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Senate Curriculum Committee Minutes 2_16_11

Minutes of the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee

February 16, 2011

 

 

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

Absent: Chris Menton, Jason Patch, Anthony Ruocco

Visitors:  Rogers O’Neill, Interim Registrar and Joan Romano, Asst. to the Dean of FCAS           

 

The meeting was called to order at 3:02 p.m.

 

The committee chair invited Rogers O’Neill to the meeting since he will become an ex officio committee member after Dan Vilenski’s upcoming retirement.  Joan Romano was also invited in order to provide institutional memory that might otherwise be absent upon Dan’s retirement.

 

Dan Vilenski recommends that Douglas Koritz, Associate Provost, receive a copy of all curriculum decisions (in addition to Rogers O’Neill) because the Associate Provost will be responsible for catalog copy going forward.

 

Old Business:

 

FCAS Proposals:

 

HISTORY

 

New course proposal: HIST 284 – A Survey of the Modern Middle East

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

WRITING STUDIES, RHETORIC, AND COMPOSITION

 

New course proposal: WTNG 440 – Rhetorical Theory

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal pending a change in course number to WTNG 439 (course numbers ending in 40 at RWU are typically practicum courses).

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

MATH

 

Field test requirement for graduation

 

Motion:

To return the proposal after a first reading by the FSCC.  The means of keeping track of students who have completed the field test are insufficient if this is to be a requirement for graduation.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY

 

  1. New major proposal: Biochemistry
  2. New course proposal: CHEM/BIO 395 – Biochemistry II
  3. New course proposal: CHEM/BIO 395L – Biochemistry II Lab

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

New Business:

 

SJS Proposals:

 

SECURITY ASSURANCE STUDIES

 

  1. Course number change proposal: CIS 100 to become SEC 100
  2. Course number change proposal: CIS 320 to become SEC 200
  3. Course number change proposal: CIS 420 to become SEC 320
  4. Change in degree requirement proposal: POLSC 335 – International Negotiations to be required instead of POLSC 210 – International Relations for all Security Assurance Studies majors.

 

Motion:

To return the proposals.  The FSCC suggests the proposer consult with the Political Science Department and the Computer Information Systems Department and resubmit the proposal with clarifications.  The FSCC noted there may be significant ramifications to the business degree programs.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

NETWORKING, FORENSICS AND SECURITY

 

            New course proposal: SEC 469 – Internship

 

A citation of the course was found on page 264 of the course catalog, but the course description itself appears to have been omitted, and the committee, believing the course exists, chose not to act on the proposal.

 

GSB Proposals:

 

  1. Change in course area designation proposal: MGMT 435 – Small Business Institute to become BUSN 435 – Small Business Institute

 

Committee noted that this change has already occurred and is accurately reflected in the course catalog.  No action was taken.

 

  1. Change in course number proposal: IB 301 to become IB 250

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

  1. Change in major requirements proposal: Change management major elective distribution requirement from 2 management electives and 3 business electives to 3 management electives and 2 business electives.

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

  1. Proposal to bank courses:  Bank the following three courses: MGMT 320 – Family Business, MGMT 333 – Home Improvement Project, and MGMT 403 – Management Relations.

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

 

FCAS Proposals:

 

COMMUNICATION

 

  1. New course proposal: COMM 365 – Digital Media in a Global Context
  2. Course number change proposal: COMM 300 to become COMM 220
  3. Change in course description proposal: COMM 431 – Special Topics in PR (to allow variable credit)

 

Motion:

To approve the three proposals.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

 

HISTORY

 

New course proposal: HIST 319 – Modern Middle East National Histories

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0*

 

*Point of information for the proposers:  Because HIST 319 will be offered as variable topic course, there is a default limit of six times that a student may take a course with the same course number. This limit is the standard default for all university courses.

 

 

MUSIC

 

Proposal to change the number of credits (increase of three credits) required for the Bachelor of Arts in Music

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

BIOLOGY

 

New course proposal: AQS 430 – Topics in Aquarium Science and 430 L – Topics in Aquarium Science Lab

 

Motion:

To approve the proposal.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

 

MATH

 

  1. Proposal to bank a course: Bank MATH 137 – Precalculus B
  2. Change in course prerequisites proposal: Change prerequisite for MATH 213 – Calculus I and Lab from MATH 137 – Precalculus B to MATH 136 – Precalculus.
  3. Change in course prerequisites proposal: Change prerequisite for MATH 221 – Discrete Mathematics from MATH 137 – Precalculus B to MATH 136 – Precalculus.

 

Motion:

To approve the three proposals.

Motion passed unanimously. 7-0-0

 

 

General Education

 

The committee wishes to note that in the FSCC meeting minutes of 11/17/2010 the enumerated list of eight items titled “Recommendations” is a list of items for discussion within the FSCC and not a list of recommendations approved by the committee to be acted upon by the General Education Committee.

 

Dan Vilenski

The committee recognizes the invaluable work and insight that Dan Vilenski has provided to the committee in his role as University Registrar, and wishes him all the best in his retirement from the university.

 

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

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