UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MINUTES

April 25, 2006

 

Members Present:                Angell, Baggett, Frye, McDougal, Miller, Socha, Wood

Members Absent:                                Kastantin (exc), Wycoff-Horn (exc)

Consultants:                                         Burkhardt, Dittman, Herling, Johnson, Keller, Schumacher

Guests:                                                   Choy, Fisher, Koppelman, Riley, Temple, Von Ruden

 

 

1.             M/S/P to approve minutes of April 11, 2006.

 

2.             Proposal #1.  ART 308, Computer Art, changes course description, and prerequisites. Effective Summer 2006.

A studio course using the computer as a tool to produce artwork new creative medium. Areas of exploration will include: drawing, painting, three-dimensional rendering, graphics and animation software in a Macintosh environment. Students will learn various techniques and skills that are essential to digital art. They also will explore the Web as an expressive communicative space, learn technical knowledge and skills of Web design, and design their own Web sites. Prerequisites: ART 104 or 105 208 or C-S 101 or consent of instructor.

 

The committee wants confirmation that the C-S dept. has been contacted and responded. This was a first reading. There will be a second reading.

 

Proposal #2.  Eligibility Criteria for Application to Teacher Education

Eligibility Criteria for Application

Prior to submitting an application for admission to the Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence, Early Adolescence-Adolescence, and Early Childhood-Adolescence programs, students must meet the following criteria:

1)  Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). The PPST is to be taken during the first semester on campus.  Students must earn passing scores in reading (175), mathematics (173), and writing (174), to be eligible for program application.  Passing scores are set by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

2)  Preliminary course work-Students must complete (40) 24 semester credits (General Education courses (30 credits for music education students) before applying for admission.  These (40) 24 credits must include the following: (ENG 110, CST 110, and EFN 205.  Students also must complete PSY 212, which is not a General Education course.) EFN 205 and either ENG 110 or CST 110.

 3)  Grade point average (GPA)-Students must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all academic work taken prior to applying for admission. (This includes transfer grade points averaged with residence grade points when applicable.)

4)  Experience with children and youth – Post-High School Education-Related Experiences (minimum of 30 hours required); experiences working with children or youth; experiences with your certification area (subject and/or developmental ranges) are strongly recommended.

5)  Required introductory education courses-Students must take two courses:

a) EFN 210-minimum grade of “C”.  -passing PPST and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 are prerequisites

b) C-I 211-Students must pass this course and receive a recommendation to continue in the program from the Clinical Faculty Review Committee.

 

Application Procedures

Students who meet the criteria described above may obtain additional information (an) on the application from the School of Education Web site at www.uwlax.edu/soe . Students must be accepted into the program prior to registration for certain education courses. Applications must be submitted by (June 15 and January 15. June 15) 4 p.m. on the Friday of the third week of the semester. (applicants admitted to program will be permitted to take courses requiring admission during the following spring semester. January 15 applicants approved will be permitted to take courses requiring admission during the following fall semester.

Application materials include an application cover page, a personal statement, a professional growth paper, education-related experiences (clinical experience(s), experiences working directly with children/transescents/adolescents/ adults in an educational setting, post-high school co-curricular leadership roles, professional development activities), a current transcript (second degree candidates only), UW-L Level I Clinical Evaluation (for transfer students, clinical evaluations from non-UW-L clinical experiences), a letter of recommendation from someone who has knowledge of the applicant’s potential to be an effective educator, one portfolio entry, and a completed “Candidate Progress in Relation to UW-L Teacher Education Standards” form.)  Admission to the program is provisional until a student has earned 40 credits with a 2.75 combined cumulative GPA.

 

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

Proposal #3. 

MTH 250, Statistics, 3 credits, effective Fall 2006, course deletion.

 

Statistics Minor, change substitution courses, removing MTH 250 as substitute for MTH 145.

 

Mathematics Major with an Emphasis in Statistics, add MTH 305 as elective.

 

Mathematics Minor, delete MTH 250 as elective.

 

MTH 145, Elementary Statistics, 4 credits, Effective Fall 2006. Remove restrictions: Successful completion on MTH 250 precludes taking MTH 145 for credit.

 

MTH 305/505, Statistical Methods, 3 credits, effective Fall 2006, delete MTH 250 as prerequisite, delete restrictions.

 

MTH 341, Probability and Statistics, 4 credits, effective Fall 2006, change course description and prerequisites.

An initial course in probability and statistics for students strong in mathematics. Probability topics include sample spaces, random variables, independence, and the binomial, Poisson, normal, and exponential distributions and their applications. Calculus-based methods will be used for analyzing continuous distributions. Statistics topics include descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, and ANOVA. Prerequisites: MTH 309 208.

 

MTH 207, Calculus I, 5 credits, effective Fall 2006, change in course description and prerequisites.

A rigorous introduction to calculus. Topics include limits, rules for differentiation, and derivatives of trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions, the Mean Value Theorem, integration, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. In the area of applications, the course covers problems on related rates, extrema, areas, volumes, and Newton’s Second Law. Prerequisites: MTH 151 or fours years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry, and appropriate placement score. (Successful completion of MTH 207 precludes taking MTH 151 or 175 for credit.)

