Feb 25, 2024  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course Numbers

In fall 2004, West Texas A&M University changed from a three-digit numbering scheme to a four-digit numbering system, known as the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS). The four-digit numbers are identified as:

  • First digit identifies the level (1 = freshman, 2 = sophomore, 3 = junior, 4 = senior, 5 = stacked undergraduate/masters, 6 = masters, 7 = masters/doctoral, 8 = doctoral);
  • Second digit identifies the credit-hour value; and
  • Third and fourth digits establish the course sequence or type of course.

0001–0999—developmental courses, do not count toward degree.

1000–2999—primarily freshman and sophomore courses.

3000–4999—open to students who have completed at least 30 hours and any prerequisite.

5000–5999—graduate level stacked with undergraduate.

6000–6999—master’s level.

7000–7999—master’s/doctoral level.

8000–8999—doctoral students only.

NOTE: Students who have taken undergraduate “stacked” courses at WTAMU that have a graduate component cannot take the graduate course if they have already received credit for the corresponding undergraduate course.

Course Prefix

The course prefix indicates the assigned WTAMU course abbreviation and course number; e.g., ACCT 2301.

Course Abbreviation and Number in Brackets

A course abbreviation (prefix) and number in brackets indicates the corresponding common course number, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, if the common course number and/or prefix is different from the WTAMU number; e.g., [GOVT 1310].

Field-of-Study Curriculum (FOSC)

Field-of-study curriculum is a set of courses that satisfy lower-division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a specific academic area. All public four-year institutions of higher education are required to accept Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved field-of-study courses. Field-of-study curriculum is indicated with the abbreviation “FOSC” within the brackets indicating the common course number of a course; e.g., [MUSI 1181, 1182; FOSC].

Numbers

The numbers indicate semester credit hours, lecture clock hours per week and lab clock hours per week; e.g., 3 3 0 indicates three semester credit hours, three clock hours of lecture per week and zero clock hours of lab per week.

(HAZ)

Courses marked with (HAZ) may require the use of hazardous chemicals and/or equipment. To participate in these classes, an online “Student Laboratory Safety Training” is required and assigned through WTClass upon registration for the class. By registering for the class, the student agrees to 

  • Complete the assigned training by no later than 12th class day for fall/spring terms or 5th class day for summer terms; and
  • Acknowledge non-participation in activities if not completed by 18th class day for fall/spring terms; 10th class day for summer terms.

 

 

Chemistry

(Offered through the Department of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.)

  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 3521 - Physical Chemistry I (HAZ)


    5 3 4
    Prerequisite: CHEM 1412  and MATH 2414 . Eight hours of   and   or   and  . Quantum theory, atomic structure and molecular structure. Selected laboratory experiments. Course fee $50. Fall of even years.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 3522 - Physical Chemistry II (HAZ)


    5 3 4
    Prerequisite: CHEM 3521 . Continuation of CHEM 3521 . Molecular symmetry, rotational and vibrational spectroscopy, electronic transitions, magnetic resonance, and electric and magnetic properties of molecules. Selected laboratory experiments. Course fee $41. Spring of odd years.
  
  • CHEM 4094 - Directed Studies


    1-6 0 0
    Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Individualized studies on current topics in chemistry. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six hours. Fall
  
  • CHEM 4095 - Problems in Chemistry


    1-6 0 0
    Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Selected individual problems to be focused on a specific area in chemistry. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of six hours. Fall.
  
  • CHEM 4098 - Chemistry Internship


    1-6 0 0
    Prerequisite:   , sophomore standing or higher, Department Head or Faculty Internship Supervisor approval. Supervised internship in an approved discipline of chemistry. May be repeated for a maximum of six credit hours. Fall.
  
  • CHEM 4103 - Seminar in Chemistry


    1 1 1
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Chemistry major. Provides chemistry majors with experience in professional presentations. Group discussion and oral and written presentations on current topics in chemistry or a related field. Completion of career orientation and development of professional resume. Spring.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4223L - Biochemistry I Laboratory (HAZ)


    2 0 4
    Prerequisite: CHEM 4323  or concurrent enrollment. Current methods in biochemistry using modern equipment for spetrophotometry, chromatography, electrophoresis and immunology. Course fee $50. Fall.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4224L - Biochemistry II Laboratory (HAZ)


    2 0 4
    Prerequisite: CHEM 4324  or current enrollment. Continuation of CHEM 4223L . Selected experiments to compliment lectures. Course fee $50. Spring.
  
