USM Lewiston-Auburn College

Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

 

ANT 101J     Anthropology: The Cultural View

This course is a basic introductory survey of cultural anthropology.  It examines the differences between cultures as well as cultural universals, and the relationship between social organization, ideology, economics, and political structure in different types of societies.  It reviews the various theoretical approaches in cultural anthropology’s attempt to explain human behavior, presenting examples from foraging farming, and contemporary industrial societies through readings and films.  Cr 3

   

CON 280        Holistic Health I

This course explores the realm of holistic health, emphasizing the integration of body, mind and spirit. Specific techniques and therapies will be introduced including, but not limited to, nutrition, stress management, meditation, therapeutic movement and massage, music, and others. The primary goal is to bring greater self-confidence, increased knowledge, and self-responsibility about health into each student's life. Cr 3

CON 283      Healing & Spirituality

This course will explore the links between spiritual understandings and physical and mental health. Focusing on global spiritual and religious traditions, the course will examine the determinants of health and the healing techniques utilized in each faith. We will also examine the ways in which religious values and expectations become internalized and affect the ways in which we interpret our wellness and our discomforts.This course is designed to offer an opportunity to become familiar with the world’s faith traditions, and to explore spirituality as it relates to healing, both personally and institutionally. Cr 3

 

CON 302        Pharmacology

This course provides an overview of the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The major drug categories are reviewed with emphasis placed on the therapeutic use, action, and adverse reactions of selected prototype drugs. Emphasis is placed on the benefits and risks of drug therapy, thereby preparing the health professional for safe, therapeutic pharmacologic interventions. There is no clinical component to this course. For nursing majors, CON 302/502 must be taken within one year of enrolling in NUR 323/325 or 541/542.  Prerequisites: BIO 211 or SCI 172 or SCI 270 and sophomore standing. Cr 3

CON 356        Concepts in Community Health

This course introduces the concepts and principles basic to the development and maintenance of the community's health. The epidemiological process guides the survey of current major health issues. The course focuses on the health issues of groups in the community at local, state, national, and global levels. Cr 3

ENG 120         Introduction to Literature

This course is designed to introduce students to four basic literary genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, exercises, readings, and weekly writing assignments, students will work toward mastering a basic understanding of literature. Students will learn how to improve their writing, as well as their ability to read and analyze literature.  Cr 3

 

HCE 514         Principles of Psychosocial Rehabilitation           

The purpose of this course is to understand the origins, philosophies, contexts, and methods of mental health services referred to as psychiatric rehabilitation. Content will include dissonant and changing mental health definitions, historical emergence of psychiatric rehabilitation, promising and evidence-based practice, consumer-survivor movement and impact, concepts of recovery, empowerment, and community, family issues and roles, societal myths and stigma, and varied professional functions. PSR models that are proven effective are integrating treatment with rehabilitation, are now being acknowledged as evidence-based practices by SAMHSA. The course will also address how psychiatric rehabilitation is applied in situations involving housing, education, social relationships, substance abuse, and community membership. Cr 3

 

HCE 620       Fundamentals of Counseling Theories

This course is for those who are or will be engaged in counseling in an educational or mental health setting. Selected theories and related techniques are closely examined. Research literature that has a bearing on the effectiveness and non-effectiveness of counseling is reviewed.  Cr 3

 

HCE 686       Internship: Counselor Education

This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate formal coursework with on-the-job experience in selected institutions. Prerequisite: HCE 690.  Cr 1-9

 

HCE 690         Individual Counseling Practicum Seminar

Through lecture, discussion, and group supervision students learn to apply professional knowledge and skills to the practice of counseling with individuals. Role playing, video and audio tapes, and demonstrations are used in helping students develop an integrated counseling style. This course is taken concurrently with HCE 691. Prerequisites: HCE 620, HCE 621, HCE 622 (school counseling specialty only), and HCE 626. Cr 3

HRD 200         Multicultural Human Development              

This course introduces developmental theory and research that encompasses the entire lifespan. Emphasis will be on prenatal development through adolescence, with an overview of adult development. A multi-disciplinary and multicultural view of human development will be taken by examining theories from a socio-cultural context and in consideration of change as well as stability throughout the life cycle. The interaction of hereditary, environmental, and socio-cultural factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. Prerequisite: Second semester freshmen or above; must have completed College Writing and EYE course. This course is cross-listed with SBS 200.  Cr 3

 

HUM 230F     Digital Photography

Working with digital cameras, students will learn to see photographically in color. They will gain a better understanding of color relationships using color as design elements and the overall artistic and aesthetic uses of color photography. Students will learn controls of their camera's software. Adobe Photoshop software will be the primary tool used for image control and manipulation. Cr 3

 

HUM 295        Creative Expression in Drawing

In this course, students will study drawing as a means to enhance powers of observation, imagination and expression.  The elements of line, shape, composition, value and texture will be explored in classroom drawing exercises and assignments and out of class drawing experiences.  Basic drawing techniques will be introduced in a variety of media.  Assignments will be geared to develop each individual's ability to make drawings of objects from the natural world and drawings based on the expression of ideas.  Cr 3

   

HUM 304        Writing Children’s literature

An exploration of how real life stories, details, characters, and voices combine with images to create compelling children's stories. This course includes lecture, class discussion and writing workshops. Cr 3

 

HUM 322        Professional Communications

This hands-on course will explore the types of writing and other forms of communication we use in a professional setting. By studying examples of writing in context and by creating original work, we will examine how get the point across in clear, concise and compelling language. We will also address creating strong and effective visual and verbal communication.  Cr 3

 

HUM 326        World History & Geography II

This is the second in a series of two courses that are designed to help students become more knowledgeable participants in today's rapidly changing world. Its goal is to make links between global history and modern world situations, as well as find the locations on a map. In other words, it is a primer in "global citizenship." This course covers the period from the Age of Modern Exploration (ca. 1500) to the present. Prerequisite: Only students with more than 45 credits are permitted to take this course. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Cr 3

 

HUM 330I       International Literature, Labor, & the Arts

This course is designed to develop an appreciation for the diverse forms of work and labor-organizing around the world and their expression through literature and the arts. We will look at songs, films, murals, magazines, poetry, cartoons, novels, short stories, biographies, and more. Although we will consider work historically, our primary goal is to develop an international view of labor in the modern world. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Cr 3

 

HUM 335        Working with Writers

This one-credit course provides training for Writing Assistants who work at the LAC Writing Center. Topics covered include basic composition theory, the Writing Center as a workplace, tutoring in digital formats, helping writers across the curriculum, and communication skills. The course prepares Writing Assistants for CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) certification. The course may be taken three times (to align with the three levels of CRLA certification). Permission of instructor required. HUM 335 to be offered as a seminar every Fall and Spring semester.   Cr 1

HUM 338 Intermediate Writing Theory and Practice

This one-credit practicum provides an intermediate level examination  of writing center theory and practice.  It is designed to provide content and technical training for experienced Writing Center tutors. Class meetings also provide a venue for group discussion of tutoring experiences. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible for Level 3 College Reading and Language Association  (CRLA) certification.  Permission of instructor required. Meets 1 hour a week. Cr. 1. (May be taken three times.)

