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Past Course Descriptions

Course Listings — Spring 2009

The Evening schedule also includes courses offered in conjunction with academic departments.

Courses with the SCED designation are offered with the approval of the Wittenberg faculty through SCE.  They appear in the Evening and Weekend schedule exclusively.  Although designed primarily for adult students in the Organizational Leadership and Certificate programs, most of them are also open to other adult and traditional students who meet stated prerequisites.  Where appropriate, the Dean of SCE allocates a fixed number of places for traditional students in these and other SCE-sponsored courses, and enrollment in these places is through the regular registration procedure.  In cases where the allocation has been filled, traditional students need the Dean’s signature on a Course Change (ADD) form in order to register.  Adult students enroll through the regular SCE procedure.

 

BIOL 233       Ornithology
5 credits
Ritzenthaler, John

Prerequisite: 170B and 180B
Survey of taxonomy, morphology and ecology of avian orders. Emphasis placed on Midwest examples, includes observation trips.

CHEM 100N  Chemistry & Society
4 credits
Hall, Mildred

Prerequisite: Level 22 Math Placement
Wittenberg's non-laboratory course for non-majors, CHEM 100N provides the basis for understanding, discussion and debate of contemporary issues from the perspectives of the inhabitants of industrial and developing nations as well as varying perspectives within US culture.  The treatment includes an introduction to the science of chemistry and a series of topics showing how chemical processes affect issues of contemporary concern.  These issues may include:  global warming, use of natural resources, energy use and production, drug development and action, and genetic engineering.  Although not carrying a lab designation, the course includes numerous demonstrations and student participation in them.

COMM 270S             Interpersonal Communication
4 credits
Medford, Kris

Prerequisite: None
Introduces message production and interpretation in a face-to-face context.  The primary objective of this course is to illustrate how choices in interpersonal communication behaviors are basic to our character as human beings and the nature of our interpersonal relationships. 

COMM 320    Topics in Communication: Family Communication
4 credits
Warber, Kathleen

Prerequisite:  200 and 270S
This advance course examines topics related to 1) family communication and basic family processes, 2) communication in family subsystems, 3) communication during family stress, and 4) family interaction, health and well-being.  Research and theories from communication, sociology and psychology will be used to explain issues related to the family.  Discussion topics include, for example, marital, parent-child, sibling, and intergenerational interactions in the family.  Research pertaining to marital satisfaction, divorce, courtship, and the impact of the family on its children (and vice-versa) will also be examined.

EDUC 339     Teaching Social Studies/MidGrades
2 credits
Staff

Prerequisite:  307 and permission to student teach or permission of instructor
An examination of the nature of social studies and social studies teaching that enables all students to become informed citizens who are active participants in a democratic society and in an interdependent world.  Field experience of approximately 10 hours related to teaching social studies at the middle grades level is required.  

EDUC 349     Teaching Social Studies/SecSchools
2 credits
Staff

Prerequisite:  307, 308 and permission to student teach or permission of instructor
An examination of the nature of social studies and social studies teaching that enables all students to become informed citizens who are active participants in a democratic society and in an interdependent world.  Field experience of approximately 10 hours related to teaching social studies at the secondary level is required.

ENGL 341      Advanced Poetry Writing
4 credits
Rambo, Jody

Prerequisite:  240
Extending skills learned in English 240 by focusing on the writing of poetry.  Class activities will include reading and discussing the strategies and techniques of contemporary poetry as well as extensive workshop critiques of students' own poems.  Emphasis on language, lineation, figural speech, and other important matters of craft.  Writing intensive. 

GEOL 110B         Introduction to Geology
4 credits
Miller, David

Prerequisite: Level 22 math placement recommended
Intended for the non-science student.  Emphasis on concepts and methodology of the science of geology and its application to problems of human concern about the earth.  Note the required Saturday field trip.  Dr. David Miller is on the faculty at Clark State Community College and has taught at Wittenberg for the last three years.

HFS 049P       Scuba
1
credit
Staff

Prerequisite:  $125 billed directly
See description under Health, Fitness & Sport.

HIST 101H     History of Sexualities
4 credits
Weeks, James

Prerequisite:  None
This course is designed to introduce students to the major issues associated with the ways different cultures have identified, regulated, and thought about sexuality from ancient times to the present.  Readings and subsequent discussions will address the roles of religious ideology, colonialism, law, sexual science, et al. in this process.  During the term we will look at how societies used religious and cultural ideals to define appropriate and inappropriate sexual acts, and how secular laws and new ideologies of modernity and science transformed sexual acts into more fixed sexual identities.  Students will be discussing topics as diverse as trans-gender, heterosexuality, homosexuality, celibacy, and prostitution, and will come to understand how such modern identities and practices have been formed and defined historically.  Over the term the course will illuminate how basic biological imperatives have been powerfully influenced and profoundly shaped by their historical-social contexts in the West.

