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FALL 2014 LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS & CONNECTED COURSES

DISCIPLINE-SPECIFIC LEARNING COMMUNITIES

LEARNING COMMUNITIES OPEN TO ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

#1  To Play or Not to Play?  The Psychology of Injury
( Recommended for Athletic Training majors)

Broken bones, concussions, sprains, and pulled muscles–commonplace in the sporting realm! Who determines when an athlete can get back on the court or field: coaches, players, or professional athletic trainers? In the wild world of sports, when does “mind over matter” really apply? This learning community will explore the psychology of sport and injury, as well as the ethics of playing when injured. If you like sport and want to know how and why athletes can play with concussions, bruised muscles or injured egos, this is the learning community for you.


INT 110: To Play or Not to Play?  The Psychology of Injury (3 cr.)//12:00-12:50pm MWF//Beth Odahlen
HPER 128: Introduction to Athletic Training (3 cr.)//11:00am-12:15pm TR//Robyn Gust

#2   Villains, Heroes, and Heroines:  Life in a Fairy Tale
(Recommended for Theatre Arts majors)

Once upon a time . . . happily ever after . . . good versus evil. These are essential elements of every great fairy tale. Explore fairy tales in a whole new way in this FYE. We’ll look at the roles of villains, heroes and heroines, how they have changed, and whether they’re still relevant. Participants will investigate the origins of specific tales, explore new tellings on the screen, stage, and page, invent their own fairy tales, and work together on stage or behind the scenes to adapt a tale into a live production.

INT 110: Villains, Heroes, and Heroines:  Life in a Fairy Tale (2 cr.)//1:15-3:00pm R//Cheryl Nilsen
THEA 110: Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)//9:30 -10:45am TR//Carlen Gilseth
ENGL 120: College Composition II (3 cr.)//11:00am-12:15pm TR//Nicole Thom-Arens

#3 Body, Language & Balance
For many the habits and communications skills developed in college will set the tone for life after college. Therein lies the quandary of figuring out how to juggle, communicate and set positive life practices. Are you looking to start your college experience off on a positive note? Then, join us for the adventure of learning to ask the right questions, develop healthy habits and communicate outside your boundaries.

INT 110: Body, Language, and Balance (2 cr.)//9:00 - 9:50am TR//Karina Stander
SPED 113: American Sign Language (3 cr.)//11:00 - 11:50am TR//Jodi Appelt
HPER 126: Group Fitness (1 cr.)//2:00 - 2:50pm MW//Terry Eckmann

#4 SENSE-ible Learning
(Recommended for College of Business Majors)
Engage your senses in learning! Magnify your learning by exploring options that appeal to you through sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Heighten your observation and perception skills, immerse yourself in knowledge, and tackle business foundations and statistical problem solving. Using mobile technology, students will employ applications to help them enhance learning strategies, connect with their peers, engage in the campus and larger community, explore your place at MSU, engage in personal and academic problem solving, and, of course, improve information and quantitative literacy.

INT 110: SENSE-ible Learning (3 cr.)//8:00 - 9:50am F//Linda Cresap
BADM 120: Foundations of Business (3 cr.)//10:00 - 10:50am MWF//Diann Hanson
MATH 210: Elementary Statistics (4 cr.)//9:00 - 9:50am MTWR//Tim Morris

#5 Picturing (a Sense of) Place
What do Roger Maris, Josh Duhamel, Louis L'Amour, Wiz Khalf, and you all have in common? You're all part of the exclusive club of people who have lived in North Dakota! From the Bakken to the west, to the Red River valley in the east, and all of the towns and open prairies in between, living in ND is a unique experience shared by only .2% of the U.S. population. In this learning community, we will connect the art and personal expression of photography with the spatial perspective of geography, and we will travel beyond the walls of the classroom in order to examine our familiar surroundings and craft our own stories of the places, landscapes, experiences, and regions of North Dakota.

INT 110: Picturing (a SENSE of) Place (2 cr.)//11:00 - 11:50am TR//Sarah Aleshire
GEOG 263: North Dakota (3 cr.)//2:00 - 2:50pm MWF//Jacob Sowers
ART 280: Photography 1 (3 cr.)//1:00 - 3:50pm TR//Ryan Stander

#6 Happiness or Success?
What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to be happy? Can you identify your passions? Is it possible to describe experiences that are likely to contribute to both your happiness and success? This learning community will focus on the exploration of the relationships between happiness and success and how those discoveries relate to the greater good. Together we will tackle a local social problem in order to put our ideas to the test.

INT 110: Happiness or Success? (2 cr.)//12:00 - 12:50pm MW//Carlen Gilseth
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//9:00 - 9:50am MWF/Kevin Neuharth
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)//10:00 - 10:50am MWF//Matthew Eddy

#7 Technology Today
Students will integrate technology learned tools, i.e. word processing, multi-media, spreadsheet and database, into various projects. Students will use appropriate technology skills to conduct research and complete core research projects, e.g. historical research, scientific and technology investigations, and technology writing projects. Emphasis on desktop publishing will provide additional opportunities for students to demonstrate application of skills previously learned. Legal, social and ethical issues related to the use of computers in our daily life will be researched and discussed.