  • CHEM 4323 - Biochemistry I


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CHEM 2525  (or CHEM 2533  and permission of instructor). Chemical structures and reactions that occur in living systems: amino acids, lipids and membranes, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, proteins, enzymes, mechanisms of enzymes, coenzymes and vitamins. Fall.
  
  • CHEM 4324 - Biochemistry II


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CHEM 4323 . Continuation of CHEM 4323 . Metabolic pathways (such as glycolysis, citric acid cycle, and urea cycle), bioenergetics, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis and biological information flow. Spring.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4335 - Industrial Laboratory Procedures and Techniques (HAZ)


    3 0 0
    Prerequisite: CHEM 3511  and consent of instructor prior to registration. Introduction to industrial laboratory procedures and techniques. Course fee, $6. Fall, spring, summer I, summer II.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4397 - Undergraduate Research (HAZ)


    3 0 0
    Prerequisite: CHEM 3511  and consent of instructor prior to registration. Selected individual research problems in chemistry. May be repeated once for credit. Course fee, $6. Fall, spring, summer I, summer II.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4410 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry (HAZ)


    4 3 2
    Prerequisite: CHEM 1411 , CHEM 1412 , CHEM 2533 , ENVR 4404 . Principles of chemical and instrumental methods for quantitative chemical analysis of environmental samples with U.S. EPA/USDA standard methods as examples, statistical data treatment of analytical results, and applications of analytical technologies for solving problems in environmental/agricultural science and engineering. Course fee, $6.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4411 - Instrumental Analysis (HAZ)


    4 3 4
    Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 3511 , CHEM 3522 . Introduction to theory of instrumental methods of chemical analysis. Infrared, visible ultraviolet, atomic absorption, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, gas chromatography and electroanalytical methods. Course fee $50. Spring of even years.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4412 - Bioanalytical Chemistry (HAZ)


    4 3 2
    Prerequisite:    (or 16 hours of biology courses). Principles and applications of modern separation and detection technologies, including but not limited to liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, fluorescence spectrometry, molecular recognition, immunoassays, biosensors, DNA and protein sequencing, for analysis of biological/agricultural systems. Course Fee $50. Spring
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CHEM 4431 - Inorganic Chemistry (HAZ)


    4 3 4
    Prerequisite: CHEM 3522 . Modern theories of chemical bonding and molecular structures of inorganic compounds, including elementary concepts of molecular orbital, valence bond, crystal field and ligand field theories. Use of physical measurements to solve current problems in inorganic chemistry. Course fee $50. Fall of odd years.

Civil Engineering

  
  • CENG 2361 - Surveying


    3 2 2
    Prerequisite: ENGR 1301  and ENGR 1304 . Engineering principles and practices of plane surveying, taping, leveling, traversing, surveying errors and error theory, introduction to photogrammetry, earthwork including mass diagrams, road/highway curves and construction surveys. Course fee $25. Fall, spring.
  
  • CENG 3311 - Hydrology and Hydraulics


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: EVEG 2331  and MENG 4304 . The hydrologic cycle: precipitation, infiltration, runoff, evapotranspiration, groundwater and stream flow. Hydrograph analysis, flood routing, frequency analysis and urban hydrology. Hydraulics including pipe and channel flow with design applications in culverts, pumping, water distribution, storm and sanitary sewer systems. Fall, spring.
  
  • Student Laboratory Safety Training

    CENG 3321 - Civil Construction Materials (HAZ)


    3 2 2
    Prerequisite:   and  . Evaluation of material performance under applied loads for engineering applications. Physical properties of concrete, metals, plastics and wood. Related ASTM test specifications of construction materials. Course fee $25. Fall, spring.
  
  • CENG 3341 - Geotechnical Engineering


    3 2 2
    Prerequisite: ENGR 2332 . Introduction to geotechnical engineering and testing. Identification and classification tests, flow net, principles of settlement, stresses in soils and shear strength testing; slope stability, retaining walls, bearing capacity. Course fee $25. Fall, spring.
  
