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Special Fall 2014 Courses

These courses reserved for new first-year FSC students

1. “Digging” for the Roots of Inequality on Long Island    ANT 100    93611

Special Title: “Digging” for the Roots of Inequality on Long Island,    ANT 100,    CRN: 93611

Course: ANT 100, Introduction to Anthropology CRN 93611 Tuesday & Thursday 10:50 am – 12:05 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.

2. Building and Programming LEGO® Robots      BCS 101    91132

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

Course: BCS 101 Programming Logic and Design, CRN 91132 Monday & Wednesday 9:25 am – 10:40 am

Instructor: Marie Pullan, 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 – This course will provide an introduction to programming logic and problem solving techniques using different programming languages. The topics covered in this course will provide the skills needed to learn languages such as Visual Basic, C++ and JAVA. Topics include such items as constants and variables, data types, scope of variables, basic logic constructs, subroutines and functions. Programming Logic and Design 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.

3. 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 Tuesday & Thursday 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 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.

4. This New House     CON 161    90356/90354/90355

Special Title: This New House,    CON 161,    CRN: 90356/90354/90355

Course: CON 161, This New House CRN 90356/90354/90355 Monday 5:55 – 8:35 pm/Wednesday 1:40 - 4:20 pm/Monday 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 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 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 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 are studied in order to become a CISSP professional.

6. Thinking and Writing About Gender: Thinking Outside the Box     EGL 101    90500

Special Title: Thinking and Writing About Gender: Thinking Outside the Box,    EGL 101 ,    CRN 90500

Course: EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing CRN 90500 Monday and Wednesday, 9:25 – 10:40 am

Instructor: Dr. 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 learning to think critically and to write analytically about identity and gender.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Questions about gender and identity have been around for a long time. They were raised by suffragettes who wanted to know why women weren’t allowed to vote, and by factory workers who wanted to know why some jobs were considered “male only” even when they were performed by women during WWII, and by the second generation of feminists who challenged the male centrism of western culture, or by those fighting for equal marriage acts, or by those who don’t wish to be categorized solely as male, female, gay, bi-sexual, or lesbian. Even the social media giant Facebook has added new gender choices for users, adding about 50 different terms someone can use to identify” his”, “her” or “their” gender. At the same time, in parts of the world, gender rules are becoming stricter and more restrictive. It is time to ask some real questions, to examine what others’ have thought and written, and to come to some personal understanding of what this means to you and me. That’s what we will do in this course.

English 101 is a required first-year English writing course. We will be reading short selections about how gender is constructed and defined, about rituals that reinforce gender roles and patterns in our families, our schools, and the media, as well as writers who challenge these patterns, rituals and stereotypes. We will view some films and hear from some guest experts on specific topics.

You will be writing a number of short analytical and critical essays about topics that emerge from the readings, films, and class discussions. All students in EGL 101 are required to write a short research paper. This allows you to explore a topic or question that most interests you from the course. 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.

7. Strengthening Communication and Writing Skills through the Study of Intimate Relationships      EGL 101    90521

Special Title: Strengthening Communication and Writing Skills through the Study of Intimate Relationships ,    EGL 101 ,    CRN 90521

Course: EGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric CRN 90521 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15 - 1:30 pm

Instructor: Erin Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of English/Humanities



Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Through the examination of interpersonal communication, students will learn skills in expository and argumentative writing, including essay structure, revising and editing, and research skills. Specific topics include perception of self and others, development and maintenance of relationships, disclosure, and conflict management. Individual activities and small group work, will aid in discussion of these topics. With a C or higher is a graduation requirement.

8. 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 student is eligible to take this course. Please coordinate through Eric Farina, Director of Veterans Services 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 genre of war literature, with a particular focus 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, peer responding to writing) and democratic content (critical analysis of the roles/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 trips, films, and/or guest speakers.

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

10. “The Rent is Too Damn High:” Wealth and Inequality in American History     HIS 122   93751

Special Title: “The Rent is Too Damn High:” Wealth and Inequality in American History    HIS 122,    CRN: 93751

Course: HIS 122, US History since Reconstruction CRN 93751 Monday and Wednesday 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Instructor: Stephen Patnode, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and Science, Technology, and Society

Eligibility:This is a general education course restricted to incoming EOP students in all majors.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
Inequality in America has achieved new heights, surpassing levels last seen during the 1920s. The top 10% of earners made more than 48% of all income in 2012, which set a new record. Closer to home, foreclosures on Long Island have spiked 53% in the past 12 months even as the national number has dropped 34%. The last three decades have seen 90% of Americans lose ground economically. We are, in some ways, living through a new Gilded Age. Why? What are the historical forces that have contributed to this set of circumstances? This course will answer these questions by exploring developments in the lives of workers. We will analyze the rise of the modern corporate era to understand how Americans comprehend and grapple with the complex problem of wealth inequality.

11. From Athens to America: the Foundations of Democracy    POL 105    93666

Special Title: From Athens to America: the Foundations of Democracy,    POL 105,    CRN: 93666

Course: POL 105, Introduction to Politics CRN 93666 Monday and Wednesday 3:05 - 4:20 pm

Instructor: T.M. Smyth, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History & Political Science

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.

12. 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 2014

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