INT 110: Technology Today (3 cr.)//9:00-9:50 MWF//Kristi Berg
BIT 123: Technology-Personal Development (2 cr.)//8:00-8:50 a.m. MW//Tom Seymour
BOTE 247: Spreadsheet Applications (3 cr.)//8:00-9:15 a.m. TR//Jan Repnow

#8 Superhero Delusion: What’s Justice Got to Do with It?
(Recommended for Criminal Justice Majors)
How do you connect the dots between justice and mercy? What is your American Dream? What does it mean to be a good citizen...do you have to be a modern day superhero to not fail? How does crime and perceptions of crime impact your American Dream? Does media and popular culture direct all the answers to these questions? This cohort of classes will look at pop culture artifacts ranging from war propaganda to superhero’s; from Shakespeare to Grand Theft Auto; from the Beatles to...well, Bieber!

INT 110: Superhero Delusion: What’s Justice Got to Do with It? (2 cr.)//10:00-10:50 a.m. MW// Kevin Neuharth
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50 a.m. MWF//Richard Watson
CJ 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)//11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. TR//Melissa Spelchen
#9 Speak Up and Branch Out!
(Recommended for Communication Disorders majors)

Just as a tree has many branches, communication disorders, too, has many branches. Which branch will you choose? Are you out on a limb? Afraid to speak up? Explore the various branches of communication disorders, discover the opportunities to merge public speaking skills with community outreach, and prepare to plant your future on solid ground.

INT 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.)//3–3:50 p.m. W and 2–2:50 p.m. F//Jessica Smestad
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. TR//Nancy Pearson
CD 150: The Profession of Communication Disorders (2 cr.)//2–2:50 p.m. TR// Orlene Schroeder

#10 Explore, Expand, and Express Yourself!
(Open only to International Students)

This Learning Community is designed to help International Students have a positive transition to Minot State University. Students will be encouraged to “explore” their new environment and take advantage of being in a new place, to “expand” their perspectives through an introspective awareness of a new culture, and to “express” themselves through art and literature.

The combination of COMM110, ART110, and INT110 is a perfect way to find your VOICE at MSU. COMM110 will help you communicate your ideas through written and verbal communication, ART110 will help you find avenues to express your ideas through artistic exploration, and INT110 will allow you to discover support services and campus life, as well as share some of your own cultural background with the MSU community.

INT 110: Explore, Expand, and Express Yourself! (2 cr.)//2:00-3:50 p.m. W//Libby Claerbout
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//16-week Online//Aili Smith
ART 110: Introduction to Art (3 cr.)//2:00-3:15 p.m. TR//Andrea Donovan


So You Want to Be a Techie…
(Recommended for Computer Science majors)
In this FYE you will explore what it means and takes to be a cyber (computer) professional in the 21st Century. Through hands-on experiences, you will explore and learn foundational concepts and skills regarding hardware and software (applications and operating systems) which are needed to succeed in the profession. You will also learn how to write code which is the foundation of getting cyber technology hardware to work.

#11A
Section 1
INT 110: So You Want to Be a Techie...(2 cr.)//8:00-8:50 a.m. TR//Stephen Hayton
CS111: Introduction to Web Languages (4 cr.)//9:00-9:50 a.m. MTWR//Stephen Hayton
CSCI 297: Internship (3 cr.)//8:00-8:50 a.m. MWF//Stephen Hayton
#11B
Section 2

INT 110: So You Want to Be a Techie...(2 cr.)//8:00-8:50 a.m. TR//Stephen Hayton
CSCI 160: Computer Science I (4 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. MTWR//Stephen Hayton
CSCI 297: Internship (3 cr.)//8:00-8:50 a.m. MWF//Stephen Hayton


Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They?
(Recommended for students in Teacher Education)

This group of courses will explore the connections between classroom practices and the processes of learning. Why do some students remember pictures and others remember words? Is it useful to label students? Why are some students motivated and others not so much? Does development affect learning? How can educators help students be successful? We will explore these questions through coursework that looks at the complicated decisions that adults and kids in schools make every day and then visit elementary, middle and high schools to apply the information.

#12
Section 1

INT 110: Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They? (2 cr).//1:00-2:50 p.m. R//Kathy Hintz
ED 250: Foundations of Education (2 cr.)//1:00-2:50 p.m. T//Debra Jensen
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.)//2:00-2:50 p.m. MW//Instructor TBA

#13
Section 2

INT 110: Great Minds Think Alike. Or Do They? (2 cr).//1:00-2:50 p.m. T//Kathy Hintz
ED 250: Foundations of Education (2 cr.)//1:00-2:50 p.m. R//Debra Jensen
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.)//11:00-11:50 a.m. MW//Instructor TBA

SPRING 2015 LEARNING COMMUNITY DESCRIPTIONS & CONNECTED COURSES
#1   Just for the Health of It
Is giving a speech your worst nightmare? In this learning community, we will work on finding peace
through movement in preparation for speech making. Will you be more anxious for your speech after
you exercise, or will the exercise make you feel more relaxed and calm? In addition to movement and
relaxation, your speeches will focus on: health; what makes us healthy; what keeps us healthy; and what
exercise does when we run into a rough stretch and are not healthy for a time.