  • CENG 3342 - Water and Wastewater Treatment


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: EVEG 2331 . Physical, chemical and biological processes for the treatment of water and wastewater including air stripping, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption, chemical oxidation/disinfection, fixed film and suspended growth biological processes, and sludge management. Fall of even years.
  
  • CENG 3351 - Structural Analysis


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: ENGR 2332 . Statically determinate/indeterminate structures by consistent deformation. Loads, shear, moment, and deflected shape diagrams for beams and framed structures. Deformation calculations. Application of flexibility methods to frames and continuous beams. Application of moment distribution and stiffness methods to continuous beams and braced frames. Influence lines for determinate and indeterminate beams. Fall, spring.
  
  • CENG 3352 - Concrete Design


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CENG 3351 . Analysis and design of beams, one-way slabs and columns. Mechanics, behavior and design of reinforced concrete members subject to axial loads, bending and shear. Spring.
  
  • CENG 3353 - Steel Design


    3 3 0


    Prerequisite:  

     . Design and behavior of the elements of steel structures with AISC specifications, proportioning members and connections using load and resistance factor design.

  
  • CENG 3362 - Transportation Engineering


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite:   and   Introduction to planning and operations of transportation facilities, vehicle/operation/infrastructure characteristics, technological, economic and environmental factors. Introduction to traffic engineering and road/highway planning. Emphasis on design, construction and maintenance, earthwork, drainage structures, pavements, safety features, and sustainability. Fall, spring.
  
  • CENG 4097 - Civil Engineering Research


    1-6 0 0
    Selected individual research topics in civil engineering to accommodate more substantial research than can be encountered in normal course work. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.
  
  • CENG 4322 - Pavement Analysis and Design


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CENG 3362  and CENG 3321 . Serviceability concept, design factors, pavement types, basic differences between pavement types, basic differences between airport and highway pavements, stresses in flexible pavement, traffic considerations, materials and material characterization for different pavement layers, variability in pavement materials, methods of pavement design. Spring of odd years.
  
  • CENG 4342 - Foundation Design


    3 3 0


    Prerequisite:  

     . Application of principles of classical soil mechanics to the design and analysis of shallow and deep foundations and retaining structures. Fall.

  
  • CENG 4354 - Finite Element Method for Structural Analysis


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: ENGR 2332 . Introduction of finite element analysis through applications to one-dimensional, steady-state problems such as elastic deformation and beam bending. Two-dimensional triangular and quadrilateral elements. Plane problems of stress analysis. Simple computer programs for one-and two-dimensional problems. Fall of even years.
  
  • CENG 4355 - Structural Dynamics


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CENG 3351 . Elementary vibration analysis, single and multiple degrees of freedom, free and forced vibrations, viscous damping, modal analysis. Spring of even years.
  
  • CENG 4356 - Bridge Design


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CENG 3351  and CENG 3352  or CENG 3353 . Bridge design in structural steel and reinforced concrete using AASHTO Bridge Design Specifications. Preliminary designs include investigating alternative structural systems and materials. Final designs include preparation of design calculations and sketches. Fall of even years.
  
  • CENG 4357 - Wind Engineering


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CENG 3351 . Atmospheric circulations, atmospheric boundary layer wind, bluff-body aerodynamics, aeroelastic phenomena, wind-tunnel and full-scale testing, wind-load code and standards, effect of tornado and thunderstorm winds, design applications. Fall of odd years.
  
  • CENG 4358 - Computer-Aided Structural Analysis


    3 2 2
    Prerequisite: ENGR 2332 . Geometric and solid modeling, finite elements and optimization. Design an artifact, represent it on the computer, and analyze it using Finite Element Analysis using ANSYS and MatLAB. Course fee $25. Fall of even years.
  
  • CENG 4380 - Civil Engineering Senior Design


    3 1 4
    Prerequisite: senior standing and instructor approval. Engineering concepts integrated from topics taught in sequences of upper-division courses to produce practical, efficient and feasible solutions of civil engineering problems. Computer applications are included. Final oral and written reports are required. Intended to be taken in the final semester. Course fee $50. Fall, spring.
  
