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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

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.

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.

Fall 2019 Topics Courses

BA 2096 Marketing Analytics and Performance Optimization (CRN: 77426)           

3 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: none)

This course aims to give students the skills needed to analyze results of marketing efforts. Students will learn about factors that drive conversion and how to optimize their efforts using data and A/B testing. Students will understand what the key metrics for digital marketing are. Students will be assessed through three projects that give them an opportunity to get hands-on experience using spreadsheets, Google Analytics and analyzing an A/B test. The course is part of Facebook’s Digital Marketing curriculum and is required to gain the Facebook Certification. Basic internet skills and an understanding of Microsoft Office applications are recommended.

BA 2196 Email Marketing
(CRN: 77427)                                  
3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: none)

This course offers a deep dive into the world of email marketing, an incredibly effective marketing channel that can deliver great results for companies. In this course, students will learn about the role of email marketing in a company’s marketing campaign, what stages of the customer journey email marketing is suited for, and best practices for email copy. The course will also touch upon more complex email practices such as automation and how to outline an email campaign. The students will be assessed on their performance on a capstone project, which will entail outlining the components of an email campaign. The course is part of Facebook’s Digital Marketing curriculum and is required to gain the Facebook certification. Basic internet skills and an understanding of Google Suite applications are recommended.

BEV 1096 BEER AND SOCIETY
(CRN: 77830)
                                                                       

1 Credit Hour                                                                  

(Prerequisite: You must be 21 or over and a Certified Beer Server from the Cicerone Certification Program to take this course)

This course introduces cultural and social 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.

BEV 2096 Essential Skills for Beer Sommelier 
(CRN: 77450 & 77831)
  

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: You must be 21 or over and a Certified Beer Server from the Cicerone Certification Program to take this course)

Introduces fundamental principles of keeping & serving beer, identification and evaluation of major beer styles and off flavors, intermediate beer ingredients & brewing processes, and basic principles of beer and food pairing guidelines. The class includes taking a Certified Cicerone Exam as part of the curriculum.

CIS 2196 Advanced Topics in Linux Administration
(CRN:
77458)      
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.

ELTR 2096 Standard for Electrical Safety – NFPA 70E
(CRN: 77428)    
3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the NFPA 70E practices that are considered the de-facto standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

FILM 1196 Documentary Films 101 
(CRN: 77558)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

Come and learn the art of documentary filmmaking from a national and international award winning producer and 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: 77596)

2 Credit Hours

(Recommended Pre/Co Requisite: FDMA 2120

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.

FITT 2096 Employee Wellness Lab
(CRN: 77438)                                                                   

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: None)

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

FS 2796 Fire Instructor II Theory
(CRN: 77533) 

4 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IFSAC Fire Service Instructor I)

This course is based on NFPA 1041: Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications and may lead to Pro-Board and IFSAC certifications. The course is designed for the Fire Service Instructor, who, in addition to meeting Instructor I qualifications, wants to develop the knowledge and ability to develop individual lesson plans for a specific topic including learning objectives, instructional aids, and evaluation instruments; scheduling training sessions based on overall training plan of the authority having jurisdiction; and supervise and coordinate the activities of other instructors. 

PHED 2620 Fast Track Fitness (CRN: 76722) 
(Intersession Aug 19-Sep 1)                          

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 1196 Supplemental Lab I
(CRN: 77321)
1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: [PSYC 1110 + PTA 1010 + PTA 1020] + [BIOL 2210 + BIOL 2210L] + [department approval])

(Co requisites: PTA 1110 +1120 + 1130 + 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.

SOC 2096 LGBTQ Issues and Identities
(CRN: 77328)

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.

THEA 2096 Playwriting
(CRN: 77350)
3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: THEA 1122)

This class is dedicated to reading and writing new plays. Students will be introduced to a variety of technical, structural, and imaginative considerations through exercises, readings, and discussions.

ECED 2996 Math and Science in the Early Childhood Classroom
(CRN: 77524)

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.