The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly

Minutes

 

The Undergraduate Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, April 25, 2006, at 2:15 p.m. in the UC Rio Grande B.  Provost Dana Dunn presided.

 

Attendance.

 

Member

Present

Excused

Absent

Alternate

Dana Dunn

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Michael Moore

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Amy Ables

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Jane Ahrens

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Deborah Behan

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Bill Carroll

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Jinny Choi

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Tom Christie

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Andrew Clark

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Phil Cohen

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Richard Cole

 

 

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James Epperson

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Dan Formanowicz

 

 

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Donald Gatzke

 

 

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Jeanne Gerlach

 

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Ruth Davis

Karen Given

 

 

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James Grover

 

 

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Robert Gunnip

 

 

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Todd Hamilton

 

 

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Andy Hansz

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D. L. Hawkins

 

 

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Santos Hernandez

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Melinda Hiemenz

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Dan Himarios

 

 

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Karen Johannesson

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Peter Lehmann

 

 

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Carl Lovely

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Dennis Marynick

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Robert McMahon

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Sung Seek Moon

 

 

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James Munch

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Jaimie Page

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Paul Paulus

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Lynn Peterson

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Karl Petruso

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Elizabeth Poster

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Anand Puppala

 

 

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Steve Quevedo

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Allen Repko

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Lana Rings

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Jamie Rogers

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Zac Sanders

 

 

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Josh Sawyer

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Gerald Saxon

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Marilee Schmelzer

 

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Jackie Michael

Chandra Subramaniam

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Saibun Tjuatja

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Mike Ward

 

 

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Tom Watts

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Alison White

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Judy Wilson

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Beth Wright

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Kai Yeung

 

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Lara Zwarun

 

 

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Approval of Minutes.  The minutes of the regular meeting on March 7, 2006, were approved as published.

 

Report of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  Kimberly van Noort presented the following recommendations approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.  The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee reviewed and verified all course prerequisites in preparation for MyMav checking of prerequisites.

 

Agenda Items Approved by the Committee on
Undergraduate Curricula

Spring, 2006 (2nd & 3rd Meetings) April 25, 2006

 

School of Architecture

Course Change

ARCH 1241 Design Communication I - prerequisite added & course content change – approved

ARCH 2303 History of Architecture Design I - prerequisite added & course content change – approved

ARCH 2551 Basic Design & Drawing - prerequisite added & course content change – approved

ARCH 3323 Construction Materials & Structural Concepts - prerequisite added & clarified – approved

ARCH 3331 Sustainability - prerequisite added & clarified – approved

ARCH 3337 Site Design - prerequisite added & clarified – approved

ARCH 3343 Design Communication III - prerequisite added & clarified – approved

ARCH 3553 Design Studio: Architecture I - prerequisite added & clarified – approved

ARCH 4306 Urban Design Theory - prerequisite added & clarified – approved

ARCH 4307 Theory of City Planning - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4311 Architectural Theory - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4314 Historic Preservation & Restoration - prerequisite change & clarified– approved

ARCH 4315 Topics in the History of Architecture & Design - prerequisite change & clarified– approved

ARCH 4316 Modern Architecture I - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4317 Modern Architecture II - prerequisite change & clarified– approved

ARCH 4318 Renaissance Architecture - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4320 Baroque Architecture - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4321 Structural Systems in Buildings - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4325 Environmental Control Systems - prerequisite change & clarified– approved

ARCH 4329 Computers & Design - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4330 Energy Use & Conservation in Architecture - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4343 Problems In Design, Materials, & Fabrication - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4346 Construction Drawings - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4347 Construction Drawings II - prerequisite change & clarified – approved

