Agenda Item FA 11-07

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

COAS (Graduate) - (Biology, & Philosophy & Religious Studies) :

New Courses, Course Changes, & Programs of Study (3 packets)

02/03/11: Passed

02/08/11: Approved

Log Number: Log Number: 201008-28

College of Arts and Sciences (Graduate)

Biology – Graduate  

Change a degree-major of an existing program

MA – Biology Major  

 

Summary of Changes:

We are creating a new course in Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals with a laboratory. This course will serve as a new course offering for MA seeking students. This course will enhance the diversity of course offerings for this degree program. 
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Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals (4crs)

BSC

Beginning Graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course focuses on the Biology and Ecology of marine mammals. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. Selected topics would include taxonomy, zoogeography, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals.

 

Log Number: Log Number: 201008-29

(Graduate)

Biology – Graduate

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program

MS – Biology Major 

 

Summary of Changes:

We are creating a new course in Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals with a laboratory. This course will serve as a new course offering for MS seeking students. This course will enhance the diversity of course offerings for this degree program. 
 (Click here to view the Program of study)

 

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Advanced Biology of Marine Mammals (4crs)

BSC

Beginning Graduate (5XXXC)

XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course focuses on the Biology and Ecology of marine mammals. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding how marine mammals are adapted to their environment. Selected topics would include taxonomy, zoogeography, anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation and management of marine mammals.

 

Log Number: Log Number: 201008-82

(Graduate)

 
Philosophy and Religious Studies – Graduate

 

Change a degree-major of an existing program

MA - Practical Phi & Applied Ethics Major

Summary of Changes:
Summary of Changes to the existing program:
1. Change the names of the Proseminars to (a) “Themes and Methods in Practical Philosophy” and (b) “Themes and Methods in Applied Ethics.”
2. Eliminate the Directed Independent Study (DIS) as a way to meet the core Ethical Issues/Practical Philosophy elective requirements.
3. Change the major course requirements from 18 to 24 credit hours.
4. Reduce the capstone requirements (thesis, internship, or portfolio) from a minimum of 15 credit hours to a minimum of 9 hours.
5. Introduce a third option to complete MA degree requirements: a portfolio of work produced while in the program and linked together by a new paper that notes common themes in the portfolio and is defended before a committee.
6. Increase the required hours for internship practicum, research and report preparation to from 6 to 9 credit hours.
7. Require continual enrollment (summer exempted) until graduation.
8. Set the capstone requirement at 9-15 hours, thus enabling students to register for 6 credit hours beyond the required 9 hours and until graduation. (Typically, this will mean that students may register for 1 credit hour of thesis, internship, or portfolio work per semester up to six semesters until graduation.)
9. Add an elective course, “Ethical Issues in Public Health.”
Rationale for Changes:
1. The name change in the two Proseminars more accurately reflects course content, while also achieving greater curricular uniformity.
2. Fulfillment of core curricular requirements should not be achieved via independent studies.
3. The current program of study incorrectly sets the credit hour major course requirements at 18, when in fact it should be 24.
4. The current program of study incorrectly sets the credit hour capstone course requirement at 15, when in fact it should be 9, minimally
5. The portfolio option provides students with another option to fulfill degree requirements. It should facilitate degree completion in some cases and can be of value to students not intending to go on to Ph.D. programs in philosophy.
6. The increased credit hour requirement for the internship more accurately reflects the current work expectations; it also renders the internship requirements consistent with those for the thesis.
7. In setting a continual enrollment requirement for Thesis, Internship, and Portfolio students, the program establishes consistency with other graduate programs, at UNF and elsewhere. This provision also enables some continuing students to retain active status; it also facilitates greater degree completion.
8. Increasing the capstone credit hour requirements to 15 allows students to engage in formal thesis, internship, and portfolio work even after completing the 9 credit hour minimum.
9. An “Ethical Issues in Public Health” course significantly enriches the curricular offerings both of the MA Program and the Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics. The course is well tested, having already been offered as a Special Topics course on other occasions.
 
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Change an existing course

Thesis

PHI 

Graduate (6xxx)

971

Increases the number of credit hours for which this course can be repeated from 9 to 15. The change enables students to remain continually enrolled in thesis work for 6 credit hours beyond the 9 minimally required for program completion.


Change an existing course

Proseminar I: Pract Philosophy

PHI 

Graduate (6xxx)

937

Expands course title and course description to convey more accurately the content of the course and to maintain symmetry with Proseminar II, which is to be retitled and redescribed under Themes and Methods in Applied Ethics.
New Course Description:

This course provides an advanced-level introduction to central themes and methods in practical philosophy. The course addresses topics in social, political, and cultural theory from historical, conceptual, and applied perspectives. Emphasis is placed on relating general theoretical insights to issues in social, political, and cultural life and on framing practical problems with reference to normative and holistic considerations.


Change an existing course

Proseminar II: Applied Ethics

PHI 

Graduate (6xxx)

938

Expands title so that it more accurately conveys the content of the course in order to maintain symmetry with Proseminar I, which is to be retitled "Themes and Methods of Practical Philosophy."

 

Change an existing course

Internship in Applied Ethics

PHI 

Graduate (6xxx)

942

(1) Increases the credit hours minimally required for completion of the internship practicum and the resulting written work and oral defense, from 6 to 9.
(2) Amends the course description in line with the changes noted above.
(3) Increases the number of credit hours for which this course can be repeated, from 6 now to 15. The change enables students to remain continually enrolled in thesis work for 6 credit hours beyond the 9 now minimally required for program completion.
  

 

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Portfolio Preparation   (v. 1-9)

PHI

Graduate (6xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

A student in this course will be expected to (1) assemble a portfolio of course papers composed during his or her tenure in the MA program; (2) prepare a portfolio essay addressing themes common to the portfolio papers; and (3) participate in an oral defense of the portfolio and portfolio essay before a departmental committee. All work will be conducted under the supervision of a portfolio advisor. This course may be repeated for up to 9 credits.

 

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Ethical Issues in Public Health (3crs)

PHM

Beginning Graduate (5xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:    
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course introduces students to moral issues in public health. Students will learn to recognize relevant moral issues and analyze them in light of basic ethical principles. Topics to be covered may include allocation of scarce health care resources, public vs. private health care funding, access to care, ethics and infectious disease control (STDs, HIV, TB), public health genetics (screening programs and individual testing/counseling), and research ethics in public health (e.g. experimenting on uninformed populations). Case analysis and group discussion will be emphasized.