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Special Fall 2013 Courses

These courses reserved for new first-year FSC students

1. Building and Programming LEGO® Robots    BCS 101    91132

Special Title: Building and Programming LEGO® Robots,    BCS 101,    CRN: 91132

Course: BCS 101, Program Concepts and Problem Solving CRN 91132 Monday & Wednesday 9:25 am – 10:40 am

Instructor: Marie Pullen, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Systems

Eligibility: This course is available to students from any major who are interested in Computer Programming

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
BCS101 – Program Concepts and Problem Solving is designed for first year students in any major who have an interest in computer programming. No programming experience is required. The course content will be based on the LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 robotics technology product. This equipment allows students to learn the concepts of robotics technology and computer programming in a fun and engaging environment. The MINDSTROMS NXT combines the versatility of the LEGO® building system with new technologies, an intelligent microcomputer brick and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software. The NXT is the brain of the MINDSTORMS robot – an intelligent computer-controlled LEGO® brick that lets the MINDSTROMS robot perform different operations. Students will build robots and design programs for the robots based on class assignments.

2. Uncovering the Culprits Associated with Oral Disease     BIO 220L    92791

Special Title: Uncovering the Culprits Associated with Oral Disease,    BIO 220L,    CRN: 92791

Course: BIO 220L, Medical Microbiology Laboratory CRN 92791 Thursdays 12:15 – 2:55 pm

Instructor: Robert Elgart, Ph.D., Professor of Biology

Eligibility: Dental Hygiene Students entering their first semester of the program

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Through lecture and research-oriented laboratory projects the use materials gathered by students in the clinical dental setting, students will study the role of microbes as causative agents of disease in human hosts. This investigation will include the morphological characterization of pathogenic species, classification of communicable diseases, and epidemiological aspects. Specifically, host/ parasite relationships, infection, and host resistance mechanisms will be explored, along with sero-diagnostic methods used in medical practice. Chemotherapy, mode of action of antibiotics, sterilization, disinfection methods, and contamination control will also be covered.

3. Let's Get Down to Business – A Learning Community     BUS 109 & EGL 101    90253 & 90522

Special Title: Let's Get Down to Business – A Learning Community,    BUS 109 & EGL 101,    CRN: 90253 & 90522

Course: BUS 109, Management Theories and Practices CRN 90253 Tuesday & Thursday 1:40 pm – 2:55 pm

             EGL 101, Composition I: College Writing CRN 90522 Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Sarbjit Singh, Assistant Professor of Sport Management

                   Erin Gonzalez, Adjunct Professor of English and Humanities

Eligibility: The Foundations for Growth learning community is reserved for new students who intend to major in Business Management or Sport Management and are looking to grow into effective communicators and leaders. Students must take BOTH courses.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
This learning community is comprised of BUS 109 and EGL 101, taught back-to-back by professors who work closely with each other to design challenging and rewarding lessons and assignments in and outside of the classroom. These lessons and assignments are created with points of intersection to reinforce the knowledge and skills from each course and to provide students with relevant and robust experiences that will help lay the groundwork for achieving their future goals. They simultaneously help enrich the students’ college experience by contributing to social connections with their classmates, professors, and the college overall.

The Foundations for Growth learning community uses as context the world of work and business to develop these skills and knowledge. Along with carefully selected readings and assignments, the students’ learning is supported by a mix of guest speakers, field trips to New York City, and video-based interactions with companies such as Google, Levi’s, Coca Cola and Nike.

4. This New House     CON 161    90356

Special Title: This New House,    CON 161,    CRN: 90356

Course: CON 161, This New House CRN 90356 Monday 5:55 – 8:35 pm

Instructor: Orla Smyth LoPiccolo, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Construction Management

Eligibility: Any first-year Architecture or Construction Management student or any first-year student with an interest in Architecture and Construction Management. Sophomores needing this course may be added by the department.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Learn how a house is constructed by building an energy efficient framing model and by sketching construction details in your course journal. Locate and identify construction materials to create a visual dictionary of building terms where you co-star with your team members and a building material! Analyze a soil sample and graph the sizes of its particles. Go on a class field trip to an award winning sustainable building and report on how “grey water”, a “green roof,” and super insulation help to make a building “green.”

