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Topics Courses

Topics courses complement CNM’s regular course offerings in a subject area or program.

Topics Courses may emphasize subject matter or content introduced in other courses, offer content at a more advanced level, or present content that is not covered in other CNM courses.

Topics courses often change from term to term.

Topics Courses by Term

 

Spring 2016 Topics Courses

ACCT 1096 Volunteer Tax Updates (CRN: 88515)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: ACCT 1301)

To ensure returning volunteers are updated on any new changes to the current tax code and are refreshed on the tax software necessary to prepare individual tax returns for low-income and elderly taxpayers. Volunteers must meet VITA volunteer eligibility requirements as defined by the IRS and must pass the certification examination to receive credit for the course.

ACCT 2096 Volunteer Tax Internship II (CRN: 88516)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: ACCT 1398; pre- or co-requisite ACCT 1096)

An opportunity for returning volunteers to receive credit while preparing individual tax returns for low-income and elderly taxpayers. Volunteers must have met VITA volunteer eligibility requirements as defined by the IRS and have passed the certification examination. A minimum of forty-five hours of volunteer tax return preparation work during the spring term at an approved site location is required.

BIO 1096 Introduction to Natural Resources (CRN: 88504)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950)

This course is designed to introduce students to topics of study and career opportunities in natural resource fields. Students will conduct field activities in the areas of ecology, forestry, range, fisheries and wildlife management utilizing the scientific method. Field trips may be conducted during the class period, or may require additional time (Saturday field trips).

CIS 1096 Internet of Things (CRN: 88514)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: IT 1010 Computer Concepts and Software Applications )

This course introduces students to the "Internet of Things" (IOT) and how physical or real-world devices, "things," are increasingly being connected to, visible through, and controllable via the Internet and web technologies. In this course we will integrate elements from all the currently available CNM CIS Degrees/Certificate programs. This course is project based where students will work individually and in teams to explore and build IOT devices/solutions using System on a Chip (SOC) technologies like the Raspberry Pi and microcontrollers like the Intel Galileo. Finally, students will be given the opportunity to tackle a comprehensive project of their choosing in teams of three or four. At the end of the semester, all project teams will present their completed projects in an open colloquium.

CIS 2096 Computer Game and Simulation Development (CRN: 88513)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: CIS 1280 .NET1/ C# )

Provides an accelerated introduction to developing computer games using C# and unity3D. In addition, students will learn to manage a team project using Agile project management skills. Course scope will cover Agile software development, working as a team, building assets, creating scenes in Unity, coding object behaviors. Students will learn to use Unity's cross platform deployment capability to deploy a game to Windows, to the Web and to Android. Students will also learn to integrate game peripheral Software Development Kits like the Oculus Rift, Kinect and/or other systems.

ENG 0896 English Test Prep (CRN: 88264)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: None)

The English Test Prep provides students with the opportunity to improve their skills on the Accuplacer sentence skills test to college-level in five class sessions. Students will receive an individualized study plan containing the material needed to improve their sentence skills so that they can score higher on the English Accuplacer test and possibly test out of ENG 0750 and/or ENG 0950.

Please note: This test prep is not a replacement for either ENG 0750 or ENG 0950. (20 hours)

FITT 1097 ACSM Certification Review Course

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: FITT 1010, FITT 1072, FITT 1572)

This course focuses on preparing students for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) examination. Students will review the various examination domains: Initial Client Consultation and Assessment, Exercise Programming and Implementation, Leadership and Education Implementation, and Legal, Professional, Business and Marketing. Students will also examine case studies, engage in lab experiences and build successful test taking skills. This course complements all courses within the Fitness Technician program, specifically FITT 1072 Kinesiology, FITT 1572 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription, and FITT 1575 Exercise Prescription for Special Populations. (15 hours theory / 45 hours lab)

FITT 2096 Bowling (CRN: 88656)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

The course introduces the proper fundamentals of bowling with a focus on proper stance, delivery, etiquette, and rules. Health benefits of bowling as part of an active lifestyle will be included in the course as well. (45 hours lab)