 

HUM 358        Representations of Motherhood

This course examines the ways in which motherhood is represented in various cultural forms (including film, literature and political rhetoric) and from within different historical and cultural contexts. Contemporary psychological theories will be considered in terms of how they are used to prescribe normative demands on women and mothers and also how they attribute various powers to mothers that then contribute to the construction of particular social policies and practices. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Cr 3

 

HUM 369        Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles  

In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5

 

HUM 385      Global Past, Global Present

This course is a thematic survey of global history from its origins to the present. Its aim is to provide a wide contextualized understanding of human existence in a new format that is called “Big History,” a concept that integrates knowledge from the natural and social sciences with the humanities. The result is a more realistic understanding of how humans fit into the vast expanse of the universe. As a part of this survey, students will consider some of the challenges of modern globalization, with an important theme being the quest to develop sustainable and ethical lifestyles. The overall focus of this course will be on what such knowledge might mean in everyday life and how we as responsible individuals and a responsible species should conduct ourselves in this world.  Cr 3

 

HUM 413        Job Search Skills for the 21st Century

In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5

 

HUM 447         Internship     

This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3-6

 

 

HUM 460        Franco-American Community and Archives Work

This course will consist of directed study and work with the Franco-American Collection. The largest repository of Franco-American documents in Maine and one of the largest in the United States, the Collection is home to a wide variety of letters, diaries, oral histories, newspapers, scrapbooks, maps, audio recordings, photographs, books, and academic papers. This diverse material comes from the Androscoggin Valley, other parts of Maine, the Northeast, and from around North America. Projects will include locating and obtaining materials, their conservation and preservation, cataloguing and accessioning documents, as well as projects of public service and community outreach. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Cr 3

 

LAC 112       Microsoft Excel

This course uses a problem-solving approach to electronic spreadsheets. It satisfies the LOS major’s requirement and should follow the LAC 150 introductory course. Students will learn advanced data analysis, formulas, and create graphs to interpret the data. This course should be completed prior to taking the financial management, economics, or budgeting course. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent.  Cr 1

LAC 114       PowerPoint

This computer program allows users an electronic means of giving presentations to groups of people Students will learn how to create electronic slides using written, graphic, and sound materials. The slides can then be formatted in several different ways: 35 mm slides, overhead transparencies, and handouts. Students who have to give presentations to classes or who are considering careers in teaching, marketing, or public relations fields should consider this course.  Cr 1

LAC 150       Microcomputers and Applications

An introductory lecture and laboratory course designed to introduce students to basic microcomputer concepts and their application to education, business, and home management. This course will cover: Windows, e-mail, Internet, and Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.  Cr 3

 

LAC 200         Community Learning Groups

This specially designed course for TRiO Student Support Services participants serves as the first module in a series which will enhance the learning experience at USM and prepare the student to focus on personal and academic goals. Topics will vary, but will include self-assessments for career and learning, study strategies, making the most of academic advising, taking full advantage of university offerings, financial literacy, leadership and diversity development, and planning for careers or graduate school. The instructor’s role will be to serve as advisor and guide, and in addition, there will be guest speaker experts in some classes. Students will normally take this course in their first semester of SSS participation as it is an important anchor to the program. Cr 1

 LAC 334      Integrated Software Packages (On-line)

This on-line course in the use of integrated software packages for report, document, presentation, and information development activities. A variety of instructional activities will stress file and data integration and explore intra- and inter-package communications. Integration of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics software will be featured using linking and other tools. Students will be expected to produce documents, spreadsheets, database reports and presentations which will take full advantage of inter-operability, communication, translating, linking, and sharing functions. Prerequisite: ABU 180/190, LAC 150 or equivalent. Cross-listed with LOS 334.  Cr 3

LAC 334       Integrated Software Packages

This is a course in the use of integrated software packages for report, document, presentation, and information development activities. A variety of instructional activities will stress file and data integration and explore intra- and inter-package communications. Integration of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics software will be featured using linking and other tools. Students will be expected to produce documents, spreadsheets, database reports and presentations which will take full advantage of inter-operability, communication, translating, linking, and sharing functions. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent.  Cr 3

 

LAE 480       Portfolio Seminar

This course is designed to integrate content area study, educational pedagogy, and school field experiences. This course builds upon the principles of learning to teach all subjects and supports students in reflecting upon the related internship, curriculum design and developing appropriate portfolio exhibits. LAE 480 is an intensive supervised internship experience in applying knowledge and skills to the practice of teaching. This course is taught in conjunction with LAE 490, Student Teaching.  Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM's teacher education programs. Cr 3

 

LAE 490         Student Teaching

This internship experience is supported by a 3-credit co-requirement (LAE 480: Portfolio Seminar) and activities completed in the internship placements allow the student to complete assignments graded in seminar. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Praxis I and II and completion of applicable methods courses with at least a B average. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM's teacher education programs. Cr 3  

 

LCC 110C      College Writing: Language and Literacies

This first-tier writing instruction course introduces students to one or more themes of the Core curriculum. It emphasizes the connections between reading and writing, and students learn how thinking and the language that conveys it develop and change through the process of drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. The course introduces students to the conventions of expository academic writing and links to co-curricular activities of the Core. (Note that some students are also required to concurrently take the 1-credit companion course, LCC 111) This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3

 LCC 111C     College Writing: Language and Literacies: Enrichment

This course is required for those students identified as needing extra support to improve their writing skills. The course provides additional instruction and extended opportunities for applying pre-writing, drafting/developing, revising, and editing strategies related to the same essays assigned in LCC 110. The course focus includes attention to basic elements of effective writing, such as unity, coherence, and emphasis. Class time will also be devoted to addressing topics that represent the most common error patterns in college-level academic writing, such as weak thesis sentences, inconsistent point of view, and sentence-level grammar and punctuation error patterns. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 4

LCC 130K      The Biology of Human Health w/ Lab

This course introduces basic concepts of biology and explores how these concepts relate to human health. It also explores natural scientific methods of inquiry and applies these methods to complex issues involving the creation and maintenance of human health. Further, the course explores the importance of societal factors in health maintenance. Prerequisite: QR. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 4

 LCC 150D     Statistics for Informed Decision Making

This course introduces and applies quantitative analyses to address real world questions. It applies descriptive statistics, sampling and significance testing, correlation, and regression analysis to issues related to the four themes of the Common Core. The course provides the opportunity to interpret and analyze statistical decision making, and identifies data misconceptions and misuses. Prerequisite: math proficiency. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3

LCC 200E     Creative Critical Inquiry

This writing instruction course introduces students to criteria for identifying and constructing well-reasoned arguments, fosters the discovery and use of students' critical/analytical voice in their writing, and develops skills for incorporating, interpreting and integrating the views of others. It provides the opportunity to refine critical thinking abilities by analyzing everyday life experience, including how culture shapes our sense of reality and ourselves. The course highlights the importance of generating good questions and tolerating ambiguity when seeking to understand complex issues. Prerequisite: College Writing. Offered fall, spring, summer.  Cr 4

