Catalog: 2017–2018 Catalog Year

Course Descriptions

Senior Computing (SENR)

Career and Technical Education Division

SENR 101: Personal Computing For Seniors I

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: none

Offers hands-on course designed for the senior student who has little or no experience with PC's. Explains PC hardware and software, basic terminology, instructs how to wisely purchase a personal computer for present and future needs and advises how to set up a home computing work area. Student receives hands-on instruction in the basic use of word processing, learning to compose, format, edit, save and print letters and documents. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SENR 102: Personal Computing For Seniors II

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: SENR 101 or equivalent

Offers hands-on instruction for the senior who has a basic knowledge of personal computer and word processing and wishes to learn the basics of other software applications. The student will receive a review or word processing techniques, along with hands-on introductory instruction in the basic use of spreadsheets, databases, presentation, Internet and e-mail software. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SENR 103: Personal Computing For Seniors III

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: SENR 101 or equivalent

Builds on students' knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Word, Access and Excel. This class will also include Microsoft Word's mail merge feature, Access tables, Outlook contacts, inserting an Excel spreadsheet into a Word document, and attaching Word or Excel files to an Access field. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SENR 104: Personal Computing For Seniors IV

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: SENR 101 or equivalent

Teaches how to enhance documents through the use of graphics. Helps students becomes familiar with various graphic programs, including PowerPoint and Publisher. Teaches how to scan pictures and documents into a computer. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SENR 105: Internet For Seniors

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: SENR 101 or equivalent

Offers hands-on course designed for the senior student who has a basic knowledge of personal computers and wishes to learn how to access the Internet and use software to explore the World Wide Web. Students will learn to use various search engines to find people through white pages, business and services through yellow page search services and information. The student will download files, use e-mail and transfer attachments. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SENR 110: File and Disk Management For Seniors

Units (Credits): 2; Prerequisites: SENR 101 or equivalent

Offers hands-on instruction for the participant who has basic/intermediate knowledge of personal computers and wishes to learn how to effectively manage and organize PC files by using more advanced procedures and methods. Participants will learn how to utilize the Windows Explore and My Computer features for day-to-day disk management. It also teaches the skills to create, find, copy, move and delete files and folders, and to perform other necessary disk housekeeping tasks. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

Social Work (SW)

Liberal Arts Division

SW 101: Introduction to Social Work

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the profession of social work within a historical context. Emphasis on values, human diversity, analysis of social problem solving and fields of practice.

SW 230: Crisis Intervention

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Analyzes types of crisis theory, effects of crisis on the individual, family and community. Looks at methods and resources for crisis intervention.

SW 250: Social Welfare History and Policy

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Explores the historical development of the social work profession and current policies governing the social service delivery system within the United States. Presents social policy as a social construction influenced by a range of ideologies and interests. Special attention is paid to social welfare policy and programs relevant to the practice of social work, including poverty, child and family well-being, mental and physical disability, health, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities. Includes a focus on the role of policy in creating, maintaining or eradicating social inequities.

SW 310: HBSE I Structural Factors and Macro Systems

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SW 101, SW 250

First course in a two course sequence that promotes a multidimensional understanding of human functioning and behavior across systems and the life course. Specifically examines human behavior manifested in larger systems as well as the reciprocal relationship between individual functioning and social institutions. Orients students to social work perspectives that view human behavior as being influenced and impinged upon by environmental forces. Advances student's ability to critically examine the role of power, privilege and oppression in shaping life experiences.

SW 321: Basics of Professional Communication

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SW 101, SW 250

Focuses on the development of basis communication and observational skills needed for subsequent social work methods courses. Addresses communications topics including: active listening, questioning, empathetic responding, paraphrasing, summarizing, persuasive writing, and nov-verbal communication. Emphasizes developing observation and communication skills that capture events in ways that are descriptive, accurate, and unbiased. Stresses the importance of nonjudgmental and unbiased communication and rapport. Examines the roles of power differentials, gender, culture, class, context, and ethnicity/race on professional communication.

