Agenda Item FA 15-46

Submitted by the Academic Programs Committee

College of Arts and Sciences (Undergraduate) – (Art & Design, Chemistry, Communication, History, Mathematics & Statistics, & Political Science & Public Administration)

New Courses, Courses Changes, & Programs of Study (17 packages)

12/03/15: Passed

12/11/15: Approved

Log Number: 201501-19

Art and Design – Undergraduate  

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program
Bachelor of Fine Arts - Fine Arts Major Painting, Drawing, Printmaking Concentration


Summary of the Changes:
This change is a minor adjustment to the Panting II class from a 2000 level class to a 3000 level class. This will correct a class order issue and a conflict with Art Education that came up after a recent major POS change.  

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Change an existing course

Painting II

ART

Sophomore (2xxx)

501 C

Issues resulted from a recent change to the PDP program of study. This included the addition of a new class Painting II which should have been designated a 3000 level class. It was designated a 2000 level class causing issues with the clarity of class order and within Art Education. This change will rectify both issues. This change will also add a missing Prerequisite: ART 2500C Painting I
New Course Description:
Students in this class will continue to investigate painting methods, mediums and techniques, with an emphasis on the development of personal vision. Students will continue to develop knowledge of composition, scale, and spatial perception and the theoretical and practical aspects of color and its application to painting mediums. Through these processes, students will become more independent and self-directed in developing ideas and concepts, processes, and the critical structure for their paintings. (A materials fee will be assessed.) Prerequisite: ART 2500C Painting I

 

Log Number: 201505-4

Art and Design – Undergraduate

Change a degree-major of an existing program                       
Bachelor of Arts – Art History Major

Summary of the Changes:
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) requires for accreditation purposes the requirement of one upper level non-western Art History course in Art History majors. Students will have to select one course from non western offerings including ARH 3583 Tribal Arts and ARH 3930 Special Topics in Non-Western Art. This proposed change results in an addition of three hours to Major Requirements (from 19 to 22) and a change to Major Electives (from 12 to 9).

Log Number: 201508-47

Chemistry – Undergraduate

 

Terminate an existing course

Bioorganic Chemistry

BCH

Junior (3xxx)

023 C

This request will terminate 4-credit BCH3023C Bioorganic Chemistry, and this course will be split into separate 3-credit lecture and 1-credit laboratory courses. There are three major rationales for this change: (1) Different instructors often teach the lecture and laboratory sections of this course, making tracking of student progress cumbersome; (2) A significant number of students perform satisfactorily in the lab but fail the lecture, and vice versa. As a result, students must repeat both the lecture and laboratory. By splitting the course into separate lecture and laboratory courses, students will need only repeat the course that they failed rather than being required to repeat both; and, (3) Most Chemistry lectures and their corresponding laboratories are already offered as two separate courses. Thus, this action will make all Departmental offerings consistent with one another.  A letter of support has been provided by Brooks College of Health.

 

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Bioorganic Chemistry (3 crs)

BCH

Junior (3xxx)

023

Prerequisites:   
("CHM1025: Introduction to Chemistry"
AND "CHM1025L: Intro Chem Lab")
OR ("CHM2045: General Chemistry I"
AND "CHM2045L: General Chemistry I Laboratory")
Co-requisites:   
"BCH3023L: Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory"

New Course Description:

This course examines the carbon chemistry of biological substances, the structure and function of biological molecules, and elementary metabolism. Prerequisites: CHM1025: Introduction to Chemistry and CHM1025L: Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory or CHM2045: General Chemistry I and CHM2045L: General Chemistry I Laboratory. Corequisites: BCH3023L: Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory.

