Special Fall 2015 Courses

These courses reserved for new first-year FSC students

Special Title: “Digging” for the Roots of Inequality on Long Island,    ANT 100,    CRN: 93838

Course: ANT 100, Introduction to Anthropology, CRN 93838, Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Allison Manfra McGovern, Lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology

Eligibility: This course fulfills a General Education Requirement. It is open to students in any major. Students with an interest in culture and local history will enjoy this course.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

Many Long Island residents are aware that segregation exists, and can even point out neighborhoods that are recognized by ethnic, racial, and class differences. But have you ever wondered why segregated neighborhoods exist? How patterns of difference develop in the landscape? And why do they become so recognizable- and accepted- over time? In many cases, the neighborhoods that we drive through, the knowledge that we have (or that we think we have) about locations, and the ideas we maintain about race, ethnicity, and class are linked to historical situations. Anthropology exposes these historical situations to both challenge our ideas about the past and investigate how the history as we remember it is sometimes different from what we thought we knew.

In this class, you will explore these ideas through an introduction to anthropology. Basic concepts in anthropology, including archaeology, ethnography, linguistics, and physical anthropology, will be explored to understand different Long Island cultures in the past and in the present. You will learn how to use maps, census data, artifacts, photographs, life histories, and other local resources to investigate the past and see how neighborhoods changed over time. Throughout the semester, you will work on a research project that will focus on a particular neighborhood. This project will involve independent research, group discussion, and classroom presentation. At the end of the semester, you will have a better understanding of Long Island history and cultures, and you will be more aware of the motivations and circumstances behind perceptions of inequality in the Long Island landscape.

Special Title: Enter Your World of Discovery - Becoming a Scientist,   
BIO 130T and BIO 130L,    CRN: 93999 plus CRN 90174

Course: BIO 130T and 130L, Biological Principles I with laboratory, CRN 93999 plus CRN 90174, Tuesday & Thursday 9:25 am – 10:40 am Lecture plus Thursday 10:50 am - 1:30 pm Laboratory

Instructor: Lorraine Goldsmith, Lecturer in Biology


This course is restricted to new first-year Bioscience majors. Note that students MUST register for both the lecture and the laboratory sections which will be coordinated and taught by the same professor.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

Welcome! You are on your way to being a scientist!

This course will start you on your journey to becoming a scientist— whether you want to pursue a medical career, teach, get your PhD or pursue another scientific endeavor, you have to start with the basics. Biology 130 is the first course for you that will be the stepping stone to higher level courses. Together we will explore such topics as the cell, photosynthesis, cell respiration, and genetics. Hands on experiments will highlight what we will cover in lecture, since experimentation is the core of science. We hope to include a field trip to a science institution so you can see science in action.

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

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

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

Eligibility: Reserved for Dental Hygiene sophomore students

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

Through lecture and research-oriented laboratory projects that 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.

Special Title: This New House,    CON 161,    CRN: 90354

Course: CON 161, Materials and Methods of Construction I, CRN 90354, Wednesday 1:40 - 4:20 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 – yesterday and today. Draw construction details and build an energy efficient framing model. Join a team and research how a famous building was constructed and present your findings to the class. See the analysis of a soil sample and graph the size of its particles. Take a class tour 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.

Special Title: Computer Forensics – Making It Real,    CRJ 115 – Computer Forensics,    CRN 90375

Course: CRJ 115 Computer Forensics CRN 90375 Wednesday evenings 5:55 – 8:35 pm

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

Eligibility: This course is intended for incoming Criminal Justice AS and BS degree students who will be studying in the Law Enforcement program or the Security Systems program. It may also be an attractive elective for incoming BCS or Business students, as well as 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 not only to 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 Computer and Information Security --knowledge that is studied in order to become a CISSP professional.

