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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.

Topics Courses by Term


Summer 2017 Topics Courses

FILM 1096: Documentary Film Making for Spanish Speakers
(CRN: 95467)

3 Credit Hours

Learn the art and science of documentary film making from a seasoned, industry professional and native Spanish speaker. The course will guide students through crafting their film, from story development to camera and sound and more. Course will be taught primarily in Spanish, so strong Spanish reading, speaking and comprehension skills are required. (75 contact hours)

GIS 1096: GIS FAA Exam Rule 107 Exam Prep
(CRN: 95468)

1 Credit Hour

Changes to FAA rules have opened up commercial and other opportunities for drone pilots, but only if you pass the FAA Rule 107 exam. This course will provide you with all the information you need to pass the test and enter the exciting world of small Unmanned Aircraft. Test fee not included in course. (15 contact hours)

TRDR 2096: Becoming a Truck Driving Owner/Operator
(CRN: 95406)

3 Credit Hours

How do you take your CDL to the next level by starting your own truck driving business? This course will cover the basics of what you need to know to get started. (45 contact hours)

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Fall 2017 Topics Courses

ASL 2196 Intermediate American Sign Language I (CRN: 79483)

4 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: ASL 2096 Beginning American Sign Language II)

Continues course of study begun in ASL 1101 and ASL 2096. Emphasizes expansion of conversational, reading, and fingerspelling. Includes an online workbook and lab manual.

BIO 1096 Horticulture in Central New Mexico (CRN: 79229)

4 Credit Hours

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 world-wide 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.

CSCI 1096 Fundamentals of Computer Systems (CRN: 79473)

4 Credit Hours

(Pre-requisite: Instructor approval; Recommend pre-requisite: CSCI 1151 or CSCI 1152 or CSCI 1153)

Learn the fundamentals of computer systems, from microprocessor, controllers, major components, operating systems (including Robot Operating System), network communications, to algorithms and problem solving. Main objective of this course is to construct appropriate structures and produce an optimize solution using programming language to solve a problem. This course also includes hands-on exercises for programming and robotic contest. 

MATH 1096 College Algebra co-requisite (CRN: 79214)

2 Credit Hours

Students taking MATH 1315/MATH 1096 jump start Learning Community will attend one integrated 5 credit class, covering the same algebra topics that are covered in all other sections of 1315, but having extra time to develop the prerequisite skills as needed. This course allows students to complete MATH 1315 without taking the standard prerequisite of MATH 1310.

MATH 1296 Methods of Problem Solving Workshop (CRN: 78986,78822)

1 Credit Hour

Students taking MATH 1210/MATH 1296 jump start Learning Community will complete MATH 1210, along with an additional lab class that will cover the prerequisite material through mini lectures, individual and group work, but no additional homework. Any students who qualifies to take MATH 0970 may go directly into Math 1210 by taking this jump start learning community.

MATH 1396 Statistics Workshop (CRN: 78821)

2 Credit Hours

Students taking MATH 1330/MATH 1396 jump start Learning Community will attend one 5-credit class, covering the same statistics topics that are covered in all other sections of 1330, but not having extra time to discuss prerequisite skills as needed. Collaborative learning on key projects will be emphasized to enhance the development of critical thinking and communication skills. This class is open to any student who would otherwise qualify to take MATH 0980 or MATH 1210 but would like to jump straight into MATH 1330.

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