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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 2015 Topics Courses

ANTH 2096 Food & Culture: The Anthropology of Foodways (CRN: 88354)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores)

This course explores the cultural and biological implications of our food and food practices. The “anthropology of food” examines the production, distribution, and consumption of food on a global scale. In this course we will explore how pervasive food can be in defining and redefining cultural identity among communities across the globe.

ARTS 2096 Introduction to Electronic Arts (CRN: 88366)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: ARTS 1106 or ARTS 1125; Recommended: IT 0850)

An introduction to the creative, technical, and conceptual possibilities of digital image making. Students will create art using video, audio and digital image manipulation and participate in readings and discussions. Students will be required to have a smart phone with a camera, video and audio recorder, or stand-alone equipment with the ability to upload files into a computer.

CST 2096 Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Culture (CRN: 88390)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: English 1101 or appropriate placement scores)

This course is an examination of the ways in which comic books and graphic novels define and reveal cultural values. By studying selected elements of the genre, students will explore the nature of their culture and that of others.  The course will draw on some of the most important scholarship in cultural theory and criticism.

CULN 2096 Mobile Food Operations (CRN: 88870)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite CULN 1112 or departmental approval)

Introduces students to culinary and management techniques required for mobile food operations, including: safety and sanitation, menu development, marketing and sales, food preparation, financial analysis, and legal, environmental health, and zoning regulations.

ENG 1096 Emergency Writing Repair Workshop (CRN: 88840)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: ENG 0950 or appropriate placement scores)

This Emergency Writing Repair Workshop provides intensive instruction on grammar, sentence building, and writing mechanics for students taking ENG 1101.

FILM 1096 Shooting Your Story (CRN: 88707)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None)

How to visualize your story in motion for a camera to record and ultimately an audience to view.

This three-credit online class covers basic filmmaking shot composition and story development for different movie genres. By using their own smartphone to visually record short clips, students will explore the essential movie-making elements--lighting, sound, and set decoration--that support the camera department as they develop their own visual story.

FIN 1096 Financial Services Career Exploration            (CRN: 88650)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: None)

This course is designed to provide students with academic and life skills necessary for successful transition into college and prepare students for a possible career in the financial services industry. Students will interact with financial industry experts and develop skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment in the financial industry.

FITT 2096 Bowling (CRN: 88636)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: 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 2196 Fireline Fitness (CRN: 88637 & 88638)

2 credit hours

(Prerequisite: None)

This course will provide students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to become physically fit in preparation of becoming a firefighter. The class will include both classroom curriculum which will be reinforced by practical exercise skills specific to firefighting. Both classroom and field practicum will focus on the essential components of firefighter fitness to include, aerobics, muscular strength & endurance, core strength and stability and flexibility. In addition, students will learn about firefighter wellness including basic nutritional needs, hydration and rest and include specific preparation for taking the required Work Capacity Test. Students will also be provided opportunities to participate in the Wildland Fitness Assessment Battery (WFAB) to determine their current fitness baseline. ** Students will be required to provide a medical clearance from a practitioner that approves them to participate in a fitness/exercise program. (15 hours theory and 45 hours lab)

FITT 2296 Boot Camp (CRN: 88061, 88641, & 88642)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: 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).

FITT 2496 Exercise Techniques Culture (CRN: 88734)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course focuses on learning and implementing various exercise techniques to ensure applicable knowledge in regards to exercise program design. The course examines Cardiovascular Exercise, Flexibility, Body Composition and Resistance Training methods, relating to the duties and responsibilities of a nationally certified fitness professional (ACSM-CPT, AFAA, ACE, NSCA-CPT). 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).

FITT 1097 ACSM Certification Review Course (CRN 88735)

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).

GEOG 1096 Geography of Food (CRN: 88457) 

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950 or appropriate test scores)

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 its effect on nutrition.

GNHN 2096 Legacies of Color (CRN: 88443)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: ENG 1101 with a B grade or better, GPA of 3.2 or higher, and department approval.)

“Legacies of Color” is an interdisciplinary exploration of race and racism in post-Reconstruction America.  Students discuss a range of narratives:  biographies, autobiographies, and novels, as well as stories grounded in journalism, sociology, and anthropology.  The course examines how individual narratives can illuminate (and at times obscure) the larger picture of race in America.

HIST 2096 Native American History (CRN: 88513)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores)

This course provides a survey of Native American History from early times to the present.   It will focus on events that have affected the political relations between Native Americans and the United States government, including the impact of European contact and conquest; reservation life; and the evolution of tribal sovereignty, and trust relations and treaty issues with the United States government.