 

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Bioorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)

BCH

Junior (3xxx)

023 L

Prerequisites:   
("CHM1025: Introduction to Chemistry"
AND "CHM1025L: Intro Chem Lab")
OR ("CHM2045: General Chemistry I"
AND "CHM2045L: General Chemistry I Laboratory")
Co-requisites:   
"BCH 3023: Bioorganic Chemistry"

New Course Description:

This course examines the experimental methods related to the study of the carbon chemistry of biological substances, the structure and function of biological molecules, and elementary metabolism. Prerequisites: CHM1025: Introduction to Chemistry and CHM1025L: Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory, or CHM 2045: General Chemistry I and CHM 2045L: General Chemistry I laboratory. Corequisites: BCH3023: Bioorganic Chemistry

 

Log Number: 201508-73

Chemistry – Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program                        
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry Major General Concentration


Summary of the Changes:
Current Chemistry programs of study include four "C" courses, in which students receive a single grade for a 4-credit lecture and laboratory course. The proposed change will terminate all "C" courses and replace them with separate 3-credit lecture and 1-credit laboratory courses. There are three major rationales for this change: (1) Different instructors often teach the lecture and laboratory sections of current "C" courses, making tracking of student progress cumbersome; (2) A significant number of students perform satisfactorily in the "C" course lab but fail the lecture, or vice versa. As a result, students must repeat both the lecture and laboratory. By splitting "C" courses into separate lecture and laboratory courses, students will need only repeat the course that they failed rather than being required to repeat both; and, (3) Most Chemistry lectures and their corresponding laboratories are already offered as two separate courses. Thus, splitting these "C" courses will make all Department offerings consistent with one another. This package will also remove the Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (CHM 3120) prerequisite for Biochemistry (BCH 4033). This change will make UNF's prerequisites more aligned with those common among other SUS schools. Finally, this request will update the program of study by deleting previously terminated courses (i.e. CHM4260C from major electives and PHI4400 from free electives) and including recently added courses (i.e. BCH4034/L and CHM3260) as options for major electives. This revised POS includes a total of 120 credit hours, which is unchanged from the previous POS.

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Terminate an existing course

Modern Analytical Chemistry

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

130 C

Modern Analytical Chemistry (CHM 4130C) will be terminated and replaced with separate lecture and laboratory courses (CHM 4130; CHM 4130L). There are three major rationales for this change: (1) Different instructors typically teach the lecture and laboratory sections of current "C" courses, making tracking of student progress cumbersome; (2) A significant number of students perform satisfactorily in the "C" course lab and fail the lecture, and vice versa. As a result, students must repeat both the lecture and laboratory. By splitting "C" courses into separate lecture and laboratory courses, students will need only repeat the course that they failed rather than being required to repeat both; and, (3) Most Chemistry lectures and their corresponding laboratories are already offered as two separate courses. Thus, splitting these "C" courses will make all Departmental offerings consistent with one another.

 

Terminate an existing course

Physical Chemistry I

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

410 C

Physical Chemistry I (CHM 4410C) will be terminated and replaced with separate lecture and laboratory courses (CHM 4410; CHM 4410L). There are three major rationales for this change: (1) Different instructors typically teach the lecture and laboratory sections of current "C" courses, making tracking of student progress cumbersome; (2) A significant number of students perform satisfactorily in the "C" course lab and fail the lecture, and vice versa. As a result, students must repeat both the lecture and laboratory. By splitting "C" courses into separate lecture and laboratory courses, students will need only repeat the course that they failed rather than being required to repeat both; and, (3) Most Chemistry lectures and their corresponding laboratories are already offered as two separate courses. Thus, splitting these "C" courses will make all Departmental offerings consistent with one another.

 

Terminate an existing course

Physical Chemistry II

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

411 C

Physical Chemistry II (CHM 4411C) will be terminated and replaced with separate lecture and laboratory courses (CHM 4411; CHM 4411L). There are three major rationales for this change: (1) Different instructors typically teach the lecture and laboratory sections of current "C" courses, making tracking of student progress cumbersome; (2) A significant number of students perform satisfactorily in the "C" course lab and fail the lecture, and vice versa. As a result, students must repeat both the lecture and laboratory. By splitting "C" courses into separate lecture and laboratory courses, students will need only repeat the course that they failed rather than being required to repeat both; and, (3) Most Chemistry lectures and their corresponding laboratories are already offered as two separate courses. Thus, splitting these "C" courses will make all Departmental offerings consistent with one another.