INT 110: Just for the Health of It (3 cr.)//10:00-10:50 a.m. MWF//Aili Smith
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50 a.m. MWF//Kevin Neuharth

#2   I’ve Lost My Mojo! The Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
(Recommended for students in Physical Education and Cooperate Fitness)
Ever wonder why some people love exercise and others hate it? How does one person love to run marathons,
while others would rather rock climb? Why does a kid go from loving a sport to hating it? As we
age, the preference of fitness activities one enjoys changes and so does our mindset. Many individuals lose
interest in physical activities and sports they once loved. How can you make a difference in helping them
to continue to be active, rather than giving up and settling for being a fan? This learning community will
help you understand numerous sporting activities and the psychology which plays into all activities we
participate in or teach others to play! Learn how it really is Mind over Matter! If you plan to work with
clients in a fitness setting or teach kids how to love physical activity, you need this learning community!

INT 110: I’ve Lost My Mojo! The Psychology of Sport and Injury (3 cr.)//12:00-12:50 p.m. MWF// Beth Odahlen
HPER 215: Methods of Teaching Sport Activities (2 cr.)//1-1:50 p.m. TH//Sara Deutsch

#3   The Truth Behind Language
If you’ve ever wondered...Why does Shakespeare sound funny to us today? Why does the phrase
“fan-bloody-tastic” sound fine, but when spoken as “fanta-bloody-stic,” it sounds egregiously wrong? How do
we learn language? Who invented all those grammatical rules? How does American Sign Language compare
to spoken English? Are all signed languages related, or are they just as varied as spoken languages? Do all
languages, spoken or signed, have grammar rules that students need to learn?...then this FYE is for you!

INT 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.)//2:00-2:50 p.m. MW//Jean-François Mondon
SPED 113: American Sign Language 1 (3 cr.)//11:00-11:50 a.m. MWF//Jodi Connell
ENGL 120: College Composition I (3 cr.)//11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. TR//Margaret Sherve


#4  I’m Not Invisible (Online Degree Seeking Students Only)
Distance Education students, especially those who enroll in most or all of their courses in the online
environment, often struggle to feel a connection to the campus community. As well, the campus does
not always remember to embrace the talents of those members who are not physically on the campus.
In this FYE, we will work to improve the visibility of the distance student to the campus as well as
the campus to the distance student by engaging in social media networks, streaming video events, and
campus activities at a distance. In doing so, we will explore a variety of technological tools for communicating
and enhancing learning.

INT 110: I’m Not Invisible (2 cr.)//Online//Linda Cresap
BADM 120: Foundations of Business (3 cr.)//Online//Diann Hanson

#5 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Have you ever thought about the ripple effect that your life will have on the lives of others, or, in turn,
how their lives will affect you? Read the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and consider the
question: what part of you will live on? What will be your legacy to the world? Join us for an artistic,
historical, scientific and ethical exploration of these questions

INT 110: Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. MW// Heidi Super
ENGL 120: College Composition II (3 cr.)//9:30-10:45 a.m. TR//Nicole Thom-Arens
HIST 104: US History from 1877 (3 cr.)//2:00-2:50 MWF// Ernst Pijing

#6 All That Jazz: American Entertainment from the Gilded Age to Today
We all consume cultural entertainment, but sometimes in very different ways. Do you participate, or
are you a spectator? Who owns culture? Who foots the bill? The ways that Americans have taken part in
music, theater, and other cultural activities have changed dramatically over the period from the late nineteenth
century to the present. Join us for investigation of topics including ragtime, popular music on the
radio, the emergence of Broadway, the role of music in the civil rights movement, the explosion of rock
and roll music, and the role of the internet in today’s cultural entertainment.

INT 110: All That Jazz: American Entertainment from the Gilded Age to Today (2 cr.)// 2:00-2:50 p.m. TR//Erik Anderson
MATH 210: Elementary Statistics (4 cr.)//12:00-12:50 p.m. MTWR//Laurie Geller
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. MWF//Rick Watson

#7 I Don’t Know…Therefore ALIENS!
Ancient Aliens, endless works on ancient astronauts and Stonehenge, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull: our society is pretty obsessed with the idea that aliens had some role in our creation and
continuation. How much of this is true? From where did these ideas come? This FYE looks at alien conspiracy
by learning about peoples and places through World Regional Geography and then by speaking
about it in a public forum—this way we can search for truth. Through the INT 110 course we test this
knowledge and call into question what we have traditionally learned, analyzing the data and collecting
information on these fascinating ideas of cultures and peoples...THEREFORE ALIENS!

INT 110: I Don’t Know . . . Therefore ALIENS! (2 cr.)//1:00-1:50 p.m. TR//Lisa Borden-King
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.)//10:00-10:50 a.m. MWF//Carlen Gilseth
GEOG 161: World Regional Geography (3 cr.)//12:00 -12:50 p.m. MWF//Jacob Sowers