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SPECIAL TOPIC COURSES / SPRING 2018                                                                                                                                          

BIOL 486-6: Human Cardiovascular Physiology

Analysis of human cardiovascular physiology. Strong focus on human physiology, supported by comparative animal models. Specific topics include embryonic cardiovascular development, blood flow, blood pressure, cardiovascular neural regulations, cardiac morphology, hemodynamics, and cardiac disease.

Prerequisite: BIOL 353

BIOL 596-3: Avian Biology

The study of birds, encompassing traditional ornithology and applied avian ecology. Covering the fundamentals of avian systematics, evolution, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, behavior, ecology, and conservation through a combination of lecture and case study discussions. Major topics will include dinosaur origins, flight mechanics and physiology, foraging and feeding behavior, social interactions and life-history strategies, and population dynamics. Field trip(s) during or outside of class (including weekends) may be required.

Prerequisites: BIOL 354 or enrollment in the Biological Sciences graduate program.

BIOL 597-3: Populations Genetics Lab

Complements the BIOL 502 Population Genetics Lecture course, where students will work on a small-scale population genetics project, involving local flora and fauna. Students will learn how to sample, extract DNA, control for quality, PCR-based microsatellite/SNP genotyping, genetic sequencing, and bioinformatics/population genetic data analyses using R and other commonly used software to address questions about evolutionary history and genomic diversity. Concepts addressed include genetic variation, drift, the neutral theory, migration, selection, population structure and inbreeding.

Prerequisites: Completion of BIOL 352 with a C (2.0) or better, or enrollment in the Biological Sciences Masters Program.

Co-Requisite: BIOL 502.

BIOL 597-4: Laboratory and Field Studies in Avian Biology

This lab/field course complements the Avian Biology lecture course (BIOL 596-3), and focuses on providing direct, hands-on experience with the tools and techniques of ornithology and avian ecology. The laboratory exercise will focus on avian systematics, anatomy, physiology, and data analysis. The field exercises will focus on local species identification, avian census techniques, and behavioral observation methods. Three hours of laboratory. Field trip(s) during or outside of class (including weekends), on or off-campus, may be required.

Co-requisite: BIOL 596-3.

BIOL 686-7: Advanced Human Cardiovascular Physiology

An in-depth analysis of human cardiovascular physiology. Strong focus on human physiology, supported by comparative animal models. Taught through combination of lectures and case studies, providing overview of cardiovascular biology, and links between environment, disease and cardiovascular physiology. Specific topics include embryonic cardiovascular development, blood flow, blood pressure, cardiovascular neural regulation, cardiac morphology, hemodynamics, and cardiac disease. Students will be required to read peer-reviewed literature and write an expanded academic paper on a heart physiology topic.

Enrollment restricted to students in the Biological Sciences graduate program.

BIOL 686-8: Prep For The Psm And Bioscience Industry Engagement

Career readiness preparation for the completion of the Masters of Biotechnology program and the successful entry and growth in the bioscience arena. Consists of guest speakers from the life science and support community and interactive discussion topics including the business of science, career opportunities, industry and workforce trends, and overview of the biotechnology industry. Students will identify career values and goals and get on track for finding a meaningful project for their capstone experience. Research of potential semester-in-residence sites and development of a plan for securing a project.

COMM 420-4: Border Rhetoric

Examines the U.S. Mexico borderlands as a discursive phenomenon. Application of rhetorical theory and criticism to unpack the histories, artifacts, and narratives that shape the physical and ideological line between citizen and outsider.

COMM 420-5: Interpreting Art As A Communicative Experience

Covers conceptual-theoretical approaches to aesthetics that will then be directed to our own collective and personal aesthetic experiences. What an aesthetic discourse might best look like, how does this discourse differ from, contradict, or perhaps supplement other discourses, and how might we put aesthetic discourse to the test in order to expand our own subjective awareness of our personal relationship to varied works of art.

COMM 450-1: Communication and Transnationalism

Examines the communication practices that occur across transnational borders in the context of globalization. Explores transnationalism as the multiple ties and interactions linking peoples and institutions across the borders of nation states. Overviews various theories, approaches, and concepts to the study of transnationalism in the field of critical intercultural communication to help students develop the ability to effectively communicate across and through cultural differences in order to become global citizens in a transnational context. Prerequisite: COMM 330.

EDUC 696-4: Initial Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language

A two-week course aimed at graduates or students in their final year of their bilingual credential program who wish to advance their teacher formation as part of their professional development in Spanish as a foreign language. Course provides future teachers of Spanish as a foreign language with key techniques and useful tools for application in the classroom. Students will be required to attend class at the University of Valladolid, Spain and complete assignments. Enrollment restricted to bilingual pre-service teachers or bilingual graduate students who seek further training in teaching Spanish.

EDUC 696-5: Advanced Training for Teachers of Spanish as a Second Language

A two-week advanced course for teachers of Spanish who have some classroom and/or clinical practice experience in bilingual education with an interest in broadening their didactic knowledge in Spanish language teaching. Course provides teachers with content and resources for lesson planning in Spanish as a foreign language. Students will be required to attend class at the University of Valladolid, Spain and complete assignments. Enrollment restricted to bilingual pre-service and/or in-service teachers who have some experience in teaching Spanish or are seeking a bilingual authorization to teach Spanish in a bilingual setting.

