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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. Not all topics courses are financial-aid eligible.

Summer 2021 Topics Courses

BIO 1996 Horticulture in Central New Mexico (CRN: 93198)

4 Credit Hours

(Pre-requisites: None)

Provides an introduction to the science, applied technology, culture, and art of plant growth and reproduction with an emphasis on plant species cultivated in central New Mexico and environs. Ethnobotanical adaptations (including but limited to Native American, Hispanic, Anglo, African, and Asian people) and local horticultural techniques, native species, and plant varieties domesticated in New Mexico will be highlighted.

CJUS 2096 Gangs in American Society (CRN: 93188)
3 Credit Hours

(Pre-requisites: CJUS 1120 Criminal Law + CJUS 1330 Constitutional Policing)

This course examines the history and evolution of criminal gangs in the United States. Students will study gang definitions, gang types, why people join gangs, theoretical explanations, common criminal behavior, and racial and gender variations within gangs. Additionally, students will analyze law enforcement responses, prevention and intervention strategies, and public policy issues.

IBEC 0596 ESL for Bilingual ECED 1115 (CRN: 30158)                                                                                 
0 Credit Hours

(Corequisites: ECED 1115 and departmental approval)

Child Development develops English language skills needed to complete academic requirements and work in professional early childhood education positions. Language instruction is contextualized to the ECED class in which students are co-enrolled, and presented through project-based instruction, group work, short lessons, and individual assistance. (4.5 contact hours, lecture)

IRW 0896 Accuplacer Test Prep (CRN: 92909)           
1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: None)

This course is designed for students who want to improve their Accuplacer scores in Reading and Sentence Skills. Using computer-based and classroom learning activities, students will improve their skills in reading comprehension and sentence construction. Students will also learn test-taking strategies and will finish the course by re-taking the Accuplacer Reading and Sentence Skills tests. The class will be held in a computer lab. Please note: This course is not a replacement for IRW 0970 or IRW 0980 (1 credit; 15 class hours over 1 week).

GESP 0596 Spanish HSE Lang Arts Prep (CRN: 30159) 0 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course helps students improve basic language arts skills in preparation for the Spanish high school equivalency exam. An English component is also included. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and delivery of the course is in Spanish. Reading skills are taught through literature, social studies, and science. Students learn strategies for finding main idea, drawing conclusions, and making inferences. Writing instruction proceeds from sentence and paragraph structure to essay development. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling techniques are integrated as needed.

GESP 0496 Spanish HSE Math Prep (CRN: 30160) 0 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course helps students improve basic math skills in preparation for the Spanish high school equivalency exam. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and delivery of the course is in Spanish. Math word problems are used, as well as analytical reading and writing assignments that require logical reasoning. Math skills are enhanced by work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, algebra, measurement, and geometry. 

Fall 2021 Topics Courses

AUTC 2096 Introduction to Hybrid/Electric Vehicles (CRN: 78026)           Credit Hours

(Pre-requisite: None)

This course introduces the safety, function and types of automotive hybrid and electrical vehicle drive systems. Students will complete a certificate of completion in hybrid/electric vehicles.

AUTC 2196 Exploration of Automotive Pathways & Advanced Lab (CRN: 78027)                                                                            
1 Credit Hours

(Pre-requisite: Departmental Approval)

This course is designed to introduce students to topics in vehicle modification, performance and restoration. Throughout course, students will have opportunities to work on vehicles, and learn about vehicle modification principles and techniques currently used by local after-market industries.

CIS 1996 Introduction to Competitive Robotics (CRN: 77933 & 77934)                                                                                 
3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

Through the use of projects and hands-on exercises, students will learn to build and program small-scale robots using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi prototyping platforms to perform basic/intermediate navigation under program control, with various sensor inputs, using feedback and control techniques. 

CIS 2096 Python Programming II (CRN: 77940)                                3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: CIS 1250)

In this course, students will take Python machine learning ideas and create serverless web applications accessible by anyone with an Internet connection. Students will work through a series of common Python data science problems in an increasing order of complexity. Students will learn to create a web application around numerical or categorical predictions, Machine Learning tools like TensorFlow, understand the analysis of text, create powerful and interactive presentations, serve restricted access to data, and leverage web plugins to accept credit card payments and donations.

ECED 2096 Introduction to Child Life: Normalizing Hospitalization for Children, A Child Life Approach (CRN: 78020)                   3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: Reading & Writing Skills 1)

This course is designed to introduce students to Child Life and the importance of Child Life Specialists on a multi-disciplinary team. Throughout the course students will examine best practices for supporting pediatric patients and their families. Students will explore ways to ease a child’s fear and anxiety when in a hospital setting. In addition, students will obtain basic knowledge of therapeutic play, medical play, distraction, coping and medical procedure preparation. Extended Course Description: This course fulfills ACLP requirements and is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. 

GESP 0596 Spanish HSE Lang Arts Prep (CRN: 20145)          Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course helps students improve basic language arts skills in preparation for the Spanish high school equivalency exam.  An English component is also included. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and delivery of the course is in Spanish.  Reading skills are taught through literature, social studies, and science.  Students learn strategies for finding main idea, drawing conclusions, and making inferences.  Writing instruction proceeds from sentence and paragraph structure to essay development.  Grammar, punctuation, and spelling techniques are integrated as needed. 

CIS 1096 IT Fundamentals (CRN: 78041)          Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course and the IT Fundamentals+ certification are designed as the starting point for a career in IT support.  Completing this course will help you acquire the knowledge and skills to set up a computer securely and keep it in good working order and to provide informal support for PCs and simple computer networks.

BIOL 1996 Preventing Pandemics and Super Bugs (CRN: 77993)   Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

The goal is to understand the evolution and ecology of microbes that interact with human behavior to result in epidemics. We will use the biology of the virus, Sars-Cov2, and its resulting CoVid-19 disease as a classic example of pandemic features.  It will become apparent why this will remain a timely and urgent topic and how antibiotic resistant bacteria as well as viral pandemics are likely to continue to rise within our lifetimes.  We will discuss medical science, co-evolution in microbe-host interactions, human expansion into natural habitats, immune health, and modern exacerbations of chronic inflammation in humans. We will maintain curiosity about neurological biases and historical behavioral patterns of human risk perception. Instructor mini-lectures support "journal club" style discussions.

GESP 0496 Spanish HSE Math Prep (CRN: 20144) 0 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course helps students improve basic math skills in preparation for the Spanish high school equivalency exam. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and delivery of the course is in Spanish. Math word problems are used, as well as analytical reading and writing assignments that require logical reasoning. Math skills are enhanced by work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, algebra, measurement, and geometry. 

IBEC 0596 ESL for Bilingual ECED 1115 (CRN: 20142 & 20143) 0 Credit Hours

(Corequisites: ECED 1115 and departmental approval)

Child Development develops English language skills needed to complete academic requirements and work in professional early childhood education positions. Language instruction is contextualized to the ECED class in which students are co-enrolled, and presented through project-based instruction, group work, short lessons, and individual assistance. (2.5 contact hours, lecture)

FILM 1196 Documentary Film Making (CRN: 77669)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

Students will learn the art of documentary filmmaking from concept to distribution. This will include treatment creation, budgeting, fundraising, pre-production development, production (on-set interviewing, B roll, travel, equipment, directing) and post production (editing, acquisition of material, releases, audio, music, sweetening). Learn from a national and international award-winning producer, TED talk presenter and past winner of the National Broadcast Association Innovator of the Year award.