ARCH 4348 Architectural Photography I - prerequisite clarified – approved

ARCH 4353 History of Landscape Architecture - prerequisite clarified – approved

ARCH 4556 Design Studio:  Architecture III - prerequisite clarified – approved

Add Course

ARCH 4191 Conference Course – approved

ARCH 4391 Conference Course – approved

ARCH 4591 Conference Course – approved

ARCH 4195 Selected Topics In Architecture – approved

ARCH 4395 Selected Topics In Architecture – approved

ARCH 4595 Selected Topics In Architecture – approved

Delete Course

ARCH 4327 Structures II – approved

ARCH 4328 Structures III – approved

ARCH 4191,4391, 4591 Conference Courses – approved

ARCH 4195,4395, 4595 Selected Topics in Architecture – approved

Course Change

INTD 3305 History of Interior Design – to add prerequisite – approved

INTD 3321 Interior Materials I – prerequisite clarified – approved

INTD 3322 Interior Materials II – prerequisite clarified – approved

INTD 3323 Interior Materials II – prerequisite added – approved

INTD 3329 Computer-Aided Drawing in Interior Design - prerequisite clarified – approved

INTD 3343 Interior Design Communication III – prerequisite added and description changed – approved

INTD 3345 Interior Design Communication IV – prerequisite added – approved

INTD 3553 Design Studio: Interior Design I – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 3555 Design Studio:  Interior Design II - prerequisite change– approved

INTD 4332 Professional Practice: Interior Design – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 4345 Architectural Graphics – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 4368 Interior Design and Detailing – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 4369 Furniture Design and Construction – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 4393 Interior Design Internship – prerequisite change and lecture/lab hours – approved

INTD 4395 Special Topics – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 4562 Design Studio: Intd III – prerequisite change – approved

INTD 4563 Design Studio: Intd IV - prerequisite change – approved

Add Course

INTD 4191 Conference Course – approved

INTD 4391 Conference Course – approved

INTD 4195 Selected Topics In Interior Design – approved

INTD 4591 Conference Course – approved

INTD 4595 Selected Topics In Interior Design

Delete Course

INTD 4191, 4391, 4591- Conference Courses – approved

INTD 4195, 4395, 4595 Selected Topics in Interior Design – approved

 

School of Education

Course Change

KINE 2130 Clinical Practicum I - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 2230 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Injuries - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 2301 Teaching Games for Understanding - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3130 Clinical Practicum II - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3300 Applied Kinesiology - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3301 Biomechanics of Human Movement - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3304 Adapted Exercise & Sport Activities - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3306 Motor Integration - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3315 Physiology of Exercise - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3325 Data Acquisition & Management - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3330 Pathology & Pharmacology - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3333 Therapeutic Modalities - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 3388 Theory & Application in Motor Development - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4130 Clinical Practicum IV - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4131 Clinical Practicum V - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4293 Seminar in Athletic Training - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4320 Teaching Secondary Physical Education - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4321 Teaching Elementary Physical Education - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4333 Athletic Training Organization & Administration - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4336 Therapeutic Exercise - prerequisite clarified – approved

KINE 4647 All-Level Teacher Preparation Residency for Physical Education - prerequisite clarified – approved

Add Course

BEEP 4366 - prepare students for testing – rejected

 

College of Business

ACCT 2302 Principles of Accounting II - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 3303 Introduction to Accounting Information Systems - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 3304 Software Tools - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 3309 Accounting for Managers - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 3311 Financial Accounting I - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 3312 Financial Accounting II - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 3315 Principles of Federal Income Tax - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4301 Study of Income Tax for Entities Other Than Individuals - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4302 Accounting in Managerial Planning and Control - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4304 Cost Accounting - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4311 Advanced Financial Topics - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4318 Auditing - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4325 Governmental Accounting - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4332 Internal Audit I - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

ACCT 4380 Ethical Behavior in Accounting - course clarified – approved

Add Course

4333 Internal Auditing II – approved

Course Change

ECON 3302 The Economics of Crime - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3304 Public Sector Economics - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3305 Law and Economics - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3310 Microeconomics - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3312 Microeconomics - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3328 Principles of Transportation - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3335 Economics of Public Policies - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 3388 European Economics History, 1750 to Present - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4191, 4291, 4391 Studies in Economics - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4306 Comparative Economic Systems - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4311 Economics for Managers - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4319 Economic Growth & the Multinational Corporation - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4321 International Trade - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4322 International Finance - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4323 Introduction to Mathematical Economics - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4324 Monetary & Fiscal Policy - prerequisite clarified – approved