Sociology (SOC)

Liberal Arts Division

SOC 101: Principles of Sociology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Sociology 101 (SOC 101), Principles of Sociology, explains sociological principles underlying the development, structure, and function of culture, society, human groups, personality formation and social change.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses 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. Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:
  1. Identify important terminology, concepts, principles, themes, and major content areas in sociology. (GenEd 1)
  2. Write quality essays and assignments. (GenEd 2)
  3. Locate, evaluate, and appropriately use information from multiple resources to complete assignments and papers. (GenEd 4)
  4. Describe explain, or apply selected concepts and principles from approaches and perspectives in sociology. (GenEd 6)

III. Topics

  1. Sociology: Perspective, Theory, and Method.
  2. Culture.
  3. Socialization: From Infancy to Old Age.
  4. Social Interaction in Everyday Life.
  5. Groups and Organization.
  6. Sexuality and Society.
  7. Deviance.
  8. Social Stratification.
  9. Global Stratification.
  10. Gender Stratification.
  11. Race and Ethnicity.
  12. Economic and Politics.
  13. Family and Religion.
  14. Education, Health, and Medicine.
  15. Population, Urbanization, and Environment.
  16. Social Change: Modern and Postmodern Societies.

SOC 102: Contemporary Social Issues

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SOC 101 or consent of instructor

Acquaints students with selected social problems, their causes and possible solutions.

SOC 202: American Society

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SOC 101 or consent of instructor

Studies modern American society, its communities, and institutions.

SOC 205: Ethnic Groups in Contemporary Societies

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: introductory course in one of the social sciences

See ANTH 205.

SOC 210: Introduction to Statistical Methods

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: PSY 101, SOC 101, MATH096 or consent of instructor

Offers a course in understanding statistical methods and training in the useful presentation and interpretation of behavioral science data, including elementary computer use. Same as PSY 210.

SOC 261: Introduction to Social Psychology

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: PSY 101, SOC 101 or consent of instructor

Examines the social character of human behavior.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of knowledge about social psychology, including major theories, principles, research methods, and applications of social psychology to contemporary issues. The information in the parentheses 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. Students who pass this course must demonstrate they:
  1. Have a working knowledge of key concepts, principles, theories, and research from social psychology. (GE 1)
  2. Can correctly use the American Psychological Association’s style in all writing in the course. (GE 2).
  3. Locate, evaluate, and use information relevant to assignments. (GE 4)
  4. Present an approach for resolving a significant contemporary problem based upon principles and research from social psychology. (GE 6)

SOC 275: Introduction to Marriage & the Family

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SOC 101 or consent of instructor

Examines typical problems encountered in dating, courtship, marriage, and parenthood.

Spanish (SPAN)

Liberal Arts Division

SPAN 101: Spanish, Conversational I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Emphasizes spoken communication. Listening skills, reading and writing skills will be explored. A vocabulary of Spanish-English words can be developed to suit student needs. As students progress through this four-semester sequence they will build increasing fluency in the speaking, reading and writing of Spanish. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 102: Conversational Spanish II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or consent of instructor

Offers a second semester of Conversational Spanish designed to continue and improve the skills learned in the first semester. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 103: Conversational Spanish III

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or consent of instructor

Further develops skills learned in previous semesters. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 104: Conversational Spanish IV

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 103 or consent of instructor

Further develops skills learned in previous semesters. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 109: Spanish for Educators I

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

Provides basic skills and tools to English speakers who work with native Spanish-speaking students and their parents. Examines cultural aspects that can affect student performance and achievement. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 110: Spanish For Educators II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 109 consent of instructor

Helps students continue enhancing their oral and written communication skills in Spanish and become more cognizant of cultural obstacles faced by Spanish-speaking ELL students. Explores numerous best practices for reaching ELL students. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 111: First Year Spanish I

Units (Credits): 3–4; Prerequisites: none

Develops language skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing and structural analysis. Includes an introduction to Spanish culture.

