Special Fall 2016 Courses

These courses reserved for new first-year FSC students

Special Title: “Digging” for the Roots of Inequality on Long Island,    ANT 100,    CRN: 94226

Course: ANT 100, Introduction to Anthropology, CRN 94226, Monday & Wednesday 10:50 am – 12:05 pm

Instructor: Allison 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 12:15 pm - 2:55 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: This New House,    CON 161,    CRN: 90354

Course: CON 161, Materials and Methods of Construction I, CRN 90354, Monday 1:40 pm - 4:20 pm

Instructor: Orla Smyth LoPiccolo, Associate 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 Tuesday and Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:30 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: Crime Scene Investigation – Learn to be a CSI,    CRJ 201 – Criminalistics,    CRN 93609

Course: CRJ 201 Crime Scene Investigation CRN 93609 Tuesday 5:55 pm – 8:35 pm

Instructor: Dr. David Byrne, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Eligibility: This course is intended for incoming Criminal Justice AS degree students who will be studying in the Criminal Justice Associates Program.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

Do you have what it takes to become a Crime Scene Investigator? In this new and improved version of CRJ 201- Criminalistics interactive course, students will put into practice what they have learned throughout the semester by participating in a Mock Crime Scene investigation. Utilizing authentic equipment, students will learn how to find, document and collect evidence while following the methods real-life forensic investigators employ in solving crimes, specifically homicides. Students will learn how to interview eye-witnesses, follow Chain-of-Custody procedures, lift latent fingerprints, analyze blood spatter patterns and striations on fired bullets. The fun does not end there as the students will then draft a Forensic Investigative Report detailing their findings and then present their findings to a jury who will rule on their case.

Special Title: How Did I get Here? Understanding Individuals by the Groups that Shape Them: A Learning Community,    EGL 101 & SOC 122,    CRN 90524 & CRN 94240

Course: EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing CRN 90524 Tuesday and Thursday, 1:40 pm – 2:55 pm

             SOC 122 Introduction to Sociology, CRN 94240 Tuesday and Thursday, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

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

                  Aaron Howell, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Eligibility: This Learning Community consists of two General Education Courses and is open to any FSC student in any major. EGL 101 is required of all FSC students. Students in most majors may take SOC 122 as a Social Science General Education course. This special learning experience is especially appropriate for students who are interested in contemporary US society.

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: Strengthening Communication and Writing Skills through the Study of Intimate Relationships,    EGL 101,    CRN 90519

Course: EGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric, CRN 90519, Tuesday and Thursday, 1:40 pm - 2:55 pm

Instructor: Erin Gonzalez, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English/Humanities

Eligibility: Freshmen

Prerequisite: Successful completion of EGL 097, or an SAT/ACT essay score of 7 or higher, or on-campus placement testing.

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.

Special Title: Spanish Basics – Making it FUN,    SPA 141 ,    CRN 91584

Course: SPA 141 Spanish I, CRN 91584 Tuesday and Thursday 9:25 am – 10:40 am

Instructor: Qing Ai, PhD, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Eligibility: Entering First-Year Students; those with no previous study of Spanish are especially encouraged to enroll in this section of beginning Spanish.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

This course is a specially enhanced version of SPA141 Elementary Spanish that is designed to foster students’ active learning ability and communication skills. In this course, classroom teaching will simulate the language learning environment of young children by exposing students to examples and guiding them to draw conclusions from their own observations. In addition, this course will emphasize conversational skills to make language learning more practical and communication-oriented. Field trips and the implementation of multimedia resources will integrate social and cultural factors of Spanish language.

Special Title: Designing Your Future,    VIS 112,    CRN 90979

Course: VIS 112, Two-Dimensional Design CRN 90979 Monday & Wednesday 11:40 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: George Fernandez, Assistant Professor of Visual Communications

Eligibility: This course is open to first-year Visual Communication Art and Graphic Design students only.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

This course is an in-depth application of the elements and principles of design and an examination of how said rules influence visual communication though the interaction of type, image and audience. Students will utilize the vocabulary and concepts that are at the root of creativity and are the driving force throughout their careers. A trip to New York's Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators will serve to engage students in fellowship while at the same time opening their eyes to a broader world of resources and learning.

Special Title: Statistics – Enhanced Frosh-Only Sections    MTH 110 ,    CRN 90728, CRN 91222, CRN 92824

Course: MTH 110 Statistics
             Three sections are available:
             CRN 90728: Tuesday and Thursday 9:25 am – 10:40 am
             CRN 91222: Tuesday and Thursday 1:40 pm – 2:55 pm
             CRN 92824: Monday and Wednesday 10:50 am - 12:05 pm

Instructor: Richard Freda, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Eligibility: Entering First-Year Students

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

This course is restricted to first year students. The instructor will cover all material essential for learning the foundational concepts in mathematics also helping new students make a successful transition from High School into the expectations of College.

Basic concepts of probability and statistical inference. Included are the binominal, normal, and chi-square distributions. Practical applications are examined. Computer assignments using Minitab form an integral part of the course. Prerequisite(s): MP2 or MTH 015

Special Title: Pre-calculus Modeling for the Life and Social Sciences - Special Enhanced Frosh-Only Section,    MTH 117,    CRN: 91107

Course: MTH 117, Pre-calculus Modeling for the Life and Social, CRN 91107, Tuesday and Thursday 9:25 am - 10:40 am, Wednesday 9:25 am - 10:15 am

Instructor: TBA

Eligibility: Entering First Year Students

Description of this Special Learning Experience:
This course is restricted to first year students. The instructor will cover all material essential for learning the foundational concepts in pre-calculus while also helping new students make a successful transition from High School into the expectations of College.

MTH 117 is a pre-calculus course for students who are not majoring in the technologies. This course uses linear, exponential logarithmic, power, polynomial, and trigonometric functions to model real world problems. The important characteristics and properties of these functions are investigated. The emphasis is on applications and problem solving. A graphing calculator is required. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for MTH 129. Prerequisite(s): MP3 or MTH 116

Special Title: Pre-calculus with Applications - Enhanced Frosh-Only Sections,    MTH 129,    CRN: 90745, CRN 90746, CRN 93227

Course: MTH 129 Pre-calculus with Applications
             Three sections are available:
             CRN 90745: Monday 12:15 pm - 1:05 pm and Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
             CRN 90746: Tuesday & Thursday 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm and Wednesday 12:15 pm -1:05 pm
             CRN 93227: Monday 3:05 pm - 3:55 pm and Tuesday & Thursday 3:05 pm - 4:20 pm

Instructor: Dipendra Regmi, Assistant Professor of Mathematics (CRN 90745/93227)
Arlene Kleinstein, Associate Professor of Mathematics (CRN 90746)

Eligibility: Entering First Year Students; those in the RAM program are given priority.

Description of this Special Learning Experience:

This course is restricted to first year students. The instructor will cover all material essential for learning the foundational concepts in mathematics while also helping new students make a successful transition from High School into the expectations of College.

This is a precalculus course with applications from various disciplines including technology, science, and business. Topics include families of functions, mechanics of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric functions and complex numbers. The emphasis is on applications and problem solving. A graphing calculator is required. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for MTH 117. Prerequisite(s): MP3 or MTH 116

Another Learning Community: Composition and Foundations of Nursing

EGL 101 (90523) Tuesday and Thursday 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm & NUR 110 (91209) Tuesday 9:25 am - 10:40 am, Frosh nursing major only