ECON 4325 Economic Fluctuations & Forecasting - prerequisite clarified – approved

INSY 3300 Object Oriented Programming - prerequisite change – approved

INSY 3303 Computer Networks & Distributed Computing - title change – approved

INSY 3330 Introduction to E-Commerce - prerequisite change – approved

INSY 4191 Studies in Information Systems - prerequisite change – approved

INSY 4291 Studies in Information Systems - prerequisite change – approved

INSY 4331 Seminar in Information Systems - prerequisite change – approved

INSY 4391 Studies in Information Systems - prerequisite change – approved

INSY 4393 Information Systems Internship - prerequisite change – approved

BUSA 2302 Communication in Organization - course clarified – approved

MANA 4320 Management of Industrial Relations - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4322 Organizational Strategy - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4325 Leadership in Organizations - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4326 Diversity in Organizations - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4328 Human Resource Staffing & Performance Management - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4330 Team Management - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4338 Small Business Analysis - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4342 Compensation & Benefits Management - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

MANA 4343 Training & Development - course clarified & prerequisites added – approved

OPMA 3306 Operations Management - prerequisite change – approved

OPMA 3310 Project Management - prerequisite change – approved

OPMA 4191 Studies in Operations Management - prerequisite change – approved

OPMA 4291 Studies in Operations Management - prerequisite change – approved

OPMA 4331 Seminar in Operations Management - prerequisite change – approved

OPMA 4391 Studies in Operations Management - prerequisite change – approved

OPMA 4393 Operations Management Internship - prerequisite change – approved

STAT 3321 Statistics I - prerequisite change -– approved

 

College of engineering

Course Change

MAE 1105 Introduction to Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering - verbiage correction – approved

CSE 1325 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming Using C++ – approved

MAE 2201 Introduction to Aeronautics & Astronautics - restructuring of course/add hour – approved

MAE 3181 Material & Structures Lab - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 3182 Aerodynamics & Fluids Lab - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 3302 Aerodynamics of Incompressible Flows - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 3305 Flight Dynamics - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 3316 Aerospace Structural Dynamics - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 3319 Dynamic Systems Modeling & Simulation - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 3360 Engineering Analysis - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 4310 Introduction to Automatic Control - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 4344 Computer-Aided Engineering - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 4350 Aerospace Vehicle Design I - restructuring of course – approved

MAE 4351 Aerospace Vehicle Design II - restructuring of course – approved

CE 3305 Basic Fluid Mechanics - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

EE 1347 Computer Solution of electrical Engineering Problems - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

MAE 3181 Materials & Structures Lab - prerequisite changed & course clarified – approved

 

HONORS College

Course Change

HONR 1100 Honors Enrichment Series - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

HONR 2300 Honors Freshman Seminar - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

HONR 3203 Honors Independent Study - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

HONR 3303 Honors Independent Study - repeat course when topics are  – approved

HONR 4144 Honors Service Learning Opportunities - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

HONR 4244 Honors Service Learning Opportunities - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

HONR 4300 Honors Advanced Seminar - repeat course when topics are changed– approved

HONR 4310 Honors Study Abroad - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

HONR 4320 Honors Internship - repeat course when topics are changed – approved  

HONR 4344 Honors Service Learning Opportunities - repeat course when topics are changed – approved

Course Delete:

HONR 2311 Honors American Studies I: Politics – approved

HONR 2312 Honors American Studies II: Themes in American Literature – approved

HONR 2611 Honors American Studies I: Themes in American History and Literature – approved

HONR 2612 Honors American Studies I: Themes in American History and Politics – approved

HONR 3374 Honors web design – approved

HONR 3390 Honors Research Colloquium – approved

 