SPAN 112: First Year Spanish II

Units (Credits): 3–4; Prerequisites: SPAN 111 or equivalent or consent of instructor

Develops language skills through practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and structural analysis.

SPAN 199: Special Topics in Spanish

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

Applies to assorted short courses and workshops covering a variety of subjects. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SPAN 211: Second Year Spanish I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 112 or equivalent

Considers structural review, conversation and writing, and readings in modern literature.

SPAN 212: Second Year Spanish II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 211

Continues structural review, conversation and writing, and readings in modern literature.

SPAN 226: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: Students should have some bilingual communication skills

Assists native Spanish speaking students who want to improve their literacy in the language. Students will study and practice basic Spanish grammar for improving and developing written and oral communications and reading skills while exploring some of the most interesting and important aspects of their own history and culture.

SPAN 227: Spanish for Heritage Speakers II

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: SPAN 226 Students should have some bilingual communication skills

Continues of SPAN 226, designed for native Spanish speaking students who want to improve their literacy in the language. Students will study and practice Spanish grammar for improving and developing written and oral communication and reading skills while exploring some of the most interesting and important aspects of their own history and culture.

Statistics (STAT)

Liberal Arts Division

STAT 152: Introduction to Statistics

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: MATH 126, MATH 128 or consent of instructor

Introduces statistics, probability models, statistical estimation and hypothesis testing, linear regression analysis, and special topics.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses 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. Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:
  • Extract information correctly from tables and graphs, and use appropriate technology to create tables and graphs from data. (GE 1)
  • Recognize various design aspects of surveys and experiments. (GE 1)
  • Recognize probability distributions, and use them to compute probabilities. (GE 3)
  • Compute descriptive statistics and perform basic computations using normal distributions. (GE 3)
  • Construct confidence intervals and conduct hypothesis tests using appropriate techniques, and interpret the results. (GE 6)
  • Recognize correlation between two variables, and use linear regression to make predictions. (GE 3)

III. Topics

Descriptive statistics, statistical graphs and tables. Probability distributions, and probability rules. Inferential statistics for one and two samples. Correlation and linear regression.

Surveying (SUR)

Career and Technical Education Division

SUR 119: Construction Surveying

Units (Credits): 2–4; Prerequisites: CONS 108 or consent of instructor

Presents care and use of surveying equipment. Profile elevation and closed traverse projects will provide hands-on experience. Construction staking will be explained in detail. Note: Non-transferable for an NSHE baccalaureate degree. Non-applicable towards an AA, AB or AS Degree.

SUR 161: Elementary Surveying

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: MATH 127 or higher

Offers a beginning course designed to introduce students to modern techniques in land surveying.

SUR 162: Advanced Surveying

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: SUR 119, SUR 161, SUR 265

Offers an advanced curriculum in surveying, but with increased difficulty and responsibility.

SUR 261: Legal Aspects of Surveying

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers legal terminology relating to land surveying, writing and interpreting legal descriptions, and deed and title research. Introduces state laws relating to surveying and mapping.

SUR 262: Principles of Land Surveying

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers principles of land surveying and an in-depth study of public land system, restoration of corners, boundary and control survey adjustments, and evidence and analysis.

SUR 263: Civil Survey Design

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Covers advanced subdivision, street and utility design and computations, basic map preparation, methods and procedures for construction surveying of civil designed improvements.

SUR 264: Introduction to Global Positioning System

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Focuses on aspects of the satellite navigation system becoming widely used in surveying and navigation. Topics include origin, history, operations, differential positioning, kinematic and real time GPS (RTK).

SUR 265: Introduction to Construction Surveying

Units (Credits): 4; Prerequisites: none

Covers reviewing and understanding civil, structural, and architectural constructing plans, and relationship for surveying layout. Requires surveying in an outdoor lab environment.

SUR 266: Land Development

Units (Credits): 3; Prerequisites: none

Introduces the forces shaping urban form including history and determinants of influence, nature of urban form, comprehensive planning and implementation, including zoning, general terms relating to development, state statutes, and local land use controls.



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