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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.

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.