LANG 1096 Elementary Italian (CRN: 88517)

4 credit hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores, Recommended: ENG 1101)

Introduces the Italian language and aspects of Italian culture, with an emphasis on speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Basic level vocabulary, grammar and writing exercises will be practiced, with the aim of fostering a maximum interaction among students during class time.

MUS 2096 Guitar I (CRN: 88514)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores)

This course is designed for students with little to no guitar playing experience.  It is an introduction to the guitar and the elements of music.  Students will learn strumming and fingerstyle techniques as well as how to read rhythms and some music notation.  The content will include music of various styles. Students must supply their own acoustic guitar.

SPED 2096 Working with Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CRN: 88516)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: None)

This course is designed to gain strategies to create effective learning experiences for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

 

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Fall 2014 Topics Courses

ANTH 2096 Navajo Language and Culture (CRN: 78657)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores)

This course examines the relationship between language and culture by examining this relationship in the context of the Navajo language and culture. The course examines the sound system, the morphology (how words are formed), syntax (sentence structure), semantics, and pragmatics of the Navajo language. This course complements and extends ANTH 1110, ANTH 2231, and ANTH 2238.

CARP 2096 NCCER Core Part A (CRN: 79021 & 79022)

3 credit hours

(Departmental approval, Prerequisites: None)

The NCCER Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all other Level 1 craft curriculum. Its modules cover topics such as Basic Safety, Communication Skills, and Introduction to Construction Drawings. Completing this curriculum gives the trainee the basic skills needed to continue education in any craft area he or she chooses.

CULN 2096 Mobile Food Operations (CRN: 79122)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite CULN 1112 or departmental approval)

Introduces students to culinary and management techniques required for mobile food operations, including: safety and sanitation, menu development, marketing and sales, food preparation, financial analysis, and legal, environmental health, and zoning regulations.

CULN 2196 International Bistro (CRN: 79127)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: CULN 1100, CULN 1103 and CULN 1110; or CULN 1103 and CULN 1010)

This course provides a laboratory experience for enhancing student skills with current culinary trends in bistro style service including a variety of preparation methods and international cuisines. In addition, students will develop front-of-the house skills necessary in a bistro setting. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of preparation and service required for a bistro style restaurant. Also, upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in human relations and the skills required in the service of foods and beverages in such a setting.

ECME 2096 Teaching Science and Mathematics in a Bilingual Early Child Classroom (CRN: 78790)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: RDG 0750 or appropriate placement scores)

This course will be taught in Spanish to engage bilingual early childhood teachers PreK-3rd to develop fundamental concepts and skills for teaching math and science to young children. Projects will involve hands-on pedagogical methods and will focus on activities which promote strategies that encourage inquiry. The principal focus will be creative problem-solving, avoiding memorization and rote learning of concepts.

EMS 2097 EMS Combo BLS/ILS/ALS Refresher (CRN: 78958)

2 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This is a combination refresher course for licensed EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate / AEMT and EMT-Paramedic providers. This includes online work, quizzes as well as in class homework. This is an online course with 2 days of in class lab instructions. Total contact time is 60 hours. This refresher meets the NREMT and NM EMS Bureau requirements.

ENG 0896 English Boot Camp (CRN: 79215)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: None)

The English Boot Camp 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 boot camp is not a replacement for either English 0750 or English 0950.

ENG 2096 Ghostly, the Haunted, and the Supernatural: The Construction of Race, Class and Gender in Literature (CRN: 78883)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: ENG 1102)

The course will study a wide range of ghost and supernatural stories in English literature, including Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Jean Rhys, William Faulkner, Maxine Hong Kingston, Leslie Silko, and Nora Okja Keller, to help student understand how the fantastic elements function in relation to the specific social contexts that produced these texts.

EPS 1096 GEOLOGY OF NEW MEXICO (CRN: 78560)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite RDG 0950 or appropriate test scores)

The Geology of New Mexico is a tour through time and space in our magnificent state. In this course, students will learn about the materials (rocks and minerals) that make up New Mexico and the processes that drive and shape our state. Student will learn how our numerous and varied mountains formed, how and where volcanoes erupted, where natural resources are found and exploited, how water, wind and ice can shape the landscape, and about New Mexico's rich dinosaurs heritage.

