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Spring 2007 Classes

Spring 2007 Westminster Learning Communities

For official course information, please refer to the Course Catalog.

13.  Big Foot Ate My Baby

  • Introduction to Psychology - Paul Presson
    PSYC 105 01LC - TTH 10:00-11:50

  • Elementary Statistics - Bill Bynum
    MATH 150 01LC - MTWTH 9:00-9:50

{Students who participate in this learning community receive credit for two LE requirements: The Mathematical Sciences requirement and Group 4 (PSYC 105) the Social Science requirement.}

Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Statistics is the science of collecting and analyzing data. As theories are developed to explain human behavior, psychologists use statistics to weigh the evidence for or against hypotheses. Both courses use activities and experiences that illustrate these cross-disciplinary connections between statistics and psychology. In particular, this learning community uses the provocative ideas, claims, and beliefs regarding paranormal phenomena to provide students with the opportunity to integrate the ideas of psychology and statistics. One key goal is that students will become better critical thinkers as a result of taking this course.

14. How did we get to Taco Bell?

  • Spanish I - Alan Davison
    SPAN 110 01LC - MW 12:00-1:50
  • Spanish and Technology - Dan Byrne
    SPAN 200A 01LC - TTH 12:00-1:50

{Students who participate in this learning community will receive 4 credit hours towards the Language requirement.}

This course will trace the development of language, art and invention in the Hispanic world and how such developments have shaped it over time. Students will attain a beginning-level command of the Spanish language; they will be able to describe the major forces (political, linguistic, religious, scientific and artistic) that have shaped the Hispanic world; and they will become familiar with how the physical characteristics of different geographic regions have played a role in the development of that region's cultural history. The course will conclude with an examination of the Hispanic presence in the United States of America.

15.  The Wild Side:  Wild Story, Wild History

  • United States History - Jeff Nichols
    HIST 220 01LC - TWTH 2:00-2:50
  • Introduction to Literature - Jeff McCarthy
    ENGL 220 05LC - MW 3:30-5:20

{Students who participate in this learning community receive credit for two LE requirements:  the four-hour Literature requirement (ENGL 220) and three hours of Humanities credit (HIST 220).}

In these interdisciplinary courses, we will emphasize the environment as both an actor and a stage shaping action. You will study our culture's long affair with wild land. Is wild land a source of freedom, a cause of madness, a healthy tonic, a gift from God, or all of these and none? We will read, write, discuss and get outside together.

16.  Music and Words:  The Art of Composition

  • Music Fundamentals - Chris Quinn
    MUSC 200C 01LC - MW 10:00-11:50
  • Composition and Research - Helen Hodgson
    ENGL 110 04LC - MW 12:00-1:50

{Students who participate in this learning community receive credit for two LE requirements: Composition and Research (ENGL 110) requirement and the Group 7 (MUSC 150) Arts Survey requirement.}

These two classes combine the critical skills of college writing and research with an in-depth exploration of music composition and performance. In music class, you will learn about rhythm and pitch, meet professional musicians, read about great composers, and experience the art of performance. The writing class will focus on reading and writing about the arts, with particular emphasis on music. Through integrated activities and assignments, this learning community will help you appreciate the art of composition in music and words.

17.  Economics and the Environment:  The Cost of Living on the Planet

  • Environmental Biology - Yael Calhoun
    BIOL 210 02LC - MW 10:00-11:15
  • Introduction to Economics - Rich Collins
    ECON 105 01LC - TTH 10:00-11:50

Economics 105:

This course will provide a historical context in which to view the role of economics and capitalism in our society. The student will be exposed to and study the great economic thinkers and gain an understanding of the different views on how the economy works. The course will also introduce basic economic principles and their application, and will explore the fundamental causes of economic change and development.. Both micro and macroeconomic topics will be covered. The course provides an understanding of how the economy functions and explores possible solutions to the challenging economic issues facing our society today.

 Biology 210: 

  • Introduces current environmental issues through discussions of science and policy;
  • Considers the various dimensions--economic, political, and ecological-- of environmental problems and problem solving by considering Utah issues;
  • Provides an opportunity to experience the natural world in a way that both sparks your interest and rekindles what Rachel Carson called “a sense of wonder”;
  • Demonstrates that people can use science and policy to find what Jane Goodall calls “a reason for hope”
  • Uses field trips to develop a “sense of place”.

18.  Through the Looking Glass: Creativity and Culture

  • Cultural Anthropology - Gretchen Siegler
    ANTH 252 01LC - MW 2:00-3:50
  • Experiencing the Arts - Nina Vought and Doug Wright
    ART 200FN 02LC - W 4:30-7:20

{Students who participate in this learning community receive credit for three LE requirements: The Group 4 Social Sciences (ANTH 252), the Group 7 Arts Survey (ART 200FN) and the Group 8 Arts/Physical Activity (ART 200FN) requirement.}

This course combines the study of humanity and its expressions in art. We will explore the ways people create identities as individuals and members of cultural groups, considering factors such as gender, ethnicity, economics, family, and religion. We will examine art forms such as music, painting, dance, architecture and film. We will learn together by sharing our individual perspectives and creativity as well as collaborating in groups to interpret the significance of the arts in being human.

19.  Speaking Out about Growing Up

  • Lifespan Development - Barb Smith
    PSYC 303 01LC - TTH 2:00-3:15
  • Public Presentations - Brian Pilling
    SPCH 111 01LC - TTH 12:00-1:15

{Students who participate in this learning community receive credit for one LE requirement: The Public Speaking Skills (SPCH 111). There is NO prerequisite for PSYC 303.}

This community is particularly designed for students in the Pre-Nursing program. Wonder why people develop the way they do? Wish you were more confident when you speak in front of others? In this learning community, the two fields of speech and developmental psychology will be combined so that you will better understand the development of behavior and the fundamentals of human communication. You will become a more confident and competent speaker through hands-on experience as you will begin to understand human development.

20. Western Civilization: Ideas & Realities

  • Western Civilization to 1500 - Michael Markowski
    HIST 112 01LC - MW 12:00-1:15
  • Introduction to Philosophy - Michael Popich
    PHIL 100 02LC - MW 2:00-3:15

{Students who participate in this learning community receive credit for two LE requirements -- HIST 112 and PHIL 100.}

These courses will examine the ideas and realities that have defined and shaped Western Civilization to about 1500 A.D. These influences on us today will come before us as philosophical positions, normative and/or rebellious ideas, and historical causes/developments. 

21.  Data Modeling and Analysis

  • Information Resource Management - Jerry Van Os
    IRM 200 03LC - MW 2:00-3:50
  • Business Quantitative Methods - Chris Tong
    MGMT 230 01LC - TTH 2:00-3:15

Students completing this learning community will utilize software application tools in analytical data modeling and problem solving. This course will address the following learning outcomes and competencies:

  • Formulate an appropriate quantitative model.
  • Make a deductive analysis of a problem.
  • Identify possible solution alternatives.
  • Develop an appropriate quantitative analysis.
  • Interpret feasible solutions.
  • Develop quantitative models and algorithms to solve problems using appropriate software and applications.
  • Utilize simulation software to model assumptions and forecasts.
  • Run simulations and analyze the output.
  • Improve quantitative models and/or make decisions based on output. 

22.  Speaking of Philosophy

  • Public Presentation - Brian Pilling
    SPCH 111 02LC - MW 12:00-1:15
  • Intro to Ethics - Bridget Newell
    PHIL 206 02LC - MW 10:00-11:15

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