 

Terminate an existing course

Quantitative Analytical Chemis

CHM

Junior (3xxx)

120 C

Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (CHM 3120C) will be terminated and replaced with separate lecture and laboratory courses (CHM 3120; CHM 3120L). There are three major rationales for this change: (1) Different instructors typically teach the lecture and laboratory sections of current "C" courses, making tracking of student progress cumbersome; (2) A significant number of students perform satisfactorily in the "C" course lab and fail the lecture, and vice versa. As a result, students must repeat both the lecture and laboratory. By splitting "C" courses into separate lecture and laboratory courses, students will need only repeat the course that they failed rather than being required to repeat both; and, (3) Most Chemistry lectures and their corresponding laboratories are already offered as two separate courses. Thus, splitting these "C" courses will make all Departmental offerings consistent with one another.

 

Change an existing course

Biochemistry

BCH

Senior (4xxx)

033

This request will remove the Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (CHM3120) prerequisite for Biochemistry (BCH4033); the Organic Chemistry II lecture and laboratory prerequisite (CHM2211/L) remains unchanged. Removal of the CHM3120 prerequisite will more closely align UNF's prerequisites with those of other SUS schools, and will facilitate students in completing Chemistry major coursework in a timely manner. We have also updated the course description to be more specific about the classes of biomolecules that are focused on in this course.

New Course Description:

This course examines fundamental biochemistry concepts including the properties of proteins, nucleotides, carbohydrates, and enzymes. This class also explores how these molecules interact in various pathways to promote biological processes and sustain life, as well as experimental techniques used to study these molecules. Prerequisites: CHM 2211: Organic Chemistry II, CHM 2211L: Organic Chemistry II Laboratory.

 

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Inorganic Chemistry

CHM

Junior (3xxx)

610

Inorganic Chemistry (CHM3610) currently includes Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (CHM3120C) as a prerequisite. Since CHM3120C will be split into separate lecture and laboratory courses (CHM3120 and CHM3120L), the prerequisite for CHM3610 shall be altered to reflect splitting of the "C" course. Minor wording revisions have been made to the course description, and do not impact the content of the course.

New Course Description:

This course provides coverage of topics including atomic orbitals, molecular orbital theory, nuclear properties, molecular symmetry, group theory, vibrational spectroscopy, valence bond theory, coordination chemistry, and ligand field stabilization energy. Prerequisites: CHM 2211: Organic Chemistry II, CHM 3120: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry, CHM 3120L: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

 

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Biochemistry Lab

BCH

Senior (4xxx)

033 L

Biochemistry Lab (BCH4033L) currently includes Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (CHM3120C) as a prerequisite. Since CHM3120C will be split into separate lecture and laboratory courses (CHM3120 and CHM3120L), the prerequisite for BCH4033L shall be altered to reflect splitting of the "C" course.

New Course Description:

This laboratory course is an introduction to biochemical properties of biological systems and basic biochemistry/molecular biology procedures. Prerequisites: CHM 3120L: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. Co-requisite: BCH 4033: Biochemistry.

 

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Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (3 crs)

CHM

Junior (3xxx)

120

Prerequisites:   
"CHM2046: General Chemistry II"
AND "CHM2046L: Gen Chem II Lab"
Co-requisites:   
None

New Course Description:

This course examines the principles of analytical chemistry and quantitative analysis with emphasis on gravimetric and titrimetric methods. Prerequisites: CHM2046 General Chemistry II and CHM2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory.

 

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Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1 cr)

CHM

Junior (3xxx)

120 L

Prerequisites:   
"CHM2046: General Chemistry II"
AND "CHM2046L: Gen Chem II Lab"
Co-requisites:   
"CHM3120: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry"

New Course Description:

This course examines the practice of quantitative analysis with emphasis on gravimetric and titrimetric methods. Experiments include calibration of analytical glass, gravimetric measurements, and titrations against known and unknown samples. Prerequisites: CHM2046 General Chemistry II and CHM2046L General Chemistry II Laboratory. Co-requisites: CHM3120: Quantitative Analytical Chemistry.