College of liberal arts

Department of Art & Art History

Course Change

ART 4348 - Digital Alternative Photographic Techniques - prerequisite & course clarified – approved

ART 4349 - Video Art & New Genres - prerequisite change – approved

ART 4362 - Advanced Film/Video - prerequisite change – approved

ART 4371 - Advanced Painting - course clarified – approved

Add Course

ART 4320 - Intermedia:  Forms & Method – approved

Course Delete

ART 4368 - Digital Alternative Photographic Techniques – approved

 

CMAS

Course Change

MAS 3312 - Spanish-American Culture & Civilization - course changes – approved

MAS 4313 - Hispanic Culture - course changes – approved

MAS 4315 - topics in Contemporary Spanish-American Literature & culture, Modernism to the Present - course changes – approved

MAS 4317 - Chicano Literature - course changes – approved

MAS 4318 - Mexican Literature - course changes – approved

Add Course

MAS 3317 The Latina Experience – approved

Delete Course

MAS 3317 - Mexican Politics & U. S.-Mexican Relations - course changes – approved

 

Department of Linguistics & TESOL

Course Change

LING 4318 - Language & Gender - prerequisite change – approved

LING 4353 - Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language - prerequisite change – approved

LING 4354 - Methods & Materials to Teach English as a Second or Foreign Language - prerequisite change – approved

LING 4389 - Topics in Linguistics - prerequisite change – approved

 

Department of Modern Languages

Course Change

SPAN 4334 Culture of Business - prerequisite & course clarified – approved

SPAN 4341 Specialized Translation - title change – approved

SP 4393 Spanish Internship - description change & repeatable course – approved

Add Course

SPAN 4342 Specialized Translation II – approved

 

Department of Music

Course Change

MUSI 2201 - Jazz Improvisation II - course change number to 3226 – approved

MUSI 3112 Perspectives in Music - course & content change – approved

MUSI 3225 - Jazz Improvisation I - course change – approved

MUSI 3312 Early Childhood Music - prerequisite & hours change – approved

MUSI 3313 Instrumental Ensemble Lit I - prerequisite & hours change – approved

MUSI 3314 Choral Ensemble Literature & Performance I - prerequisite & hours change – approved

MUSI 4209 - Choral Conducting II - course change – approved

MUSI 4312 Elementary Music - prerequisite & hours change – approved

MUSI 4313 Instrumental Ensemble Literature & Performance II - prerequisite & hours change – approved

MUSI 4314 Choral Ensemble Literature & Performance II - prerequisite & hours change – approved

Add Course

MUSI 1304 - History of Rock Music – approved

MUSI 3180 - Functional Jazz Piano – approved

MUSI 4215 Administration I Choral & Instrumental Music – approved

MUSI 4216 Strategies & Assessment in Music Pedagogy – approved

 

Department of Philosophy & Humanities

Proposed Catalog Text Change

Minor in Philosophy – approved

 

Department of Political Science

Add Course

POLS 3336 State Courts – approved

 

Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Course Change

ANTH 4393 Internship in Anthropology - prerequisite change – approved

 

Department of Theatre Arts

Course Change

THEA 1303 Performance fundamentals:  Voice and Movement - better course description – approved

THEA 1342 Drama Appreciation - reactivate course for non-majors – approved

THEA 2309 - Script Analysis - better prerequisite change/change to 3309 – approved

THEA 3300 - Directing I - prerequisite change – approved

THEA 3301 - Scene Design I - prerequisite change – approved

THEA 3304 - Stage Craft II - better course description – approved

THEA 3305 - Lighting Design I - prerequisite change – approved

THEA 3320 - Playwriting - prerequisite change – approved

THEA 3340 Performance Fundamentals II: Vocal and Movement Techniques - better course description – approved

THEA 3341 - Acting IV:  Advanced Acting & Portfolio - prerequisite change – approved

THEA 4343 - Costume Design - prerequisite change – approved

THEA 4344 - Advanced Design & Portfolio - prerequisite change – approved

Course Add

THEA 3303 Sound Design and Technology – approved

 

sChool of nursing

Course Change

NURS 2240 - Concepts of Professional Nursing - prerequisite change – approved/needs revision