EPS 2096 EARTH HISTORY (CRN: 78556)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite RDG 0950 or appropriate test scores)

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 (CRN: 78555)

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.

FIN 1096 Financial Services Career Exploration (CRN: 78444)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course is designed to provide students with academic and life skills necessary for successful transition into college and prepare students for a possible career in the financial services industry. Students will interact with financial industry experts and develop skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment in the financial industry.

FS 1196 Wildland Firefighter Safety and Survival Skills Lab (CRN: 78854)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: FS-1504 Wildland Firefighting (completed or currently enrolled in). ENG 0950 +MATH 0930 + RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores or department approval 45 hours lab)

This course will provide an overview of LCES (Lookouts, Communications, Escape Routes and Safety Zones). LCES is a National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) course designed to engage students in the process of designing their own safety program. LCES is an essential component of wildland firefighting and establishes the foundation for effective risk management.

In addition, this course will also provide students with the skills necessary to develop their situational awareness, improve their hazard identification and mitigation skills and prepare students with the skills necessary to survive an entrapment. Part of this course will focus on the Standard Fire Orders, 18 Watch Out Situations and fire fatality case studies. Students are expected to be engaged and involved in scenario exercises and case studies.
NWCG Certificate: S-134 LCES and S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around.

FS 1396 Wildland Fire Basic Land Navigation (CRN: 78855)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: FS-1504 Wildland Firefighting (completed or currently enrolled in). ENG 0950 +MATH 0930 + RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores or department approval 45 hours lab)

Basic land navigation is an introduction to land navigation skills needed to function as a wildland firefighter. The class begins with a general overview of maps, to include different map types and incident specific maps. Furthermore, students will become skilled in the use of a compass, GPS receiver, clinometer and interpreting topographic maps. The class also describes in detail, the use of the Public Land Survey System as it relates to wildland fire suppression. Finally, students will also complete Firefighter Math, a course that refreshers firefighters' knowledge of basic math concepts and tools necessary for making math calculations in the field. NWCG Certificate: Basic Land Navigation and Firefighter Math.

FS 1496 Wildland Firefighter Technical Skills Development (CRN: 78856)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: FS-1504 Wildland Firefighting). (Prerequisites: ENG 0950 +MATH 0930 + RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores or department approval 45 hours lab)

This class will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to properly use and maintain a handheld, field programmable radio. The class will concentrate of proper terminology, radio traffic procedures, field programming and radio cloning. The class will also provide students with radio traffic relaying procedures and techniques. In addition, students will also develop the skills and practices necessary to protect the scene of fire origins. Students will also improve their skills in fire observation and information gathering.
Finally, students will enhance their skills in fireline construction, helispot construction, emergency medical evacuation procedures/techniques, tool maintenance and fire rehabilitation techniques.
NWCG Certificate: FI-110 Wildland Fire Origin Protection

FS 2096 Wildland Fire Facilitative Instructor (CRN: 78920)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite or Co-requisite: FS-1504 Wildland Firefighting). (Prerequisite: ENG 0950 +MATH 0930 + RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores or department approval 45 hours lab)

This course is designed to help students become effective facilitative instructors. The class is required to teach a National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) courses or wildland fire courses. The purpose of this course is to improve training delivery and quality by presenting instructional methods with an emphasis on student-oriented adult training techniques. This course is designed for students to meet NWCG instructor requirements.
NWCG certificate: M-410 Facilitative Instructor

FS 2196 Engine & Ladder Company Fireground Operations (CRN: 78859)

3 credit hour

(Prerequisites: ENG 0950 +MATH 0930 + RDG 0950 or appropriate placement scores)

The class introduces the student to the basic functions of an Engine Company and Ladder Company. Students will be provided an overview of the duties expected on the fire ground while operating as a member on each apparatus. Objectives that will be emphasized during the class will be the three major tactical priorities on the fire ground: Life Safety, extinguishment, and property conservation. An emphasis on safety will be a high priority in this.

FITT 2096 Bowling (CRN: 79117)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: None; 45 hours lab)

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.

FITT 2196 Fireline Fitness (CRN: 79118 & 79119)

2 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None; 15 hours theory/45 hours lab)

This course will provide students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to become physically fit in preparation of becoming a firefighter. The class will include both classroom curriculum which will be reinforced by practical exercise skills specific to firefighting. Both classroom and field practicum will focus on the essential components of firefighter fitness to include, aerobics, muscular strength & endurance, core strength and stability and flexibility. In addition, students will learn about firefighter wellness including basic nutritional needs, hydration and rest and include specific preparation for taking the required Work Capacity Test. Students will also be provided opportunities to participate in the Wildland Fitness Assessment Battery (WFAB) to determine their current fitness baseline.