FITT 2296 Boot Camp (CRN: 88655)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course is a traditional "boot camp" interval style class that mixes calisthenics and body weight exercise with cardio and strength training. This class incorporates drills designed to enhance agility, speed, power and strength. This course is designed to provide exposure to a variety of advance exercise techniques and challenge students both physically and mentally. This course complements FITT 2093 Extreme Conditioning and FITT 1994 Running & Conditioning. (45 hours lab)

FITT 2396 Sand Volleyball (CRN: 88652)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course will include the fundamental instruction of skills specific to sand volleyball: passing, setting, hitting, blocking, dropping, digging and serving. Students will become knowledgeable of the various rules, tactics and various offensive/defensive strategies. Specific volleyball conditioning drills will be incorporated into each class to develop muscular endurance, muscular strength, and the recruitment of fast twitch muscle fibers needed to play the game of sand volleyball. (45 hours lab)

FITT 2796 Public Safety Fitness (CRN: 88648)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

Presents task related and job specific physical tests, drills, and training, that coincide with the requirements and physical demands of those in public safety (EMS, Structural Fire, and Police Academies). (45 hours lab)

FITT 2996 Fast Track Fitness (CRN: 88646)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

Two week intercession course designed to jump start your fitness into the New Year! Fast Track Fitness will provide a full body workout along with tips and tricks to developing and maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. This course will incorporate a variety of different techniques including stretching, walking, jogging, muscle strength and endurance training, circuit training, core and kettle bell workouts. (45 hours lab)

GEOG 1096 Geography of Food (CRN: 88280)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950)

This course will cover the origins of the food we eat, its geographic roll in human history, and its cultural importance in societies. We will look at the state of our food, its production and availability in the world today, particularly in the U.S., it relevance to the economy, its impact on the environment, and it effect on nutrition.

GIS 1096: Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones)

2 Credit Hours

Learn what all the fuss is about in Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). This course shows how UAS are meeting needs and creating opportunities in: Surveying and Mapping, Urban Planning, Construction Management, Public Safety, Real Estate, Criminal Justice, Archaeology and countless other professions. Learn how this exciting, emerging field is changing how we see the Earth, save lives and understand our world. 2 Credits (30 contact hours)

HLTH 1096 The Profession of Physical Therapy (CRN: 88735)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: ENG 1101 + MATH 1210 or higher)

The course provides an introduction into the profession of physical therapy, including the roles of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant, basic therapy modalities and ethical considerations in physical therapy. This course will be required for entrance into the physical therapy program starting which is launching in fall 2016. (15 hours theory)

HLTH 1196 Pre-PTA Anatomy Fundamentals (CRN: 88736)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: ENG 1101 + MATH 1210 or higher + [BIO 1310 + BIO 1392] or [BIO 2310])

This course focuses on anatomy, physiology and kinesiology specific to the physical therapist assistant. Emphasis is on muscular, skeletal, cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular systems of the body. This course will be required for entrance into the physical therapy program starting which is launching in fall 2016. (30 hours theory / 45 hours lab)

HLTH 2096-901 Introduction to Health Careers II (CRN: 88262)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: HLTH 1020 or HLTH 1096)

This course will focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed to assist in providing patient care in a healthcare setting. Topics included in this course are: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, patient care skills, (vital signs, assisting with activities of daily living), communication skills, and team care activities. The course will consist of classroom learning, excursions to healthcare facilities, and demonstrations/hands-on activities in simulation labs. Under the supervision of professional nursing instructors, 5 course days will be excursion activities in healthcare facilities and will include demonstrations of direct nursing care and patient care unit activities. Successful completion of this course will prepare the student to attend a nurse technician or patient care assistant course which provides preparation for potential employment as a caregiver in healthcare facilities.