 

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Physical Chemistry I (3 crs)

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

410

Prerequisites:   
"MAC2312: (GM) Calculus II"
AND "CHM2046: General Chemistry II"
AND "CHM2046L: Gen Chem II Lab"
AND "PHY2049: Calculus-Based Physics II"
OR "PHY2054: Algebra-Based Physics II"
AND "PHY2049L: Calculus-Based Physics II Lab"
OR "PHY2054L: Algebra-Based Physics II Lab"
Co-requisites:   
None

New Course Description:

This course examines the theories and experiments of classical thermodynamics. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and solutions. Prerequisites: MAC 2312: Calculus II, Physics II (If chemistry major, must be the calculus based 2049/2049L, otherwise algebra-based 2054/2054L), CHM 2046: General Chemistry II, CHM 2046L: General Chemistry II Lab.

 

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Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (1 cr)

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

410 L

Prerequisites:   
"MAC2312: (GM) Calculus II"

AND "CHM2046: General Chemistry II"

AND "CHM2046L: Gen Chem II Lab"

AND "PHY2049: Calculus-Based Physics II"

OR "PHY2054: Algebra-Based Physics II"

AND "PHY2049L: Calculus-Based Physics II Lab"

OR "PHY2054L: Algebra-Based Physics II Lab"
Co-requisites:   
"CHM4410: Physical Chemistry I"

New Course Description:

This course provides an experimental basis for the topics of thermodynamics covered in CHM 4410: Physical Chemistry I. There is an emphasis on designing an experimental approach to test or demonstrate the laws of thermodynamics, which involves measurement of macroscopic variables and derivation of thermodynamic relationships. Prerequisites: MAC 2312: Calculus II, Physics II (If chemistry major, must be the calculus based 2049/2049L, otherwise algebra-based 2054/2054L), CHM 2046: General Chemistry II, CHM 2046L: General Chemistry II Lab. Co-requisite: CHM 4410: Physical Chemistry I.

 

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Physical Chemistry II  (3 crs)

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

411

Prerequisites:   
"CHM4410: Physical Chemistry I"
AND "CHM4410: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory"
Co-requisites:   
None

New Course Description:

This course examines the theories and experiments of kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy. Topics include rate laws, reaction mechanisms, the Schrödinger equation, molecular orbital theory, the chemical bond, electronic structure, and spectroscopic methods. Prerequisites: CHM 4410: Physical Chemistry I, CHM 4410L: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory.

 

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Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (1 cr)

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

411 L

Prerequisites:   
"CHM4410: Physical Chemistry I"
AND "CHM4410: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory"
Co-requisites:   
"CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II"

New Course Description:

This course provides an experimental basis for the topics of kinetics, quantum mechanics, and spectroscopy covered in CHM 4411: Physical Chemistry II. Modern instrumentation will be used to investigate these topics by measuring atomic and molecular quantities that demonstrate the quantum nature of matter. Prerequisites: CHM 4410: Physical Chemistry I, CHM 4410L: Physical Chemistry I Laboratory. Co-requisite: CHM 4411: Physical Chemistry II.

 

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Modern Analytical Chemistry

(3 crs)

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

130

Prerequisites:   
"CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II"
AND "CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory"
Co-requisites:   
None

New Course Description:

This course examines the modern instrumental methods of analytical investigation including atomic spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, potentiometry, electrogravimetry, nuclear magnetic spectroscopy, chromatography, and mass spectrometry. Prerequisites: CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II and CHM4411L: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory.

 

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Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  (1 cr)

CHM

Senior (4xxx)

130 L

Prerequisites:   
"CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II"
AND "CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory"
Co-requisites:   
"CHM4130: Modern Analytical Chemistry"

New Course Description:

This course examines the modern analytical instruments used for chemical analysis, with an emphasis on the statistical analysis of data for preparation of scientific publications.
Experiments include ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, liquid chromatography, electrochemistry, and mass spectrometry. Prerequisites: CHM4411: Physical Chemistry II and CHM4411L: Physical Chemistry II Laboratory. Corequisites: CHM4130L: Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory.

