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 2021 Topics Courses

CIS 2996 Advanced Competitive Robotics (CRN: 84329) 3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: CIS 1996 Introduction to Competitive Robotics)

Using hands-on exercises, projects, and robotics competition challenges, students will learn to design, build and program small-scale robots using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi prototyping platforms to perform intermediate/advanced navigation, decision making, and computer vision tasks under autonomous control. Students will learn to use cameras and various sensor inputs to assist the robot in making decisions. Students will learn to use artificial intelligence and machine Learning to teach robots how to react, given different situations and scenarios. Robots built in this course will be capable of competing in PiWars, RoboRave, and VEXU robotics competitions at intermediate and advanced levels.

BIOL 1996 EVOLUTIONARY MEDICINE (CRN: 84653)                                                                                 
3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0970 or appropriate placement score)

How does modern pace mismatch human physiology to form disease? This course uses the principles of natural selection to understand the forces that shaped human health dynamics. Students will be taught how to formalize critical thinking skills about peer-reviewed science that informs the fields of medicine, and beyond. Topics of research include the critical dynamics around CoVid19, tradeoffs between autoimmunity and longevity that favor disease resistance, the human microbiome / metabolome, how to improve sepsis intervention, avoid antibiotic resistant bacteria and chemo-resistant cancer, use of gene editing tools, when disease is a gene-environment mismatch, understanding adaptation in ancient food preferences that push humans toward diabetes and heart disease today, how life history stressors effect the energetic cost of a big brain, the function of pain and anxiety, and the effect of stress on epigenetics and age of first reproduction in grandchildren. Learn more here: Instructor mini-lectures set up class discussions, seminar-style. NO EXAMS. To earn an A, attendance and participation via webcam (Zoom) on Monday evenings from 6-8:45pm once per week is mandatory (although homework options may be offered when an excused absence is necessary).

ECED 2996 Introduction to Child Life: Normalizing Hospitalization for Children, A Child Life Approach (CRN: 84538)                                                                                 
3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0970 or appropriate placement score)

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.

SPED 2196 Math Methods for Students with Disabilities (CRN 84537) 2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: EDUC 2285)

This course emphasizes the development of research-based, individualized, and effective mathematics instruction for students with disabilities.  Students will explore the importance of mastering essential concepts in real life contexts to develop mathematical understanding and procedural fluency; varied assessment tools and data collection instruments; and mathematics teaching strategies that address the unique learning needs of students with disabilities. 

Fall 2020 Topics Courses

CIS 1996 Introduction to Competitive Robotics (CRN: 74847)                                                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. 

FS 2796 Fire Instructor II (CRN: 74683)                                                                                      4 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: Fire Instructor I & Department Approval)

This course is based on NFPA 1041: Standard for Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications and may lead to ProBoard 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. 
(60 contact hours, lecture.)

FITT 2096 Employee Wellness Lab (CRN: 74607)                                                                      2 Credit Hours

(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.
IRW 0896 Accuplacer Test Preparation: Reading and Sentence Skills  (CRN: 74642) 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).