MATH 112Q              Language of Mathematics
4 credits
Barhorst, Garry

Prerequisite:  Math Placement Level 22 or higher
College-level experience with the logic, language and methods of mathematics through the study of topics from a variety of areas of mathematics.  Not intended as or suitable for preparation for other mathematics courses.

MGT 260S     Organizational Behavior
4 credits
Bodenmiller, James

Prerequisite:  None
We will examine the behavior of people in formal organizations, with work organizations being the principle object.  In our examination, we will consider individual behavior and motivation; we will explore the relationships between individuals—communication, team and other group dynamics, leadership, influence, power; and we will study key organizational characteristics—structure, culture, and adaptation to environmental changes (especially the balancing of stability and change).  The emphasis will be on using applicable theories to analyze and improve individual, team, and organizational performance.  @witt@home

MGT 430        Investments Analysis
4 credits
Sturges, Hank

Prerequisite:  MGT 330
Introduction to the various types of financial investments including stocks, bonds and options. Methods of evaluating the profitability and risk of these investments individually and as part of a portfolio of securities are presented.

MUSI 110A          Understanding Music
4 credits
Bogaerts, Angela

Prerequisite:  None
Basic introductory course designed to enable the student to appreciate some of the great works of musical art. A practical knowledge of music is achieved through a variety of guided listening experiences illustrating the various forms and styles of music.

MUSI 179A          Symphonic Band

    1. credits

Jones, Brandon

Prerequisite:  None
All Wittenberg students may participate in a variety of choral and instrumental music ensembles, initial placement in which is determined by an interview or audition with the ensemble conductor. 
Music majors and minors must fulfill their ensemble requirement in their designated program.  Ensembles are graded Pass/Fail.

RUSS 106F    Russian for Professionals II
4 credits
Zaharkov, Lila

Prerequisite:  105 or placement
Second course of a two-course sequence (with RUSS 105) enabling adults to achieve language competency goals within the context of their professional and personal interests.  This sequence introduces Russia’s language and culture.  The course meets once a week, using the most up-to-date methodology, including video, multimedia language lab, and web-accessed exercises that allow students to work at their own pace.  The textbook is accompanied by an instructor-developed manual that enables students to work on assignments between class meetings.  Limited to adult/nontraditional students.

SCED 200L   Liberal Studies Colloquium: What is Friendship?
4 credits
Doubt, Keith

Prerequisite:  ENGL 101E
In this Liberal Studies Colloquium, we examine the subject of friendship from the viewpoint of several disciplines: psychology, sociology, philosophy, and literature.  We focus on examples of friendship from popular culture as well as classical literature.  Modern television and foreign films also provide materials for the study of what friendship is.  There are manifest and latent benefits here.  Although you have formed friendships throughout your life, you will be starting to form new friendships in college.  The subject is timely for you.  You, moreover, have strong ideas about friendship and thus bring something important and powerful to the course.  The course is a chance to measure your ideas against such great thinkers like Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Kant, Kierkegaard, and others.

SCED 290      Topics: Understanding Financial Statements and Budgeting
4 credits
Staff

Prerequisite:  None
An introduction to the primary information needed for understanding the business environment and the important role of financial statements and budgeting in that environment.  The course will focus on what decision makers want to know about accounting information, rather than how the information is prepared.  The emphasis will be on how to read and analyze financial information and make decisions based on that information in order to provide effective leadership for the organization.  To gain a better understanding of how different companies, sometimes in the same industry, communicate their financial information in different ways and how analysis can assist in decision making, we will study the reports of selected companies.  In addition, the budgeting process will focus on planning, control, and forecasting, using cost accounting elements.  The course uses the @witt@home format, combining limited classroom meetings and interactive web-supported instruction.  This course does not substitute for MGT 225—Financial Accounting for those students seeking to continue into MGT 226, nor can it be taken for credit by students with credit for MGT 225.

SCED 300-01        Issues: The Mission-Driven Organization
2 credits
Staff

Prerequisite:  Soph. standing or permission
Successful organizations are absolutely clear on mission and core values.  This clarity helps them manage complexity.  Contrary to the notion that mission requirements imply organizational inflexibility, clarity about what defines an organization and what is unshakable for sponsors, board members, and senior executives actually promotes flexibility of tactics.  Clarity helps an organization select its critical few strategic directions from among the important many.  A rigorous, analytical process has proven to be helpful and necessary to obtain sufficient internal clarity of mission and values.  A formal process can help establish clear agreement among the sponsors, board members, and senior management on what the organization is about (clarity of mission) and how the organization goes about accomplishing it (clarity of values).  This course will focus on how organizations can develop mission and core values and translate those values into operating strategies.  The focus will be on not-for-profit organizations.