 

Log Number: 201508-74

Chemistry – Undergraduate

Change an existing minor                          
Chemistry Minor

Summary of the Changes:
Currently, two different options are offered within the Chemistry minor. One option is "Minor: Chemistry Minor for Biology Majors for 15 Hours" and the other is "Minor: Chemistry for 20 credits." To better align with minor requirements at most other SUS institutions, we request to expand the 20-credit Chemistry minor to 23-credits and to terminate the Biology option. The 23-credit minor will be available to students of all majors, including Biology. Requested modifications to the minor will provide students with exposure to all of the major subfields of chemistry. This request also updates the Chemistry minor program of study to reflect splitting all "C" courses into separate lecture and laboratory courses (as requested in log #201508-73), and provides students with a broader list of elective courses to facilitate students in timely completion of the minor.

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Log Number: 201508-75

Chemistry – Undergraduate

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program                         
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry Major Materials Chemistry Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
The revised Materials Chemistry program of study will reflect splitting of all "C" courses into separate lectures and laboratories. The rationale for this action is provided in our APC package for modifications to the General Chemistry B.S. concentration (log #201508-73).

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Log Number: 201508-76

Chemistry – Undergraduate

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program                          
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry Major Pre-Medical Professions Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
The revised Chemistry Pre-Medical Professions program of study will reflect splitting of all "C" courses into separate lectures and laboratories. The rationale for this action is provided in our APC package for modifications to the General Chemistry B.S. concentration (log #201508-73). This request will also update the program of study to offer Biochemistry II lecture and laboratory (BCH4034/L) as electives, since these course offerings were recently added.

Log Number: 201508-77

Chemistry – Undergraduate

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program                          
Bachelor of Science – Chemistry Major Biochemistry Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
The revised Biochemistry program of study will reflect termination of all "C" courses and implementation of separate lectures and laboratories for these courses. The rationale for this action is provided in our APC package for modifications to the General Chemistry B.S. concentration (log #201508-73). We have also updated the POS to reflect previous changes to Chemistry course offerings; CHM4260C (Advanced Organic Chemistry) was terminated and replaced with CHM3260 (Advanced Organic Chemistry) in package #201101-25, so this has been updated in the POS.

Log Number: 201508-45

Communication – Undergraduate

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Advertising & PR Research
(3 crs)

MMC

Senior (4xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"MMC1004: Media Literacy"
AND "MMC3105: Advanced Writing For The Media"
AND "ADV3008: Principles of Advertising"
OR "PUR3000: Principles of Pub Relations"
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Prerequisite: MMC 1004 and MMC 3105 and ADV3008 or PUR3000
Description: This case-based course involves the acquisition, evaluation, and analysis of information for strategic communication such as advertising and public relations. Primary and secondary research projects are designed, executed, analyzed and presented by students. Emphasis is given to six primary areas: understanding the scientific method for answering brand- and marketing communications-based questions; developing explicit and measurable research objectives; developing adequate research plans to solve those objectives; selecting and implementing appropriate methodologies to answer the questions proposed by the objectives, analyzing data; and preparing the reports that communicate the results of the research.

 

Log Number: 201508-46

Communication – Undergraduate

 

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Social Media for Communication
(3 crs)

MMC

Junior (3xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"MMC3105: Advanced Writing For The Media"
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

Prerequisites: MMC3105 or permission of instructor
The objective of this course is to introduce students to methods of utilizing social media as a tool for researching and presenting information, such as news stories or persuasive messages. In addition, students will gain an understanding of how to use analytics to ascertain how well their social media efforts are succeeding. Finally, students will then use that knowledge and skill to create and disseminate messages via social media platforms to the public.

 

Log Number: 201508-80

Communication – Undergraduate

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program
Bachelor of Science
  Communication Major Advertising Concentration


Summary of the Changes:
1. We ask to make MMC1004 Media Literacy and MMC3105 Advanced Writing for the Media co-requisites because it will allow students to take them at the same time and advance to take the concentration-required courses faster.
2. We ask to make MMC4XXX Advertising & PR Research a substitute for MMC 4420 Mass Communication Research for both PR and advertising students because it will give Advertising and PR students more research-based course options.
3. We ask to make MMC3XXX Social Media for Communication a major elective for Advertising students so that students get better prepared for emerging social media technology.
The total number of credit hours is not being changed.

