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.

Fall 2022 Topics Courses

CHEM 1996 CHEM I SOLUTIONS (CRN: 76536/76537)

Credit Hours

(Prerequisites: Reading & Writing Skills 2+ MATH 1215 and Departmental Approval)

This course serves to compliment General Chemistry I for STEM majors lecture (CHEM 1215). Students will focus on problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed for mastering fundamental chemistry concepts.

GESP 0496 Spanish HSE Math Prep (CRN: 20321) 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.

GESP 0596 Spanish HSE Lang Arts Prep (CRN: 20322) Credit Hour

(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.

IBEC 0596 ESL Bilingual ECED 1115 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (CRN: 20319)

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)

LBAR 2996 Transfer Strategies (CRN: 76650)  Credit Hours

The course follows a step-by-step process of making the transition from CNM to a four-year higher education institution. Students will be involved in the process of evaluating their transfer readiness strategies for successful transferring, including the identification and use of community college and university resources and activities that cover policies, procedures, and applications involved in the transfer process. Also includes development of a transfer plan that supports individual academic and career goals; completion of the application process for the University of New Mexico, or other four-year institutions; and financial aid and registration requirements. 

LTAM 2996 Yucatec Maya I: Introduction to the Language and Culture (CRN: 76651) Credit Hours

(No prerequisites)

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Aug 22 to Dec 17, 2022)

This course is taught by native speakers who are on the faculty or are former students at the Universidad de Oriente in Yucatan state in Mexico. The instructors will offer real-time, synchronous instruction via video conferencing and the course uses materials developed with contemporary speakers. The goal of this course is to develop your ability to use everyday expressions to accomplish necessary, everyday tasks, like greetings, exchanging information, purchasing goods, and navigating daily life. The course will involve reading, writing, basic grammar, listening, and speaking. The focus in this course is communicative and will point out real contemporary situations and contexts of use. In addition to the real-time online instruction, the course is supported by two in-person Maya speakers at UNM.

LTAM 2996 Quechua I: Introduction to the Language and Culture (CRN: 76653) Credit Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. (Aug 22 to Dec 17, 2022)

This course is offered through a partnership with Centro Tinku, based in Cusco, Peru. Centro Tinku instructors are native Quechua speakers and teach using real-time distance-learning video conferencing. Andean culture, history and modern-day life are at the center of this basic-level course. In order to take Quechua, students must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish; course is taught in Spanish.

LTAM 2996 Nahuatl I: Introduction to the Language and Culture (CRN:76652) Credit Hours

(No prerequisites)

Tuesday/Thursday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (Aug 29 to Dec 09, 2022)

This course is taught by a native speaker from the Instituto de Docencia e Investigación Ethnológica de Zacatecas (IDIEZ) in Mexico through real-time distance-learning video conferencing. IDIEZ instructors teach modern Nahuatl spoken in the Huasteca Veracruzana region of Mexico. Nahua culture, history, and modern-day life are at the center of this basic-level course.

ECED 2096 Introduction to Child Life: Normalizing Hospitalization for Children, A Child Life Approach (CRN: 76581) 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. Extended Course Description: This course fulfills ACLP requirements and is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Summer 2022 Topics Courses

GESP 0496 Spanish HSE Math Prep (CRN: 30137) 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.

GESP 0596 Spanish HSE Lang Arts Prep (CRN: 30138) 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.

IBEC 0596 ESL for Bilingual ECED 1115 Health, Safety, and Nutrition (CRN: 30128)

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)