University of Rhode Island

Faculty Senate


                                                                     October 3, 2005    

Faculty Senate Curricular Affairs Committee
Four Hundred Thirty-Fourth Report

During the summer and at the September 26, 2005 meeting of the Curricular Affairs Committee the following matters were considered and are now presented to the Faculty Senate.

SECTION I

Informational Matters

A. College of Arts and Sciences

1. Department of Communication Studies

a. CHANGE: Expiration for COM 240X Introduction to Electronic Media (3) to permit a final offering in fall 2005.

b. CHANGE: Prerequisites for the following courses:

1) COM 209, 210 and 251 by adding “Pre: 100.”    

2) COM 324 to “202 or 221”    

2. Film Media Program

a. CHANGE: All references to “Film Studies” to “Film Media.”

b. CHANGE: FLM 204 and FLM 205 by deleting the prerequisite.

3. Department of History

CHANGE: Admission to 300-level history courses for spring 2006 to students who have 24 or more credits.

4. Department of Political Science

CHANGE: The minor in International Relations by adding:

1) PSC 350 and 481 to the International Relations Theory section

2) PSC 434 to the Comparative Government section

5. Department of Psychology

ADD:  PSY 302X Laboratory in Quantitative Methods in Psychology (1)
Laboratory projects in data collection, analysis and reporting, designed to parallel course material in PSY 300, (Lab. 2) Pre:  concurrent registration in PSY 300, section 03.  

6. College Writing Program

CHANGE: Prerequisite for WRT 227 to “Pre:  Open to Business majors with sophomore or higher standing.  Open to a limited number of writing majors with sophomore or higher standing.”

B. College of the Environment and Life Sciences

1. Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture and Department of Natural Resources Science

CROSS-LIST: CPL 300 as “CPL 300 (or NRS 300) Introduction to Global Issues in Sustainable Development (3)”

2. Department of Plant Sciences

CHANGE: Prerequisites for the following courses:

1) PLS 200, 205, 215, 250, 301, 306, 311, 331, 332, 341, 350, 352, 361, and 399 to” Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.”

2) PLS 255 to “Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 and CHM 103 or 124 or permission of instructor.
    
3) PLS 320 - delete prerequisite.

4) PLS 390 to “Pre: MTH 107 or 108 or 111 or permission of instructor.” 
         
5) PLS 393 to “Pre: ENT 385 or 387 and PLS 332 or 440 or permission of instructor.”

C. College of Pharmacy

Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

ADD: BPS 201X How Drugs Work (3)
Informative discussion about drugs and how they produce effects in humans to treat diseases as well as nutritional and dietary supplements for health maintenance. This course will also discuss drugs and supplements that are used for recreational purposes and to enhance performance. (Lec. 3)

S E C T I O N  II

Curricular Matters Which Require Confirmation by the Faculty Senate

A. College of Arts and Sciences/College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

CHANGE: Credits, description and method of instruction for BIO 302:

BIO 302 Animal Development (4)
Survey of the patterns and mechanisms of animal development, including the molecular genetic control of development, medical developmental biology and evolution of development. (Lec. 3, Lab 3) Pre: 101, 102, and two additional semesters of biological sciences; genetics recommended.

B. College of Arts and Sciences

1. Women’s Studies Program

ADD: WMS 360 Men and Masculinities (3)
Examines from a feminist perspective, the values, beliefs, myths, realities, research and writings about men and masculinities in contemporary United States life. (Seminar). Pre: 150.

2. College Writing Program

ADD: The following new courses:

1) WRT 270 Writing Our Selves:  Writing in the Expressivist Tradition (3)
Focuses on the expressivist tradition of writing, including memoirs, medical narratives, nature meditations and informal essays. (Seminar) Pre: any 100-level WRT course

2) WRT 360 Composing Processes and the Canons of Rhetoric (3)
Examines historical and contemporary theories of composing and rhetorical canons:  writing processes, style and arrangement, and relationships among writing, learning social contexts, technology and publication.  Field research on professional writers. (Lec. 3) Pre: 201 and another WRT course at the 200-level or above.

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S E C T I O N   III

Joint Report of the Curricular Affairs Committee and Graduate Council on 400-Level courses

At the September 26, 2005 meeting of the Curricular Affairs Committee and the September 30, 2005 meeting of the Graduate Council, the following matters were considered and are now presented to the Faculty Senate.

A. Informational Matters

1. College of Arts and Sciences

a. Department of Communication Studies

CHANGE: Prerequisite for COM 422 to “Pre 221 or 251.”

b. Department of Sociology and Anthropology

CHANGE:    Prerequisite for APG 413 (or MAF 413) to “Pre: 203 or MAF 100 or graduate status.  Open only to juniors, seniors and graduate students.”

2. College of the Environment and Life Sciences

a. Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture and Department of Natural Resources Science

*CROSS-LIST: The following courses:

a) CPL 487 as “CPL 487 (or NRS 487) International Development Internship (1-6)”

b) CPL 495 as “CPL 495 (or NRS 496) International Development Seminar (3)”

b. Department of Plant Sciences

*CHANGE: Prerequisites for the following courses:

a) PLS 436 to” Pre: BIO 102 or PLS 150 or permission of instructor.”

b) PLS 440 to “Pre: 200 or 332.”
    
c) PLS 442 to “Pre:  341 and 440 or permission of instructor.”

d) PLS 471 to “Pre: 250 and 215 or permission of instructor.”

e) PLS 475 to “Pre: NRS 212 and PLS 215 and BIO 346.”


*No action by the Graduate Council.  Not for graduate credit