LCC 250G      Thinking About the Arts; Thinking Through the Arts

This course explores the tools and strategies important in the interpretation of literature and the arts and encourages an appreciation of the role of literature and the arts in social, political, and cultural life. It promotes an understanding of and an appreciation for the creative expression of shared cultural beliefs in various historical periods of cultures around the world and examines literature and the arts as potential critiques of culture. Co-curricular opportunities are included, especially in connection with the Atrium Gallery. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3

 

LCC 320         Sustaining Democracy

This course focuses primarily on the United States from 1877 to the present, exploring the various ways that U.S. democracy has become more inclusive since the late nineteenth century and the ways in which it has failed to live up to its ideals. The course also explores past and current obstacles to the creation and maintenance of a healthier democracy. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Offered spring. Cr 3

LCC 345           College and Community II

This middle phase course serves as the point of entry for students transferring into USM LAC with greater than 24 credit hours and is not required of students who have taken LCC 123. This course introduces students to the promise and possibilities of USM LAC's interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, and student-centered culture. The course orients students to the four themes of the Lewiston Common Core (justice, sustainability, democracy and difference). In addition, the course captures LAC's commitment to the study and enhancement of the Lewiston-Auburn community.   Cr 3

  

LCC 370         Toward a Global Ethics

This writing instruction course assists students in articulating and assessing their own values. It examines the range of ethical theories and positions and explores the influence of particular cultural ideologies on ethical beliefs. The course considers the ethical principles implied by democracy, sustainability, justice, and difference. It examines ethical issues and dilemmas faced by individuals, organizations, and nations while exploring personal and collective decision-making processes in a global context. Prerequisite: College Writing. Cr 4

 

LCC 480         Senior Seminar

This course provides writing instruction experience for students from LAC's four degree programs. Students complete a major research and writing project addressing one of the four themes of the Common Core from an interdisciplinary approach. Prerequisite: ENG 100 or LCC 110; LCC 200 or LCC 370; HUM 300, or LOS 300, or SBS 300, or SCI 315. Offered every semester. Cr 3

 

LOS 270         Exploring Leadership on Campus

This exploratory leadership studies course is designed to approach leadership on campus and beyond as a relational phenomenon from self-development and strengths-based leadership to group dynamics and roles, complex organizations and their structures, teamwork, ethics, decision making, conflict resolution, diversity, and change.  Concepts from leadership theory, current literature and research are introduced, discussed, and implemented by individual students as they develop effective leadership skills.    Cr 3

LOS 299       Writing in the Major

Students majoring in LOS are required to register for this course simultaneously with their registration in LOS 300 Organizational Theory.  It meets for an hour per week of writing instruction for the LOS major.  Cr 1

LOS 300       Organizational Theory

This is a foundational course that provides a solid overview of organizational theories in leadership. Current organizational issues are analyzed using structural, human resource, cultural, and political frameworks and the case method. Issues examined include leadership, organizational design, planning, change, decision making, communication, and control. This is an excellent course for students interested in how organizations work. Students in the LOS major must complete this required course with a grade of a B- or better as a condition of their degree. This course includes writing instruction. Prerequisite: familiarity with the Blackboard online learning community. Completion of College Writing with a C or better is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students.  Cr 3

 

LOS 301         Group Dynamics

This course gives students an understanding of how people behave in groups and the skills needed by group members to participate effectively in group activities. It provides a theoretical foundation for how groups function, with focus on group process and development; and it discusses how these theories can be applied to a wide range of group settings. This course uses experiential techniques to help students develop critical skills and understanding of group dynamics. Completion of College Writing with a C or better is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students. Cr 3

 LOS 302        Organizational Behavior

This course examines human behavior in organizations: individual, group, and organizational processes that impact workplace behaviors and organizational life. The focus is on understanding factors that contribute to organizational effectiveness and the major challenges facing organizations today. We will cover topics such as individual and organizational learning, individual values and motivation; interpersonal communication and work team dynamics, leadership and emotional intelligence, power and influence, organizational culture and change. Students will engage in experiential and skill-building activities and apply conceptual frameworks to their real-life work experiences. Cr 3

LOS 304         Organizational Budgeting and Finance

This course assesses the theory and practices of financial management in different forms of public and private organizations. Emphasizes the relationship between financial decision making and organizational policy and strategy. Topics covered will include fundamental accounting principles, financial forecasting, the use of spreadsheets, and budgeting. Prerequisites: LOS 250 and LAC 112 or equivalents.  Cr 3

 

LOS 312       Human Resources Management

This course focuses on the procedures and processes associated with the management of human resources within organizations. Topics include recruitment, staff development, job analysis, personnel systems, and training.  Cr 3

 

LOS 316       Diversity in the Workplace

Using historical, socio-economic, and psychological perspectives, students will learn about the challenges diverse members of U.S. society, such as women, people of color, people from marginalized classes, and those from other countries, have had and continue to face. Students will gain an understanding of how the workplace may affect diverse peoples and how others can learn to make the workplace more hospitable. A primary focus of this course will be on examining beliefs, behaviors, or unconscious attitudes that perpetuate the oppression and subordination of diverse members of society in the workplace, while also looking at how increased diversity is adding to workplace productivity, creativity, and learning. Readings are drawn from the social sciences and humanities to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. Cr 3

 

LOS 325       State and Local Government

This course is an introduction to the structure, roles, and processes of administration in state and local government. The state of Maine is a special focus of the course.  Cr 3

LOS 327       Leading Through Conflict

Conflict management is explored as an essential leadership tool and analyzed as a necessary component of healthy systems and innovations. We will investigate techniques that help individuals and groups mediate and negotiate differences encountered in a variety of situations.  Cr 3

LOS 329       Research Methods

This course is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods which can be used in organizational planning and decision making and in the social and behavioral sciences. The course will cover topic areas related to the application of appropriate methods of inquiry and includes completion of an applied project. Strongly recommended for students going on to graduate school, careers in consulting, or human resource management.  Prerequisite: LCC 150D or equivalent.  Cr 3

 

LOS 333       Portfolio Development

This Portfolio Development course is offered to the adult learner who is preparing a competency based, experiential, academic portfolio, documenting their college-level knowledge, competencies, and abilities. This course supports students in improving the skills and knowledge needed to document and communicate their prior learning in the area of leadership and organizational studies. At the end of the course, students submit a completed academic portfolio for assessment to USM¿s Office of Prior Learning for possible additional credits.  Prerequisites:  College writing or the equivalent, leadership LOS 350 either concurrently or completed, resume submission, and subsequent permission by instructor.  Cr 3

 

