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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.

Spring 2020 Topics Courses

ARCH 1096 First Year Design (CRN 92344)       

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: (Pre or Co requisite ARCH 1120) + (ARCH 1115 OR ARCH 1122) or Instructor Approval

This course provides a continuation of the design studio sequence. Emphasis will be given to the development of drawings and models to communicate architectural concepts coupled with critical evaluation of graphic skills and design intent. Students will be given projects to further their study based on an individual evaluation to ensure they have dealt with concepts relevant to their standing within the overall curriculum such as; pencil drawing skills, principals of composition, and design intent. Advanced students seeking credit for upper division design studios will also be tasked with contextual issues of site and culture as well as complex building types and architectural programs. This class prepares students for continued architectural study and begins the process of assembling a portfolio.


Note: Successful completion of ARCH 1096 (a grade of C or greater) will be equivalent to either ARCH 1115 (previously ARCH 1101) or ARCH 1122 (previously ARCH 1109) at CNM. The course is designed to allow students who have taken either one (1115 or 1122) previously to continue into the Fall 2020 term at CNM with upper level classes. Students may receive credit for ARCH 1115 or ARCH 1122 at the sole discretion of the program. Students seeking credit for ARCH 2110 or ARCH 2155 must also complete ARCH 2096 simultaneously.

ARCH 2096 Architectural Graphics 2 (CRN 92345)       

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: (Pre or Corequisite ARCH 1120) + (ARCH 1115 OR ARCH 1122) or Instructor Approval


This course provides a continuation of the design studio sequence. Emphasis will be given to the development of advanced graphics skills. Students will further their understanding of various means for producing 2d and 3d presentation materials using tools such as; charcoal, pastels, ink and pigments, digital image tools, computer models, and 3d printing. Advanced students seeking credit for upper division design studios will also be tasked with presentations of original work for critical review. This class prepares students for continued architectural study and advances the process of assembling a portfolio.

Note: This course will offer any student enrolled the instruction to develop strong graphic skills as utilized in the architectural realm. It may be taken by itself as a way to strengthen presentation and portfolio skills.

Successful completion of ARCH 2096 (a grade of C or greater) in combination with ARCH 1096 will be equivalent to either ARCH 2110 or ARCH 2155 at CNM. Students seeking advanced credits must also successfully complete ARCH 1096 simultaneously. This combination of courses is designed to allow students who have taken either 2110 or 2155 previously to satisfy all studio requirements before the Fall 2020 term at CNM. Students may receive credit for ARCH 2110 or ARCH 2155 at the sole discretion of the program.

ARTS 2096 Jewelry Casting (CRN 86751)       

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: ARTS 2208)

This course introduces students to a wide range of non-ferrous casting techniques. Sand Casting, cuttlefish casting, centrifugal casting, vacuum casting and experimental casting will be covered. Students will learn to carve waxes and cast non-wax objects. Students will create spruce trees, invest waxes, schedule/program kiln burn-outs and participate in pouring their castings.

BIO 1196 Evolutionary Medicine (CRN 86869)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

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.

CIS 1696 Introduction to Competitive Robotics (CRN 86993)

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. Robots built in this course will be capable of competing in PiWars, SkillsUSA and RoboRave robotics competitions.

CIS 2096 SWIFT (CRN 86728)

3 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 borrow MacBooks for the semester from CNM to work at home.

CIS 2196 Advanced Topics in Linux Administration (CRN 86735)

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.

FITT 2096 Employee Wellness Lab (CRN 86712 and 86853) 

Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: None)

Want to spend your lunch break getting healthier this Spring Term? Register for CNM’s new Employee Wellness Lab! This 2 credit hour course will explore techniques for personal wellness and health.

GIS 2096 Advanced GIS Techniques (CRN 87032)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: GIS 1001)

This class will expand beyond basic GIS skills, introducing further techniques for analysis, including 3-D visualization, and layout of final map presentations for publishing for print and/or web.  Students will learn how to turn out finished map products for display for publication and/or the web, using ArcMap Desktop, ArcMap Pro, and QGIS.