 

MTH 208, Calculus II, 4 credits, effective Fall 2006, change title from Calculus II: Calculus with Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, and course description. A continuation of Calculus I with a rigorous introduction to sequences and series. Topics include techniques of integration and indeterminate forms, improper integrals, applications of integrals to the physical sciences, tests for the convergence of series, absolute convergence, power series, and Taylor’s Theorem with Remainder. First order linear differential equations are explored, as well as the geometry of space.

 

MTH 309, Linear Algebra with Differential Equations, 4 credits, effective Fall 2006, change title from Calculus III: Calculus with Linear Algebra with differential Equations, and course description. A systematic study of linear algebra, and its interactions with differential equations. Topics include: vectors, matrices, systems of linear equations, determinants, vector spaces, subspaces, basis and dimension, linear transformations and their matrix representations, similar matrices and diagonalization, systems of first order linear differential equations, and higher order linear differential equations.

 

MTH 310, Calculus III: Multivariate Calculus, 4 credits, effective Fall 2006, change title from Calculus IV: Multivariate Calculus, change in course description, and prerequisites. A course in higher dimensional calculus, partial derivatives, and multiple integrals. Topics include parametric curves, polar (and other) coordinate systems, vector fields, scalar fields, the gradient vector, chain rule, Jacobian, Green’s theorem, Stokes’ Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem. Prerequisite: MTH 309 208.

 

M/S/P to waive second reading and approve proposal; except for Mathematics Minor with Education Emphasis which requires a hearing  by TEGC.(See below)

 

Mathematics Minor with Education Emphasis, change credits from 24 to 28.

28 credits, including MTH 207, 208, 225, 309, 310, 331, 341, 411.

 

This was a first reading. There will be a second reading after Teacher Ed Governing Council act on the proposal.

 

Proposal #4.

Occupational Therapy, change course sequence.

OT 415/515 Neuroanatomy move from year 1 fall to year 1 spring. Add new course, OT 444/544, Biomechanics and Kinesiology Applications in Occupational Therapy, 2 credits, to year 1 fall. Reduce credits in OT 426/526, Human Movement from 3 cr. to 2 cr.

 

O-T 426/526, Occupational Analysis of Human Movement, change credits from 3 to 2.

 

O-T 444/544, Biomechanics and Kinesiology Applications in Occupational Therapy, 2 credits, effective Fall 2006, new course. This course will apply principles of biomechanics and kinesiology to the understanding and analysis of movement in relationship to occupational performance. This will include the study of structure and function of the skeletal, muscular and neuromuscular systems and their influences on normal and pathological motion and how this may impact occupational performance. This course will explore kinesiology considerations for specific musculoskeletal regions including the head, torso, upper and lower extremities and how this relates to commonly used therapeutic treatment techniques employed by occupational therapists. Students will explore research tools utilized in biomechanics and their application to a variety of movement based research questions.

 

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

 

3.             Consent Agenda:

                1)             Transition plan for School Health Ed students in older catalogs, reducing the total credits required for the      School Health major to 36.

                2)             College of Science and Health Core curriculum to include ESS, RMTR, and HEHP majors and programs           (exemption from college core requirements).

  • Chemistry with a Business concentration
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Training
  • Exercise and Sport Science – Fitness
  • Exercise and Sport Science – Physical Education Teaching
  • Exercise and Sport Science – Sport Management
  • Health Education and Health Promotion – Community Health Education
  • Health Education and Health Promotion – School Health Education Teaching
  • Radiation Science – Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Radiation Science – Radiation Therapy
  • Recreation Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation

 

M/S/P to waive second reading and approve consent agenda items.

 

4.             Old business: Committee reviewed draft proposal presented by Emily Johnson for general education appeals.

 

DRAFT – 4/24/06

 

Proposed By-Law Changes for Handling Appeals for Requirements in the General Education Program

 

Background

The Faculty Senate in establishing by-laws and responsibilities for committees gave oversight of student appeals for course substitution or waivers to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC).  This was done prior to the establishment of a Director of General Education and prior to a change in the length of time members could serve on the General Education Committee (GEC) (members can serve up to five years).  Now that there is more continuity and stability in the oversight of the General Education Program, UCC proposes that GEC be the oversight committee for student appeals pertaining to credit or requirements in the General Education Program/University Core Curriculum.

 

Rationale

The Director of General Education and the GEC have the most knowledge and understanding of the program requirements, and the program goals and learning outcomes.  After courses have been approved by UCC, the GEC is responsible for insuring the appropriateness of courses in the program relative to program goals and outcomes.  Thus, it seems appropriate that the Director, in concert with the GEC, be the body to which appeals pertaining to the requirements of the General Education Program/University Core Curriculum be brought.  This would include course or credit appeals as well as appeals related to the Writing Emphasis requirement.

 

Recommended Faculty Senate By-Law Change:

T.    The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee  

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

8. Authorizing substitutions or waivers for individual students in academic programs other than the General Education Program/University Core Curriculum.

I. The General Education Committee
 

Duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include:

8. Monitoring the development and application of methods for assessing the proficiency of students' skills to ensure that waivers of required skills courses, with or without retroactive credit, are appropriately granted.

11.  Authorizing substitutions or waivers for individual students in the General Education Program/University Core Curriculum.

 

M/S/P (4-0-2) to forward proposed bylaw changes for the UCC and the GEC to Faculty Senate for approval.

 

 

Committee thanked Chair Miller for his service to the UCC. This is the last meeting of the 2005-06 academic year. Meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.