LOS 334       Integrated Software Packages

This is a course in the use of integrated software packages for report, document, presentation, and information development activities. A variety of instructional activities will stress file and data integration and explore intra- and inter-package communications. Integration of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics software is featured using linking and other tools. Students are expected to produce documents, spreadsheets, database reports, and presentations which take full advantage of inter-operability, communication, translating, linking, and sharing functions. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent. Cr. 3

 

LOS337 Project Management

Course Description: This course provides a solid foundation in Project Management, covering up-to-date information on how good project, program, and portfolio management can help you achieve organizational success. Students will learn what a good project is and the various phases of managing a project -- from initiation and kick-off to implementation and oversight to proper closing and documentation of results. They will develop an understanding of the project management process, the fluid nature of real-world projects, and how to adapt to changing conditions. Furthermore, they will acquire the ability to efficiently manage a project of reasonable scope. Thus, the course will focus on the practical aspects of day-to-day project management and will include numerous real-world examples from corporate settings.
Cr 3

LOS 350       Leadership

This foundational course for students of leadership will provide learners with a review of major leadership concepts and theories designed to incorporate research findings, practice, skill-building, and direct application to real world scenarios. Beyond leadership concepts and theories, the course will cover a variety of topics impacting today's leaders as a foundation for learning including power and ethics, leadership development, politics and influence, decision making, and creativity and innovation. An experiential design is used along with traditional online techniques to help students reflect on their personal leadership styles and examine their approaches to leading others in diverse organizational settings. Students in the LOS major must complete this required course with a grade of a B- or better as a condition of their degree. Completion of College Writing with a C or better is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students. Cr 3 

 

LOS 351         Exploring Transformational Leadership (On-line)
In the increasingly uncertain world of today, new leadership is needed for radical positive change.  Transformational Leadership offers one such avenue for unleashing the potential in individuals and situations.  This one credit course is an in depth exploration of Transformational Leadership.  Students will gain an understanding of the theory, others critiques of the theory, and practical application of the theory.  Prior Leadership courses are preferred but not required.  Cr 1
 
LOS 352         Exploring Servant-Leadership (On-line)

Through a unique paradox, servant-leaders seek to lead in a way that invests in the health and growth of those being led while also seeking to improve the world around them. This one credit course is an in depth exploration of Servant-Leadership.  Students will gain an understanding of the theory, others critiques of the theory, and practical application of the theory.  Prior Leadership courses are preferred but not required. Cr 1
 
LOS 353         Exploring Authentic Leadership (On-line)

Authentic leadership seeks create leaders that identify and are in tune with their true selves and then seek to lead from this place of authenticity.  This one credit course is an in depth exploration of Authentic Leadership.  Students will gain an understanding of the theory, others critiques of the theory, and practical application of the theory.  Prior Leadership courses are preferred but not required. Cr 1

 

LOS 360         Deliberate Creativity and Innovation

This course is designed to develop practical skills in creative and innovative thinking that leaders can use to identify opportunities, generate value-creating ideas, and overcome barriers to successfully bringing new concepts to life. In this class, students will learn about creative thinking tools and how to practically apply them; develop an appreciation of the personal and organizational factors that influence creativity and innovation; and explore the leadership and facilitation skills that will prepare them to lead teams through creative problem solving. Cr 3.

LOS 361         Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on why people become entrepreneurs, the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, the changing demographics of entrepreneurs, and the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy and society. In this class, students will examine the entrepreneurial process from the decision to become an entrepreneur through idea generating, writing a business plan, competitor analysis, getting financing, marketing, team building, considering ethical and legal issues, and developing strategies for growth.  Cr 3

LOS 369         Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles

In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5

 

LOS 413         Job Search Skills for the 21 Century

In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5

 LOS 430        Applied Social Policy

A review of contemporary social policy alternatives and an examination of social policy making processes at both the macro- and micro-levels. Students complete an applied social policy project which might take the form of a policy paper, a grant proposal or written legislative testimony for a community agency. Prerequisites: either LCC 200 or LCC 370 as well as junior standing or permission of the instructor. Cr 3

 LOS 436        Risk, Public Policy, and Society

This course considers the variety of ways in which risks, especially risks to the environment and to health, are measured, perceived, communicated, and acted upon in our society. Perspectives will be drawn from health fields, natural sciences, and political science, as well as from the social sciences.  Cr 3

 

LOS 440         Organizational Change and Development

This course explores the theory, research, and processes of leading, managing, and adapting to organizational change. Case studies and experiential learning are used to examine the effectiveness of change efforts and their impact on the group and individual. Cr 3

 

LOS 447       Internship

This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr. 3-6

 

LOS 470       Leadership Study Abroad

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues in intercultural leadership and to provide tools to be an effective leader in a globally aware environment. Through international travel, a variety of readings, and reflection exercises, students will examine a diversity of leadership situations and the cultural factors that influence the quality of a leader’s performance. In order to help apply theory to experience, students will be given a number of opportunities to articulate ideas about the concepts explored through presentation, group discussion, and writing. A $100 deposit is due on December 6th; application materials are due on January 17th. Prerequisite: instructor permission.  Cr 6

 

LOS 501         Foundations of Leadership II

The goal of this course is to further the development of students' knowledge of leadership theory and practice, with a special emphasis on the individual and group levels of analysis. Throughout this interdisciplinary exploration of the diverse factors that impact leadership, students will engage in a variety of readings, discussions, writings, and exercises designed to demystify the connections between theory and practice. Cr 3

LOS 512         Deliberate Creativity and Innovation

Deliberate creativity studies investigate the theory and practice of facilitation methods that enable people, processes, products, and environments to be innovative. After exploring the numerous and diverse facets of this area of study, students should be able to demonstrate (both in discussion and practice) their ability to use their learning in an applied setting. Cr 3

 

LOS 551         Exploring Transformational Leadership (On-line)
In the increasingly uncertain world of today, new leadership is needed for radical positive change.  Transformational Leadership offers one such avenue for unleashing the potential in individuals and situations.  This one credit course is an in depth exploration of Transformational Leadership.  Students will gain an understanding of the theory, others critiques of the theory, and practical application of the theory.  Prior Leadership courses are preferred but not required.  Cr 1
 
LOS 552         Exploring Servant-Leadership (On-line)

Through a unique paradox, servant-leaders seek to lead in a way that invests in the health and growth of those being led while also seeking to improve the world around them. This one credit course is an in depth exploration of Servant-Leadership.  Students will gain an understanding of the theory, others critiques of the theory, and practical application of the theory.  Prior Leadership courses are preferred but not required. Cr 1
 
LOS 553         Exploring Authentic Leadership (On-line)

Authentic leadership seeks create leaders that identify and are in tune with their true selves and then seek to lead from this place of authenticity.  This one credit course is an in depth exploration of Authentic Leadership.  Students will gain an understanding of the theory, others critiques of the theory, and practical application of the theory.  Prior Leadership courses are preferred but not required. Cr 1

 

LOS 614       The Conflict Process

Developing skills in framing conflicts and facilitating the communication processes that help groups mediate differences is key to successful leadership. The course examines research on leadership behaviors encountered in a variety of situations including small groups, organizations, communities, and internationally.  Cr 3

 

LOS 670       Leadership Study Abroad

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues in intercultural leadership and to provide tools to be an effective leader in a globally aware environment. Through international travel, a variety of readings, and reflection exercises, students will examine a diversity of leadership situations and the cultural factors that influence the quality of a leader’s performance. In order to help apply theory to experience, students will be given a number of opportunities to articulate ideas about the concepts explored through presentation, group discussion, and writing. Prerequisite: instructor permission.  Cr 3

This course will meet on campus February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, and August 7th.  The class will travel to Africa June 22nd-July 5th.  To register, students must submit application materials found on the International Programs website at http://usm.maine.edu/international/travel-south-africa.  A $100 deposit is due on December 6th; application materials are due on January 17th.

