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Online courses are designed for distance learning and use the Internet for delivery. Courses are listed on this page alphabetically by course prefix. Please Note: Once the semester has begun, please reference the syllabus posted directly in your D2L course for the most up to date version/revisions. The section numbers for online courses are U820T, U821T, U822T, U823T, U824T, U825T, U826T, U827T, U829T.

Occupational Therapy (OCTH)

OCTH 211 U820T
Orientation to Occupational Therapy

Synonym #
23103

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is an introduction to the practice of occupational therapy. It is designed to provide a general overview of the profession and to assist students in determining if they would like to pursue a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy.

Prerequisites
N/A

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OCTH 760 U820T
Leadership in Healthcare

Synonym #
23104

Credits
2

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
In this course, students will develop an understanding of the principles of leadership theory and practice, and will apply those principles through case examples and/or personal experience. Students will examine the profession’s capacity for leadership and explore opportunities for leadership development in their professional lives.

Prerequisites
N/A

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OCTH 792 U820T
Special Topics: Trauma-Informed Care

Synonym #
23105

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Shana Cerny

Description
Includes Current Topics, Advanced Topics, and Special Topics. A course devoted to a particular issue in a specified field. Course content is not wholly included in the regular curriculum. Guest artists or experts may serve as instructors. Enrollments are usually of 10 or fewer students with significant one-on-one student-teacher involvement.

Prerequisites
N/A

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OCTH 800 U820T
Capstone Proposal

Synonym #
23106

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Barbara Brockevelt

Description
The doctoral student will develop a proposal for the capstone practicum that provides in-depth experience in advanced clinical practice, scholarship, administration, leadership, advocacy, program and policy development, education, or theory development. The student will develop specific learning objectives for the experience in collaboration with faculty. Once faculty and the site have approved the proposal, the student will collaborate with faculty and site mentors to carry out the experience in the final semester of the program.

Prerequisites
N/A

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OCTH 801 U820T
Capstone Experience

Synonym #
23107

Credits
1

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Barbara Brockevelt

Description
This experiential course allows the doctoral student to enhance skills in advanced clinical practice, scholarship, administration, leadership, advocacy, program and policy development, education, or theory development. The field experience may occur in a traditional or non-traditional site, and the student will be expected to perform beyond that of an entry-level occupational therapist.

Prerequisites
N/A

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OCTH 802 U820T
Capstone Project

Synonym #
23108

Credits
2

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Barbara Brockevelt

Description
In this course, the student completes a culminating project that relates theory to practice and demonstrates synthesis of advanced knowledge in a practice area.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Physiology (PHGY)

PHGY 220/220L U820T
Human Anatomy/Physiology I with Lab

Synonym #
23109/23110

Credits
4

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Lectures, laboratory work, and demonstrations will enable students to understand normal and abnormal function of the human body and provide a foundation for any future healthcare course. Integration of anatomical structure as it relates to physiology will also be incorporated.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PHGY 230/230L U820T
Human Anatomy/Physiology II with Lab

Synonym #
23115/23116

Credits
4

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is a continuation of material covered in PHGY 220. Lectures, laboratory work, and demonstrations will enable students to understand normal and abnormal function of the human body and provide a foundation for any future healthcare course. Integration of anatomical structure as it relates to physiology will also be incorporated.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 220 U820T
Introduction to Ethics

Synonym #
23141

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Michael Berhow

Description
Examines the major currents and components of ethical theory from classical times to the present, investigating problems arising from specific theories, as well as critically analyzing the validity of these theories for current ethical concerns.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PHIL 309 U820T
The Evolution-Creation Debate

Synonym #
21578

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Geological, biological, and philosophical elements of the evolution/creation debate and its impact on religion and society.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PHIL 320 U820T
Professional Ethics

Synonym #
23144

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
The study of major normative ethical theories and their application to concrete ethical situations likely to arise in the professional workplace. Emphasis placed on potential conflicts between the goals of the professions and the imperatives of the ethical life, and possibilities for resolution of such conflicts.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Physical Therapy (PHTH)

PHTH 707 U820T
Health Promotion in Physical Therapy

Synonym #
23146

Credits
2

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is designed to instruct physical therapy students in principles of health promotion and disease prevention, with emphasis on musculoskeletal, cardiovascular/pulmonary, neurologic, and integumentary conditions. Health disparities will be emphasized.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PHTH 718 U820T
Path DD Musculoskeletal

Synonym #
23147

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course examines medical/systemic conditions whose signs and/or symptoms present as muscular and/or skeletal problems. Students will learn screening, systems review, and examination skills designed to assist in the differentiation of pathological etiologies underlying disease and injury. Additional emphasis will be placed on identifying “red flags” that indicate physical therapist treatment may be contraindicated or referral to another health care professional is warranted. The course provides an in-depth overview of related pathophysiology and the mechanisms of common musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PHTH 782 U820T
Critical Evaluation of Literature

Synonym #
23148

Credits
1

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is an introductory course in critical evaluation of research literature. The student will participate in evaluation of experimental and non-experimental research methods, including qualitative and quantitative, and apply concepts studied in this class to clinical practice. The student is expected to become proficient in the interpretation of published research by demonstrating knowledge of the different methods of research design and the application of statistics.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Psychology (PSYC)

PSYC 101 U820T
General Psychology

Synonym #
23231

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is an introduction survey of the field of psychology with consideration of the biological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, learning and memory, human growth and development, social behavior and normal and abnormal behavior.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PSYC 321 U820T
Human Development: Lifespan

Synonym #
23237

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
In this course, theories of social, cognitive, emotional, and physical development are discussed for each era of human growth including gestation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young, middle, and late adulthood. This course is recommended for all students seeking a theoretical and applicable knowledge of human development.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PSYC 451 U820T
Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

Synonym #
23251

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is a comprehensive survey of abnormal personality and behavior. It includes an examination of the origins, symptoms and treatment of psychological disorders.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PSYC 657 U820T
Traumatic Stress

Synonym #
23254

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course examines the theory, research, and practice of psychology with regard to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Public Health (PUBH)

PUBH 701 U820T
Biostatistics for Public Health

Synonym #
23149

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Biostatistics in public health relates statistical information to real health issues affecting human populations. This course covers the design, analysis and interpretation of interventions as they relate to the development process of public health policy and priorities. Topics include graphical and numerical methods of describing data sets, an introduction to probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing; analysis of variance; analysis of covariance; repeated measures anova; correlation and regression analysis; multiple regression, logistic regression; meta-analysis; analysis of categorical data; non-parametric analysis. Discuss and interpret statistical procedures described in published articles.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PUBH 710 U820T
Epidemiology

Synonym #
23150

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
The course is designed to explore the principles and concepts of public health epidemiology as it relates to the determinants and distribution of disease. Students will gain foundational knowledge in critical analysis of the literature, study design, results assessment, and effecting change in health outcomes from a population-based standpoint. Special attention will be given to the impact of health disparities on disease determinants and health outcomes.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PUBH 730 U820T
Public Health Project

Synonym #
23151

Credits
6

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This culminating course in the MPH program allows students to integrate and synthesize the curriculum in seminar discussion and through a large research paper on contemporary public health science and practices that can be published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented at a state or national professional meeting.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PUBH 740 U820T
Rural Health Policy and Education

Synonym #
23153

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course presents the development, implementation, and assessment of public health and health care policies in America. This course emphasizes policy making aimed at public health infrastructure and population health, including the different types of prevention at the different levels of analysis. Process, politics, and policy analysis necessary for effective policy making are presented. Strategic and operational interests of key stakeholders are identified and examined. Public health policy is evaluated in terms of access, efficacy, and cost. Ethical frameworks are applied and historical context is provided. Issues of particular importance to rural and Native American populations are included.

Prerequisites
N/A

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PUBH 750 U820T
Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health

Synonym #
23154

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
This course is designed to provide MPH students with information concerning the interaction of sociocultural, psychological, behavioral, and environmental factors that function in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Students will analyze and compare relevant theories and review research related to the interaction of these factors. This course will examine the development and implementation of evidence based public health interventions that address health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities at the individual, group, organizational, community and public policy levels. Ethical considerations inherent to efforts designed to produce health-related behavior change are examined.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Religion (REL)

REL 250 U820T
World Religions

Synonym #
23155

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Lisa Millen

Description
Introduces the major religions of humankind, examining the function and diversity of religious expression in human experience, and the role of these religions in international relations.

