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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

ADDITIONAL UPDATES THE CORE CURRICULUM COURSE LISTS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012

On behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC), Dean Paul B. Woodruff has submitted the following motion to update the core curriculum course lists. This motion, in addition to D 6976-6981, will define the core curriculum course lists for the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. It will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on October 26, 2009.

The proposed changes to the core course lists were reviewed and approved by UGSAC during its meetings on May 19, 2009, and September 8, 2009. At its meetings on June 3, 2009, and October 7, 2009, the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.



Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council web site on October 8, 2009.





ADDITIONAL UPDATES THE CORE CURRICULUM COURSE LISTS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2010-2012


Motion
On behalf of the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (UGSAC), the dean of undergraduate studies requests approval to add the following courses to the core curriculum course lists for the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.

COURSE CORE CURRICULUM AREA RATIONALE
RS 310 Social & Behavioral Science RS 310 (Introduction to the Study of Religion) currently satisfies the core social science requirement through its “same as” relationship with SOC 313K. Beginning in the fall of 2009, this course will be taught independently by the Religious Studies faculty. The content of the course, which includes anthropological, sociological, comparative, and historical approaches to the study of religion, will not change.
RTF 305
Visual and Performing Arts RTF 305 (Introduction to Media Studies) examines the history and range of visual media encompassed by the electronic systems of the 20th century, including key works, their production, significance, aesthetic dimensions, and roles in broader social movements. This course has been proposed by the RTF faculty as meeting the Student Competencies for the Visual & Performing Arts area of the core.
RTF 314/
RTF 316
Visual and Performing Arts RTF 314 (The Development of Motion Pictures) and RTF 316 (History of U.S. Radio and Television) provide students with cultural, historical, and contextual analysis of the interactions between the design and delivery of media productions and the individuals and groups to whom they are delivered. They are open to students from any school or college. Previously these courses could not be used to fulfill the VAPA core requirement because they each had RTF 305 as a prerequisite, and that course would fulfill the requirement. However this prerequisite has been removed from these courses and this change will be included in the 2010-12 catalog.
BIO 315H/
BIO325H
Science & Technology Part I BIO 315H (Advanced Introduction to Genetics: Honors) and BIO 325H (Genetics: Honors) is a two course sequence open to students with AP biology experience. This sequence is offered, for students from any major who enter the University prepared for this advanced level of work, in place of BIO 311C and BIO 311D, an introductory sequence, which is already on the approved list for this core requirement. This sequence was left off the original core list because the 2008-10 catalog indicated these courses were restricted to biology and biochemistry majors. However this was never the case in practice and this restriction will be removed in the 2010-12 catalog.
EE 302 Science & Technology Part II EE 302 (Introduction to Electrical Engineering) has been proposed by the ECE faculty as meeting the Student Competencies for the Science & Technology Part II area of the core, which D 5189-5190 of the General Faculty expanded to include “science, engineering, and technology courses that [address] problems facing society today and in the future.” The course, which includes substantial scientific and quantitative content, also includes units of study on the social impacts of technology and professional ethics. The Cockrell School has agreed to open at least 10 seats for non-majors each fall.
EE 306 Science & Technology Part II EE 306 (Introduction to Computing) has been proposed by the ECE faculty as meeting the Student Competencies for the Science & Technology Part II area of the core, which D 5189-5190 of the General Faculty expanded to include “science, engineering, and technology courses that [address] problems facing society today and in the future.” The course, which includes substantial scientific and quantitative content, also explores ways in which computers affect and benefit society. The Cockrell School has agreed to open at least 10 seats for non-majors each spring.


Background

Proposals to add the aforementioned courses to the core curriculum core course lists originated in the offering departments and have been approved by UGSAC as meeting the relevant Student Competencies, which are based on and designed to demonstrate satisfaction of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Exemplary Educational Objectives.

This motion, in addition to D 6976-6981, will define the core curriculum course lists for the 2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog.