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Primatology is the study of the closest living human relatives in the animal kingdom. Most people are fascinated with the range of physical traits and behaviors shown by monkeys and apes. Scientists study them in order to understand how the principles of evolution apply to their biology, environmental adaptations and patterns of social interactions. This online course will use two classroom sessions in lecture, videos and field trips to Brookfield and Linocln Park zoos for direct observation, in addition to power point modules and assignments on Blackboard.
Catalog Description: Crosslisted as BIOS 341X. Study of nonhuman primates, both living and extinct. Focus on primate biology in its broadest sense. Topics include primate taxonomy, behavior, natural history traits, ecology, reproduction, feeding and locomotor adaptations, anatomy, and paleontology. Lectures and laboratory. PRQ: ANTH 240 or consent of department.
Judith Calleja (3 credit hours)
The perennial culture wars raging in the USA are expressed in many areas of society. One area of attack is the opposition by the Religious Right to the teaching of evolution in public schools. Since before the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" in 1925, school boards and legislatures have tried to eliminate, add equal doses of creationism to, or water down the coverage of evolution. They have targeted evolution as a cause for many of their perceived "social evils," don't understand science, and cannot separate evolution from "Social Darwinism."
This course will introduce students to the history of the controversy, define the opposition, and explain where each side gets their ideas and what they believe. We will then explore philosophy of science in enough detail to be able to separate a scientific question from a non-scientific question. A preliminary survey of primarily biological evolution will provide students with the necessary information to counter creationist arguments. This course is designed to give students the ability to not only defend evolution but, more importantly, attack non-scientific intrusions into the public school system. It is not a course in biological evolution but complementary, and can be taken by any upper-level undergraduate with an interest in science and society.
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 designed as a substitute for a formal course in evolutionary theory. Recommended for students pursuing careers in secondary science education.
Ronald Toth (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: Introduction to community leadership and civic engagement including avenues for making contributions to community and society. Emphasis placed on nonprofit organizations, public service, volunteering, activism, and philanthropy, locally and globally.
Julie Ann Read (3 credit hours)
Catalog Description: Comprehensive survey of theoretical contexts, critical and analytical perspectives, research methodologies, and historical backgrounds which define the field of communication studies.
Kathryn Cady (3 credit hours)
This course will explore the interesting life of celebrated screenwriter/director Billy Wilder who escaped from Europe at the beginning of World War II and enjoyed a long career in Hollywood. His work will also be examined, from controversial dramas such as the still relevant Ace in the Hole to the popular comedies like the hilarious Some Like it Hot.
Catalog Description: Focus on the work of a major film director using the auteur theory. Artistry, vision, and social importance will be examined against the institutional background of film production. Repeatable up to six hours if subject is different.
Matthew Swan (3 credit hours)
This course explores the role of economic analysis in public policy. It will examine the role government in a market econmomy and the analysis of specific public policies.
Catalog Description: Topics of current importance to consumers, resource owners, business, and government. May be repeated up to 9 hours as topics change and can be taken concurrently. PRQ: ECON 260 and ECON 261.
Sowjanya Dharmasankar (3 credit hours)
This course focuses on advanced writing techniques including peer editing, revision, development, clarity, organization and grammar. It will focus on the memoir or personal memory, and but also tackle PowerPoint and the MLA-based research paper. Whether you are struggling with the basics, wanting more challenge, or eager to branch out into new avenues of writing, this course will help.
Catalog Description: Writing expressive, persuasive, and informative essays and developing appropriate stylistic and organizational techniques. Open to both majors, minors, and non-majors.
Laura Bird (3 credit hours)
In this fully online class, students will study the principles and strategies for planning, writing, and revising technical documents common in government, business, and industry. Some of the topics covered in this class are audience analysis and purpose, writing effectively, simplifying coplex information, writing instructions, and document design.
The class will “meet” in Blackboard Learn where students will find video lectures, video demonstrations, assignment information, discussion boards, and a journal space. Students will also use an online space provided by the textbook publisher to watch video presentations, complete exercises related to the weekly reading assignment, and take quizzes.
The e-textbook Technical Communication, 10th edition, by Mike Markel, is included in the online course space, YourTechCommClass. An access code can be purchased at the University Bookstore and VCB. It can also be purchased online at http://courses.bfwpub.com/yourtechcommclass/student-access.php. Students can also register their access code at this address.
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, specificaitons, memoranda, and formal reports). Topics include analysis of audience and purpose, simplifying complex information, document design, and project management.
Jan Knudsen (3 credit hours)
Though maps have been used by civilizations for well over 5,000 years, practically all aspects of mapping today involve computers – from the collection of real-world data by GPS or satellites, to drafting and printing. Rather than study the history of maps and mapping, we will instead study the concept of maps as tools of modern communication and visualization. This course is also the starting point for NIU’s certificate of undergraduate study in Geographic Information Systems (in addition to applying toward the B.G.S.) and is required for several further courses in geography.
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.
Catalog Description, GEOG 556: For graduate students with little formal background in mapping. Maps as models, tools of visualization, and forms of graphic communication. Processes of map production, including imagery and surveying. Principles of map design.
Devin Moeller & Andrew Krmenec (3 credit hours)
This course in intended to provide the student with a broader understanding of water and its importance to our lives and earth’s complex environment. We will consider issues facing water such as whether the supply of water will continue, how man-made developments have altered water availability, how pollution has eroded this natural resource, and where/how we can restore our water resources. Relevant video clips, online tutorials, and supplemental readings will be used throughout the course to provide examples of water-related issues affecting northern Illinois, other regions of the U.S., as well as various countries around the world.