Prerequisites
N/A

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REL 309 U820T
The Evolution-Creation Debate

Synonym #
21579

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Geological, biological, and philosophical elements of the evolution/creation debate and its impact on religion and society.

Prerequisites
N/A

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REL 352 U820T
Churches, Cults and Culture

Synonym #
23156

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Richard Van Lente

Description
Examination of the teachings and practices of the major religious bodies (Protestant, Roman Catholic and Judaic) and new religious movements (cults) in contemporary American culture.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Secondary Education (SEED)

SEED 741 U820T
Secondary School Curriculum and Instruction

Synonym #
23157

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Exploration of topics influencing curricular decisions. Experiences in planning and designing secondary school curricula with a focus on instruction and assessment.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SEED 795 U820T
Practicum in MS/HS

Synonym #
23158

Credits
1 to 6

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Applied, monitored and supervised, field-based learning experience for which the student may or may not be paid. Students gain practical experience; they follow a negotiated and or directed plan of study. A higher level of supervision is provided by the instructor in these courses than is the case with field experience courses.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Sociology (SOC)

SOC 100 U820T
Introduction to Sociology

Synonym #
23161

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Comprehensive study of society, with analysis of group life, and other forces shaping human behavior.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOC 261 U820T
Human Sexuality

Synonym #
21552

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
The study of human sexuality as it relates to anthropology and sociology. Topics include: primate sexuality, evolution of sexuality, human reproductive physiology, sexual behavior in non-Western cultures, and sociological perspectives on sexuality in contemporary American society.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOC 450 U820T
Race & Ethnic Minorities

Synonym #
23164

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
An examination of ethnic and cultural minorities in American society. Particular attention is directed to the etiology and consequences of prejudice and discrimination.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Social Work (SOCW)

SOCW 200 U820T
Field of Social Work

Synonym #
23165

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Provides an introduction to the profession of social work, including where it is practiced, ways of working, philosophy, and functions. The course also provides a current and historical examination of the nature and scope of the social welfare system in the United States and its functions.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 601 U820T
History & Philosophy of Social Work

Synonym #
23166

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Kathy LaPlante

Description
This course is an introduction to the historic and contemporary profession of Social Work. Students learn the core values, assumptions, theory, guiding principles, and the “Code of Ethics.” Students analyze the development of the profession through critical exploration of the profession’s history within the larger context of national and international history. Students learn to utilize professional ethics and how they inform competent practice, support non-discrimination, and further the practice of pursuing social justice.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 610 U820T
Generalist Practice I: Individuals and Families

Synonym #
23167

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Kelly Bass

Description
This course provides beginning generalist social work practice, knowledge, and skills. Students learn core social work theories: Ecological theory, Systems Theory, Problem Solving Theory, and the Strengths Perspective. Emphasized are the application of theories, techniques, and visual tools that support the utilization of core social work theories and the processes used for intervention with individuals and families.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 641 U820T
Human Behavior in the Social Enviornment

Synonym #
23168

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Soonhee Roh

Description
Students learn theories of human development, moral development, motivation, and diversity that impact individuals and families as they develop over the life span. Students learn theoretical models that explain the interactions between the biological, social, psychological, and cultural systems that impact human behavior and their social environments. Skills in the evidence-based assessment techniques found to be effective across diverse client systems are learned and critiqued.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 683 U820T
Field Education and Seminar I

Synonym #
23169

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Students complete 200 hours in a field placement. This is the first of a two-semester foundation/generalist level internship. Students also participate in a two-hour weekly seminar.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 730 U820T
Practice with Communities

Synonym #
23170

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Brooke Blaalid

Description
This course focuses on theories that explain interactions of systems at the mezzo level of practice. The course emphasizes social work methods, strategies, and interventions used in practice with communities. The course provides students with a framework to analyze complex problems in communities and develop strategies for change. Students will apply skills demonstrating an understanding of community theory, development, organizing, and grant writing. Students learn to identify and develop skills to address forms and mechanisms of discrimination.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 740 U820T
Advanced Practice with Individuals, Children, & Families

