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Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Fall 2018 Learning Communities

Learning Community descriptions & connected courses
  • Discipline-specific Learning Communities
  • Learning Communities open to all First-Year Students

FULL - #1 Minutia: Scope it out! (Restricted to Nursing majors) (6 Cr.)  
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 (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TH 10:00 – 11:50 am Nikki Roed
BIOL 202: Microbiology (4 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS6) MWF 3:00 – 3:50 pm Paul Lepp
BIOL 202: (lab) T 10:00 - 11:50 am   

 
#2 Music Student Survival Guide (Recommended for Music majors) (4 Cr.)
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 10:00 - 10:50 am Dianna Anderson
MUSC 123: Aural Skills (1 cr.) MWF 9:00 - 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 succeed 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 Darren Seifert
CSCI 111: Intro to Web Languages (4 cr.) MTWTH 12:00 - 12:50 pm Darren Seifert
Or
CSCI 160: Computer Science (4 cr.) (CCS1) MTWTH 2:00 - 2:50 pm Sayeed Sajal

 
#4 Explore, Expand, Express Yourself (Open ONLY to International Students) (8 Cr.)
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 UNIV110 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 UNIV 110 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) MW 2:00 - 2:50 pm Libby Claerbout
Art 110: Intro to Visual Arts (3 cr.) (FC) TTH 3:30 - 4:45 pm Andrea Donovan
COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) (RC) TTH 9:30 - 10:45 am Nancy Pearson

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

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.

FULL - LC5  
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

FULL - LC6  
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


FULL - #7 It’s All In Your Head (6 Cr.) 
(Recommended for Athletic Training, Physical Education, pre-health, and
Corporate Fitness majors)
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) MWF 9:00 – 9:50 am Jessica Smestad


#8 Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Sport, Society, and Culture in America (9 Cr.)
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
HIST 104: US History from 1877 (3 cr.) (FC, CCS2, CCS4) TTH 2:00 - 3:15 pm Bethany Andreasen
MATH 210: Elementary Statistics (4 cr.) (RC, CCS4) MTWTH 11:00 - 11:50 am Timothy Morris


FULL   -  #9 Sports, Incorporated:  Connecting to Life Off the Field (3 Cr.)  
Sports demand the immediate attention of student-athletes, but success as a student and an athlete involves making connections across personal, academic, social, and athletic life. Discover what drives personal satisfaction and achievement on and off the field, and learn to balance the needs and wants of the college experience.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 10:00 – 10:50 am Nicole Thom-Arens
KIN 126:  Group Fitness (1 cr.) (PSR3) TTH 11:00 – 11:50 am Terry Eckmann

 
#10 Balancing Instinct (3 Cr.) 
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.

This learning community is paired with the Wellness Residence Hall, Cook Hall.  Students wishing to live in the Wellness Residence Hall can elect this during their room selection process.  Students who are interested in this FYE learning community are NOT required to live in the Wellness Residence Hall, but are encouraged to do so.  This is an opportunity for students interested in wellness to live and learn in this environment during their first year at MSU.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 10:00 - 10:50 am Karina Stander
KIN126: Group Fitness/Aerobic/Yoga (1 cr.) (PSR3) MW 2:00 - 2:50 pm Terry Eckmann


FULL - #11 Do You Know What You Don’t Know? (9 Cr.)

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

 
FULL - #12 Photography and Yoga: The Art of Seeing and Being (6 Cr.)
 “You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson

The digital world we inhabit can be of great convenience, but it can also distract us from living in the present. Photography and yoga allow us means of slowing down to really see the world. Whether we are looking through the lens of a camera, or we are sitting on a yoga mat there is much we can do to contemplate what we see and how we see it. Are you looking to start your college experience off by challenging your creative, intellectual, and physical self? Then, join us as we practice challenging both the right and left hemispheres of our brain.
You will:
-learn how to use a Digital SLR Camera
-practice slowing down and seeing the world around you
-learn the physical and mental practices of yoga
-sharpen your creative mind
Fees:
A limited number of semester long camera rentals are available from the art department.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 1:00 – 1:50 pm Karina Stander
ART 180: Digital Photography (3 cr.) (PSR3) TTH 1:00 - 3:50 pm Ryan Stander


#13 The Movie Experience:  Virtual or Real? (8 Cr.)
The ways in which the art of movie making reflects and even re-shapes culture.

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) T 2:00 – 4:00 pm Jean Francois Mondon
ENGL 110: Composition I (3 cr.) (CCS5) MWF 10:00 – 10:50 am Ron Fischer
ENGL 225: Introduction to Film (3 cr.) TTH 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Sarah Aleshire


#14 Making a Murder (Recommended for CJ majors) (8 Cr.) 
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 1:00 – 1:50 pm Ashley Beall
CJ 201: Intro to Criminal Justice (3 cr.) (CCS2) TTH 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Melissa Spelchen
SOC 110: Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.) (FC, CCS2, IP1) MWF 11:00 – 11:50 am Harry Hoffman


#16 What's the Story? (Recommended for Communication Disorders Majors) (4 Cr.)
Explore the various characters, settings, and plots in the field of communication disorders, and unlock the secrets behind powerful storytelling. Through reading experiences with children in the community, students will develop critical skills for the profession of speech-language pathology

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW 2:00 - 2:50 pm Leisa Harmon
CD 150: Profession of Communication Disorders (2 cr.) TTH 2:00 - 2:50 pm Erin Holt


#18 Do you &!*%$#@ love science? (Restricted for Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Med majors) (6 or 11 Cr.) 
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  
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW  12:00 - 12:50 pm TBD
BIOL 151: Intro to Zoology (4 cr.) (FC) MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Alexandra Deufel
BIOL 151 L: T 11:00 - 12:50 am

If Applicable                                                                                                                                                
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2:00 – 2:50 pm Robert Crackel     
CHEM 121 L: TH 8:00 – 10:50 am                                                                                
CHEM 121 R: T 10:00 – 10:50 am

B. Botany Option
UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) MW  12:00 - 12:50 pm TBD
BIOL 154: Intro to Botany (4 cr.) (FC) MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am Alexey Shipunov 
BIOL 154 L: M 3:00 - 4:50 pm  

If Applicable                                                                                                                                                
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (5 cr.) (FC, CCS1, CCS4) MWF 2:00 – 2:50 pm  Robert Crackel     
CHEM 121 L: TH 8:00  – 10:50 am                                                                                
CHEM 121 R: T 10:00 – 10:50 am


#19 PENCILS to PIXELS (Art majors and minors only) (8 cr.)
Artists gain mastery of their materials through experience and exposure. "Old school" and "new school" art tools empower artists to create work that emotionally moves a viewer. In this trio of classes art majors and art minors will explore mediums, make connections and create a master portfolio. 

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) (RC, PSR2) TTH 1:00 – 1:50 pm Linda Olson
ART 112: Print, Web, and Social Media Graphics (3 cr.) (CCS4) MW 6:00 – 8:50 pm Greg Vettel
ART 122: Two-Dimensional Design (3 cr.) (PSR3) TTH 9:00 – 11:50 am Bill Harbort

 
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