ART112: Exploring Museums: Lenore Metrick-Chen: The purpose of this class is to become more familiar with museum history, museum purposes and museum issues, especially power relations. Through field trips, readings and guest speakers we will learn about different reasons for museums, a chronological history of museum growth, and issues of curatorial decisions in creating the exhibitions that we see today. Taking field trips, we will experience a range of museums in and around Des Moines and explore various strategies for communicating through display. We will also examine the building’s architecture. We examine other museums through text and virtually on the Internet. AOI: Critical Thinking, Historical Foundations, Artistic Experience. 3 Credits.
ART145: Beginning Furniture Design: Edward Kelley: This class is an introduction to basic furniture making focusing on an integration of design and fabrication. Students will learn joinery techniques and materials appropriate to furniture making through design and construction. Exploration of traditional and modern furniture design will be taught through lectures and demonstrations. Each student will make a finished functional piece of furniture. AOI: Artistic Experience. 3 Credits.
ART145: Drawing the Figure: Emily Newman: An introduction to drawing the human form. Emphasis is on learning how to draw the figure as it is seen through direct observation techniques utilizing live models and through developing an understanding of basic anatomy. Historical and contemporary ideas and approaches to interpreting the figure will be introduced and explored. Students will learn to use a variety of media during the course. Learning extends beyond the classroom with a trip to the Des Moines Art Center. AOI: Artistic Experience. 3 Credits.
Art150: Special Topics: Failure: Meredith Morrison: What constitutes failure? In some cases the answer is obvious: a bridge collapses, a product breaks. These represent a clear inability to function. But there are other ways to approach failure: the excess of commodity, an inability to understand the dependencies of a particular problem, progress traps, failure by intention, and of course, the psychological and social impact of one’s own failure in the face of others. Failure is a fact of human endeavor that many of us would prefer to avoid. But what happens when we critically assess the larger concepts, contexts and influences that cause failure to occur? And how does this awareness affect our own working practices moving forward? In art and design failure has far-reaching implications that span the spectrum from the loss of human life due to a structural collapse, to the intentional interjection of failure in an art-making practice. We will look at failure across a trajectory from environment to object to messaging to self as a way of understanding its multifaceted, dynamic, and contextual nature. This course will include local field trips. AOI: Artistic Experience, Critical Thinking. 3 Credits.
ART150: Special Topics: Book Binding Workshop: John Fender: Bookbinding Workshop is an introduction to the craft and design of a variety of book forms using traditional and non-traditional binding techniques. The primary goal of the course is for the student to learn basic book binding techniques and gain sufficient technical knowledge to create a variety of bound book structures. Course activities will include demonstrations, discussions, readings, practical exercises, applied projects, and class critiques. Specific course content and schedule are subject to change and or modification. AOI: Artistic Experience. 3 Credits.
ART150: Special Topics: Introduction to Letterpress: Sarah McCoy: Introduction to the basic formal and technical proficiencies necessary for the design and implementation of letterpress printing. Lectures, projects, and critiques develop the students’ skills through the critical evaluation of historical, conceptual, formal, and technical abilities. Students develop a visual and technical expertise and the requisite skills needed for creating letterpress printed material. 3 Credits.
ART150: Special Topics: InDesign Bootcamp: Catherine Dreiss: This class will teach the concepts and skills to effectively use Adobe InDesign for publication design. Students will receive hands-on practice working with basic through advanced techniques to get the most out of InDesign, the industry-leading page layout tool for both print and digital distribution. They will learn the basics like type control, graphic file management, layer and document setup to advanced techniques, like setting up automatic indexes, working with tables. Prerequisites: ART 021 or JMC 059. 3 Credits.
BIO122: Field Mammalogy: Keith Summerville: See ENSP115.
BIO 124L: Synthetic Biology: Jerry Honts and Heidi Sleister: Synthetic biology is a relatively new interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and molecular genetics to design and construct biological parts, devices, systems, and even novel biological organisms. Newly created systems and organisms are designed to solve problems related to medicine, energy, environment, and technology. For example, synthetic biology approaches led to the design of a biosensor to detect arsenic levels in water and the development of a simple, inexpensive biological system for making a potent new antimalarial drug. In addition to discussing the science and ethics of synthetic biology applications, students enrolled in this hands-on laboratory course will gain technical skills as they design and genetically engineer a microorganism to have novel properties. Prerequisites: BIO 01, BIO 012, BIO 013, or BIO 018 3 Credits.