 

LOS 689        The Master’s Project

The project option requires students to design an intensive theory-based, applied project that explores the role of leadership in developing and/or implementing meaningful change in an organization or community. Each student will work with a faculty advisor. When appropriate (e.g., when students have a concentration from another graduate program), an outside reader will also be selected jointly by the student and advisor. Written analysis of the project will include a survey of relevant literature, a detailed description of the situation or change being studied, presentation of the method(s) of inquiry and data, and an analysis of the data and other outcomes. The written presentation will include an executive summary and complete bibliography. Projects will also be formally presented to other students, community members, and LAC faculty. Students will be evaluated on both their verbal and written presentation skills. The thesis option requires students to select a topic for intensive library research, reading, and analysis. It may, for example, summarize and analyze work in new methods or contribute a new theoretical proposal that calls for further testing or research. This work will be designed to produce an article of interest for the field of leadership studies. With a thesis advisor, the student will identify an appropriate professional or academic outlet for publication, and the paper will be prepared and submitted to this outlet. Students will formally present their theses to students, community members, and LAC faculty. Students will be evaluated on both their verbal and written presentation skills.   Cr 3

 

MAT 101         College Readiness Math

This course reviews and reinforces the basic arithmetic and algebra skills and concepts needed for entry into the University's general education pathways. The course is based on student learning outcomes and uses mastery learning pedagogy. A grade of C- or better is needed to meet the University's mathematics readiness requirement. Prerequisites: MAT 009 or appropriate University placement test score. Cr 4.

MAT 108 College Algebra

A more in-depth study of the topics introduced in MAT 101. The emphasis will be on the study of functions (polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential) and their graphs. Additional topics may include matrices, sequences, counting techniques, and probability. Through the activity-based lab component, applications and modeling will be stressed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics. Cr 4

MAT 140         Pre-calculus Mathematics

A brief review of elementary algebra followed by a study of the algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Prerequisites: successful completion of the University's college readiness requirement in mathematics and two years of high school algebra or MAT 108. Cr 3

 

NUR 100         Introduction to Professional Nursing

This course orients students to the expectations of a baccalaureate education in nursing. Academic communication and critical thinking skills within the context of professional nursing are emphasized. Issues of ethical and professional accountability related to the role(s) of the nurse are explored. Historical and contemporary perspectives on the nature and scope of nursing practice are examined. Cr 3

 

NUR 308          Professional Communication and Technology Utilization in Nursing

This course emphasizes a critical examination of how technology and communication can enhance the understanding of the historical development of the profession of nursing. Students explore professional development in nursing theory, using written and oral communication skills and learn to present information effectively using a variety of sources and techniques. To achieve this objective, the course will introduce APA style of referencing; review basic tenets of good writing style; present information access and utilization skills through library computer searches; explore basic computer skills such as e-mail, listserv membership, Internet searching and critique; and support the development of public presentation skills through the use of presentation software. Prerequisite: RN licensure or permission of instructor. Cr 3

NUR 309         Health Assessment for RNs

This course provides the RN student with knowledge and skills essential to conduct in-depth bio-psycho-social-cultural health assessments of well individuals. The course includes examination of the concepts of wellness and health promotion across the life span. Prerequisite: RN licensure. Cr 2

NUR 310         Health Assessment for RNs Lab

This course provides the opportunities for the RN to apply knowledge and skills necessary to conduct total health assessments. Concurrent with NUR 309. Prerequisite: RN licensure. Cr 2

NUR 323       Adult/Older Adult Health Nursing

During this course, students will explore evidence-based nursing therapeutics which support both the adult and the older adult client experiencing health problems. The course considers major health problems in the United States, focusing on nursing knowledge needed for care of adults and older adults experiencing acute and chronic alterations in health in a variety of care settings. This course will encourage students to develop and practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of family-centered care in today's complex health care system. The roles of collaboration, advocacy, and teaching are introduced as the student nurse interacts with clients and their support systems across the continuum of care. Prerequisites: NUR 100, 200, or 211; NUR 300/301 or 509/508; NUR 306/307 or 305, or 512/514; BIO 345; CON 302 or 502 (within one year). NUR 541 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3

 

NUR 330         Mental Health Nursing

This course examines the theory and practice of psychiatric/mental health nursing. Assessment of clients and intervention strategies are explored. Interdisciplinary aspects of mental health care delivery and current issues in mental health nursing are discussed. Prerequisite: CON 302 or 502; Concurrent with NUR 323/325 or 541/542. NUR 530 is offered in the fall semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3

NUR 339         Community Nursing Partnership I

This course is the first one in a two-course series (NUR 339 and NUR 341). Over two semesters students will engage in a partnership with a specific community. This sequence of courses incorporates the concepts of partnership building, risk identification, and health promotion within a community-based context. Students will collaborate with community partners to develop an understanding of both short- and long-term needs of the community. Problem-posing and problem-solving will come from the community. Students will engage in ongoing community assessment, support communities in developing long term interventions/approaches, and engage in evaluation of community level practice. Students will identify individuals and families within their communities who would benefit from individual and family-based nursing assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation. Students will work with health care providers in these communities to assess the need for services and augment the services available. Students will engage in both formative and summative evaluation over the course of their interaction with the community. Students will consider issues of continuation and termination as they work with individuals, families, fellow students, and community partners. Prerequisite or concurrent: CON 356 and NUR 323/325. Cr 2

NUR 341       Community Nursing Partnership II

This is the second in a three-course series.  See NUR 339 for description.  Prerequisite: NUR 339.  Cr 2

NUR 423       Management of Critically Ill Adult/Older Adult

The course will examine evidence-based therapeutic nursing interventions which support adult and older adult clients experiencing complex health problems. This course will encourage students to practice critical thinking skills necessary for delivery of ethical care to individuals and families experiencing high acuity illnesses. The roles of leader, collaborator, and coordinator are discussed as the nurse interacts with clients who are viewed as holistic beings. Prerequisites: NUR 323/325 or 541/542. NUR 523 is offered in the spring semester and is open only to option students. Cr 3

 

NUR 470         Leadership, Management & Ethics

Students explore professional and ethical issues that affect delivery of health care as well as the complexity of the nurse case management role using theories related to complex systems, leadership, and change. This course also provides an overview of the management and leadership roles in nursing practice with a major focus on organizational analysis, leadership and change theories, and quality improvement. This course must be taken the last semester in the curriculum. Cr 3

