Catalog: 2017–2018 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Health Information Technology (HIT)

Nursing and Allied Health Division

HIT 117: Medical Terminology I

Units (Credits): 1; Prerequisites: none

Studies word derivations and formation with emphasis upon understanding common usage in the field of health care. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA,AB or AS Degree.

HIT 118: Language of Medicine

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Applies medical language by body system and appropriate use within the accepted nomenclature and classification systems. This course is designed to meet professional program requirements. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA,AB or AS Degree.

HIT 170: Computers in Health Care

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Teaches hardware and software components of computers for health information applications. Methods of controlling the accuracy and security of data. Record linkage and data sharing concepts. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA,AB or AS Degree.

History (HIST)

Liberal Arts Division

HIST 101: United States History to 1877

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none; Recommended: Completion or corequisite of ENG 101 or eligibility to enroll in ENG 101.

Offers a survey of American history and civilization from the time of the first European settlement to about 1877. Satisfies the United States constitution requirement.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of American History and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of fundamental principles, factors for change, theories, and generalizations from the field of American history and civilization to 1865 (GE 1).
  2. Examine historical and cultural changes through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices (GE 5).
  4. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  5. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in American History and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

HIST 102: United States History 1877 to Present

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none; Recommended: Completion or corequisite of ENG 101 or eligibility to enroll in ENG 101.

Covers American history and civilization since the end of the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. Satisfies the Nevada Constitution requirement.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of American History and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of fundamental principles, factors for change, theories, and generalizations from the field of American history after 1865 (GE 1).
  2. Examine historical and cultural changes through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices (GE 5).
  4. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  5. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in American History and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

HIST 105: European Civilization to 1648

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers the development of Western civilization and history from its beginnings in the valleys of the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates rivers to the mid-17th century rise of strong nation-states.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of Western Civilizations and European History and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of fundamental principles, distinct historical events, ideas and concepts of Western Civilizations from their beginnings to the onset of the modern age (GE 1)
  2. Examine and explain the forces leading to historical change and political, economic, and social transformation through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural, political, and religious diversity through the examination of various Western Civilizations before the modern era (GE 5)
  4. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  5. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in Western Civilization, such as achievements and/or resilience of peoples, and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6)

HIST 106: European Civilization 1648 to Present

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers Western civilization and history from the mid-17th century to the present.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of Western Civilizations and European History and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of fundamental principles, distinct historical events, ideas and concepts of Western civilizations from 1648 to the present (GE 1).
  2. Examine and explain the forces leading to historical change and political, economic, and social transformation through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural, political, and religious diversity through the examination of various Western Civilizations after 1648 (GE 5).
  4. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  5. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in Western Civilization, such as achievements and/or resilience of peoples, and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

HIST 111: Survey of U.S. Constitutional History

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Teaches the origin, development, history of the Nevada and United States constitutions. Examines the American judicial system through a number of significant decisions and will analyze the individuals who made those decisions. Satisfies the U.S. and Nevada Constitution requirements.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of Nevada and US Constitutional history and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of origins, terminology, classification of law, and unique characteristics about the Nevada and United States Constitutions (GE 1).
  2. Examine and explain significant judicial decisions at the state and national level through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices (GE 5)
  4. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  5. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in Nevada or United States constitutional history and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

HIST 207: Discover Nevada

Units (Credits): 1–3; Prerequisites: none

Explores the many historic sites and scenic areas of Nevada, utilizing lecture discussions, slide presentations, readings and videos.

HIST 208: World History I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none; Recommended: Completion or corequisite of ENG 101 or eligibility to enroll ENG 101

A survey of the societies and cultures of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania to 1600.

HIST 209: World History II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none; Recommended: Completion or corequisite of ENG 101 or eligibility to enroll ENG 101

A review of the principal developments in world history since 1600, including scientific and technological revolutions, social revolutions, nationalism, immigration, colonialism, world wars, decolonization, modernization, democracy, and dictatorships.