NURS 3322 - Gerontological Nursing - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 3421 - Health Promotion & Illness Prevention Across the Life Span - prerequisite change – approved

NURS 3425 - Holistic Health - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 3435 - Health Promotion Across the Life Span - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 3442 - Conceptual Foundations for Professional Nursing - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4223 - Professional Nursing Trends - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4321 Nursing Research - course content and prerequisites clarified – approved

NURS 4324 - Professional Nursing Trends - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4350 - Capstone - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4351 - Nursing Leadership & Management - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4351 - Nursing Leadership & Management - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4382 - Capstone Seminar - course & prerequisite change – approved

NURS 4463 - Community Health Nursing - course & prerequisite change – approved

Add Course

NURS 4307 US Army ROTC Nurse Summer Training Program – approved

 

College of science

Earth & Environmental Science

Add Course

GEOL 4308 Environmental Geochemistry– approved

 

Department of Psychology

Add Course

PSYC 3312 Social & Personality Development – approved

 

sChool of urban & public affairs

Add Course

INTS 2188 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - cross list with HONR classes– approved

INTS 2288 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - cross list with HONR classes– approved

INTS 2388 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - cross list with HONR classes– approved

INTS 4188 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - cross list with HONR classes– approved

INTS 4288 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - cross list with HONR classes– approved

INTS 4301 Interdisciplinary Process - course changes– approved

INTS 4388 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies - cross list with HONR classes– approved

INTS 4391 Interdisciplinary Capstone - course changes– approved

 

 

Agenda Items Approved by the

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

For Consideration by the Undergraduate Assembly

April 25, 2006

 

SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Catalog Text Change:

Major Entrance Requirements - complete Basic Studies & Core Curriculum; laptop requirement

 

College of ENGINEERING

Catalog Text Change:

B.S in Mechanical Engineering - changing from single GPA calculation to three

B.S in Aerospace Engineering - course changes for the ABET, INC test

B.S in Mechanical Engineering - courses change for the ABET, INC test

BS degree in Aerospace Engineering - changes in course numbers & credit for ABET, INC

 

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Communication

Catalog Text Change:

B.A. Degree in Communications – Institute screening test in grammar

 

Department of English

Catalog Text Change:

B.A. Degree in English - add grade requirement of C or better in all major classes

 

Department of Modern Languages

Catalog Text Change:

Certificate in Translation Studies

 

Department of Music

Catalog Text Change:

Bachelor of Music Degree - add courses

B.M. Degree ensemble required

Proposed Catalog Text:

B. of Music Degree – incorporation of education hours in degree

 

Department of Philosophy & Humanities

Catalog Text Change

B.A in Philosophy - change in required courses

 

Department of Political Science

B.A. Degree in Political Science - simplify degree plan

 

Department of Theatre Arts

BFA Degree Plan - clarification of GPA requirements & verbiage change

BFA Design Focus - addition of portfolio and resume review

BA Degree Program - clarification of GPA requirements

BA Degree Program - change in requirements

 

College of Nursing

Catalog Text Change

BSN Program - HESI exam changes

 

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Catalog Text Change

Bachelor of Social Work Degree – add math 1301 as option

 

 

UT Arlington Conversations.   Laurin Porter, co-chair of the UT Arlington Conversations Team, gave an overview of the program.

            This is a new initiative that we’re starting next year.  It began when the President and Provost came to me and my counterpoint on the staff, Dawn Remmers who is director of the University Advising Center and Student Success Services, and asked us if we would explore the possibility of a common reading experience for the freshmen next year.  The common reading experience, where all freshmen engage in reading and writing about the same book, is not a new idea.  Some colleges have been doing it for several decades now but it certainly has become a hot property in the last four or five years and a lot of colleges and universities across the country are engaged in it.  We went to a conference, a special workshop, and talked to people across the country to get some ideas about how to implement this program.  We came back quite excited with two decisions.  We thought we might pilot it in the smaller FIGS groups the first year but decided instead to go straight to the full freshman class.  We decided instead of just staying with the OneBook program, we would expand it and extract a significant theme from the book that we would take university wide and not just for a semester but for the full year.  We are calling that program UT Arlington Conversations and the basis of that would be the common reading program which we are calling OneBook.