BIO145L: Avian Winter Ecology: Muir Eaton: This course will explore the species composition of Iowa's winter birds, adaptations of these winter residents, and general features of bird biology. The course will be heavily field oriented; learning species identification skills, learning field techniques for capturing and studying birds, and collecting behavioral data in a field setting. We will also study general bird anatomy and physiology in the laboratory. Prerequisites: BIO001, BIO012, BIO013 or BIO018 or see instructor for approval.
BIO145L: Advanced Microscopy and Histological Technique: Chinh Dao: Primarily hands-on, interactive course providing students with experience preparing cells and tissues for various types of imaging. Students will develop skill using the cell culture facility, in preparing and staining cells and working with tissue culture, as well as preparing, sectioning, and staining a variety of organs. In addition, students will gain experience using light, bright field, and fluorescent microscopy. Discussion of theory will be followed by extensive hands-on experience. 3 Credits
BLAW180: Legal Issues/Business Organizations: Royce Fichtner: A study of agency law, administrative agency law and securities law, and the legal issues in the formation and operation of sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies. Prerequisite: BLAW 060. 3 Credits
BUS191: Internships in Business: Mary Edrington: May be repeated, however, no more than 6 credit hours of internship work will count towards meeting gradaution requirements. Experiential Learning. Prerequisite.: Sophomore standing; major in the College of Business and Public Administration; minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and permission of the Internship Coordinator. 1to 3 Credit hours.
CHIN001: Beginning Chinese I: Cyndi Chen: Designed for students who have little or no previous exposure to Chinese. An introduction to develop conversational competency in listening and speaking skills. A cultural component is integrated with the language studies. For the 2014 J-term, a 3-week intensive course, 2-hour seminar and 1-hour practice daily Monday-Friday. 3 Credits.
CS065: INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I: Tim Urness: Contrary to popular belief, computer science is not the study of computers or programming. Computer science is the study of algorithms – the development and evaluation of procedures designed to solve a problem. The study of computer science requires the ability to analyze ideas, think logically, and to communicate ideas clearly and concisely. No programming experience is expected. The focus of this course will be on the development, implementation, and analysis of algorithms. In addition, the ethical and social issues surrounding technology will be discussed. A high-level programming language (Java) will be used in order to develop software that can effectively complete a variety of computational tasks. AOI: Critical Thinking, Information Literacy. 3 Credits.
CS195: Robot Programming and Control Theory: Michael Rieck: This course introduces various aspects of robotics and control theory as applied to robotics, with a strong emphasis on hands-on experience, working in small teams. Real-time concurrent programming is also stressed, including the need to coordinate several tasks to manage shared data and resources. Classical robotics problems are explored and creative projects developed using Lego NXT robots using a combination of a graphical programming language and a C-like programming language. The basics of PID control are developed and applied to robotics. Prerequisite: CS65. 3 Credits.
EDUC199/299: Classroom Management: William Orcutt: Effective classroom management aims at encouraging and establishing student self-control through a process of promoting positive student achievement and behavior. Thus academic achievement, teacher efficacy, and teacher and student behavior are directly linked with the concept of school and classroom management. This Drake J-Term course will focus on three major components: content management, conduct management, and covenant management. Each of these concepts will be defined and presented with details of observable elements in effective teaching practices. 3 Credits.
ENG044: Approaches to British Literature: Landscape and Love, Property and Propriety: Landscapes in Jane Austen and her Contemporaries: Lisa West: This course will read writings on landscape gardening, landscape painting and aesthetics, particularly focusing on ideas of the sublime, beautiful and picturesque. We will read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and watch at least two cinematic versions of Austen novels. We will also read excerpts from other 18th century novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Mysteries of Udolpho. The course will focus on ways landscape and property were used to express cultural values during the 18th century. We will also do some local field trips to view gardens and cultural landscapes in the Des Moines area -- the zoo, Botanical Center, Salisbury House, Terrace Hill, and Papajohn Sculpture Garden are options. And a trip to the Des Moines Art Center will be required. AOI: Written Communication.