HIST 217: Nevada History

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Studies Nevada's history from prehistoric times to the present. The course will examine the early mining and cattle frontiers, the development of towns and the advent of industrialization as well as the 20th century problems of water, energy, and growth. Satisfies the Nevada Constitution requirement.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of Nevada state history and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of the physical, climactic, economic, political and historical environments that shaped the unique history of Nevada (GE 1).
  2. Examine and explain significant political, social, and economic changes in Nevada history through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices (GE 5).
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity through an examination of Nevada’s tribal history before and after Euro-American arrival (GE 5).
  5. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  6. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in Nevada history and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

HIST 225: Introduction to the Vietnam War

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Survey of U.S. involvement in Vietnam from 1954 to U.S. withdraws in 1975. Provides an overview of the land, history, and culture of Vietnam and the region. In-depth study of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Concludes with an overview of post U.S. involvement issues and the present day Vietnam.

HIST 247: Introduction to the History of Mexico

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces pre-Columbian Mexico, Colonial New Spain and Mexican national history to the present.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of Mexico or United States/Mexican relations and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
  1. Exhibit factual knowledge of the social, economic, political and international events that shaped the development of Mexico (GE 1).
  2. Examine and explain significant political, social, and economic changes in Mexican history through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
  3. Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices (GE 5).
  4. Demonstrate an appreciation of cultural diversity through an examination of various civilizations (GE 5).
  5. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document and the audience (GE 2, 6).
  6. Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in Mexican History and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 6).

HIST 285: History of Witchcraft

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none; Recommended: ENG 101

Addresses the changing definitions of magic, science, religion and law as they pertain to the supernatural from the beginnings of ancient civilizations through the modern era. Topics will include pagan religions, heresy, possession and exorcism, demons, artistic representations, and gender.

HIST 295: Special Topics: History

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: consent of instructor

Studies a selected issue or topic of significance in history. The intent will be to develop an awareness of and appreciation for the complex forces which have shaped the modern world. Material will be drawn from a variety of sources and may be interdisciplinary. May be repeated for up to six credits.

Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies (HGPS)

Liberal Arts Division

HGPS 201: Concepts in Holocaust, Genocide and Peace Studies

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Analyzes the origins of prejudice, hatred, and dehumanizing policies; examines major social conflicts, mass destructions and genocides; explores conflict resolutions and peaceful social relationships.

Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS)

Career and Technical Education Division

HDFS 201: Life Span Human Development

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Studies human growth over the life span covering the biological influences on development and the processes of intellectual and social development. Reviews the family system and explores major challenges and developmental issues facing families today.

HDFS 202: Introduction to Families

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Explores the dynamics of development, interaction, and intimacy of primary relationships in contextual and theoretical frameworks, societal issues and choices facing diverse family systems. This course is taught from a bio-psycho-social approach within the family ecological system context. It incorporates issues relevant to international families and diverse family arrangements within North America. Traditional issues of families are reframed, reconstructed, and questioned. Application of ideas to those working with families in a variety of settings including: physical health, mental health, economic and educational arenas.

HDFS 232: Diversity and the Young Child - A Multicultural Perspective

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Considers the development of young children from the prenatal period through age 8, focusing on diversity among children. Diversity will be explored in cultural, ethnic and linguistic variations as well as differences in ability and typical/atypical development. Students will seek to understand development and its cultural variations so that teaching young children will be more effective, empathic and aware. This course will explore the many ways of growing up and the worldwide diversity of that process.

Humanities (HUM)

Liberal Arts Division

HUM 101: Introduction to Humanities

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities. Students study major works in art, music, literature, and philosophy with historical framework.

HUM 198: Special Topics In Humanities

Units (Credits): 0.5–3; Prerequisites: none

Studies selected issues or topics of significance within the field of humanities. Intent will be to develop an interdisciplinary awareness and appreciation for the areas of art, music, literature, theater, history, and architecture. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.



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