brain and a wide variety of behaviors, both normal and abnormal. Provides a fundamental understanding of how the brain controls and mediates behavior, and a foundation for more advanced courses in behavioral neuroscience. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.

Doug Wallace (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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PSYC 324

 

Developmental Child Psychology
PSYC 324: YE1, Class #7430

Catalog Description: Introduction to questions, approaches, and empirical findings in the field of developmental psychology. Emphasis on the processes of psychological development during childhood, as illustrated within a broad range of psychological content domains. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.

Michelle Demaray (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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PSYC 425

 

Adult Development and Aging
PSYC 425: YE1, Class 7431

Behavioral development from early adulthood through old age. Emphasis on biological, motor, cognitive, social, and personality characteristics at various stages of development.

Christine Malecki (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 03/09/18.

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SOCI 289

The Criminal Justice System
SOCI 289: YE1, Class 7698

Overview of the relationships among the system's parts, including law, police, courts, prisons, and other agencies of coercive control.  Examination of the flow of clients through the system, and relationships of the system to external institutions and social incluences.

Kristie Crane (3 credit hours)

  • Fully online course, 01/15-03/11

SPGA 490

 

Professional Portfolio Assessment
SPGA 490: YE1, Class 7432

Introduction to adult learning theory and the process of producing a prior learning assessment portfolio of workplace learning (learning outside of the college classroom). The prior learning portfolio will be used to determine the amount of proficiency credit awarded. Must be taken in the first year. S/U grading.

Staff 

  • Fully online course, 01/16 - 05/11/18.

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STAT 208

 

Basic Statistics
STAT 208: YE1, Class 7433

Designed to provide students with an understanding of reasoning involved in the statistician’s approach to a variety of problems in modern society. Topics include data collection, descriptive statistics, graphical displays of data, the normal distribution, elementary probability, elements of statistical inference, estimation and hypothesis testing, and linear regression. Not open for credit toward the major or minor in mathematical sciences. Not open for credit to students with credit in an upper-division statistics course or in OMIS 324 or UBUS 223. Not used in major or minor GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors or minors.

Matthew Grugel (3 credit hours)

  •  01/16 - 05/11/18. Online course with face-to-face meetings at NIU-Rockford, Thursdays, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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STAT 301

 

Elementary Statistics
STAT 301: YE1, Class #7434

Catalog Description: Introduction to basic concepts in statistical methods including probability, theoretical and empirical distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation, and single classification analysis of variance procedures. Not available for credit toward the major in mathematical sciences. Not used in major GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors. PRQ: MATH 206 or MATH 210 or MATH 211 or MATH 229.

Claudine Myers (3 credit hours)

  • 01/16 - 05/11/18. Online with face-to-face meetings at NIU-Hoffman Estates, Saturdays, 01/20, 02/17, 04/14, 05/09/18, 9-11 am.

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STAT 301

 

Elementary Statistics
STAT 301: YE2, Class #7435

Catalog Description: Introduction to basic concepts in statistical methods including probability, theoretical and empirical distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, linear regression and correlation, and single classification analysis of variance procedures. Not available for credit toward the major in mathematical sciences. Not used in major GPA calculation for mathematical sciences majors. PRQ: MATH 206 or MATH 210 or MATH 211 or MATH 229.

Claudine Myers (3 credit hours)

  • 01/16 - 05/11/18. Online with face-to-face meetings on Mondays 1/22, 2/19, 4/16, 5/7at NIU-Rockford 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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STAT 350

 

Introduction to Probability & Statistics
STAT 350: YE1, Class #7436

Catalog Description: Introduction to the basic ideas and fundamental laws of probability including sample spaces, events, independence, random variables, special probability distributions and elementary statistical inference. PRQ: MATH 230.

Claudine Myers (3 credit hours)

  • 01/16 - 05/11/18. Online with face-to-face meetings on Tuesdays 1/23, 2/20, 4/17, and 5/8 at Kishwaukee Community College from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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