ENG136: Adolescence in American Fiction and Film: Beth Younger: This course explores the depiction of adolescence in contemporary American fiction and film. We will read novels, essays, and view films with an eye toward understanding how western culture has constructed the adolescent experience. This course will expect students to engage in critical thinking, close reading and textual analysis to analyze, interpret, and interrogate texts. Additionally, we will consider the public, social, and educational aspects of adolescence and how fictional and filmic texts complicate our ideas of what it mean to be a teenager. We will read a few canonical texts, but will focus primarily on popular and/or critically acclaimed fictions and films. Assignments will include daily writing, two formal essays, reading quizzes, small group discussion, and a final paper. Class will be primarily large group discussion. Texts include but are not limited to: Perks of Being a Wallflower, Speak, Paranoid Park and Forever. Films include Welcome to the Dollhouse, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Paranoid Park, Speak, and Forever. 3 Credits.
ENSP027: Environmental Hazards: Kathryn Szramek: Environmental hazards are increasingly becoming a greater concern as the world's population grows and expands. This course provides an introduction to environmental hazards and will address the basic science of volcanic, earthquake, flood, drought, and weather hazards. Humans are contributing to a rapid change in the world's livability. We are introducing and creating changes that influence the quality of our air and water, the location of productive soils and food supplies as well as the global influence of climate. As global citizens and decision makers we need to understand the scope and impact of these changes, the risks involved with unknown systems, and the limitations that science and technology have in reducing their negative effects. The course will provide a perspective to the size and scale of previous and future environmental disasters and offer a forum to explore the nature of natural disasters. AOI: Scientific Literacy (Physical Science), Engaged Citizen (pending). 3 Credits.
ENSP050: Zoo Biology: Michael Renner: This course will provide a hands-on overview of the field of zoo biology, with emphases on the role of zoos in conservation, species survival plans, captive management of small populations of exotic animals (especially including endangered species), and the use of behavioral research and environmental enrichment methods in captive animal welfare. The course will have a significant component of experiential learning, including participation in ongoing zoo-initiated studies and student-initiated behavioral research projects in a zoo setting. 3 Credits.
ENSP115: Field Mammalogy: Keith Summerville: The goal of this course is to introduce students to the biology of the class Mammalia. The first portion of the course examines the diagnostic characteristics of mammals, how they evolved and their phylogenic relationships. Upon completing this subsection of the course, students will be able to compare and contract major mammal clades based on their common ancestry and shared derived characters. The middle portion of the course is a survey of the living mammalian orders: their diagnostic features, life history characteristics and physiological and behavioral specializations. My emphasis here will be field identification skills for mammals in the United States. The final subsection of the course will emphasize mammalian ecology, and students will design a small field study to explore mammalian behavior, habitat selection, diversity, or physiological ecology. Upon completion of this J-Term experience, students will be prepared for advanced graduate study in Mammalogy or for careers as mammalian ecologists. 3 Credits.
HSCI020: Issues in Health Sciences I: Jennifer Tran-Johnson: This course is designed to provide students an introduction to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences policies, resources, and academic information, as well as offer awareness and understanding of various career pathways in the field of health sciences. Course activities will include speaker panels and presentations, shadowing experiences, interview of health care professionals, library and literature research, and class discussions. Students will identify the course work, experiences, and skills needed to be successful in a chosen field and outline an academic and experiential plan. Web-Instructed. 1.5 credits.
HSCI150: Exercise Testing and Prescription: Kimberly Huey: The purpose of the course is to provide the opportunity to utilize state of the art laboratory equipment and techniques to learn the concepts of physiological fitness testing and exercise prescription. Exercise prescription and the implementation of conditioning programs will include individuals of differing ages, fitness levels, and health status. Emphasis is on the five major health-related components of physical fitness: (1) cardiorespiratory fitness, (2) muscular strength, (3) muscular endurance, (4) flexibility, and (5) body composition. The course will include hands on exercise testing using class members, interpretation of test results, and effective design of exercise programs (i.e. prescriptions). Prerequisites: PHAR125, HSCI125 or BIO129 2 Credits.