NUR 480         Practicum/ Care Management

This practicum provides a culminating intensive clinical experience that provides students with an opportunity to refine their clinical practice. The course emphasizes the integration of the multiple roles of nursing and serves as a vehicle for enhancing critical thinking and communication. The primary purpose of the course is to develop competency in nursing care, including organizational, prioritization, and decision-making skills. End of life issues and professional ethics as applicable to a wide range of settings will be explored. To the degree possible, students select a practicum site consistent with their area of special interest with seminar sharing of the issues of diverse roles, clients, settings, and philosophies of practice. All students will present orally and demonstrate competency utilizing technical presentation applications. Prerequisite: All theory-linked clinical courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with NUR 480. Concurrent clinical courses cannot be in clinical area of practicum placement. NUR 480 is the final clinical course. Cr 3

NUR 637       Methods of Education in Nursing    Foundations of Nursing Education

This course is the second graduate nursing course in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for teaching roles. Components of course and curriculum development including assessment of learners' needs, course objectives and outcome measures, content selection and development, and teaching strategies are examined. Emphasis is on developing expertise as an educator by increasing sensitivity, knowledge, and skill in creating effective teaching programs that reflect an understanding of the learner, context, and content.  Cr 3

 

OTH 505         Mental Health and Occupational Performance

Emphasis is on occupational therapy theory, evaluation, planning, and intervention commonly used with individuals who have psychosocial impairment across the life span. The etiology, symptoms, and course of each condition are reviewed, as is the analysis of occupational performance as it relates to psychosocial dysfunction. Students will examine the importance of multiple contexts and their influence on occupational choice. Students problem solve using activity analysis and the selection of assessment tools to produce and evaluate occupation-based interventions. Prerequisite: OTH 502. Cr 5

OTH 507       Ethics and Social Justice

This course is designed to assist students to understand the larger social, ethical, professional, and systematic issues that impact health care and occupational therapy practice. The course will focus on ethical issues, dilemmas, and decision making, as well as the OT Code of Ethics. Health disparities, occupational justice, sociopolitical pressures and legal issues, and their impact on ethical practice, will also be explored. Cr 3

OTH 509       Level 1 Field Work: Mental Health

Students are placed in clinical settings where they can begin to develop professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in a psychosocial setting. The accompanying seminar allows students to share and process their experiences as a group. The combination of direct fieldwork experience plus an integrated seminar allows students to further integrate course material and provide a common link between the above mentioned classes. Co-requisites: OTH 505, OTH 507, OTH 517.  Cr 1

OTH 511       Level 1 Field Work:  Developmental Disabilities

Students are placed in clinical settings where they can begin to develop professional behaviors, communication skills, and skilled observation in a pediatric/developmental setting. The accompanying seminar allows students to share and process their experiences as a group. The combination of direct fieldwork experience plus an integrated seminar allows students to further integrate course material and provide a common link between the above mentioned classes. Prerequisites and corequisites: OTH 604, OTH 615.  Cr 1

 

OTH 517       Occupational Well-being

The profession of occupational therapy and the World Health Organization identify wellness as an important aspect of health status. Occupation, the engagement in meaningful activity, is necessary for health and wellness. This course explores the concept of wellness as it is understood in occupational science and practiced in occupational therapy. Cr 3

 

OTH 601       Neuroscience

This course will provide foundation knowledge in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as it relates to human occupation. Emphasis will be on understanding the concepts of neuroscience that are the underpinnings of theory and treatment applications of occupational therapy. Prerequisites: OTH 514.  Cr 3

OTH 604       Occupational Performance in Infancy Through Adolescence 

This course integrates OT theory and practice in the occupations of individuals, birth to 21. The format of the class includes weekly lectures, class discussions, and lab experiences,. Students will apply new knowledge to clinical cases, develop clinical reasoning skills, and learn hands-on skills needed for entry-level practice. Pre- or co-requisites:  OTH 511, OTH 513, OTH 514, OTH 601, OTH 615.  Cr 7

OTH 615       Childhood Conditions

Medical and developmental conditions from birth, early childhood, and adolescence will be described and identified in this course. The impact of these conditions on occupational performance will also be addressed. Prerequisites or corequisites: OTH 511, OTH 513, OTH 514, OTH 601, OTH 604. Cr 2

OTH 620       Level II Fieldwork

This fieldwork requirement is a 12-week, full-time, 40-hours per week supervised experience in an occupational therapy setting, or emerging practice area. Students apply theoretical knowledge and practice skills with clients who are experiencing a variety of disorders, taking on an ever-increasing caseload throughout the 12 weeks. Cr 6

 OTH 621      Level II Fieldwork

This fieldwork requirement is a 12-week, full-time, 40-hours per week supervised experience in an occupational therapy setting, or emerging practice area. Students apply theoretical knowledge and practice skills with clients who are experiencing a variety of disorders, taking on an ever-increasing caseload throughout the 12 weeks. Cr 6

PSY 101          General Psychology I

An introduction to the study of behavior as a natural science. Among the topics covered are: method of inquiry, physiological foundations of behavior, sen­sation and perception, motivation and emotion, learning and thinking. This course is a prerequisite for all courses in the Department. Should be completed no later than the end of the sophomore year. Prerequisite: ENG 104C or corequisite: ENG 100C. Cr 3

PSY 102       General Psychology II

A continuation of Psychology 101J. It deals with complex psychological processes such as ability testing, personality, conflict, behavior disorders and therapy, and social and industrial behavior. Should be completed no later than the end of the sophomore year. Prerequisite: PSY 101J with a grade of C- or better. Cr 3

 

SBS 200         Multicultural Human Development               

This course introduces developmental theory and research that encompasses the entire lifespan. Emphasis will be on prenatal development through adolescence, with an overview of adult development. A multi-disciplinary and multicultural view of human development will be taken by examining theories from a socio-cultural context and in consideration of change as well as stability throughout the life cycle. The interaction of hereditary, environmental, and socio-cultural factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. Prerequisite: Second semester freshmen or above; must have completed College Writing and EYE course.  This course is corss-listed with HRD 200.   Cr 3

 

SBS 200J      Human Growth & Development

This course introduces developmental theory and research which encompasses the entire life span. Emphasis will be placed on prenatal development through adolescence, with an overview of adult development. A multi-disciplinary view of human development will be taken which considers stability as well as change throughout the life cycle.  The interaction of hereditary and environmental factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development.   This course is cross-listed with HRD 200J. Prerequisite: second-semester freshman or above.   Cr 3

 

SBS 300       Deviance & Social Control

The course examines the historical and relative notion of deviance and the nature and type(s) of social control.  Cr 3

 

SBS 301         Group Dynamics

This course gives students an understanding of how people behave in groups and the skills needed by group members to participate effectively in group activities. It provides a theoretical foundation for how groups function, with focus on group process and development; and it discusses how these theories can be applied to a wide range of group settings. This course uses experiential techniques to help students develop critical skills and understanding of group dynamics. This course is cross-listed with LOS 301. Cr 3