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 mangament of water-related hazards, including flooding, drought, and the spread of disease. Lecture and field experience.
Sharon Ashley (3 credit hours)
Have you ever asked yourself, “Where in the world am I?” GEOG 359 may help you answer that question with an introductory study into the principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In this online course, we develop skills in GIS, its components, and how it applies to our surrounding environment. This course is a primer for those who are interested in learning more about the dynamic and ever-changing world of GIS and its career applications.
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.
Catalog Description, GEOG 557: For graduate students with little formal background in GIS or computer mapping. Principles, components, and uses of geographic information systems. PRQ: GEOG 552 or GEOG 556, or consent of department.
Phil Young (3 credit hours)
A Geographic Information System (GIS), composed of multiple map layers of a place, can facilitate problem-solving in a variety of social, environmental, and business settings. This course will apply GIS to examples from these different settings. Methods of integrating land, environmental, demographic, and business information will be demonstrated. In addition to applying to the B.G.S., this class also counts toward NIU's certificate of undergraduate study in Geographic Information Systems.
Catalog Description, GEOG 459: Study of the conceptual framework and development of geographic information systems. Emphasis on the actual application of a GIS to spatial analysis. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. PRQ: GEOG 359 or consent of department.
Catalog Description, GEOG 559: Study of the conceptual framework and development of geographic information systems. Emphasis on the actual application of a GIS to spatial analysis. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. PRQ: GEOG 557 or consent of department.
Richard Greene (3 credit hours)
This course examines the historical development of sports in the United States. We will focus on how race, gender, class, religion, ethnicity and economics helped to shape American sports culture. In addition to fostering a critical understanding of this phenomenon, this course will enhance students’ research, close reading and public presentation skills.
Catalog Description: Development of sport in the United States from the colonial era to the present, including the emergence of sport cultures, professional sports, and racial, gender, class, and political issues.
Stanley Arnold (3 credit hours)
This is a course on U. S. political parties and elections and is intended to familiarize students with practical aspects of the functioning of elections, but also acquaint students with some of the major academic debates about the effectiveness of political parties and elections. Students successfully completing the course will gain an appreciation for the history of political parties, how political parties have manipulated election laws to their benefit, and the pros and cons of specific electoral arrangements. The course will be graded on a total points system and there will be a possible 500 points for the course; four section exams and a comprehensive final exam.
Catalog Description: Survey and analysis of candidates, issues, and partisan trends in presidential elections from the era of the New Deal to the present. Also considers how election rules and campaign styles have changed over time.
Scot Schraufnagel (3 credit hours)
This course will explore the biological basis of various aspects of behavior. The student will first learn about the fundamental elements of the nervous system and their function. Subsequent lectures and reading will integrate these elements into the systems responsible for sensation, perception, reward, learning, memory, and thinking. Both normal and abnormal behavior will be considered as part of lecture and discussion. With recent advancements in neuroscience, a fundamental understanding of brain function is critical for students in psychology and related fields.
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.
Patricia Wallace (3 credit hours)
The major objective in this course is for students to develop an understanding of psychopathology as a variant of normal behavior. It is hoped that students will come to view human behavior on a continuum where psychopathology represents a departure from normal behavior in that it is more extreme, exaggerated, disabling, maladaptive, distressing, and/or distrubing to thers within the context of the person’s environment or to society. Students are expected to become familiar with the various paradigmatic viewpoints exploring the depth of all diagnosable psycho-pathological disorders. Students will become familiar with the current methods of classification and diagnosis of psychopathology and gain an understanding of the treatments that are used to help individuals and families who experience these conditions. Finally, familiarization with research and research methods will be an important part of the course, as it reflects an essential component of the science of psychology.
Catalog Description: Introduction to the study of pathological behavior. The development, maintenance, and treatment of problem behavior discussed from theoretical, empirical, and clinical perspectives. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.
Phillip Krasula (3 credit hours)
Alport (1985) writes that social psychology is a scientific study of the way in which people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the real or imaged presence of other people. This course will examine how people are influenced by immediate surroundings, cultural norms, and family background through lecture, films, activites and small group discussions. Major learning components will offer students enhanced knowledge on critical societal problems such as attitudes, attitude change, conformity, group processes, interpersonal attraction, discrimination/stereotype, pro-social behavior, and health.
Catalog Description: Behavior in the context of social interaction, with emphasis on experimental findings. Includes such topics as interpersonal judgment and perception, social attraction, aggression, prejudice and social influence, including attitude formation and persuasion, conformity, and social modeling. PRQ: At least sophomore standing and PSYC 102, or consent of department.
Joanne Messina (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of crime and criminals. The task is not an easy one. Crime is a controversial and multi-faceted topic and criminologists are faced with many difficult questions, including: How do we measure crime? Who commits crime, why and where? What can we do to prevent crime? In this course, we will explore these questions as well as many others.
Catalog Description: Examination of the nature of crime and delinquency, crime statistics, and criminal behavior. Emphasis on social causes and theories of crime. PRQ: SOCI 170 or SOCI 250 or SOCI 260 or SOCI 270, and at least sophomore standing, or consent of department.
Keri Burchfield (3 credit hours)