HSCI150: Introduction to Sports Medicine: Angela Dahl Miller: This is an introductory lecture course with a lab included. The course will allow students to acquire the skills to recognize common injuries, illnesses and issues occurring in an athletic environment. The lab portion of the class will provide a hands-on approach to prevention and rehabilitation techniques including taping, therapeutic exercise and modalities. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course have had a previous course in human anatomy. 3 Credits
HONR 106/ PHIL 151: Moral Fiction/ Infinite Jest: Jennifer McCrickerd: Philosophical argumentation is one way to reach conclusions about how to live life and what it means to live ethically, but literature is another important route to thinking about these issues. Literary fiction can pick up where argumentation leaves off by immersing a reader in a particular world or way of thinking and, in so doing, reframe one’s understanding of issues in ways that argumentation alone cannot. In this class we will be reading and discussing Infinite Jest with a particular emphasis on the philosophical issues brought up in the book and the way in which the book forces us to engage in a different way than philosophy does. We will, in addition, to focusing our attention on Infinite Jest also read, as warranted, supplementary material relevant to the novel. 3 Credits.
JMC059: Introduction to Visual Communication: Lee Jolliffe: Introduction to Visual Communication helps students master the fundamental principles of good design, color, balance and contrast using different media to convey a message. Photography, print, and web will be explored. Instruction on using digital cameras, PhotoShop, InDesign and other softwares will illustrate the elements of design and communication for each medium. AOI: Artistic Experience.
JMC085 (formerly 135): Public Relations Principles: Kelly Bruhn: This course explores the role of public relations in today's organizations. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the critical thinking, research, planning and communication skills necessary for the effective practice of public relations. Students will acquire a solid foundation in the basic theories and concepts of communication, persuasion, motivation and learning which are integral parts in the success of public relations and in engaging people. Prerequisite.: Sophomore standing. AOI: Engaged Citizen 3 Credits.
JMC099 Social Media Strategies: Chris Snider: Social media is everywhere – from TV show hashtags to grandparents signing up for Facebook. This class will explore the best practices for individuals and companies in social media. We will achieve the desired course outcomes through in-depth use and discussion of five core social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Foursquare), reading and discussing books and articles, listening to and asking questions of guest speakers and by making a commitment to keep up with the latest news in the world of social media. 3 credits.
LIB072: What’s Up Doc(umentary): Carrie Dunham-Lagree: This course will use documentary films to explore the standards of information literacy and impart an understanding of information resources. Students will explore the history of documentary film as well as current trends in documentaries. We will watch a variety of documentary film formats and learn the skills needed to search many types of information resources. We will explore the notion of documentaries as texts that are both the result of research and the starting point for more research. This course will also explore the research methods and processes of documentary filmmakers. AOI: Information Literacy. 3 Credits.
LPS040 – See SCSR040.
MKTG102: Professional Selling: Chip Miller: You will learn the fundamentals of professional selling, and about those aspects of management that have a direct impact on your job. The selling skills you develop will include prospecting, active listening, benefit presentation, objective handling, closing and territory management. Managerial topics will include recruiting, compensation, motivation and evaluation. 3 Credits.
MUS156: General/Classroom Music Methods K-6: Tom Sletto: This course presents teaching methods and techniques, analysis and evaluation of materials, musical activities and song literature appropriate for elementary students. Course activities include peer teaching in class as well as on-site observations. Micro-teaching opportunities at Professional Development Partnership public schools will be required of all participants. The final project will be to plan and teach a 50-minute lesson to students in the PDP School. Typically taught each fall semester, this course is required of all juniors in music education majors. 3 Credits.
MUS 160: Bernstein and the Bard: Ann Cravero: The production will consist of excerpts from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein's West Side Story. Various scenes from Romeo and Juliet will be juxtaposed with the songs/music from West Side Story. The historical context, and production history of both the play and musical will be explored during the course/rehearsal process. Two casts will be needed for the project. One cast will perform the West Side Story scenes, while the other cast will perform the scenes from Romeo and Juliet. The project/production will be presented to the public for three performances at the end of January term. Additionally, students involved in the course serve as dramaturgs, assistant directors, choreographers, stage managers, and assistant music directors. Students must audition for the production. The audition date is T.B.A. 3 Credits.