Special Title: How Did I get Here? Understanding Individuals by the Groups that Shape Them: A Learning Community,    EGL 101 & SOC 122,    CRN 92828 & CRN 93580

Course: EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing CRN 92828 Tuesday and Thursday, 9:25 – 10:40 am

             SOC 122 Introduction to Sociology, CRN 93580 Tuesday and Thursday, 10:50 am - 12:05 pm

Instructor: Noel H. Brathwaite, Assistant Professor of English,

                  Aaron Howell, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Eligibility: This course is required of all students at Farmingdale. It is open to any first-year student with an interest in learning to think critically and to write analytically about identity and gender.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

You are not the boss of you! This two-course learning community (ENG 101 and SOC 122) investigates the individual and the individual’s relationship to the groups in which he/she is embedded. Its focus is on the formation of cultural identity and group diversity. This Learning Community emphasizes the ways that an individual’s place in society and future trajectory is deeply impacted by the communities they grow up in, the families they are a part of, their peer networks, and the time period they are born into. Primary attention is paid to the United States context; however, connections across cultures are emphasized. Given the increasingly interconnected, globalized world, it is of vital importance to understand individual assumptions and orientations to life as but one of a variety of cultural approaches. This learning community, through in class and out of class experiences, cultivates cultural awareness and appreciation; two important skills in today’s connected world.

Special Title: Encounter, Nationalism, and Trade in Modern History,    HIS 118 ,    CRN 92669

Course: HIS 118 World Civilization II, CRN 92669, Tuesday and Thursday, 10:50 am - 12:05 pm

Instructor: Dandan Chen, PhD, Assistant 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 world civilizations, trade, nationalism and imperialism, global interactions and connections will enjoy this course.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

Did Marco Polo really go to China? What did he see and encounter? What were the connections between the “flower of silver” and global trade? What is the relationship between Hollywood movies and American nationalism? Does Imperialism still exist in the Twenty-First Century? Is the United States an empire today? What does the Microsoft Corporate Empire encounter in China? Could teenagers in China enjoy Facebook, YouTube, and Apple products? Which is more popular in Asia? The Big Bang Theory? Starbucks? Lady Gaga? Does globalization mean Americanization or McDonaldization? What can we learn in the most important and interesting historical sites in New York City? This class will lead you on a global journey: we will learn and enjoy various cultures and histories in the modern world, with a focus on encounter, trade, nationalism, and globalization. The class will combine fascinating projects, presentations, debates, and exciting field trips in the Big Apple! Are you ready? Let us go!

Special Title: Witches, Wooden Teeth, and Whitman -Myths in American History,    HIS 121 ,    CRN 92647

Course: HIS 121 US History to Reconstruction, CRN 92647 Monday and Wednesday 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Instructor: Stephen Patnode, PhD, Assistant Professor of History and Science, Technology, and Society

Eligibility: This course fulfills a General Education Requirement. It is open to any student
in any major. Students with an interest in early American History and - especially – in the tales we learn about early American experiences, traditions, and heroes will
enjoy this course.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

This course examines pivotal moments in American history from the first encounters with Native Americans to the Civil War. It focuses on those moments that have had an enduring influence on American society, culture, and politics. These moments have also been contested and reimagined in America’s collective memory – the ongoing process of memorialization is a key element of this course. Addressing memory helps develop an awareness of our place in American society, not only during the semester but beyond it. We will do this by exploring the role of mythmaking, including both what is wrong and what gets left out, with regard to what you have learned about American history in the past.

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 they happened. Sometimes the American Revolution doesn’t happen! Ready to play?!

Special Title: From Athens to America: the Foundations of Democracy,    POL 105,    CRN: 92770

Course: POL 105, Introduction to Politics, CRN 92770, Thursday 5:55 pm - 8:35 pm

Instructor: T.M. Smyth, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, Politics & Geography

Eligibility: This is an introductory-level course appropriate for any first year student. It satisfies a Social Science General Education requirement and also counts toward the Politics minor.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
In this dedicated section of POL 105, students will encounter the study of politics in way that is active, lively and engaging. We will begin by tackling essential readings from historical sources. Then, using what you have learned, you will slip into character as a participant in a key historical event. Inhabiting your character, you will debate the timeless issues that have shaped the development of democracy. As you engage your fellow students both as team-mates and opponents, you will relive events as the real-world participants did – your decisions having direct impact on the way in which events unfold. As the simulation progresses, you will achieve a deepened understanding of how the real events have shaped the evolution of democracy. Who knows – you may even ‘change history’ in the process.

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.