SCED 300-02      Issues: Producing Effective Proposals
2 credits
Balas, Cathy

Prerequisite:  Soph. standing or permission
The use of “Producing” rather than “Writing” in the course title is no accident, for writing is the last act in a process of research, planning, matching needs to the resources available, developing objectives and devising evaluation criteria.  Students will analyze the entire process and gain practice in its components by reviewing and producing various kinds of proposals.  These components include: developing strategies for turning situations into opportunities for making proposals, locating and evaluating Requests for Proposals (RFPs), developing a response plan, detailing a budget, developing a work plan for on-time and on-budget performance, using networks to strengthen proposals, writing and editing for impact, and verbally defending proposals.  The process will include developing an understanding of the point of view of various sources of funds and how to choose a tell/sell strategy to gain approval.

SCED 300-03         Issues:  Project Management Overview
2 credits
Staff

Prerequisite:  Soph. standing or permission
This course introduces the fundamental concept of project management and business systems development.  It focuses on the five project management process groups and nine knowledge areas in relationship to components of systems development lifecycle.

SCED 400      Senior Leadership Seminar
4 credits
Ghavami, Fetneh

Prerequisite:  None
Adult students synthesize their learning from previous study and experience and develop it into a major report.  In this report, students typically identify a problem or process in an organizational setting, provide analysis, present options, and propose appropriate action.  The inquiry process, developed in conjunction with the instructor and through activities with the group, addresses the dimensions of both management and leadership.  Students present their report in writing to the instructor and orally to the seminar group.  The report also serves as the basis for the oral senior assessment presentation for the Liberal Studies major—taking the form of an executive briefing before an invited audience.  @witt@home

SCED 490      Independent Study
1-4 credits
Staff

Prerequisite:  Permission required
Individual study that requires approval of the faculty member directing the study and the Dean of the School of Community Education.

SCED 499      Sr. Honors Thesis/Project
0-8 credits
Moore, Elma Lee

Prerequisite:  3.5 GPA and permission of the Dean of the School of Community Education
Departmental Honors is aimed at students who could benefit from an in-depth exposure to the methodology of the field to an extent greater than would be appropriate for other students.  Departmental Honors offers the student the opportunity to engage in a unified, scholarly project.  The project includes a written component and an oral examination. 

SOCI 110C/S     Cultural Anthropology
4 credits
Rowell, Katherine

Prerequisite:  None
This course is an introduction to the perspective of cultural anthropology.  The course pays particular attention to the concept of culture and to the tremendous diversity of cultural patterns around the world.  Topics include fieldwork as method and experience, institutions of society, and symbol and meaning.  Students will read descriptions of societies from several different ethnographic areas, including the United States.  We will end the term with a consideration of the role of anthropology and anthropologists in the world today.  This course can be taken for either “C” or “S” credit in General Education.

SOCI 277C/R                        Islam and Islamic Societies
4 credits
Pankhurst, Jerry

Prerequisite:  None
This course will provide a broad introduction to the religion of Islam, accompanied by an examination of the connections between Islam and the varied life of Muslim societies and of Muslim minority communities in non-Muslim societies.  Given the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001, the West’s military reprisals and subsequent reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the ongoing struggle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the devastation of the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and elsewhere in the Indian Ocean basin, and other problem situations, knowledge of these issues has become of highest priority.  We will seek to understand the complex sources of conflict in areas in which Islam is implicated in some way; we will also try to become acquainted with the rich cultural life of Muslims.  We will consider Muslim societies all over the world, but, in support of the minor in Africana Studies, we will give a special emphasis to Islam in Africa and to African American Islam.  Course format: lecture/seminar, with much group discussion.  Graded Requirements:  A variety of writing exercises throughout the term, oral presentations, examinations and a term project.  This course is Writing Intensive (W) and can be taken for either “C” or “R” credit in General Education.

SPAN 105      Spanish for Professionals I
4 credits
Cantrell, John

Prerequisite:  None
First course of a two-course sequence (with SPAN 106F) that follows a modified individualized instruction format, with students meeting to review grammar, to discuss, and to present assignments and projects.  Assignments are keyed to students’ professional and/or personal interests, including such areas as business, health care, and law enforcement.  Limited to adult/nontraditional students.

THDN 213H              Dance in the 20th Century
4 credits
Pinheiro, Ligia

Prerequisite:  None
Study of the significant developments in dance during the 20th century with an emphasis on ballet and modern dance.

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