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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.

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 topics courses are available.

Fall 2018 Topics Courses

BEV 1096 BEER & SOCIETY (CRN: 76758)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: Math Skills 2, Reading & Writing Skills 2)

This course introduces historical and cultural aspects of beer around the world from ancient times to the future. Students will explore stories of beer through selected readings, seminars, discussions, guided beer tastings, and food pairings.

 (To enroll in this course, students must be at least 21 years of age or older at the start of the term.)

BIO 1096 Natural History of NM (CRN: 76493)

4 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: IRW 0980 or appropriate placement score)

Provides an introductory survey of the natural history of the characteristic flora and fauna of the seven different life zones of New Mexico and adjacent areas. Field trips to central New Mexico natural areas will be undertaken in order to experience first-hand the biological diversity of habitat types in New Mexico. Life zones we will study are the Arctic-Alpine Tundra, Hudsonian, Canadian, Transition, Upper Sonoran, Lower Sonoran, and Riparian.

BIO 1196 Human Birth Ecology (CRN: 76328)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None; Recommended: BIO 1010 or BIO 1410 )

Students will gain a basic education in birth. We will cover the biology of pregnancy and birth, the symbiosis between mother and child, the important role of partner and family, important links between biology and psychology in birth outcomes, and early infant development. This class empowers parents to make educated decisions before and during pregnancy to improve their postpartum experience.

CIS 2196 Advanced Linux Administration (CRN: 76602)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: CIS 1680)

Hands-on instruction of Linux system administration with an emphasis on security and performance. Prepares students to work as professional Linux system administrators. Learn the key principles to install and manage virtual machines, both their performance and security. Learn advanced networking concepts, including clustering and high availability.

CM 2096 Green Building Lab (CRN 76675)

(Prerequisite: None)

Come learn the fundamentals of green construction by building an actual residential structure with construction professionals. National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Core and Green credentials will be included, and students will gain hands-on experience using modern sustainable building technology including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). This course is supported by the National Science Foundation NM Green grant. This course counts as an approved elective for the CNM Sustainable Building Technology Certificate and can be substituted as a Technical Program Elective for the Construction Management program.

ECME 2096 Math and Science in the Early Childhood Classroom (CRN 76456)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

Hands-on, minds-on in this course that takes an inquiry-based approach to learning. Students will delve into practices of developmentally appropriate math and science for the early childhood classroom. Students will build skills to create environments that are engage students in STEM learning, integrate other developmental domains, and involve families in that process.

FILM 1196 Documentary Films (CRN: 76607)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

Come and learn the art of documentary filmmaking from a national and international award winning producer, TED talk presenter and past winner of the National Broadcast Association Innovator of the Year award. Students will learn how to write a treatment, develop a sponsor package, create a budget, pitch an idea, develop a production schedule, film, write and post a documentary.

FILM 2196 Drone Cinematography (CRN: 76626)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None; Recommended Pre/Co Requisite: FILM 1001)

Come and learn the art and science of drone cinematography from an IATSE 600 member and FAA Drone Safety Consultant whose company obtained the first FAA waiver in the country to fly over casts and crews on film locations.  Students will learn about the workflows, safety and regulations specific to the use of UAS technology on Film sets. Students from all programs are welcome, though a film background will be helpful.

MUS 2096 Introduction to Guitar (CRN: 76240)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0970 or appropriate placement score)

This course is designed for students with little to no guitar playing experience. It is an introduction to the guitar and to some of the basic elements of music. The focus, as described by the title of the course, will be upon learning guitar in a group setting and will cover a repertoire in various styles designed for beginning students. After having satisfactorily completed this course, you will have obtained the technical skills needed to play several songs on the guitar in multiple styles and to improvise and compose simple melodies and harmonic progressions. Furthermore, you will have gained an understanding of music notation and tablature and will have developed a deeper understanding of and ability to recognize, correctly identify and describe the elements of music. Students must provide their own guitar and bring it to all class sessions.

PTA 1196 Supplemental Lab I

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: PTA 1010 + PTA 1020; Corequisites: PTA 1110 + PTA 1120 + PTA 1130 + PTA 1140)

For PTA first term students to gain skills practice in PTA lab rooms with an instructor.  Provides Physical Therapy Assistant students participation in supervised learning and review of basic and specialized practices in the field of Physical Therapy such as:  Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Kinesiology, Gait and Transfer procedures.  Allows PTA students opportunity to review in preparation for PTA exit competencies.

RPID 1096 Guitar Building (CRN: 76404)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: Familiarity with hand tools.)