 

SBS 302       Organizational Behavior

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with interpersonal dynamics and the tools to make organizational interactions more effective. Through assessments, exercises, and discussions, students will examine how perceptions of self and others influence people’s behavior in a variety of situations.  As good communication is critical in building sound interpersonal relationships, students will have many opportunities to fine tune writing and speaking skills.  This course is cross-listed with LOS 302.  Cr 3

 

SBS 303         Abnormal Psychology

This course presents an introduction to the classification, diagnosis, and etiology of what is considered mental illness. Cultural aspects of abnormality will be emphasized, as will integrative models of the causes of mental disorders. This integrative approach considers the complex interplay between biological, psychological, interpersonal, and cultural factors as they contribute to the development and expression of psychological disorders.  Cr 3

SBS 304       Food, Culture, and Eating

This course examines cultural beliefs and practices surrounding diet, food, cooking, eating, and nutrition. Students explore how behaviors and attitudes toward food and eating influence and are shaped by culture. Discussion may include food and healing, the social functions of food, food as represented in the media, food production and food politics, the diet industry, and eating disorders. Students gain insight into their own behaviors and attitudes toward food and eating, as well as those of today’s global cultures.  Cr 3

SBS 305       Child Development

This course examines the development and behavior of children from conception through middle childhood, and introduces topics in adolescence. Theoretical frameworks and research upon which current knowledge in child development is based will be considered, as well as applications to contemporary topics in child welfare and education. SBS/HRD 200J recommended.  Cr 3

 

SBS 306         Adolescence

This course is an overview of the psychological and social dimensions of adolescent development, including consideration of gender and group differences in the experience of the physical, cognitive, and social transformations of adolescence. Cr 3

SBS 315         Social Psychology of Disability 

This course will examine some of the social psychological issues associated with disability and the rehabilitation of individuals who have disabilities, with a focus on minimizing existing social, vocational, educational, and attitudinal barriers to individuals rather than on minimizing the impact of clients' physical/mental differences within a normed environment. It will familiarize students with the points of view and the experiences of people from various social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds with a wide range of disabilities/abilities, towards enabling students to approach counseling as a means of expanding opportunities for their clients' access to these opportunities, and empowering their clients to attain their goals. Cr 3

SBS 316       Diversity in the Workplace

Using historical, socio-economic, and psychological perspectives, students will learn about the challenges diverse members of U.S. society, such as women, people of color, people from marginalized classes, and those from other countries, have had and continue to face. Students will gain an understanding of how the workplace may affect diverse peoples and how others can learn to make the workplace more hospitable. A primary focus of this course will be on examining beliefs, behaviors, or unconscious attitudes that perpetuate the oppression and subordination of diverse members of society in the workplace, while also looking at how increased diversity is adding to workplace productivity, creativity, and learning. Readings are drawn from the social sciences and humanities to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic.  Cr 3

 

SBS 329       Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods which can be used in organizational planning and decision making and in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. The course will cover topic areas related to the application of appropriate methods of inquiry and includes completion of an applied project. Prerequisite: LCC 150. Cr 3

SBS 337         Introduction to Epidemiology                                                                                                                                                               

This seminar course introduces the student to epidemiology as a utility for the establishment and maintenance of public health. In essence, epidemiology involves the observation and statistical analysis of the occurrence of health and disease in human populations. This science informs the practice of preventive health/disease control and the formulation of public health policy. Seminar topics will be drawn from both infectious and chronic disease epidemiology ranging from the historical plagues such as the Black Death to the modern plagues of AIDS, cancer, and obesity. Recommended prerequisites include Introductory Biology and Statistics.    Cr 3

 

SBS 341         The Family

This course is a contemporary, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the family that includes an examination of family structures, familial relationships, and the impact of historical change on these structures and relationships. Cr 3

SBS 343       Substance Abuse

This course considers patterns of use of drugs, the bases of their effects and associated harms, and the history of and current options for prevention and intervention efforts.  Consideration will be given to the role of society and public policy in influencing our thinking and behavior concerning substance use and abuse.  Cr 3

 

SBS 345       Diversity: Many Voices

This course examines the impact of various markers of diversity including race, class, and gender on individual and social experiences in the United States. Students will analyze issues of diversity concerning inequality, power, privilege, and social justice.  Students will explore their own place in a diverse society and develop opportunities for building strength through diversity in organizations and communities. *This course takes the place of the former SBS 345 Race, Class and Gender and also meets the USM Core Diversity Requirement.   Cr 3 

 

SBS 350       Psychosocial Disorders in Childhood/Adolescence

This course includes readings and discussion of the etiology and manifestation of psychosocial disorders in childhood and adolescence. Topic areas, including approaches to intervention, will be considered from developmental, psychological and sociological perspectives. Cr 3

 

SBS 358         Representations of Motherhood

This interdisciplinary course examines the ways in which motherhood is represented in various cultural forms (including film, literature, and political rhetoric) and from within different historical and cultural contexts. Contemporary psychological theories will be considered in terms of how they are used to prescribe normative demands on women and mothers and also how they attribute various powers to mothers that then contribute to the construction of particular social policies and practices. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Prerequisite: LCC 110 or other College Writing course. Cr 3

 

SBS 369         Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles

In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5

SBS 399       Special Topics in SBS: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about paying attention without judgment to what is being presented to us in our lives moment by moment right here, right now and then responding to this moment from a place of balance/center rather than reacting from old patterns. In this course we study Mindfulness using practices based on the Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program and practices based on the work of Professor Nancy Hathaway. After learning these Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction practices, students will explore ways to integrate Mindfulness into work, family, health, and relationships, particularly into Teaching, Nursing, Social Work, Counseling, and the Healthcare Professions.  Cr 3

 

 

SBS 413          Job Search Skills for the 21st Century                                                                                                                                                   

In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369. Offered fall, spring, summer.  Cr 1.5

 

SBS 430         Applied Social Policy

A review of contemporary social policy alternatives and an examination of social policy making processes at both the macro- and micro-levels. Students complete an applied social policy project which might take the form of a policy paper, a grant proposal or written legislative testimony for a community agency. Prerequisites: either LCC 200 or LCC 370 as well as junior standing or permission of the instructor. .  Cross-listed with LOS 430.  Cr 3

SBS 436       Risk, Public Policy & Society (On-line)

This course considers the variety of ways in which risks, especially risks to the environment and to health, are measured, perceived, communicated, and acted upon in our society. Perspectives will be drawn from health fields, natural sciences, and political science, as well as from the social sciences. Cr 3

 

SBS 447       Internship

This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3-6

 

SCI 107           Biological Principles II with Lab

This is an integrated lecture-laboratory course introducing students to biological diversity. The lecture and laboratory each meet three hours weekly. Prerequisites: SCI 105 and SCI 106 with a grade of C or higher. Cr 4.5

