Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

                Tuesday, April 10, 2001


Members Present:                Schoen, Nelson, Martinez, Odulana, Matchett, Ragan, Scheuermann, Loh

Members Absent :               Shillinger (exc), Miller, Krajewski, Folie, Dunn

Consultants:                         Burkhardt, Dittman, Vogt, Schumacher

Guests:                                   J. Curtis, D.Detert, L.Oganowski, G.Sudhakaran, F.Barmore, R.Klindworth, T.Kernozek, J.VonRuden, T.Holder


1.          Discussion—Senate charge, offering 3 & 4 week courses

Some discussion has taken place on blackboard. Meeting discussion focused on what the charge really means and ways to meet it. Does the charge imply that the UCC must be involved in approving all condensed format offerings? Does it mean that the UCC is responsible for establishing a policy that ensures departments offering these courses have evidence that the quality of the courses is as good as when they are offered during a regular semester, and that student outcomes are similar? If UCC is involved, would a check-mark on an LX form be adequate? Would a separate form be appropriate? Chair Schoen will draft a recommendation for the committee to review at the next meeting.


2.          Announcements: The next meeting will begin at 3:45 p.m. Be on time!


3.          M/S/P to approve the minutes of March 27, 2001.


4.          Second Reading, Proposal #53, Health Education, changing prefixes, course numbers, titles, descriptions, credits, prerequisites, deletions.


See 3/27/01 UCC minutes for complete list of changes. Details are available in the Records and Registration Office.


The health ed representatives addressed the committee’s concern about eliminating chemistry from the school health major (community health major still requires chem). They presented a letter of support from the DPI. Pointed out that the focus of school health education has changed from a medical model to a lifestyle focus. Some members of the committee were concerned that the descriptions had not been revised to reflect that change, particularly for the environment class, HED 335. The representatives agreed to rewrite that description. Also, it was suggested that the department revise the descriptions for HED 473 and 423 for purposes of clarity. The department was reminded that it needed to provide proof that Educational Studies supports the C-I changes and deletions.


M/S/P (1 no) to approve the entire proposal with the proviso that revised descriptions be submitted to the registrar. The registrar will forward the HED 335 description to the committee.


5.          First Reading, Proposal #55, PHY 423, 483, 432 new courses, PHY 364 number change,

         effective fall, 2001.


         PHY 423, Biomechanics of Human Movement, 3 credits

“This course will provide a description of biological tissue properties, skeletal and joint mechanics,                                     muscle mechanics, and neurological influences related to movement. Kinematics, kinetics, static and dynamic modeling of the human body will be studied and will require problem solving. The principles of the biomechanics theory associated with human movement are presented to introduce and develop an understanding of the mechanical complexity of biological systems and movement performance. Methods and instruments of measurement (electromyography, force/pressure transducers, motion analysis and isokinetic dynamometers) in biomechanic research. Prerequisites: PHY 103 or 203, 104 or 204, MTH 151 (MTH 207 and 208 recommended), BIO 312. Offered semester I.”


       PHY 483, Instrumentation in Biomechanics, 3 credits

“Theory and use of instrumentation related to the study of the clinical biomechanics and research. Students will develop skills and experience necessary for data collection in a laboratory. Topics will include methods of data acquisition using a force and pressure sensors, electromyography (EMG). Methods of signal processing (filtering and post-processing), analyzing, and interpreting data will be explained and performed through laboratory exercises. Laboratory time will be available to collect and process data relative to each laboratory instrument. Clinical EMG and electrical testing of nerves and posturagraphy will also be explained. Lect. 2, lab 2. Prerequisite: PHY 423. Offered semester 2. “


          PHY 432, Advanced Electrodynamics, 3 credits

“A detailed course covering advanced topics in theoretical electromagnetism. Emphasis will be                                                                   placed upon general, nonstatic electromagnetism. Allusion will be made to applications in advanced optics and quantum field theory. Topics will include detailed analysis of radiation, field transformations and kinematics in Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, dispersion, wave guides, and Lienard-Wzechert potentials. The mathematical tools for studying these phenomenon will include differential equations (Laplace, Legendre, and Bessel Equations), vector and tensor analysis, Fourier Series and complex analysis. Prerequisite: MTH 310, 353, PHY 332. Offered alternate springs.”


          PHY 374, Computational Physics, 4 credits—changed course number from 464.

                (Note: proposal had been submitted as PHY 364; changed to 374 at meeting)


Committee asked about the difference between PHY 423 and ESS 303 and O-T411/P-T 523. Dept. explained that theirs was much more geared toward the physics of movement. Asked about relationship between PHY 483 and P-T 683. Different classes, although possible that P-T would waive grad level requirement for students who had completed this class. Developed both classes as electives for students in Biomedical concentration. Department explained that PHY 432 was developed for students who will go on to grad school, based on feedback received from prior physics grads. It will be elective.


Committee suggested revising the course title abbreviations, and asked for e-mail verification from ESS and CSC departments that there is not overlap between these courses and existing courses in their depts.


M/S/P to waive the second reading and approve the proposal.


6.          Old business: None


7.          New business: None


Meeting adjourned at 5:30. Next meeting is 3:45 on Tuesday, April 24, 2001.


Submitted by



Diane Schumacher

UCC Secretary