This project-based learning course is an engaging introduction to the engineering properties and uses of construction materials including soils, concrete, masonry, steel, and wood. Special materials are subjected to classroom testing demonstrations. Conventional and energy efficient construction systems are studied. The student is also given an orientation to the construction industry, the associated professions, and employment opportunities. Materials and Methods of Construction I is intended for Architecture, Construction Management students, and anyone interested in an introductory course in building materials and methods of construction.

5. Computer Forensics – Making It Real     CRJ 115    90378

Special Title: Computer Forensics – Making It Real,    CRJ 115 – Computer Forensics,    CRN 90378

Course: CRJ 115 Computer Forensics CRN 90378 Wednesday evenings 5:55 – 8:35 pm

Instructor: Dr. Tino Posillico, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Eligibility: This course is intended for incoming Criminal Justice majors who will be studying in either the Law Enforcement Technology program or the Security Systems program. It may also be an attractive elective for incoming BCS or Business students, as well as Undeclared Major and Science Technology and Society students who are considering degrees or careers in Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
This course is a specially enhanced version of CRJ 115 Computer Forensics that is designed to not only provide students with a foundation in computer forensic procedures and technologies used for criminal investigations, but also to provide a view into the real world use of the skills they are learning in the classroom. In this special version of CRJ 115, students will be introduced to the world of C.I.S.S.P. (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), a globally recognized family of information security professionals. Students will be given a preview of the full spectrum of CISSP global resources, industry newsletters, inside informational activities, private forums and peer networking, mentoring and sponsoring, research and teaching, and a wealth of opportunities for students considering careers in computer forensics and information security . Students will also get to see computer security and computer forensic topics in action through field trips to computer security laboratories that apply procedures that are discussed in class. Special CISSP certified speakers will discuss computer forensics and computer security used in actual criminal and terrorist court cases. Finally, students will also be shown how to excel in the 10 domains of knowledge that are studied in order to become a CISSP professional.

6. The Global Economy: Click Here to Open     ECO 156    911111

Special Title: Principles of Macroeconomics,    ECO 156 ,    CRN 91111

Course: ECO 156 Principles of Macroeconomics CRN 91111 Monday and Wednesday, 8 – 9:15 am

Instructor: Dr. Xu Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics

Eligibility: The course is open to students from any major – especially students with majors in Business or Economics.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Do you want to know how an economy is operated as a whole? Have you been wondering about questions such as “what is recession?,” “was money born by nature?,” or “what determines the standards of living across countries?” Come and join us for a fascinating learning journey in macroeconomics, using advanced technology “clickers.” In this class, each of you will be provided a free clicker for use during the semester. While exploring how the global economy functions, you will participate in active learning activities with clickers. This technique will enable the instructor to observe instantaneously your understanding and to detect possible knowledge gaps or misperceptions on newly-introduced topics, based on your responses anonymously transmitted via clickers. You will also get to know how your fellow classmates by working together in class. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

7. A Veteran’s Life in Literature and Popular Culture     EGL 102    90539

Special Title: A Veteran’s Life in Literature and Popular Culture,    EGL 102 ,    CRN 90539

Course: EGL 102 Composition II: Writing Literature CRN 90539 Tuesday and Thursday, 9:25 - 10:40 am

Instructor: Susan Sutton, PhD, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities

Eligibility: Priority is given to incoming US Military Veterans. However, any first year student is eligible to take this course. Please coordinate through Eric Farina, Director of Veterans Affairs at FSC.

Prerequisite: Completion of or transfer credit for EGL 101

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Since its inception, America has experienced many wars and subsequent homecomings of US Military veterans. What forces – political, cultural, social, economic, historical, intellectual – shape the ways our society comes to terms with wars and returning veterans? How do literature, film, and the arts reflect our collective and individual responses to the Military Veteran? Has the soldier’s homecoming changed over time? What does it mean to be a veteran in 21st century America’s complex climate of opposing viewpoints on US Military involvement around the world?

As a writing-intensive introductory-level course, EGL 102 challenges Farmingdale students to develop college-level strategies of analytical and critical writing through a focus on literature. This special section of EGL 102 centers on the homecoming theme and depictions of military veterans in literature, the arts, and popular culture (fiction, non-fiction, advertisements, music, film, television, photography, etc.) in order to engage important cultural and societal issues in cross-disciplinary ways.