MUS181: Chamber Ensemble: Ashley Sidon: This course is designed for the music major to participate in a chamber ensemble in an intensive and competitive setting. The group will rehearse and receive coachings, perform for guest artists, and audition for a chamber music competition. The J-Term version of this course is worth 3 credits.
PHAR112: Political Advocacy and Leadership: Thomas Temple: Political advocacy and leadership are highly valued in the profession of pharmacy. This interactive elective course provides the requisite knowledge, develops skills, and models behaviors so students can become political advocates and leaders in the profession. This course consists of a series of prominent speakers from within and outside the profession. Student pharmacists will develop effective advocacy skills through discussion and reflections based upon their experiences with instructors and assigned readings. Prerequisite: PHAR171, Restricted to P2 and P3 students. 2 Credits.
PHAR126: Principles of Nutrition: Christa Hanson: In this course, principles of normal nutrition are introduced. Each essential nutrient function and metabolism is studied as well as cultural, societal, and economic influences on eating disorders and habits. An emphasis is placed on the application of nutrition principles within the health care setting. Restrictions: Sophomores and above, P1, P2, P3. 2 Credits.
PHAR156: Introduction to Pharmacy Practical Experience II: Cheryl Clarke: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences [IPPE] that are part of the academic year PSA courses but completed during the summer and/or J-term session.
PHAR186: Introduction to Pharmacy Practical Experience III: Nora Stelter: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences [IPPE] that are part of the academic year PSA courses but completed during the summer and/or J-term session.
PHSC001: Introduction to Physical Science: Jerrid Kruse: An introduction to the basic concepts of physical science and the scientific method, with discussions of their applications to modern technology. Includes both lecture and laboratory elements. AOI: Scientific Literacy (Physical Science) 3 credits.
PSY012: Writing in Psychology: Olga Lazereva: This course will introduce students to principles and conventions of written communications in psychology. We will consider key genres of writing within psychology, features of psychological styles and format, and conventions of writing style. This is a writing-intensive course that will include a variety of short assignments and one long review paper. Prerequisites: PSY 001 and PSY 010 AOI: Written Communication. 3 Credits.
REL155/HONR140: Introduction to Liberation and Feminist Theologies: Jennifer Harvey: Study of the emerging field of liberation and feminist theologies as these disciplines are related to contemporary religious, social, and political issues in Latin America and North America. The course explores the relation between theological reflection, social context, and the social- political location of theologians. May be used as part of Women's Studies Concentration. AOI: Engaged Citizen. 3 Credits.
SCSR040/LPS040: Popular Trials: Bill Lewis: Whatever else they are, popular trials are public performances subject to intense scrutiny and extensive conversation. This course will examine these performances, examine controversies surrounding their reporting and representation, consider the issues that they raise, and study the trials themselves. In a broad sense, the course is about the meanings of law in American society and about the understandings of American society revealed in legal disputes. It is about the ways in which the most public trials offer competing visions of community, struggle to structure judgment and action, and how they both encourage and challenge definitions of ourselves and our social situations. 3 Credits.
SCSR134/HONR 133 Imaging the City: Joan McAlister: This course introduces students to visual rhetoric and urban studies, while giving them the opportunity to thoughtfully produce their own images of city scenes. The first unit will cover key concepts in urbanism and photography, culminating in an assignment that brings the photographic lens and the urban context together to consider the social role of photography in imaging/imagining the city. Unit 2 will critically examine the functions and implications of particular visual representations of cities, and will result in a historical case study of a specific set of images. The final unit will explore the metaphoric capacity of photography and the urban issues that it can address, and students will create portfolio projects to present to the class. The primary text will be Jane Tormey’s Cities and Photography (Routledge, 2013). 3 Credits.
SCSS076/HONR 076, The Sociology of Childhood: Laurie Linhart: Childhood as a life category has shifted throughout U.S. history. Emerging social factors have changed the experience of childhood over time. The study of children has changed, too. Sociologists today recognize that children actively create meaning and engage in social processes. In this class, we will look at these topics through reading-based discussions, service learning with children, film, and personal exploration. Topics of emphasis include gender on the playground, consumer culture and kids, and childhood socialization in the family and school. This course meets requirements for the Women’s Studies Concentration and the Honors Program. 3 Credits.