            Let me tell you about the common reading experience, One Book.  The book we chose this year is called The Kite Runner.  We called together a committee with faculty, staff and students represented plus all the disciplines.  We did a lot of reading and came up with this one book.  Next year we will be soliciting proposals from the faculty for both a common book and a common theme.  The idea behind the common reading experience is that it is a way for students, especially freshmen, to have an immediate identification with the university.  The book will be given to them at freshman orientation.  They will be studying it in the English composition classes, ENGL 1301, which most, if not all, of our freshmen take.  It will also be taught in the college adjustment course which we are calling Freshman Seminar.  We are hoping that other faculty might opt to add it to their syllabus, if not a required text, as an optional text because we’re hoping that the freshmen will be experiencing this in multiple venues.  The idea is that these conversations will be ongoing in the dormitory, late at night, over lunch, as well as in the classroom.  The studies have indicated that on universities where this program has been implemented, there a higher sense of identification with the university and a higher retention rate.  It helps in a variety of ways so that is one objective.

            Secondly, we want to use it to teach critical thinking skills.  There will be reading and tests.  They will be discussing it in class and they will be writing on it.  As a second piece of it, we will have three writing prompts.  They can choose one of the three prompts and write an essay on the book which will be entered in a competition.  The winners will be recognized at our convocation, be given prizes and be invited to meet the author.  We hope to have the author here on the campus in the spring semester.  That will be the culmination of this program.

            Finally, we want to use it to introduce freshman to the notion of universal discourse.  It’s a different level of discourse.  You’re entering a community of scholars when people are engaged in sharing ideas and debating them.  This is a part of what they are now about to experience.  For all these reasons, we’re excited about the OneBook program.

            We’ve gone one step further and extracted from that book a theme.  This year it will be the theme of power.  We’re hoping that all the units of the university can tap into that theme in a variety of ways, thinking of power relations, for instance, or the power from a political point of view, local power, global power, issues of power in relation to gender or class or race. There are a variety of ways different groups can plug into it.  This is an important part of where all of you come in.  First of all, take this information back to your departments and colleges.  Explain the program and encourage your colleagues, as well as yourselves, to find ways to tap into this topic.  There are a variety ways you can do that.  All the way from having a whole unit on it to just referencing it in your class discussion and talking about it in terms of UT Arlington conversations so people will be very conscious that this is going on.

            We will have a website which will be linked directly to the university homepage.  This is one way that information will be distributed but it is also a way that we can support individual events going on in your departments.  If your department has a lecture series or a guest speaker coming in, either one that is already planned or a new one, then keep this idea of power in mind and see if there’s a way to make some connection to that theme.  If so, let us know and we will put a link to that on our website.  On the website there will be a running list of all the events.  We are coordinating, promoting and encouraging as many of these events as we can.  We want to have something going on every couple of weeks, several events every month -- anything from guest speakers to panels to films related to the book .  Let me give you some examples of things already in the works.  The Library is going to have a special session on the power of the press during Banned Books Week during the last week of September.  The theatre department’s whole season has to do with issues of power so they’re going to put power in the title of their season.  The art department is going to do some type of photography exhibit.  There are all kinds of ways that we can promote these ongoing conversations.  If something is going on in your department, if you will let us know, then we will publicize that on our website as well as all the other publicity venues we are hoping to tap.

            If you have any questions or ideas, please get in touch with us.  I’d be happy to come talk to your department if you like. 

 

Other Business.  Provost Dunn encouraged everyone to stop by the University Club to see the beautiful facility.

 

Adjournment.  The meeting adjourned at 2:43 p.m.

 

Michael K. Moore

Secretary

 

 

 

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