New coursework focus of monthly Faculty Senate meeting
Issue date: 1/20/06 Section: News
"Part of what we do in the meetings is deal with business from the Senate Committee on Academic Affairs. A part of their job is approving new classes," said Michael Kennedy, professor and program director of biomedical sciences.
Biomedics Ethics and Law 538 is a new course that will increase students' awareness and perception of ethical and legal decisions in biomedical investigations.
Another proposed course, Biochemistry Graduate 509S, will be offered by the College of Medicine. The college plans to move this course from the doctorate second-year curriculum to that of the first year. It serves to follow the core curriculum, which students complete in April of their first year. There will be a link from the lecture methods used during the course to a self-governing learning style designed to outweigh the second year of courses. It is also planned to change the number of credits related to this course from three to two.
Another item on the Senate agenda is the School of Education's plan to replace a number of the courses offered in the Emergency Medical Services program. The graduate teacher certification and master's degree programs are comprised mostly of adult learners looking for a second career. The two undergraduate-level classes may serve as electives for any undergraduate curriculum and for students majoring in the teacher education degree. Two courses on the graduate level can function as content or professional electives towards SoE's M.S. programs, science of instruction and higher education. The school also aspires to re-establish the M.S. in instructional design it offered until 1985 when it became the current M.S. in the science of instruction.
Some of the other items discussed by the Senate include reformations to health benefits for retirees of the University; the recent partnership with Drexel-Burlington Community College; changes for research support; proposals for the College of Medicine, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and College of Nursing and Health Professions; the reinstallation of the Library Advisory Committee and alternative housing for international students living in the dormitories who had to leave during the holidays.