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Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Minutes

May 14, 2008 

 

Called to Order:          2:00 pm

Adjourned:                  3:07 pm

Members present:     Peter Racheotes Chair;

                                    Elaine Beason, Joan Brumm, Karen Kincaid, Tom Gandy and  Mohammed Haque

Ex-Officio

Members present:     Rosanne Stripling, Pat Black and Anson Godfrey

Ex-Officio Absent:    Carla Snyder and Kristi Johnson

Guests:  Janis Overlock, Doug Green, Luz Mary Rincon, Gaynell Green

1.         Agenda

2.         Meeting called to order at 2:00 PM by Dr. Racheotes. 

3.         Dr. Beason moved, seconded by Dr. Haque to approve minutes from previous meeting April 9 & April 29, 2008.  Motion passed

4.         Dr. Beason moved, seconded by Dr. Haque to approve Course Inventory Add/Reinstate:  COMM 380 Advanced Professional Communication (Overlock).  Motion was made to reinstate this course to the course inventory.  This will be the only course that may be substituted for basic speech (SPCH 1315 or 1321) for the core requirement at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  Motion passed

5.         Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Course Syllabus Changes:

            BE 356 Second Language Acquisition (Rincon).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to web-enhanced and Interactive Video.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the cover page, under Justification, the sentence beginning with “I am currently…” needs to be taken out.  2) Also on the cover page, under Justification,  the sentence “Changing the class from the face-to-face to web-enhanced and ITV delivery system will increase the productivity of the course”, the word “productivity” needs to be changed to “accessibility”.  Dr. Rincon will resubmit the cover page to reflect the changes necessary.  Motion passed as amended

6.         Dr. Beason moved, seconded by Dr. Haque to approve Course Syllabus Changes:

            BE 400 Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education (Rincon).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to Interactive Video.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the cover page, under Course Delivery System, the Web-Enhanced Course box needs to be checked.  2) On the cover page, under Justification, the sentence beginning with “I am currently…” needs to be taken out.  2) Also on the cover page, under Justification, the sentence “Adding the ITV delivery system will increase the productivity of the course”, the word “productivity” needs to be changed to “accessibility”.  Dr. Rincon will resubmit the cover page to reflect the changes necessary.  Motion passed as amended

7.         Dr. Beason moved, seconded by Dr. Gandy to approve Course Inventory Change: 

            BE 400 Foundations of Bilingual/ESL Education (Rincon).  Motion was made to delete the current pre-requisite for this course.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the cover page, under Course Delivery Method, the Interactive Video box needs to be checked.  Dr. Rincon will resubmit the cover page to reflect the changes necessary.  Motion passed as amended

8.         Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Beason to approve Course Syllabus Changes:

            BE 474 Biliteracy for Bilingual and Dual Language Classrooms (Rincon).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to Interactive Video.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the cover page, under Course Delivery System, the Web-Enhanced Course box needs to be checked.  2) On the cover page, under Justification, the sentence beginning with “I am currently…” needs to be taken out.  3) On the cover page, under Justification, the sentence “Adding the ITV delivery system will increase the productivity of the course”, the word “productivity” needs to be changed to “accessibility”.  4) Also on the cover page, under Justification, the sentence “Additionally, it will increase student enrollment and it will make it easier for one faculty member to offer the class to more than one site at the same time” needs to be taken out.  Dr. Rincon will resubmit the cover page to reflect the changes necessary.  Motion passed as amended

9.         Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Course Inventory Change: 

            BE 474 Biliteracy for Bilingual and Dual Language Classro (Rincon).  Motion was made to delete the current pre-requisite (BE 400 and SPAN 310) for this course.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the cover page, under Course Delivery Method, the Interactive Video box needs to be checked.  Dr. Rincon will resubmit the cover page to reflect the changes necessary.  Motion passed as amended

10.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Kincaid to table Course Syllabus Changes:  COMM 350 Advanced Technological Communications (Aworuwa).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to include Web-Enhanced.  Discussion ensued pertaining to the syllabus.  There were several questions that Dr. Aworuwa needs to address.  It was suggested she meet with Dr. Beason to receive suggestions for rewriting syllabus.  Motion tabled

11.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Kincaid to table Course Syllabus Changes:  COMM 350 Advanced Technological Communication (Aworuwa).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to Web-Based.  Discussion ensued pertaining to the syllabus.  There were several questions that Dr. Aworuwa needs to address.  It was suggested she meet with Dr. Beason to receive suggestions for rewriting syllabus.  Motion tabled

