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Learning Communities - Fall

Fall 2017 Learning Community descriptions & connected courses

  • Discipline-specific Learning Communities
  • Learning Communities open to all First-Year Students

#1 Minutia: Scope it out! (6 Cr.)  (Restricted to Nursing and pre-health majors)    FULL        
Explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey. How do you balance all the little things to stay healthy, happy, fit, and safe?

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 10 - 11:50 am  Nikki Roed
BIOL 142:  Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 1:00 - 1:50 pm Paul Lepp
BIOL 142: (lab) T 10-11:50 am   

#2 Music Student Survival Guide (4 Cr.)  (Recommended for Music majors)
The aim of this learning community is to address topics pertinent to music students in their first year of study. Through reading, discussion, and projects targeted on the following topics, students will learn not only to survive the pressures of being a music student, but to thrive in the music school environment, incubating the skills needed for a successful life in music.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) WF 10-10:50 am Dianna Anderson
MUSC 123: Aural Skills (1 cr.) MWF 9-9:50 am Erik Anderson
Applied Lessons: (1 cr.) (need to register independently for this course) Amaya/Rolandson/Bowles

#3 So You Want to Be a Techie? (6 Cr.)
In this first-year learning community, 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 succeeded in the profession. You will learn how to write code which is the foundation of getting cyber technology hardware to work. Also learn about careers and other skills needed to be a successful techie in today's world.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 9:00 - 9:50 am Sayeed Sajal
CSCI 111: Intro to Web Languages (4 cr.)   MTWTH 10:00 - 10:50 am Darren Seifert
Or
CSCI 160: Computer Science (4 cr.) ( CCS1) MTWTH 1:00 - 1:50 pm Sayeed Sajal

#4 Explore, Expand, Express Yourself (8 Cr.)  (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 Minot State University. 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.
This FYE is designed to facilitate cultural adjustment to life in the United States, therefore Canadian students are not encouraged to enroll.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 1:00 - 1:50 pm Libby Claerbout
Art 110: Intro to Visual Arts (3 cr.) (FC) TTH 2:00 - 3:15 pm Andrea Donovan
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH 11:00 am - 12:15 pm Nancy Pearson

Great Minds Think Alike, Or Do They? (7 Cr.)    FULL
(Recommended for students in Teacher Education or Communication Disorders)
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.

LC5    FULL         
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) TH 1:00 - 2:50 pm Deb Jensen
ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged Kathy Hintz
PSY 111: Intro to Psychology (3 cr.) (FC, PSR2) MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am Deborah Olson

LC6  FULL
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 1:00 - 2:50 pm Kathy Hintz
ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) (CCS1, CCS6) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm Deb Jensen
ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged Kathy Hintz
PSY 111: Intro to Psychology (3 cr.) (FC, PSR2) MWF 9:00 - 9:50 am Deborah Olson

#7 To Play or Not To Play (6 Cr.)   FULL
Great athletes and public speakers can control anxiety, minimize stress, utilize imagery, and use relaxation to control their performance. This learning community combines both techniques of public speaking and psychology of sport to examine how both the body and mind influence performance.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MWF 12:00-12:50 pm Beth Odahlen
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH 11:00 am - 12:15 pm Angie Schnaible

#8 Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Sport, Society, and Culture in America (9 Cr.)   FULL
Sport has always been a vital part of the human experience. Yet only in relatively recent times has it developed into a massive commercial enterprise that inspires loyalties not only within a region, but at a national and international level. While sports are, at their core, games, they are also much more. Sports meet certain needs of modern society and are inextricably tied into the behavior, values, and culture of the people who support them. Looking through the prisms of history, sociology, and statistical analysis, we will examine the interactions between modern sports and issues including politics, race, gender, and social class in the American experience from the late nineteenth century to the present.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 9:00-9:50 am Bethany Andreasen
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) (FC) MWF 10:00-10:50 am Christina Borden-King Jones
MATH 210: Elementary Statistics (4 cr.) (RC, CCS4) MTWTH 11:00-11:50 am  Timothy Morris

#9 Balancing Instinct (3 Cr.)      FULL
For many the habits and professional 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 as we practice yoga, learning to ask the right questions, develop healthy habits and communicate outside our boundaries.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 10:00-10:50 am Karina Stander
HPER 126: Group Fitness/Aerobic/Yoga (1 cr.) (PSR3) MW 2:00-2:50 pm Terry Eckmann

#10 Robots and Makers: Creative Technologies and the Human Experience (8 Cr.)
Discover creative technologies with robots and Maker activities while exploring where in history people have used technology, industry, and machinery to change the human experience and how those ideas continue to shape our lives in the 21st century.  Develop new understandings of science, math, technology, and engineering through project-based learning and research writing designed to engage you in critical thinking and scientific problem solving.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 11:00 - 12:45 pm Warren Gamas
HIST 212: World Civilizations since 1500 (3 cr.) (FC, CCS2, IP1) TTH 9:30 - 10:45 am  Dan Ringrose
ENGL 120:  College Comp II (3cr.) (RC,) MWF 2:00 - 2:50 pm  Sarah Aleshire

#11 Cycling Through Geology and Chemistry (11 Cr.)
This course will apply basic principles of geology and chemistry while exploring interactions of these two disciplines through the study of select geochemical (or biogeochemical) cycles. We will study geochemical cycles such as the carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle, and water cycle. The cycles will also be related to topics of environmental interest, such as acid rain, ozone depletion, soil nutrients, and climate change.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 11:00 - 11:50 am Joseph Collette
GEOL 105: Physical Geology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MF 9:00 - 10:15 am Nathan Hopkins
GEOL 105 Lab: W 9 -10:50 Nathan Hopkins
AND/OR
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2:00 - 2:50 pm Robert Crackel
CHEM 121 Recitation: T 1:00 - 1:50 am Robert Crackel
CHEM 121 LAB: TH 2:00 - 4:50 pm Naomi Winburn

