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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.

Summer 2019 Topics Courses

ARCH 1096 Studio I/II (CRN: 94688)

3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Reading & Writing Skills 2

This course is intended for Pre-Architecture students who are ready to move forward with either one of their first year studio courses. It will provide an introduction to the tools and methods of representing architecture. Emphasis will be given to 2- and 3-dimensional representation to communicate architectural concepts. This class prepares students for continued architectural study and begins the process of assembling a portfolio.

BIO 1096 Horticulture in Central New Mexico (CRN 94651)                                                 

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.

CM 2196 Green Building II (CRN: 94780)

2 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course is a continuation of Green Building.  Students will use sustainable materials including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to construct a residential dwelling, and will learn the basics of green construction as presented in NCEER curriculum.  CNM Students will collaborate with UNM Architecture students on the project.

DANC 2096 Flamenco Boot Camp
(CRN 94776)

2 credit hours

(Prerequisites: DANC 1169 or equivalent preparation with permission of instructor)

Flamenco Boot Camp is an intensive flamenco course at the advanced beginner to lower intermediate level. Student must have previous experience with flamenco, DANC 1169 Flamenco I, or equivalent preparation. The course will introduce the 12-count rhythm. Intermediate level technique and structure will build upon the basic concepts learned in level one through technique exercises, traditional steps, and choreography. Concepts such as arm and hand positions and movements, and turns will be expanded upon from level one. Footwork stamina, speed, and articulation will be increased. 

HVAC 1096 HVAC Boot Camp I (CRN: 94772)

3 credit hours

(Prerequisites: None; Department Approval Required)

This class is intended for students with HVACR work experience seeking to expand their knowledge of refrigeration and electrical circuits found in the industry.

MUS 2096 Introduction to Guitar  (CRN 94517)                                                                        

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.

PHIL 2096 Food, Ethics, and Society (CRN 94774)

2 credit hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980; Recommended: ENG 1101)

This course will explore some of the major ethical issues concerning food and the food system. Food is an essential and intimate part of life for every being on the planet. In the past decade, there has been growing concern about unhealthy diets and unsustainable industrial agricultural practices. These concerns have opened both scholarly and public conversations about food and ethics. Drawing from multiple disciplines (Philosophy, Nutrition, Social Justice, Sustainability, Environmental Planning, Political Science, Business, Sociology, Law and Medicine) this course introduces students to some of the real-world ethical issues that are at the forefront of discussions about food production, distribution and consumption. Students will explore the following topics: food justice, animal welfare, fair trade, food as medicine, ethical consumerism, sustainability, and genetically engineered foods.

SUR 2096 Advanced Topographic Mapping (CRN 94744)  

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: SUR 2001 + SUR 2002 or Department Approval)

This class will use advanced surveying techniques to map a 5-acre site that contains a variety of features and elevation differences including buildings, outcrops, dense vegetation and a small river. The site is known as YMCA Camp Shaver and is located 5.5 miles north of Jemez Springs. Approximately half of the class meetings will occur at the field site; students will supply their own transportation.

UAS 2096 Geospatial Field Documentation  (CRN: 94763)      

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisite: Department Approval)

Special topics course designed to give students practical hands-on experience using geospatial technologies in a field setting. Dependent on the specific field requirements, technologies with which the students will gain first-hand experience may include; Drone-based Aerial Photography, Terrestrial Photogrammetry, GPS, GIS, and Lidar.

Spring 2019 Topics Courses

ARTS 2096 Jewelry Casting (CRN 87446) 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 sprue trees, invest waxes, schedule/program kiln burn-outs and participate in pouring their castings.

BIO 1096 Evolutionary Medicine (CRN: 87010) Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980)

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.

BIO 1196 Birth Ecology (CRN: 87320) Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0970; Recommended: BIO 1010 OR BIO 1410)

Students will gain a basic education in pregnancy and birth. We will cover the biology of pregnancy and birth, the symbiosis between mother and child, the important role of partner and family, important links between biology and psychology in birth outcomes, and early infant development. This class empowers parents to make educated decisions before and during pregnancy to improve their post-partum experience.

CIS 2096 SWIFT (CRN: 87020) 

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 install the necessary software in a Virtual Environment on Windows machines to work at home.

ENG 2196 Writing for Government Affairs & Politics (CRN 87373)

1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: ENG 1101/1102 or approval)

Focuses on advanced compositions in government affairs, politics, and advocacy, concentrating on critical reading of public policy arguments from multiple viewpoints and writing persuasive public-facing content.

FILM 2196 Drone Cinematography (CRN: 87390)

2 Credit Hours

(Prerequisite: None; recommended Pre/Co Requisite: FILM 1001)

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.

LTAM 2096 Power and Social Change in Latin America (CRN 87252)

Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: IRW 0980 or appropriate placement score)

An interdisciplinary examination of the various manifestations of power and efforts to bring social change in Latin America from the colonial period to the present. Topics include prehistory, colonialism, state building, nationalism, revolution, development, authoritarianism, democratization, and social movements.

MUS 2096 Introduction to Guitar (CRN: 86841)

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.

PSY 2196 From Loners to Killers:  Investigating Personality Disorders (CRN 87371) 1 Credit Hour

(Prerequisites: PSY 1105 and/or PSY 2233)

Students will be introduced to a distinct category of psychological disorders known as personality disorders (e.g., antisocial, borderline, paranoid, narcissistic, and schizoid personality disorders). Individuals with personality disorders display rigid, maladaptive traits that cause great distress to themselves and others. It is estimated that 10-15% of the population has one or more personality disorders. Information on symptoms, causes, and treatments will be covered in this course and individual cases will be discussed.

RPID 1096 Special Topics: Guitar Making Workshop (CRN: 87277)

3 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

The primary focus of this workshop will be the application of the equipment and technology found in a Makerspace as it relates to the manufacturing of guitar components. Prior experience with CAD programs and shop equipment is recommended. 

SOC 2096 LGBTQ Issues and Identities (CRN 87083)

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.