HLTH 2096-902 Introduction to Health Careers II (CRN: 88263)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: HLTH 1020 or HLTH 1096)

This course will focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed to assist in providing patient care in a healthcare setting. Topics included in this course are: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, patient care skills, (vital signs, assisting with activities of daily living), communication skills, and team care activities. The course will consist of classroom learning, excursions to healthcare facilities, and demonstrations/hands-on activities in simulation labs. Under the supervision of professional nursing instructors, 5 course days will be excursion activities in healthcare facilities and will include demonstrations of direct nursing care and patient care unit activities. Successful completion of this course will prepare the student to attend a nurse technician or patient care assistant course which provides preparation for potential employment as a caregiver in healthcare facilities.

NA 1096 Nursing Assistant Refresher

1 Credit Hour

This course will provide Nursing Assistant graduates with instructional review and supervised practice of the skills that will be included in the New Mexico State Nursing Assistant Certification Exam. The course is designed to assist students with extra practice and review prior to taking the exam, or for students who have attempted the exam and have not yet been successful.  A written practice exam will also be given followed by discussion and feedback from instructor.

RDG 0896 Reading Test Prep (CRN: 88267)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

The Reading Test prep provides students with the opportunity to improve their reading skills to college-level reading in five class sessions. Students will receive an individualized study plan containing the material needed to improve their reading skills so that they can score higher on the Reading Accuplacer test and possibly test out of RDG 0750 and/or RDG 0950.

Please note: This test prep is not a replacement for either RDG 0750 or RDG 0950. (20 hours)

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Summer 2016 Topics Courses

CARP 2096 Architectural Woodworking Skills Development (CRN: 94963)

3 Credit Hours

(Department Approval required)

This course enhances the skills developed in CARP 1305, CARP 1692 & CARP 1892.

English 0896 English Test Prep

1 Credit Hour 

(Prerequisites: None)

The English Test Prep provides students with the opportunity to improve their skills on the Accuplacer sentence skills test to college-level in five class sessions. Students will receive an individualized study plan containing the material needed to improve their sentence skills so that they can score higher on the English Accuplacer test and possibly test out of English 0750 and/or English 0950. Please note:  This test prep is not a replacement for either English 0750 or English 0950.

(15 hours)

EPS 2096 Earth History

3 Credit Hours 

(Prerequisite RDG 0950)

This course will explore the origin and geologic history on the earth. Topics will include the earth’s development through time, the evolution of life on earth, changes to Earth’s geography over time, and the tools that geologists use to investigate these topics.

EPS 2196 Earth History Lab

1 Credit Hour

(Co-requisite EPS 2096)

Earth History Laboratory is the lab component of EPS 2096 – Earth History. In this course, students will perform hands-on exercises that complement the content of the lecture course. Students will work with the Geologic Time Scale, geologic maps, isopach and facies maps. Stratigraphic columns, and fossils. A field-base project will integrate topics covered in the lab.

GEOG 1096 Food Geography

3 Credit Hours

What does our food tell us about our culture and society? Do different cuisines make a difference in our diet and our society’s health? How does our food impact our environment and our future? What is the Mediterranean difference? Experience it first hand and see in Rome!

This course seeks to explore the geographic culture of food and its reflection in societies around the world, with a focus on the Mediterranean experience.

GEOG 1196 Black Death

3 Credit Hours

An examination of the devastating plague that killed one in three people in Italy and Western Europe in less than 3 years. The Black Death survives today and has serious implications for the Interconnected modern world. Learn about what happened, where it happened, and why it matters!

HVAC 1096 Fittings Fabrication (CRN: 94967)

1 Credit Hour

(Department Approval required)

This course is designed to cover essential skills necessary to fabricate fittings for HVAC systems.

SPT 1096 Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CRN: 94979)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: SPT 1010 and SPT 1092 or ST 1010)

This course is designed for healthcare workers with sterile processing experience who want to prepare for the Certification Board for Sterile Processing& Distribution’s (CBSPD) Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor certification examination. This course presents the knowledge and skills needed to perform reprocessing of flexible GI endoscopes and/or bronchoscopes.

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