This section will involve both democratic processes (discussion, group work, and peer responding to writing) and democratic content (critical analysis of the roles and representations of the military in American culture/society), challenging and empowering students to be ever more thoughtful citizens. Related learning experiences and enrichment activities may include field trips, films, guest speakers, and panel discussions.

8. Reacting to the Past: Historical Games     HIS 121    92646

Special Title: Reacting to the Past: Historical Games,    HIS 121 ,    CRN 92646

Course: HIS 121 U.S. History to Reconstruction CRN 92646 Tuesday and Thursday 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Instructor: Larry Menna, PhD, Professor of History

Eligibility: This course fulfills a General Education Requirement. It is open to any student in any major. Students with an interest in American History and - especially - the American Revolution will enjoy this course.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Would you rather read about history or participate in it? Would you enjoy actively shaping a rebellion, rather than passively learning about it? Unlike most history courses, this class creates the freedom for students to play historical games that relive crucial events in American history. During the semester, students will become historical characters and make decisions that collectively determine the outcome of actual historical events such as the American Revolution. Because the games depend upon the decisions and actions of students, the historical events that we know so well sometimes turn out differently than we remember. Sometimes the American Revolution doesn’t happen! Ready to play?

9. It’s Not Easy Being Green!     EGL 101   90500

Special Title: It’s Not Easy Being Green!    EGL 101,    CRN: 90500

Course: EGL 101, It’s Not Easy Being Green! CRN 90500 Monday and Wednesday 9:25 – 10:40 am

Instructor: Marcia Littenberg, Professor of English and Humanities

Eligibility:This course is required of all students at Farmingdale. It is open to any first-year student with an interest in the environment.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Why should we care about nature? Why should we be concerned with wilderness areas? Why should we worry about climate change? Why do the residents of some communities live in “toxic zones” and have higher cancer rates? And why would anyone want to write about this? What do these “green” concerns have to do with you or me?

You will have a chance to explore these and other questions about the environment in this thematic English 101. The assigned readings are selections from some of the best writing done on these topics in the last century. You will gain a sense of the issues that emerge as our country changes, as cities develop, as the idea of work and leisure changes, as scientists study the effect of industrialization and large scale factory farming, and as the quality of life on earth is challenged by droughts, tsunamis, and super storms. Why should we care? How can we not?

English 101 is a required first-year English writing course. You will be writing a number of short analytical and critical essays about topics that emerge from the readings and class discussions. We will take some field trips to learn about sustainable gardens and to explore parts of this beautiful fish-shaped island where we live. And there will be some films and guest “experts” on specific topics. You will also write a research paper in which you can explore a topic or question that most interests you from the course. At the end of this course, you might even think it is pretty “cool” to be “green.” In the end, what I can promise is that you will be a better writer and a more critical thinker, both of which are required for success in college and beyond.

10. Writing and Designing Your Future: A Learning Community     VIS 112 & EGL 101    90979 & 92845

Special Title: Writing and Designing Your Future: A Learning Community that Combines English Composition with Art and Graphic Design,    VIS 112 & EGL 101,    CRN: 90979 & 92845

Course: VIS 112, Two-Dimensional Design CRN 90979 Monday & Wednesday 11:40 am – 1:30 pm (note special time code)

             EGL 101, Composition I – College Writing CRN 92845 Monday & Wednesday 1:40 – 2: 55 pm

Instructor: George Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Visual Communications

                   Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D., Professor of English and Humanities

Eligibility: This course is open to first-year Visual Communication Art and Graphic Design students only. Students must take BOTH courses.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Visual Communications 112 is a required course for Art and Graphic Design students and is the foundation of the discipline, teaching practical applications of the principles and elements of design. English 101 is a required course for incoming first-year students in all majors. This course is the foundation of college writing as students learn the writing process and explore expository, persuasive, narrative, and descriptive writing.

This learning community is linked by a common theme - graphic design - effectively broadening the cogitative landscape for Visual Communications majors and engaging students in writing that is relevant to their selected vocation. Beyond creating in the classroom and studio, we expect to go on a field trip.


Another Sophomore-level Restricted Enrollment Course – Fall 2013

Dietary Assessment – All Things Nutrition     DEN 203   90413    Fridays 12:15 - 2:15 PM    Luisa Dattoma