  • EVEG 2331 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering


    3 2 2
    Prerequisite: ENGR 1301  and CHEM 1412 . Introduction to environmental problems, water quality indicators and requirements, potable water quality and quantity objectives, water sources and treatment methods; water pollution control objectives and treatment methods; solid waste management and introduction to air pollution control. Course fee $25. Fall, spring.

Communication Disorders

  
  • CD 2370 - Phonetics


    3 3 0
    An introduction to English phonetics. Fall.
  
  • CD 2371 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech


    3 3 0
    Anatomical physiological systems that underlie speech production. Fall.
  
  • CD 2372 - Language Development


    3 3 0
    Speech and language development in the normally developing child. Fall.
  
  • CD 2373 - Survey of Communication Disorders


    3 3 0
    Survey of human communication and disorders in children and adults. Fall.
  
  • CD 2374 - Clinical Observation in Communication Disorders


    3 2 1
    Enable students to complete observations in speech-language pathology and audiology evaluations and treatments. A total of 25 hours of observation are required by ASHA before clinical practicum can begin and to earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Students will schedule through class time their observation days, times and hours at the direction of the instructor.
  
  • CD 3094 - Advanced Individual Problems in Communication Disorders


    1-3 0 0
    Prerequisite: consent of program director. Advanced individual study designed to meet needs and interests of student. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours.
  
  • CD 3330 - Child Language Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 2370 , CD 2372 , CD 2371 . Assessment and intervention of language disorders in preschool children. Spring.
  
  • CD 3340 - Child Phonological Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 2370 , CD 2371 , CD 2372 . Nature of articulation and phonological disorders in preschool children with focus on assessment and intervention. Spring.
  
  • CD 3345 - Introduction to Fluency Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 2370 , CD 2372 , CD 2373 . Etiology, characteristics, assessment, treatment and prevention of fluency disorders. Spring.
  
  • CD 3355 - Introduction to Audiological Assessment


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: MATH 1314 . Physical characteristics of sound and the structure and function of the human auditory system. Pathologies of the ear and disorders of hearing. Measurement of basic audiologic test battery, including audiograms, masking, speech recognition and immittance. Fall.
  
  • CD 3356 - Aural Rehabilitation


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 3355 . Approaches to aural rehabilitation in children and adults. Introduction to educational audiology and assistive listening devices. Spring.
  
  • CD 3365 - Introduction to Voice Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 2370 , CD 2372 , CD 2373 . Etiology, characteristics, assessment, treatment and prevention of voice disorders. Communication disorders related to anomalies of craniofacial structures, including orofacial clefting of lips and palate. Fall.
  
  • CD 3370 - Diagnosis in Communication Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 3330 . Overview of general procedures in diagnosis in communication disorders. Fall.
  
  • CD 3392 - Special Topics


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 2371 ,   Intensive exploration of a selected topic in communication disorders. Topic to be determined each semester course is offered.
  
  • CD 4372 - Language Literacy Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 3330 , CD 3340 . Theoretical models and current best evidence concerning the relationships among language disorders, learning disabilities and dyslexia; definitional and diagnostic issues and treatment approaches. Interventions aimed at improving phonological processing, fluency, comprehension, compensatory strategies and social skills will be emphasized. Course fee $30. Spring.
  
  • CD 4380 - Introduction to Research in Communication Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 3330 , CD 3340 . Introduction to research design in communication sciences and disorders. Developing understanding of research protocol, data analysis and professional writing skills needed for manuscript preparation. Application of research knowledge base in critically evaluating strength of evidence-based results supporting assessment and intervention. Spring.
  
  • CD 4381 - Neural Basis of Communication Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 2370 , CD 2371 . Neuroscience and its application to aspects of normal and disordered communication. Spring.
  
  • CD 4385 - Technology Applications in Communication Disorders


    3 3 0
    The application of current technology as it relates to the assessment and intervention with people with communication disorders. Fall.
  
  • CD 4386 - Acquired Speech and Language Disorders


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CD 3370 . Introduction to acquired speech and language disorders across the life span. Spring.
  
  • CD 4390 - Clinical Professional Issues in Communication Disorders


    3 0 0
    Prerequisite: CD 3330 , CD 3340 . Senior-level introduction to clinical professional practices in communication disorders relating to professional ethics and scope of practice. Coverage of cultural diversity as it applies to characteristics, assessment, treatment and prevention of communication disorders. Course fee $60. Spring.
  