 

Log Number: 201508-81

Communication – Undergraduate

 

Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program
Bachelor of Science
  Communication Major Public Relations Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
1. We ask to make MMC1004 Media Literacy and MMC 3105 Advanced Writing for the Media co-requisites because it will allow students to take them at the same time and advance to take the concentration-required courses faster.
2. We ask to make MMC 4XXX Advertising & PR Research a substitute for MMC 4420 Mass Communication Research for both PR and advertising students to give Advertising and PR students more research-based course options.
3. We ask to make MMC3XXX Social Media for Communication a major elective for PR students so that students get better prepared for emerging social media technology.
4. We ask to make RTV 3234 Announcing & Performance a major elective for PR students so that students learn public speaking skills on camera for PR career.
The total number of credit hours is not being changed.

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Log Number: 201508-87

Communication – Undergraduate


Change a degree-major-concentration of an existing program
Bachelor of Science
  Communication Major Multimedia Journ. & Production Concentration


Summary of the Changes:
1. We ask to make MMC1004 Media Literacy and MMC3105 Advanced Writing for the Media corequisites. This will allow students to take them at the same time and advance to take the concentration-required courses faster.

2. We ask to add MMC4420 Mass Communication Research in the prerequisites to MMC4975 Internship Senior Project. This will make students better prepared for research skills for their internship.

3. We ask to make JOU 3109 Multimedia Reporting and JOU 3332 Multimedia Storytelling prerequisites to MMC4975 Internship Senior Project for Multimedia Journalism track students. These courses will get students well prepared for the required skills for the internship.

4. We ask to make RTV 3234 Announcing & Performance a major elective for the Production track so students improve announcing skills on camera.
Total number of credit hours do not change.

 

Log Number: 201508-40

History – Undergraduate

 

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The French Revolution and Napoleon (3 crs)

EUH

Junior (3xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
None
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course will focus on the history of the French Revolution and its legacy worldwide. It will revolve around three questions fundamental to scholarship on the topic: (1) What were the origins of the French Revolution? (2) Why did the Revolution turn radical (or Why the Terror)? And (3) Should Napoleon Bonaparte be considered a part of the Revolution or the author of the Revolution’s demise? By following these questions, we will come to an understanding of the Revolution’s main actors, events, and institutions as well as the most important trends in scholarship on the subject.

 

Log Number: 201508-42

Mathematics and Statistics – Undergraduate


Add a new concentration to an existing program
Bachelor of Science
  Statistics Major Actuarial Science Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics proposes to create an Actuarial Science concentration under the Bachelor of Science in Statistics.

Actuaries assemble and analyze data to estimate the probability and likely cost of an event such as death, sickness, injury, disability, or loss of property. Actuaries also address financial questions, including those involving the level of pension contributions required to produce a certain retirement income level and the way in which a company should invest resources to maximize return on investments in light of potential risk. Using their broad knowledge of statistics, mathematics, and finance, actuaries help design insurance policies, pension plans, and other financial strategies in a manner which will help ensure that the plans are maintained on a sound financial basis. A career in actuarial science is one of the best options that a student with talents and interests in statistics and mathematics can pursue. The job market has growing demand for actuaries, and high-paying entry jobs are available in the insurance, consulting, and financial services industries.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been offering MAP3170 Financial Mathematics for Actuarial Science for consecutive three years. The main purpose of this course is to prepare students for one of the actuarial exams. The enrollment in the course has steadily increased from the first time it was offered in Fall 2012 (22 enrolled) to the next time in Fall 2014 (27 enrolled) to today in Fall 2015 (30 enrolled). We have also attracted the attention of the Florida Blue actuarial department and they have visited UNF to give presentation and interview potential interns for three years.
We think a new concentration specifically designed for actuarial science is necessary. The coursework for the proposed concentration is selected to provide sufficient background to enable students to take and pass the Probability (P/1) exam and the Financial Mathematics (FM/2) exam offered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) before they graduate from the program. The program also includes courses that serve as preparation for subsequent actuarial exams and as satisfaction of the Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirement from SOA. This will prepare them to pursue a career in actuarial science upon graduation.
The proposed concentration also provides the graduate with numerous alternatives if he/she decides to pursue a graduate degree. The student has the background to pursue an M.S. in Actuarial Science, an M.S. in Statistics, M.S. in Finance, or an MBA degree. In the latter two areas, the graduate will have the advantage of taking many upper level mathematics and statistics courses that may enhance the work in their own areas.
This concentration under B. S. in Statistics requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. No new courses or additional resources are required for this new concentration.