#12 Making a Murder (8 Cr.) FULL
The concept of crime and murder varies in definition with different cultures and organizations over time.  The courses in this FYE will encourage students to think critically by applying assorted aspects of criminal justice and sociology to a singular factor, homicide.  The concepts of law, law enforcement, theory, courts, corrections and juvenile justice as well as culture, deviance, sexuality, family and social, racial and ethnic interaction will be integrated into assignments involving the Netflix documentary: Making a Murderer.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 10:00 - 10:50 am Cari Olson
CJ 201: Intro to Criminal Justice (3 cr.) (CCS2) TTH 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 pm   Melissa Spelchen
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3cr.) (FC, CCS2, IP1) MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm  Harry Hoffman

#13 Do You Know What You Don't Know? (9 Cr.)   FULL
Collaboration of these courses incorporate projects involving "concepts of ideas you may not know." Have you ever considered what you don’t know?  You will find the answer to this question by taking these inspiring classes.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3cr.) (RC, PSR2) MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Sharon Reynolds
BADM 120: Fundamentals of Business (3 cr.) MWF 10 - 10:50 am Megan Fixen
BIT 123: Technology - Personal Development (3 cr.) (PSR3) MWF 8 - 8:50 am Jan Repnow

#14 Do you &!*%$#@ love science? (Restricted for Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Med majors)  FULL
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' (Isaac Asimov) How do scientists really know what they know? Why are scientific theories not just a theory? Why do scientists claim that constantly updating ideas is a good thing? What are the ethical and philosophical implications of science? Explore these questions and more. Discover the opportunities to practice real science with biology faculty members, get to know your fellow biology majors, and explore strategies for successful transition to the university community as you embark on your educational journey.

A. Zoology Option - Recommended for Biology Majors (11 Cr.)
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW  12:00 - 12:50 pm Alexey Shipunov
BIOL 151: Intro to Zoology (4 cr.) (FC) MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am  Alexandra Deufel      
BIOL 151 L: T 1:00-2:50pm
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2 - 2:50 pm  Robert Crackel - If Applicable
CHEM 121 L: TH 8 - 10:50
CHEM 121 R: T 10 - 10:50   

B. Botany Option - Recommended for Biology Majors (11 Cr.)
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW  12:00 - 12:50 pm  Alexey Shipunov              
BIOL 154: Intro to Botany (4cr.) (FC ) MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am Alexey Shipunov           
BIOL 154 L: M 3:00-4:50 pm
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2 - 2:50 pm  Robert Crackel - If Applicable      
CHEM 121 L: TH 8 - 10:50 am
CHEM 121 R: T 10 - 10:50 am

C. Microbiology Option - Recommended for Biology Majors (11 Cr.)
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2)  MW 12:00 - 12:50 pm  Alexey Shipunov                   
BIOL 142: General Microbiology (4cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6)  MWF 1:00 - 1:50 pm  Paul Lepp      
BIOL 142 L: T 1:00-2:50 pm (Moore 316)
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2 - 2:50 pm  Robert Crackel - If Applicable
CHEM 121 L: TH 8 - 10:50 am
CHEM 121 R: T 10 - 10:50 am

#15 The Rhythm of Life (8 Cr.)
This learning community will highlight the many guises of art, ranging from its physical manifestations to its poetic instantiations to its performance-based realizations.  Students will muddy their hands creating ceramics, explore the cross-cultural beauty of poetry, and perform various genres of speeches.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2cr.) (RC, PSR2) T 2:00 - 4:00 pm Jean Francois Mondon
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC)  MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am Rick Watson
Art 250: Ceramics I (3 cr.) (PSR2, PSR3) MW 12:00 - 2:50 pm Linda Olson

#16 Did I Hear You Say What I Think You Said?
The written word has power, but not as much as the spoken word! The context and emotional overtones provided to words and thoughts in oral presentations can make those words and thoughts take on meanings quite different from what is gleaned by reading them. Yet many people are unaware of how the spoken word influences their thinking and shapes their lives. This learning community will explore the ways in which the emotional aspects of the spoken word are used and misused in society, learn how to identify and reduce the biasing of information presented orally, and develop their own oral presentation skills.

      UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 1:00-1:50 pm Cheryl Nilsen
      COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TR 9:30-10:45 am  Jessica Smestad

#17 The How-to Guide to Wellness    
This activity-based class will address the importance of creating balance in our lives, so we can have time to do the things that make us feel happy and fulfilled. Focusing on the dimensions of wellness, students will learn how to adapt to the academic demands of college while living a healthy lifestyle.     

      UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 1:00 – 1:50pm   Courtenay Corpe     
      HPER 101: Social Dance (1 cr.) (PSR3) MW 8:00 – 8:50   Terry Eckmann

 

GEN ED KEY
RC - Required Core
FC - Foundational Content
CCS1 - Problem Solving
CCS2 - Information Literacy
CCS3 - Critical Reading
CCS4 - Quantitative Literacy
CCS5 - Oral/Written Communications
CCS6 - Collaboration
PSR1 - Relationships and Value Systems
PSR2 - Responding to Community Needs
PSR3 - Individual Well - Being
IP1 - Knowledge
IP2 - Experience