  • CD 4460 - Speech Science and Instrumentation


    4 3 2
    Prerequisite: CD 3330 , CD 3340 . Normal process of speech production from anatomic, physiologic, kinematic, aerodynamic, acoustic and perceptual perspective. Emphasis on measurement and analysis techniques, instrumentation and experimental paradigms used to study speech production and perception. Course fee $30. Fall.

Communication Studies

(Offered through the Department of Communication.)

  
  • COMM 1315 - Basic Speech Communication

    [SPCH 1315]
    3 3 0
    Application of communication theory and practice to the public speaking context, with emphasis on audience analysis, speaker delivery, ethics of communication, cultural diversity, and speech organizational techniques to develop students’ speaking abilities. Web-based, Fall, Spring, Summer I, Summer II, Winter Intersession, May Intersession.
  
  • COMM 1318 - Interpersonal Communication

    [SPCH 1318]
    3 3 0
    Application of communication theory to interpersonal relationship development, maintenance, and termination in relationship contexts including friendships, romantic partners, families, and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. Web-based, Fall, Spring.
  
  • COMM 1321 - Business and Professional Communication

    [SPCH 1321]
    3 3 0
    Study and application of communication within the business and professional context. Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats. Web-based, Fall, Spring.
  
  • COMM 2074 - Individual Problems


    1-3 0 0
    Individual study designed to allow for projects that are not covered within the existing curriculum. Individual study is limited and competitively selected. Students who are interested in completing an individual study must first visit with a faculty member to see if the individual study project has merit. If the faculty member approves the proposal, the student must submit a written request to the department head which details the project and includes the signature of the faculty member who will be directing the project. This process should occur before the last class day of the semester prior to taking the course. A departmental committee will review the submitted jproposals and make decisions during finals week. Fall, spring, summer I, summer II.
  
  • COMM 2178 - Forensics


    1 0 2
    Participation in intercollegiate debate and contest activities. Any combination of hours from COMM 2178 and COMM 4278  may be repeated for a total of eight semester hours credit. Only four hours of forensics (COMM 2178 or COMM 4278 ) can count toward the speech major. Course fee $4. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 2335 - Argumentation


    3 3 0
    Skills necessary for persuasive speech development. Basic argument formation, speaker credibility and research concerns. Practice critical-thinking skills and persuasive techniques through class presentations. Fall.
  
  • COMM 2341 - Basic Performance of Literature

    [SPCH 2341]
    3 3 0
    Emphasis on oral interpretation of prose, poetry and drama with an understanding of textural analysis, character placement and characterization. Course fee $10. Fall.
  
  • COMM 2376 - Communication Theory


    3 3 0
    Wide variety of communication theories as a foundation for better understanding of the field of communication. Theories will be applied to communication experiences students encounter daily. Fall.
  
  • COMM 2377 - Intercultural Communication


    3 3 0
    Investigates relationship between culture and communication, and strategies to overcome barriers in the communication process created by diverse social forms and belief systems. Cultural patterns and assumptions and how they relate to intracultural, cross-cultural, interethnic and international communication. Web-based. Spring, web-based.
  
  • COMM 3094 - Individual Problems


    1-3 0 0
    Individual study designed to allow for projects that are not covered within the existing curriculum. Individual study is limited and competitively selected. Students who are interested in completing an individual study must first visit with a faculty member to see if the individual study project has merit. If the faculty member approves the proposal, the student must submit a written request to the department head which details the project and includes the signature of the faculty member who will be directing the project. This process should occur before the last class day of the semester prior to taking the course. A departmental committee will review the submitted proposals and make decisions during finals week. Fall, spring, summer I, summer II.
  
  • COMM 3301 - Advanced Public Speaking


    3 3 0
    Development of a marked degree of skill in composition and delivery of various types of communication, including interviewing and public address. Spring of even years.
  
  • COMM 3302 - Advanced Performance of Literature


    3 3 0
    Oral interpretation of literature with emphasis on experimental forms, character delineation, use of dialect and duo performance. Course fee $10. Spring of odd years.
  