SCI 108           Chemistry for Health Sciences

This is a one-semester introduction to general, organic, and biological chemistry that is specifically tailored for students in the health sciences. The course lays a foundation for the interactions that take place between small molecules, large molecules, and biological molecules. The class will initially focus on the language of chemistry and qualitative description of how chemical reactions take place. This includes a basic model for the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, and extending to the physical/chemical properties of a material. This foundation serves as a basis for the descriptive chemistry of functional groups of interest in biology, biochemistry and biological molecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. This course is not suitable for chemistry majors or biology majors. This course meets the chemistry requirements for entry into the USM Nursing program. Cr 3

SCI 113           Principles of Chemistry I

A presentation of fundamental principles of chemical science. These principles will be presented in quantitative terms and illustrated by examples of their applications in laboratories and in ordinary non-laboratory experience. This course and SCI 114 (normally taken concurrently) provide the basis for further study of chemistry. Prerequisite: MAT 108   Cr 3

SCI 114        Laboratory Techniques I

Laboratory experiments to illustrate the principles that are presented in SCI 113K lectures. Three laboratory hours per week combining recitation and practical lab work. Co-requisite: SCI 113.  Cr 1

 

SCI 115        Principles of Chemistry II

A continuation of SCI 113K. This course is designed to provide the foundation for all further studies in chemistry and is a prerequisite for all    upper-level chemistry courses. Prerequisite: SCI113 or CHY113.  Cr 3

 

SCI 116        Laboratory Techniques II

Laboratory experiments to illustrate the principles that are presented in SCI 115 lectures. Three laboratory hours per week combining recitation and practical lab work. Prerequisite: SCI 114. Co-requisite SCI 115.  Cr 1

 

SCI 170K        Human Anatomy and Physiology I

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology. It introduces basic principles of physiology and anatomy through chemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics, and embryology. This course discusses several physiologic systems including the muscular, skeletal, nervous and integumentary systems. Prerequisites: students should have an understanding of basic biology and chemistry from high school courses or GED. SCI 170 must be taken concurrently with SCI 171. Cr 3

SCI 171K      Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

Laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in SCI 170K.  Must be taken concurrently with SCI 170K.  Cr 1.5


SCI 199        Topics:  Science and Art of Brewing

Students in this course will immerse themselves in the world of craft beer through the history of this ancient beverage and the science of creating it in a modern brewery. Students will experience beer's
creation, the chemical, biological, and physical processes central to fermentation and brewing, beer's many sensory subtleties, while also developing ideas central to the business of marketing and operating a brewing business. The course will meet in a working brewery, providing hands-on opportunities to observe and participate in the brewing process. To put their new knowledge and skills to work, students will work with professional brewers to design and create their own beers on a small, homebrew-scale system, and with one of Maine's leading brewery owners, work to conceive marketing and sales plans for them. Brewery personnel and L/A College faculty from the relevant fields will bring the many facets of the world of beer together in this truly interdisciplinary course.. Cr 3-4

   

SCI 270   Human Anatomy and Physiology II

This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology. It introduces basic principles of physiology and anatomy through chemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics, and embryology. This course discusses several physiologic systems including the muscular, skeletal, nervous and integumentary systems. Prerequisites: students should have an understanding of basic biology and chemistry from high school courses or GED. SCI 170 must be taken concurrently with SCI 171. Cr 3

SCI 270   Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory

Laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in SCI 172. Must be taken concurrently with SCI 270. Cr 1.5

SCI 315        Environmental Health with Lab

This course explores issues in environmental health from the dual perspectives of environmental issues and human health. A healthy environment includes species diversity, bountiful resources, and the absence of pollutants. Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect human health. Prerequisites: LCC 230. Cr 3            

 

SCI 315        Environmental Health

This course explores issues in environmental health from the dual perspectives of environmental issues and human health. A healthy environment view includes species diversity, bountiful resources, and the absence of pollutants. Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health and disease that are determined by factors in the environment. It also refers to the theory and practice of assessing and controlling factors in the environment that can potentially affect human health.  Prerequisites: BIO 107 and/or ESP 101.  Cr 4

 

SCI 337           Intro to Epidemiology

This seminar course introduces the student to epidemiology as a utility for the establishment and maintenance of public health. In essence, epidemiology involves the observation and statistical analysis of the occurrence of health and disease in human populations. This science informs the practice of preventive health/disease control and the formulation of public health policy. Seminar topics will be drawn from both infectious and chronic disease epidemiology ranging from the historical plagues such as the Black Death to the modern plagues of AIDS, cancer, and obesity. Recommended prerequisites include Introductory Biology and Statistics. Cr 3

 

SCI 360           Sustainability Issues

Sustainability is one idea that shapes the past and future of the human race. The goal of this course is to allow students to develop a comprehensive worldview from which to evaluate current environmental issues and problems. Students will discuss concepts and data derived from the disciplines of ecology, biology, ethics, sociology, and politics and application of those concepts to sustainable development and the sociopolitical ramifications of environmental issues. Prerequisites LCC 230 and SCI 107. Cr 3

SBS 369         Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles

In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5

 

SCI 380           Pathophysiology I

This course examines the physiologic, biochemical, genetic, and environmental basis of noninfectious diseases. Emphasis will be placed on inflammation, immunity, cancer, fluid, electrolytes, and acid-base balance as well as the cardiovascular, endocrine, and respiratory systems will be studied. This course meets the pathophysiology requirement for entry into the USM Nursing program. Prerequisites: SCI 270/271 and SCI 252. Cr 3

SCI 381           Pathophysiology II

This course examines the physiologic, biochemical, genetic, and environmental basis of noninfectious diseases. The nervous, hematologic, renal, digestive, reproductive, muscular and skeletal systems will be studied. Microscopic pathology of selected diseases will be examined SCI 380 is not a prerequisite. Prerequisites: SCI 270/271 and SCI 252.  Cr 3

 

SBS 413          Job Search Skills for the 21st Century                                                                                                                                                   

In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369. Offered fall, spring, summer.  Cr 1.5

 

SCI 447        Internship

This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr. 3-6

 

SED 335         Students with Exceptionalities

The primary goal of this course is to construct an understanding and knowledge of the range of exceptionalities, including students with disabilities and those identified as gifted and talented. The course is based on the premise that students with exceptionalities should be educated and socially interact to the greatest extent possible with their peers in the general education curriculum and program. The general educator's role in teaching learners who are exceptional will be emphasized. Topics include characteristics of areas of exceptionality; classroom management; assistive technology; state and federal legislation regarding exceptional students; Response to Intervention (RtI); Universal Design for Learning (UDL); individual education plans (IEP); building relationships with parents; students who are culturally and linguistically diverse; and inclusion and collaboration philosophy and practices. This course includes a 24-hour field placement. Cr 3

SOC 100J       Introduction to Sociology

The fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of sociology; analyzes the influence of social and cultural factors upon human behavior; evaluates effect of group processes, social classes, stratification, and basic institutions on contemporary society. Offered each semester. Cr 3