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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.

 

 

 

 

Fall 2016 Topics Courses

BIO 1096 Evolutionary Medicine (CRN: 75496)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980)

How does evolutionary biology provide insights into 'normal' human health, behavior and disease? In recent years, medical science has embraced evolution and natural selection due to its unique insights into pathogen antibiotic resistance, the human microbiome, auto-immunity, its predictions about fetal and childhood stressors on health in adulthood, cancer, and many gene mismatches to the modern environment that result in the chronic inflammation behind cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other common western health problems. Instructor mini-lectures alternate with "journal club" style presentations by students. No exams.

CSCI 1096 Introduction to Robotics Fundamentals (CRN: 76329)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: Instructor approval and recommended MATH 1415)

Robots are machines constructed by a variety of parts from three major categories: Effectors, Sensors, and Control Systems. The effectors and sensors are mechanical and electronic components, the control systems are mainly the software programs (the brain) that determine the behavior of the robots. Two types of control systems, Pre-Programmed and Autonomous, the pre-programmed robots operate in a simple, controlled environment and the autonomous robots are able to response in a dynamic changing environment.

This course studies the fundamentals all major components of the robots, which includes: mechanical and electronic parts, processors, micro-controllers, programming, robot operating systems, and robot network communications. This course also includes hand-on exercises for robot operations.

ECME 2096 Mind in the Making (CRN: 75912)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

This course provides credit to individuals participating in the Mind in the Making training through UNM family development program. This comprehensive training for early childhood professionals engages participants understanding child development and in practices which promote the learning of children.

GIS 1096-001: Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) (CRN: 75901)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

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.

IRW 0796 Integrated Reading & Writing Bridge Class (CRN: 75974, 75975, 75976, 75977)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: combined Accuplacer Reading and Sentence Skills score of 74 or below)

This three-week course offers both group and individualized learning activities to increase students’ readiness for IRW 0970. This bridge class supports students whose combined Accuplacer Reading and Sentence Skills score is below 74 by developing reading, writing, and other foundational skills needed to be successful in IRW 0970. Upon successful completion of IRW 0796, students may enroll in a 12-week IRW 0970 course. (15 theory hours)

IRW 0896 Integrated Reading & Writing Test Prep Class (CRN: 75973)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: None)

This course offers individualized, computer-based learning activities that increase students’ awareness of reading skills, sentence level skills, and test-taking strategies. Students begin the course with the Accuplacer Diagnostic for an evaluation of their reading and sentence level skills, receive instruction in areas of skill deficit, progress through a series of modules based on their needs, and finish the week-long course by re-taking the Accuplacer. The goal is to increase student’s reading, sentence level, and Accuplacer test-taking skills to test at college level, or skip one level of developmental IRW, or to increase exposure to language-development skills. (15 lab hours)

MATH 1096 Quadratic Equations and Expressions (CRN: 75823, 75824, 75851, 75888, 75852, 75853)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: Math 0940 or Math 0980 or ACCUPLACER score of 66)

Investigates quadratic expressions, equations and graphs, and contrasts them with linear equations, expressions and graphs.

MATH 1296 Methods of Problem Solving Lab (CRN: 75865)

1 Credit Hour

(Corequisite: Math 1210, Prerequisite: Accuplacer arithmetic score of 57-96 or elementary algebra score of 31-42)

Integrates topics from basic mathematics, geometry and basic algebra. Helps students begin program study by offering a course that addresses areas of deficiency in regards to placement into Math 1210 thereby allowing students to enter programs in Business & Information Technology, Applied Technologies, Health Wellness & Public Safety while simultaneously taking Math 1210. This course is offered in a lab based format that incorporates mini lectures, individual and group work and/or individual and group projects.

(45 lab hours per term).

MATH 1396 Probability and Statistics Lab (CRN: 75864)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

This course covers core algebra skills needed to understand the concepts, computations, formulas, and graphs used in Math 1330. Topics covered are intended to integrate directly into Math 1330. These topics include: numeracy, proportional reasoning, algebraic reasoning, and functions. Content covered develops conceptual and procedural tools that are essential to statistical reasoning. Collaborative learning on key projects will be emphasized to enhance the development of critical thinking and communication skills.

SUR 1096-051: Surveying Ethics (CRN: 75600)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course explores ethical issues that affect those in surveying and related fields. Each week a different situation will be examined in an online discussion group.

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