  • COMM 3303 - Communication in the Legal Process


    3 3 0
    Exploration of various types of communication involved in our legal process. Topics include importance of verbal and non-verbal communication in attorney-client relationships, jury selection and courtroom presentations. Fall of even years.
  
  • COMM 3315 - Research Methods


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: COMM 2376 . Introduction to research methods in communication. Designed to improve students’ ability to understand and critique communication research and to understand a variety of research techniques. Spring.
  
  • COMM 3320 - Nonverbal Communication


    3 3 0
    Analysis of fundamentals and forms of nonverbal communication. Focus on use of the body in conscious and unconscious gestures, proxemics, kinesics and effects of these elements on the environment and culture of the individual. Fall.
  
  • COMM 3325 - Communication for the Classroom


    3 3 0
    Means to analyze, develop and facilitate communication behaviors. Theoretical and pragmatic approaches to classroom communication. Fall.
  
  • COMM 3331 - Organizational Communication


    3 3 0
    Communication within organizations, including interpersonal factors, motivation, change and conflict resolution, and communication auditing procedures. Students will gain experience in using the case study in practical applications of theory. Fall.
  
  • COMM 3341 - Persuasion


    3 3 0
    Theory of human motivation as social influence. Analysis of persuasive materials and development of persuasive strategies, preparation and presentation of persuasive appeals. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 3345 - Discussion and Small-Group Communication


    3 3 0
    Theory and practice are utilized to develop greater awareness of the dynamics of small-group interaction. Participation in and evaluation of formal and informal discussion groups. Spring.
  
  • COMM 3370 - Gender Communication


    3 3 0
    Explores communication about women and men as well as communication between women and men. Topics include gender differences, images of gender in mass media, gender images shaped by language, and communication between men and women in a variety of contexts. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 3392 - Special Topics in Communication


    3 3 0
    Indepth study and discussion of current issues in communication research. May be repeated once for credit.
  
  • COMM 3399 - WT Leadership

    Same as IDS 3399 .
    3 0 0
    Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Students serve as trainers for the Teen Leadership Amarillo/Canyon program. Skills-based course relies on experiential learning to develop understanding of leadership theory and of training and development theory. May be repeated once for credit. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 4278 - Advanced Forensics


    2 0 0
    Prerequisite: upperclassman standing. Focuses on developing communication skills, critical thinking skills, performance skills and analysis necessary for effective communication in a variety of competitive forensics events. Any combination of hours from COMM 2178  and 4278 may be repeated for a total of eight semester hours credit. Only four hours of forensics (any combination of COMM 2178  and 4278) can count toward the speech major. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 4300 - Communication Study Abroad

     .
    3 3 0
    Immersion in communication culture through a faculty-led study abroad experience. Course content is tied directly to the culture of the country in which the course is based.
  
  • COMM 4301 - Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism


    3 3 0
    Designed to acquaint students with rhetorical criticism as a method for answering research questions in communication. Students will apply analytical skills using different methods to evaluate significant contemporary speeches and rhetorical artifacts. Emphasis on developing good writing skills and a critical perspective. Capstone course in communication. Fall.
  
  • COMM 4305 - Research Practicum


    3 0 0
    Prerequisite: junior standing, COMM 3315 , consent of adviser. Participation in faculty research projects, data analysis and bibliographic research. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 4310 - Communication Training and Development


    3 3 0
    Design, development, presentation and evaluation of communication training programs. A guiding principle of the course is that training content is situational, but the process of developing effective training is generalizable. Course will provide practical and theoretical materials. Spring.
  
  • COMM 4330 - Storytelling and Puppetry


    3 3 0
    Acquaints students with the art of storytelling and application of storytelling to school, home and community contexts, and with the use of puppetry in educational settings. Course fee $5. Fall, spring.
  
  • COMM 4370 - Presidential Rhetoric


    3 3 0
    American presidency with specific regard to its role in public persuasion on significant public issues. Fall of even years.
  
  • COMM 4373 - Methods in Competitive Speech


    3 3 0
    Study and application of performance theories. Students design and implement performance activities through teaching experience in conjunction with speech camp. Summer I.
  