** Students will be required to provide a medical clearance from a practitioner that approves them to participate in a fitness/exercise program.

FITT 2296 Boot Camp (CRN 78984)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: None; 45 hours lab)

This course is a traditional "boot camp" style fitness course incorporating a mixture of different conditioning exercises.

GEOG 1096 Geography of Food (CRN: 78554)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite RDG 0950 or appropriate test scores)

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.

GEOG 2096 the Black Death in Italy (CRN: 78810)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

The Black Death of AD 1347-1350 killed as much as one half the population of Europe in less than four years. The Black Death provides an excellent geographic case study of how epidemic diseases have shaped the world. Using the Black Death as an analog, students will learn the potential consequences of the epidemic and emerging diseases facing the modern world.

HLTH 1096 Intro to Health Careers (CRN: 79130 and 79131)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None)

Introduces and familiarizes students to careers in the medical professions. Students will learn skills necessary for healthcare career pathways including: working with others, communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, and cultural considerations in the healthcare industry, problem solving, decision making, accepting personal responsibility and self-management. In addition basic readiness skills will be provided and related mathematics and language arts standards will be reinforced. Instructional delivery will engage students in hands-on, real-world activities with a minimum of lecture.

HLTH 1096 Intro to Health Careers (CRN: 79130 and 79131)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None)

Introduces and familiarizes students to careers in the medical professions. Students will learn skills necessary for healthcare career pathways including: working with others, communication skills, legal and ethical responsibilities, and cultural considerations in the healthcare industry, problem solving, decision making, accepting personal responsibility and self-management. In addition basic readiness skills will be provided and related mathematics and language arts standards will be reinforced. Instructional delivery will engage students in hands-on, real-world activities with a minimum of lecture.

MATH 0896 MATH 0940 Boot Camp (CRN: 79216)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: MATH 0930)

The Math Boot Camp is designed for students who just need a “refresher” on the topics of systems of equations, polynomials, factoring, and solving quadratic equations. Using computer software, students will receive an individualized study plan based on what math skills they need to improve on so that they can score higher in the Math Accuplacer test and possibly place into Math 1310 in five class sessions. Please note: This boot camp is not a replacement for Math 0940.

NUTR 1096 Personal and Practical Nutrition Laboratory (CRN: 79187)

1 Credit Hour

Pre or Co-requisite: NUTR 1010)

Collection and evaluation of dietary intake and anthropometric data, nutrient composition of food and survey of dietetic practice.

NUTR 2096 Weight Loss Secrets (CRN: 78475)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course examines the current research regarding energy balance and body weight and body weight education in adults. Students will practice behavior. Commercial programs and alternative weight loss methods will be evaluated. Strategies for long-term maintenance of weight management goals will be addressed.

PSY 2096 Psychology of Trauma (CRN: 78918)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite: PSY 1105 Recommended course: PSY 2232)

Intro this psychology of trauma course explores the cognitive, emotional, biological and social effects of interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical and sexual child abuse, rape, and domestic violence, and homicide, combat, kidnapping and terrorist attacks). In addition to examining trauma from various psychology theoretical perspectives, the course will also evaluate how perspectives of trauma are influenced by history, society culture and personal experiences which will assist in answering the question about why trauma occurs.

RDG 0896 Reading Boot Camp (CRN: 79212)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: None)

The Reading Boot Camp 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 Reading 0750 and/or Reading 0950. Please note: This boot camp is not a replacement for either Reading 0750 or Reading 0950.

SPAN 2096 Hispanic Society through Film (CRN: 78907)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisite SPAN 2201 or departmental approval; co-requisite SPAN 2202 or SPAN 2376l)

This course explores Spanish language and culture through film, including the work of acclaimed directors Alejandro Amenabar, Pedro Almodovar, Iciar Bollain and others.

SPED 2096 Working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CRN: 78909)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course is designed to gain strategies to create effective learning experiences for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Pilot Courses

ENG 1096 Emergency Writing Repair Workshop (CRN's: 78836, 78837, 78838)

1 credit hour

(Prerequisite: ENG 0950 or appropriate test scores)

This Emergency Writing Repair Workshop provides intensive instruction on grammar, sentence building, and writing mechanics for students taking ENG 1101.

 

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