Synonym #
23171

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Wallace Jackmon

Description
This course provides students with advanced theories for practice with individuals, children, and families across the lifespan. Students will apply knowledge that will allow them to conduct multidimensional assessments and integrate knowledge on the human condition with evidence-based practice activities designed to promote the social and human well-being.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 750 U820T
Practice Informed Qualitative Research

Synonym #
23172

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Jay Memmott

Description
Introduces students to the basic principles of qualitative social work research, including ethics, problem formulation, and qualitative research designs and methodologies. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to become critical thinkers and responsible consumers of qualitative research. In addition, students will learn how to utilize various qualitative research strategies and methodologies to evaluate social service programs and practice outcomes.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SOCW 783 U820T
Advanced Field Education and Seminar III

Synonym #
23173

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Students complete 250 hours in a field placement. This is the first of a two-semester concentration/advanced generalist level internship. Students participate in a two-hour weekly seminar designed to provide students with the opportunity to integrate and process advanced theoretical knowledge with field experiences. The academic focus of this seminar is mezzo and macro practice. The course provides students with an opportunity to discuss and integrate knowledge on leadership, theory, and practice. A focus for this course is to provide students with an opportunity for self-examination of leadership qualities and skills and potential areas for change and growth. Discussions will include the interface between culture, women, diverse groups, and leadership, examining obstacles such as ethnocentrism, prejudice, and the glass ceiling.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Spanish (SPAN)

SPAN 101 U820T
Introductory Spanish I

Synonym #
23174

Credits
4

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Armando Galicia-Silva

Description
Introduces the fundamental elements of Spanish sentence structure and vocabulary. Promotes speaking, listening and writing within a cultural context. Class work may be supplemented with required aural/oral practice outside of class.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Special Education (SPED)

SPED 703 U820T
Education of Persons with Exceptional Needs

Synonym #
23175

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
The characteristics, medical, communication, and special needs of persons with exceptionalities will be considered through a review of research relative to current trends and problems.

Prerequisites
N/A

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SPED 771 U820T
Young Children with Special Needs

Synonym #
23176

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
Study of assessments and interventions employed with young children with special needs.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Statistics (STAT)

STAT 281 U820T
Introduction to Statistics

Synonym #
23177

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
TBA

Description
A study of descriptive statistics including graphs, measures of central tendency and variability and an introduction to probability theory, sampling and techniques of statistical inference with an emphasis on statistical applications.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Theatre (THEA)

THEA 100 U820T
Introduction to Theatre

Synonym #
23179

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Sandra Mollman

Description
Introductory course designed to enhance the student’s enjoyment and understanding of the theatrical experience. Play readings, films, and demonstrations acquaint the students with the history and techniques of the theatrical art.

Prerequisites
N/A

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THEA 201 U820T
Film Appreciation

Synonym #
23180

Credits
3

Dates
8/20-12/12
100% refund date:
8/30/18

Instructor
Sandra Mollman

Description
This course explores the art of film and its impact on society. The student explores American and International cultures through the study of their films, filmmaking, and critical analysis.

Prerequisites
N/A

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Student Identity Verification Measures

  • All online classes are password protected. Students must provide name, date of birth, and the last four digits of their social security number, to receive an email and password from the University of South Dakota. Access to online courses is managed through USD systems only and not a student's personal email.
  • Assessment of student learning in online classes often assists in student identity verification. Many tests are proctored in person by University employees at the University's statewide higher education centers in Pierre, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls, SD, and in Vermillion, SD, at the Division of Continuing and Distance Education. Students in other states make application for a professional proctor in their region who is approved by the University of South Dakota in advance of testing. The Proctor Application can be found here: Proctor Form. University staff evaluates carefully the proposed proctors assessing potential conflicts of interest. Approved proctors verify student identity prior to each test.
  • Finally, a growing number of online courses supplement instruction with web conferencing. This technology allows the professor to further authenticate identity through voice recognition and visual recognition if webcams are used.