 

Log Number: 201508-70

Mathematics and Statistics – Undergraduate

Add a new concentration to an existing program                       
Bachelor of Science - Mathematics Major Applied Mathematics Concentration

Summary of the Changes:
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics proposes to create an Applied Mathematics concentration under the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Applied mathematics deals with the use of mathematical concepts and techniques in various fields of science and engineering. Historically, mathematics was first applied with great success in astronomy and mechanics. Then it developed into a main tool of physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. It is now important in the biological, geological, and social sciences. With the coming of age of the computer, applied mathematics has transcended its traditional style and now assumes an even greater importance and a new vitality.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a mix of faculty specializing in applied analysis, computational mathematics, biomathematics, and stochastics. The targeted track in applied mathematics will offer courses to cover these areas, and emphasize necessary skills, such as numerical analysis and mathematical modeling, for the modern applied mathematics. It will attract mathematically trained students entering UNF with specific interests in applied mathematics and students from other application areas. Establishment of this new concentration will also lead to increased awareness and visibility among both faculty and students of the extensive expertise and educational opportunities in mathematics that exist in our campus.
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Chapter housed in the department will provide students opportunities to explore intriguing aspects of applied mathematics and computational science, share ideas and enthusiasm with fellow students and faculty, and search career opportunities.
Students under this program have ample opportunity to assemble a portfolio of courses and research experiences that will satisfy both intellectual needs and career preparation. They will be prepared for careers in government labs and agencies, banks, consulting firms, electronics and computer manufacturers, logistics companies, transportation service providers, and more.
Two new courses are proposed to strengthen the concentration, namely MAP 4XXX Mathematical Modeling and MAP 4XXX Dynamical Systems. Under this new proposal, two credits are added for major requirements, which are compensated from the free elective credits. These two new courses will also be added to the major electives of the regular B. S. in Mathematics, B. A. in Mathematics, and Minor in Mathematical Science programs. No additional resources are required.
This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours.

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Mathematical Modeling (3 crs)

MAP

Senior (4xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"MAC2313: (GM) Calculus III"
AND "MAP2302: (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations"
AND "MAS3105: (GM) Linear Algebra"
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course covers the formulation, construction, and analysis of mathematical models arising in engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences, environmental studies or social sciences. The prerequisites are: MAC2313 Calculus III, MAP2302 Ordinary Differential Equations, and MAS3105 Linear Algebra.

 

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Dynamical Systems (3 crs)

MAP

Senior (4xxx)

XXX

Prerequisites:   
"MAC2313: (GM) Calculus III"
AND "MAP2302: (GM) Ordinary Differ Equations"
AND "MAS3105: (GM) Linear Algebra"
Co-requisites:   
None

Course Description:

This course covers the fundamentals of dynamical systems in (continuous time) nonlinear ODEs and in (discrete time) nonlinear maps. Topics include phase portraits, periodic points, trajectories, sources/sinks/saddles, stability, bifurcations, chaotic attractor, iteration, fixed points, and Lyapunov exponents. Applications will be drawn from biology, physics, or engineering. The prerequisites are: MAC2313 Calculus III, MAP2302 Ordinary Differential Equations, and MAS3105 Linear Algebra.

 

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Political Science and Public Administration – Undergraduate

Add a new minor                       
Political Campaigns and Advocacy Minor

Summary of the Changes:
In response to demand from students and potential employers, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration is partnering with the Department of Communication to offer a new minor in Political Campaigns and Advocacy. The minor will be 15 credits, including 9 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives. The required courses are POS 3444 Parties, Campaigns, and Elections (3 credits); POS 4740 Survey Research (3 credits); and POS 4945 Internship/Field Experience (3 credits). Electives are selected from a list of 16 courses, 8 of which are in the Department of Communication and 8 in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. No new resources are required, as this minor uses existing courses.