Are you interested in guitars? Learn to design and build a custom electric guitar! The class will use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in engaging student-centered learning activities. Students will have the opportunity to work with various tools, and a practice guitar kit will be provided (students can purchase a kit if they wish to keep their guitar).

THEA 2096 Introduction to Playwriting (CRN: 76245)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: ENG 1101)

Provides introductory skills for writing for the stage. Practice and study of the elements of dramatic form: dialogue, character, plot.

Spring 2019 Topics Courses

BIO 1096 Evolutionary Medicine (CRN: 87010) Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980)

The goal is to understand how evolutionary biology provides insights into ‘normal’ human health, behavior and disease. In recent years, medical science has embraced evolutionary concepts relating to pathogen antibiotic resistance, microflora-host interactions, auto-immunity, mental health, cancer, and gene-environment mismatches underlying chronic inflammation of human disease. Instructor mini-lectures alternate with "journal club" presentations by students.

BIO 1196 Birth Ecology (CRN: 87320) Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0970; Recommended: BIO 1010 OR BIO 1410)

Students will gain a basic education in pregnancy and birth. We will cover the biology of pregnancy and birth, the symbiosis between mother and child, the important role of partner and family, important links between biology and psychology in birth outcomes, and early infant development. This class empowers parents to make educated decisions before and during pregnancy to improve their post-partum experience.

CIS 2096 SWIFT (CRN: 87020) 

Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: CIS 1280 or CIS 2235 or CIS 2275)

Swift is a programming language created by Apple for building apps for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Students will learn to develop apps using the Swift language. The course is taught in CNM’s new iMac computer classroom with iPads, and iMacs available for testing. Students can use their own Macs or install the necessary software in a Virtual Environment on Windows machines to work at home.

ENG 2196 Writing for Government Affairs & Politics (CRN 87373)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: ENG 1101/1102 or approval)

Focuses on advanced compositions in government affairs, politics, and advocacy, concentrating on critical reading of public policy arguments from multiple viewpoints and writing persuasive public-facing content.

FILM 2196 Drone Cinematography (CRN: 87390)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None; recommended Pre/Co Requisite: FILM 1001)

Come and learn the art and science of drone cinematography from an IATSE 600 member and FAA Drone Safety Consultant whose company obtained the first FAA waiver in the country to fly over casts and crews on film locations.  Students will learn about the workflows, safety and regulations specific to the use of UAS technology on Film sets. Students from all programs are welcome, though a film background will be helpful.

LTAM 2096 Power and Social Change in Latin America (CRN 87252)

Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980 or CSE 1101 or appropriate placement score)

An interdisciplinary examination of the various manifestations of power and efforts to bring social change in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. Topics include prehistory, colonialism, state building, nationalism, revolution, development, authoritarianism, democratization, and social movements.

MUS 2096 Introduction to Guitar (CRN: 86841)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0970 or appropriate placement score)

This course is designed for students with little to no guitar playing experience. It is an introduction to the guitar and to some of the basic elements of music. The focus, as described by the title of the course, will be upon learning guitar in a group setting and will cover a repertoire in various styles designed for beginning students. After having satisfactorily completed this course, you will have obtained the technical skills needed to play several songs on the guitar in multiple styles and to improvise and compose simple melodies and harmonic progressions. Furthermore, you will have gained an understanding of music notation and tablature and will have developed a deeper understanding of and ability to recognize, correctly identify and describe the elements of music. Students must provide their own guitar and bring it to all class sessions.

PSY 2196 From Loners to Killers:  Investigating Personality Disorders (CRN 87371) 1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: PSY 1105 and/or PSY 2233)

Students will be introduced to a distinct category of psychological disorders known as personality disorders (e.g., antisocial, borderline, paranoid, narcissistic, and schizoid personality disorders). Individuals with personality disorders display rigid, maladaptive traits that cause great distress to themselves and others. It is estimated that 10-15% of the population has one or more personality disorders. Information on symptoms, causes, and treatments will be covered in this course and individual cases will be discussed.

RPID 1096 Special Topics: Guitar Making Workshop (CRN: 87277)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

The primary focus of this workshop will be the application of the equipment and technology found in a Makerspace as it relates to the manufacturing of guitar components. Prior experience with CAD programs and shop equipment is recommended. 

SOC 2096 LGBTQ Issues and Identities (CRN 87083)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980 or CSE 1101 or appropriate placement score)

Examines the various ways lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer experiences and identities are shaped by social and structural forces in contemporary US society. Successful completion of SOC 1101 before taking 2000 level courses in Sociology is strongly advised.