FIN 484-1: Managing Financial Institutions

Examines the economic role and evolution of financial institutions; structure of banking; lending and investment techniques; band organization and regulation; asset and liability management; credit risk management; bank performance analysis. Prerequisites: FIN 304 and 331.

GBST 390-8: Refugee Crises and Global Responses

The development of refugees as a special category of migrants in modern global society. Considers the history and experience of refugees, changing perceptions of forced migration and migrants, and evolving global humanitarian and international response. Concludes with consideration of contemporary refugee experiences with special emphasis on refugee narratives.

GEOG 390-2: Parks and Protected Areas

Uses U.S. and international parks and protected areas to explore themes of human-environment interaction, sustainability, and conservation. Explores the history of parks and protected areas, including the development of the U.S. National Park system. Examines representative case studies to explain evolving ideas regarding wilderness, public space, principles of multiple use, and sustainability.

GERMAN 410-1: Introduction To German Poetry

Survey of German Poetry from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Examines authors, themes, and poetic forms from the major eras and artistic movements in the German speaking areas of Central Europe. Students also practice German vocabulary, diction, and grammar.

MASS 470-6: Media Policy In The U.S.

Examines how laws and regulations governing our media have either bolstered or hindered democratic participation, from the newspapers of the early Republic to the birth of the modern Internet. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between media policy and movements for racial, gender and economic justice.

OM 484-3: Quality Management and Performance Excellence

Covers operations management approach to quality management and performance excellence. Focuses on three main concepts: the foundation of quality management; tools and te4hniques to support design, control, and improvement of quality; and the organizational view of performance excellence. Topics in include history of quality management, foundations of quality management, quality management systems (ISO 9000 family of standards), quality and customer, quality and workforce, quality and process, quality and supply chain management, statistical methods in quality management, design for quality, quality measurement and control, lean six sigma, and frameworks for performance excellence (MBNQA, EFQM,…).

PSCI 390-23: The Right To Privacy In The Eu And U.S.

Explores the development of the right to privacy in the European Union and the United States. Using excerpts from cases from both the U.S. Supreme Court and the EU. Court of Justice and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as the primary readings, students examine the extent of the right to privacy, how differing governments define the right, and the right to be forgotten.

 PSYC 560-5: Structural Equation Modeling

Structural equation modeling (SEM) refers to a family of methods that test statistical models of covariances. It is increasingly used in the social sciences to test a wide variety of hypotheses, including those about mediation, moderation, measurement, and change over time. You will learn how to plan, carry out, and interpret analyses using the Mplus 8 computer program. As a practitioner’s course, the emphasis will be on applying, understanding, and interpreting this modeling technique in a psychological research context.

SLP 498-1: Problem Based Learning In Speech Language Pathology

Examines cases in Speech Language Pathology to develop critical thinking skills and engage in problem-based learning. Discussion will center on diagnosis, chosen course of treatment, and family centered practice. Students will be taught to and encouraged to reflect on their practice and experiences.

Prerequisites: SLP 471 and 473.

SLP 498-2: Autism And Behavior Management

Examines the nature of autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan. An introduction to principles of assessment and diagnostic criteria for the disorder will be discussed. Treatment, data collection, and ongoing assessment techniques will be reviewed. Principles of behavior management will be reviewed that can be used across the lifespan.

SOC 485-2: Seminar in Sociological Topics: Transgender Studies

Explores gender nonnormativity, broadly conceptualized. Addresses transgender phenomenon from the perspective of the social, political, representational, and individual spheres. Emphasis on the transgender movement as an emerging sight of intersectional social justice transformation.

Prerequisites: SOC 307 or 315 or instructor permission.

SOC 489-11: Perspectives On U.S. Militarism

Examines how U.S. militarism has influenced the development of various societies, with an emphasis on the range of responses and critiques engendered by the ideologies and technologies of militarization. Through an interdisciplinary lens, students will explore the socio-cultural effects of militarized displacement and/or criminalization in the following areas: the gendered migration of kin and family; the racialization of migrants and refugees; the violent securitization and policing of borders and bodies; sexual health, harm, and trauma; education, housing, and homelessness; youth recruitment and video gaming; military land use and environmental conservation.

SOC 685-6: Seminar On Gangs And Adolescent Subcultures

Explores a critical perspective of gangs and adolescent subcultures in the United States. Examines the social construction of gangs and gangland typologies (social, territorial, and organizational), and how difference plays a pivotal role in the formation of subcultures by looking at difference (gender, race, class sexual orientation and cultural citizenship). Familiarizes students with the state's war on gangs and law enforcement's gang suppression strategies, and with the CalGang database, public policy/gang injunction laws, the super-predator ideologies, and gang prevention, intervention and suppression strategies in public, private and grassroots organizations.

Deconstructs moral entrepreneurship/moral panics, structural poverty, institutional racism, anti-immigration policy and gentrification. Special attention to North San Diego County gangs and how the war on gangs is a preemptive strike against communities of color as a whole.

VSAR 380-3: Museum And Curatorial Practice

Provides an introduction to museum studies and curatorial practice. Includes the selection, collection, display, and maintenance of a collection of any form of media in real or virtual spaces. Offers a general introduction to the complex role of the museum in contemporary society, and hands-on experience planning, designing, installing, and publicizing a museum exhibition.