12.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Course Syllabus Changes:  COMM 418 Introduction to Public Relations (Overlock).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to include Web-Based.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the cover page, the Course Delivery System box needs to be checked.  Ms. Overlock will resubmit the cover page to reflect the changes necessary.  Motion passed as amended

13.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Changes to Existing Undergraduate Program:  Bachelor of Science in Computer Info Science (D. Green).  Motion was made to increase the total degree program hours from 120 SCH to 121 SCH by increasing the current 59 transfer credit hours to 60.  Motion passed

14.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Gandy to approve Changes to Existing Undergraduate Program:  Bachelor of Science with a major in Electrical Eng

            (D. Green).  Motion was made to increase the number of hours required for graduation for the proposed BSEE degree from 120 SCH to 129 SCH.  Because of course content requirements imposed by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), essentially all BSEE programs in Texas require approximately 129 SCH for graduation.  This number of hours is consistent with the view held by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Engineering at the Texas A&M University System.  It is proposed that these 9 additional SCH be provided by requiring MATH 335 Linear Algebra, requiring six 3 SCH electives rather than five, and requiring a 3 SCH free elective course to be transferred to Texas A&M University-Texarkana from another university. 

            Motion passed

15.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Changes to Existing Undergraduate Program:  Bachelor of Science in Computer Info Science (D. Green).  Motion was made to add EE 332 – C++ Programming as a possible elective. 

            Motion passed

16.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Changes to Existing Undergraduate Program:  Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (G. Green).  Motion was made to modify the program as follows:  1) Modify the entrance requirements for the BAAS program.  2) Reconfigure BAAS degree with two curricula options.  3) Change course prefix from IS 390 to AAS 390.  4) Change course prefix from IS 490 to AAS 490.  5) Modify the term “Professional Development Sequence” to “Professional Development Complement.  6) Change composition of Organized Leadership. 7) Add new complement entitled Computer Technology.  Also change College of Liberal Arts & Science to College of Arts & Sciences and Education.

            Dr. Green will resubmit the cover page to reflect this change.  8) Change in possibility of the number of SCH for specific disciplines.  Motion passed as amended

17.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Course Inventory Change:

            IS 390 Psychology of Work (G. Green).  Motion was made to change the prefix IS 390 to AAS 390 with the course title remaining the same.  Changing the prefix firmly establishes the required course within the BAAS degree.  Motion passed

18.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Beason to approve Course Inventory Change:

            IS 490 Action Research Strategies (G. Green).  Motion was made to change the prefix IS 490 to AAS 490 with the course title remaining the same.  Changing the prefix firmly establishes the required course within the BAAS degree.  Motion passed

19.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Kincaid to approve Course Syllabus Changes:

            PSY 402 Experimental Psychology (Racheotes).  Motion was made to change the catalog description to read “Familiarizes the student with typical methods and techniques employed in psychological research.  Students will perform psychophysical and other psychological experiments.  Prerequisite:  PSYC 2301 and MATH 453.  Motion passed

20.       Dr. Haque moved, seconded by Dr. Brumm to approve Course Syllabus Changes:

            PSY 465 Psychology of Aging (Racheotes).  Motion was made to change the course delivery system to Web-Enhanced.  Discussion ensued that the following changes need to be made:  1) On the course syllabus, under the “Academic Honesty”, make sure the wording is consistent with other syllabi.  2) On the course syllabus, the “Accommodations” section needs to be added.  Course Syllabus will be resubmitted reflecting the changes.  Motion passed as amended

21.       Presentation of the Decision Making Process for Review of Program & Course Proposals (Harris) presented by the Faculty Senate representative Dr. Haque.

            Motion passed

22.       Old Business:  Dr. Racheotes informed the committee that there will be no scheduled meeting until the fall.  If any emergency course changes arise during the summer, email vote will take place.

23.       Other Business:  1) The 2008-2009 UCC Members will be announced in August 2008 and will be posted on the Curriculum Committee website.  *2) Dr. Stripling has requested that the Technology Department modify the  forms (cover pages) that are submitted to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and Graduate Council to take out the highlighted areas.

24.       Meeting adjournment at 3:07 pm.

25.       Next meeting:  TBD

Respectfully Submitted,

Kelly Bennett        
Recording Secretary