  • COMM 4393 - Senior Thesis


    3 0 0
    Prerequisite: senior standing, COMM 3315 , consent of adviser. Completion of senior thesis. Fall, spring, summer I, summer II.
  
  • COMM 4398 - Communication Internship


    3 0 0
    Professional work experience in a communication-related organization. No class hours are met, however, student interns are expected to meet with the instructor periodically and complete a final report of their work experience. Cannot be repeated. Fall, spring, summer I, summer II.

Computer Information and Decision Management

(Offered through the Department of Computer Information and Decision Management.)

  
  • CIDM 1105 - Computer Literacy


    1 1 0
    Introduction of computing concepts and overview of related information technologies. Exploration of software applications, and their uses and impact on society and enterprises. Hands-on experience with applications software to show students how digital technologies are used in professional environments. Course fee $10.
  
  • CIDM 1301 - Introduction to Information Science

    [BCIS 1301]
    3 3 0
    Beginning course emphasizing use of productivity software to develop technological skills for the Information Age. Focuses on enhancing personal productivity and communication through effective retrieval, evaluation, synthesis and presentation of information from the Internet and other sources. Course fee $20.
  
  • CIDM 1315 - Programming Fundamentals

    [COSC 1315]
    3 3 0
    Introduces fundamental concepts of web-oriented, structurred and procedural programming. Topics include HTML, XHTML, CSS and client-side programming. Programming topics include data types, control structures, functions, arrays, an introduction to running, testing and debugging. Introduces the presentation and usability of web interfaces. Course fee $20.
  
  • CIDM 2315 - Programming Business Applications


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CIDM 1315 . In-depth coverage of programming for web-based business application. Students will use an object oriented language to define, design and build a variety of client-side and server-side applications with robust web interfaces. API use, application frameworks and containment hierarchies will be emphasized.
  
  • CIDM 2342 - Statistics for Business and Economics


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: MATH 1325  , or permission of instructor. Methods of collecting, analyzing, presenting and interpreting numerical data for business purposes. General application of statistical principles. Course fee $10.
  
  • CIDM 2345 - Video Game Design


    3 3 0
    Overview of procedures and processes that make up designing and developing video games. Emphasis on history of gaming, interaction science, level design, development processes and development life cycle. Hands-on group learning activities and projects will be emphasized.
  
  • CIDM 2390 - Systems Analysis and Design

    [BCIS 2390]
    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CIDM 1315  Examination of information analysis, logical and physical specifications of the system development process in an organizational setting, and use of analysis and design to meet business objectives. Topics include systems theory, role of the modern systems analyst, requirement analysis, system analysis methods, data gathering, feasibility, modeling methods, systems design and construction methods, system implementation and project management. Course fee $20.
  
  • CIDM 3310 - Spreadsheet Applications in Business


    3 3 0
    Use of spreadsheets and spreadsheet tools, macros and add-ins to model, build, maintain, analyze and present corporate data. Perform what-if analysis, risk analysis, statistical data analysis and build decision support models. Course fee $20.
  
  • CIDM 3312 - Advanced Business Programming


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite:  ,   In-depth coverage of advanced programming topics, to include client-side presentation frameworks (e.g. WPF, AJAX, jQuery), components, and user interface usability. Also focuses on server-side technologies such as SOA, Web Services, Data Access, advanced API usage, state management and data-driven design. Course fee $20.
  
  • CIDM 3320 - Digital Communications and Collaboration


    3 3 0
    Theory behind and effective application of digital communications media and workflow automations across the enterprise. Technologies to be studied include blogs, portals, groupware, electronic meeting systems, document management, visualization and virtual team support.
  
  • CIDM 3330 - Management Information Systems


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite:   or concurrent enrollment. In-depth study of conceptual, behavioral and psychological aspects of organizational information systems. Topics include development, operation, management, uses, parties involved, control, structure and social impacts of information systems. Course fee $20.
  
  • CIDM 3342 - Principles of Business Informatics


    3 3 0
    Prerequisite: CIDM 1315 , CIDM 2342 . Principles of data analysis, classification, categorization and sampling in support of business intelligence, decision support and data mining for various kinds of data. In-depth discussion of various analysis techniques such as discretization, aggregation, sampling, dimensionality reduction and variable transformations.
 

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