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 2021 Topics Courses

BIO 1996 Horticulture in Central New Mexico (CRN: 93198)

4 Credit Hours

(Pre-requisites: None)

Provides an introduction to the science, applied technology, culture, and art of plant growth and reproduction with an emphasis on plant species cultivated in central New Mexico and environs. Ethnobotanical adaptations (including but limited to Native American, Hispanic, Anglo, African, and Asian people) and local horticultural techniques, native species, and plant varieties domesticated in New Mexico will be highlighted.

CJUS 2096 Gangs in American Society (CRN: 93188)
3 Credit Hours

(Pre-requisites: CJUS 1120 Criminal Law + CJUS 1330 Constitutional Policing)

This course examines the history and evolution of criminal gangs in the United States. Students will study gang definitions, gang types, why people join gangs, theoretical explanations, common criminal behavior, and racial and gender variations within gangs. Additionally, students will analyze law enforcement responses, prevention and intervention strategies, and public policy issues.

IBEC 0596 ESL for Bilingual ECED 1115 (CRN: 30158)                                                                                 
0 Credit Hours

(Corequisites: ECED 1115 and departmental approval)

Child Development develops English language skills needed to complete academic requirements and work in professional early childhood education positions. Language instruction is contextualized to the ECED class in which students are co-enrolled, and presented through project-based instruction, group work, short lessons, and individual assistance. (4.5 contact hours, lecture)

IRW 0896 Accuplacer Test Prep (CRN: 92909)           
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).

GESP 0596 Spanish HSE Lang Arts Prep (CRN: 30159 0 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course helps students improve basic language arts skills in preparation for the Spanish high school equivalency exam. An English component is also included. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and delivery of the course is in Spanish. Reading skills are taught through literature, social studies, and science. Students learn strategies for finding main idea, drawing conclusions, and making inferences. Writing instruction proceeds from sentence and paragraph structure to essay development. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling techniques are integrated as needed.

GESP 0496 Spanish HSE Math Prep (CRN: 30160) 0 Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: None)

This course helps students improve basic math skills in preparation for the Spanish high school equivalency exam. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and delivery of the course is in Spanish. Math word problems are used, as well as analytical reading and writing assignments that require logical reasoning. Math skills are enhanced by work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, algebra, measurement, and geometry. 

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.