SCSS150: Documentary Video Challenge: Sandi Patton-Imani: This course will be an immersion in qualitative fieldwork and digital video editing methods. Students will be introduced to ethnographic participant‐ _observation and interviewing methods, as well as video editing techniques. During the three‐week J‐term course students will work in small groups to conduct ethnographic research, document it on videotape, and produce short video essays that will be put online for public education purposes. This is loosely modeled on the film challenges/contests that happen in many U.S. cities for fictional films (although ours will not be a contest). This course will serve as an introduction to qualitative interview‐based research. AOI: Engaged Citizen (pending), Experiential Learning Requirement (pending). 3 Credits.
THEA005: Readings in Theatre: Michael Rothmayer: A reading/viewing discussion based format surveying Western dramatic literature (as well as films based on those plays), from ancient Greece to the present. For J-Term we will add the following elements normally not part of the course: 1.) We will be viewing either film excerpts or complete film versions of the plays read for class. This will give students the opportunity to see the text as a blueprint for a realized production. It will also allow the class to debate and discuss specific choices made by director, designers and actors in regard to the text the student have read. 2.) We will do a "table reading" of some of the assigned plays in class. The longer class period for J-Term will allow us to read all or part of a play aloud in class. Hearing the language spoken will provide a level of insight that reading a play silently can't. In short, the J-Term version of the Readings in Theatre class will help students engage the text in ways unique from the Fall/Spring semester versions of the course. AOI: Artistic Experience. 3 Credits.
THEA032: Stage Make-Up: Josie Poppen: Study of various stage makeup techniques through assigned projects and practical applications. Emphasis is on designing makeup for an audience proximity of 30 feet. Required course for all Theater majors and minors. AOI: Artistic Experience. 3 Credits.
THEA076: Introduction to the Theatre: John Pomeroy: Theory, history, and techniques of theatre. This course is not for theatre arts majors and is designed to increase participation of the theatre. AOI: Artistic Experience. 3 credits.
THEA114: Classic American Film: John Holman: In this J‐Term course we will look at nine classic Hollywood films from the point of view of the writers who penned the screen plays. The unique perspective of the writer is one that is seldom explored, their work being overshadowed by the promotion of the actors and directors. In class film viewing and discussion is required. Purchase of a text is necessary, additional reading assignments will be made from web-based sources. Information about film genre and terminology will be reviewed and included in weekly quizzes. AOI: Artistic Experience.
THEA132, Bernstein and the Bard: Karla Kash, Andrew Ryker and Ann Cravero: Theatre/Music joint production. The production will consist of excerpts from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein's West Side Story. Various scenes from Romeo and Juliet will be juxtaposed with the songs/music from West Side Story. The historical context and production history of both the play and musical will be explored during the course/rehearsal process. Two casts will be needed for the project. One cast will perform the West Side Story scenes, while the other cast will perform the scenes from Romeo and Juliet. The project/production will be presented to the public for three performances at the end of January term. Additionally, students involved in the course serve as dramaturges, assistant directors, choreographers, stage managers, and assistant music directors. Students must audition for the production. The audition date is T.B.A. Each section: 3 credits.
WLC150: Newcomers to Iowa: Learning about Immigrants & Refugees through Service: Heather Brady: This course explores the diverse world languages and cultures at the heart of our immigrant and refugee communities. The community will be an active text book for the class to gain understanding of immigration and refugees issues. Students will develop a multicultural perspective on Iowa through service learning projects with local organizations that work closely with refugees and/or immigrants (i.e. Lutheran Services, Hoover High School). Major topics will include, amongst others, US immigration history, the meat processing industry, Southeast Asian refugees, East African refugees, Latin American immigration, language resources, bilingual education, and community building. In addition to informal writing assignments such as a civic reflection journal and reading responses, students will interview an immigrant or refugee or a professional working in the field. The final research project will be a collaborative one, building on students’ experience outside the classroom. AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding, Engaged Citizen. 3 Credits.