MA 1096 Medical Assistant Supplemental Course (CRN: 92445)                                             

2 Credit Hours

(Pre or Co-requisite: MA 1010)

For Medical Assistant Program students to gain participation learning and review of basic and specialized practices in the field of Medical Assisting such as measurement of vital signs, cardiovascular disease and diagnostic treatment, phlebotomy and assisting in blood analysis, medication administration, and pharmacology.  Allows Medical Assistant students the opportunity to review in preparation for MA exit competencies required for practicum and certification.

 

MATH 1096 College Algebra co-requisite (CRN 86534) 

Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

MATH 1220/MATH 1096 is a jump-start Learning Community covering the same algebra topics covered in other sections of MATH 1220, but providing extra time with MATH 1096 to develop prerequisite skills from MATH 1215.  Taking MATH 1096 as a co-requisite with MATH 1220 allows students to complete MATH 1220 without taking the full standard prerequisite of MATH 1215.

MT 2096-901 Introduction to Robotics (CRN 86831)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

This is an introductory course covering the basic concepts and limitations of industrial robots. The course includes terminology, sensing devices, methods of controlling robots, and interfacing.

MUS 2096 Introduction to Guitar (CRN 86583)

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.

PHED 2620 (Intersession Dec. 30-Jan. 12) Fast Track Fitness (CRN 86084)           

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite:  None)

Introduces many different aspects of fitness for a fast jump-start into working out correctly.  These may include but are not limited to weight training, endurance training, circuit training, ultimate frisbee, core workouts, athletic workouts and more.

PTA 2196 Supplemental Lab II (CRN 86622)                                                                           1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: PTA 1110 + PTA 1120 + PTA 1130 + PTA 1140) (Co-Requisites: PTA 1520 + PTA 1530 + PTA 1540 + PTA 1550)

For PTA second term students to gain skills practice in PTA lab rooms with an instructor. Provides Physical Therapy Assistant students with the opportunity for additional learning and practice of PTA skills in the areas of: Therapeutic Exercise/Orthopedics and Neurodevelopmental techniques within the campus laboratory. Encourages preparation for required clinical practicums.

Summer 2020 Topics Courses

ARTS 2096 Jewelry Casting (CRN 92237)       

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: ARTS 2208)

This course introduces students to a wide range of non-ferrous casting techniques. Sand Casting, cuttle-fish casting, centrifugal casting, vacuum casting and experimental casting will be covered. Students will learn to carve waxes and cast non-wax objects. Students will create spruce trees, invest waxes, schedule/program burnout and participate in pouring their castings.

BIO 1996 Horticulture in Central New Mexico (CRN 92298)

4 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course is designed as a lower level introductory survey of gardening techniques applicable to the local semi-arid as well as global arid environments. The approach is a comparison and contrast in the efficacy of ancient and modern horticultural practices. In the face of predicted worldwide climatic changes. It will highlight the contributions of the ethnic groups of people indigenous and non-indigenous of native New Mexico and Meso-American plus non-native naturalized domestic crops.

FITT 2096 Employee Wellness Lab (CRN: 92313 and 92314)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None)

Want to spend your lunch break getting healthier this Summer Term? Register for CNM’s new Employee Wellness Lab! This 2 credit hour course will explore techniques for personal wellness and health.

FITT 2196 Boot Camp (CRN: 92346)                                   

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: None)

Challenge yourself with this fast-paced, calorie-blasting workout, using the traditional Boot Camp style approach. The class incorporates group and interval training, body weight exercises, lifting weights, suspension training, plyometrics, and competitive games. Boot Camp is geared toward all fitness levels. Modifications are always offered for the beginner to the advanced. 

MUS 2096 Introduction to Guitar (CRN 92130)

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.