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Curriculum Committee Minutes 10/20/10

 

Minutes of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee

October 20, 2010

 

 

Committee members present:  Nancy Breen, Anthony Hollingsworth (chair), Hasan Khan, Chris Menton, Jason Patch, Anthony Ruocco, Mark Sawoski, John Schlinke, Louis Swiczewicz, Minoo Tehrani, Dan Vilenski (ex officio)

Visitors:  Douglas Koritz, Associate Provost for University Studies            

 

The meeting was called to order at 3:07 p.m.

 

New Business:

 

Motion:

Going forward, the committee requires all proposals to use the standard routing and submittal forms provided through the Faculty Senate Committees web page at http://facultysenate.rwu.edu/committees.html.

Motion passed unanimously

 

SAAHP Proposals:

 

  1. New Course Proposal: AAH 500 – The Study and Practice of Art and Architectural History
  2. New Course Proposal: AAH 505 – Theory and Methods of Art and Architectural History
  3. New Course Proposal: AAH 520 – Themes in World Arts and Architecture
  4. New Course Proposal: AAH 521 – Issues in Contemporary Art
  5. New Course Proposal: AAH 522 – Sacred Spaces
  6. New Course Proposal: AAH 523 – Nature and Art
  7. New Course Proposal: AAH 560 – The Newport Seminar
  8. New Course Proposal: AAH 569 – Art and Architectural History Internship
  9. New Course Proposal: AAH 605 – Research Methods

10.  New Course Proposal: AAH 650 – Thesis

 

11.  Proposal for a new Master of Arts degree program in Art and Architectural History

 

Motion to approve all 11 proposals

Motion passed unanimously.

 

Note: The committee recommends revising language as necessary in the new course proposals to insure consistency of the use of the term “seminar” in course descriptions.  Discrepancy noted between AAH 500 and AAH 505.


FCAS Proposals:

 

Proposal for a new Minor Program in East Asian Studies

 

Motion to table the proposal to permit time for review of additional related materials.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

 

ANTHROPOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY

 

            1. Proposal to bank a course: SOC 308 – Deviance.

 

Motion to approve.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

BIOLOGY

 

1. Proposal for the B.A. programs in Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science to replace the requirement of MATH 135 – Precalculus A with MATH 136 – Precalculus.

 

Motion to approve.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

NATURAL SCIENCE

 

1. Proposal for change in prerequisite: NATSC 315 – Meteorology and Climatology.  Change prerequisite from MATH 135 – Precalculus A to MATH 136 – Precalculus.

 

Motion to approve.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

MATH

 

1. Proposal for change in prerequisite: MATH 207 – Applied Calculus. Proposed change as follows:

Existing prerequisite:

Successful completion (C- or higher) of MATH 131 Applied Precalculus, MATH 135 Precalculus A, or MATH 137 Precalculus B, or placement by examination.

Proposed prerequisite:

Successful completion (C- or higher) of MATH 136 Precalculus, or placement by examination.

 

Motion to approve.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

1. New course proposal: COMM 315 – Introduction to Photo-Journalism

 

2. New course proposal: FILM 270 – Documentary Film

 

Motion to approve both proposals.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

SJS Proposals:

 

1. Proposal to change the program description to distinguish the Legal Studies program offered through the School of Justice studies from the Paralegal Studies Program offered through the School of Continuing Studies.

 

2. Course change proposals to distinguish the Legal Studies program from the Paralegal Studies Program.  Changes in prefix, course numbers, and course titles (and some course descriptions, and prerequisites) for the following courses:

 

PLS 100 – Introduction to Law and Legal Studies to become LS 101- The American Legal System (with change in course description)

PLS 106 – Applied Concepts in Justice Studies to become LS 209 – Legal Methods I: Legal Reading, Analysis, and Writing (with change in course description and prerequisites)

PLS 120 – Law and Contemporary Society to become LS 150 – Law and Society (with change in course description)

PLS 200 – Environmental Law to become LS 200 – Environmental Law (change in prefix only)

PLS 210 – Legal Research & Writing to become LS 215 Legal Methods II: Research Strategies (with change in course description and prerequisites)

PLS 221 – The Law of Contracts to become LS 220 – Fundamentals of Contract Law (with change in course description)

PLS 235 – Torts to become LS 230 – Tort Law and Personal Injury Litigation (with change in course description)

PLS 240 – Domestic Relations to become LS 207 – Law and Family (with change in course description)

PLS 310 – Litigation to become LS – 315 Concepts in Legal Advocacy (with change in course description and prerequisites)

PLS 420 – Justice Studies Capstone to become LS 425 – Senior Thesis in Legal Studies (with change in course description)

PLS 436 – Construction Law to become LS 436 – Construction Law (change in prefix only) 

 

Motion to approve both proposals.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

Old Business:

 

General Education Proposal

Associate Provost Koritz visited the meeting to distribute draft degree program outlines showing how the proposed General Education program will fit with various majors and double majors.  He stayed briefly to explain and answer some questions from the committee regarding the outlines.  He emphasized that the outlines are intended only to demonstrate how the proposed program can fit with the academic programs, and not to suggest which classes in the disciplines should become General Education classes (classes so designated in the outlines are for illustration purposes only).

 

After the Associate Provost departed, the committee discussed the draft outlines he had submitted.

 

Motion for the committee members to solicit analysis and feedback on the submitted draft degree outlines from the faculty of their respective schools and bring the information for discussion to the next Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee meeting to be held Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

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