Art and Science Course Descriptions

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ANTHROPOLOGY


SC240: Introduction To Anthropology - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course presents a comparative study of the human condition in various societies and its application in solving practical problems. Topics include: human evolution, the meaning of our physical diversity, communications, miscommunication, and the past and present cultural diversity.


ART


LA109: Interactive Storytelling for Game Design - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: EN100

This course will focus on developing an understanding of storytelling and character development in games. Students will create storyboards, edit their movies, and turn them into videos. They will be introduced to new concepts in crafting games and writing stories. The course will examine the history of storytelling, traditional and game-specific, story structure, dialogue, side quests to fill in the back-story, plot gaps, and other means of enrichment. The course will examine the importance of efficient dialog and how to convey information in as few words as possible. Finally, students will explore different methods of persuading the game player to sympathize with a game character, from the character’s situation and the character’s design, to what the character expresses throughout the story.


LA144: The History of Art in America - CREDITS: 3

This course discusses the history of American art beginning with pre-colonial art to present day. The focus of the course will be on art of the twentieth century and will include movements such as the Ash Can School, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Dada, and Pop Art. In addition, photography, architecture, sculpture and the contributions of female and minority artists will be explored.


ECONOMICS


EC100: Economics - CREDITS: 3

Co-requisite: EN100

A study of the nature and methods of economics. Topics will include the economizing problem, American capitalism, national goals, and the basic principles of money and banking. A detailed analysis of supply and demand, the mechanics of market structures, national income, inflation, employment theory, and monetary and fiscal policy will be presented and discussed. The scope and methodology of macroeconomics as to choice, scarcity, and problems will be explored. An introduction to microeconomics will be presented.


EC101: History of U.S. Economics - CREDITS: 3

TThe course covers American economic history from the period of colonization to the present. An introduction to the goals and objectives of the economic historian and to the historical background of the period of colonization will be presented. The interrelationship of agriculture, trade and commerce, the factory system, the banking system, transportation, communication, technology, immigration, labor unions, wars, recessions, depressions, and inflation will be discussed in terms of their impact of the American nation.


ENGLISH


EN100: Remedial English - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This remedial course course focuses on basic writing skills, the development and organization of ideas, and reading comprehension. The course will focus literaly text as well as exploring the writting process in a wide variety of ways. Grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary and rhetoric, according to individual needs, are presented. Students learn to compose short expository essays, which show an understanding of the essentials of effective sentence structure and organization, with few major errors in grammar and mechanics.


EN100: English Composition I - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This course presents the principles of expository writing and rhetorical style through coordinated reading and writing assignments. Various expository writing techniques, such as argumentation, description, and narration are discussed. Students will use writing to discover, organize, and develop ideas to express their personal thoughts, to collect, and evaluate information. Topics include the skills and procedures for conducting research and the writing of a well-organized and well-developed report.


EN101: Writing About American Literature I - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: EN100

This course fosters an understanding of various literary styles of American writers in short stories and essays. Techniques for critically evaluating and interpreting literature are discussed. Effective writing skills are introduced and practiced. Students are required to demonstrate maturity in thought and style.


EN102: Writing About American Literature II - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: EN100

This course promotes a further understanding of literary criticism by analyzing the style, technique, and content of the works of seleted American writers. Essays, short stories, and plays are studied and discussed. Student writing should communicate knowledge of critical analysis and effective writing techniques.


EN103: Fundamentals of Speech - CREDITS: 3

This course increases basic speaking skills needed to participate in academic, vocational, and social situations. Students practice standard speech through individualized and group instruction. Emphasis is placed on improving pronunciation, articulation, intonation, and language usage.


EN104: Speech - CREDITS: 3

This course focuses on the organization and presentation of the major forms of public address and persuasive speaking. The principles of clarity, interest, and audience analysis are stressed. Application of these principles to advertising, marketing, community affairs, and public relations are discussed.


EN105: Interpersonal Communication - CREDITS: 3

This course demonstrates the basic concepts and processes of human communication. Emphasis is on the development of interpersonal skills necessary for group interaction in a variety of settings. Course content includes the methods of securing and imparting information, the organization of ideas, and the role of perception.


EN106: Group Discussion - CREDITS: 3

This course presents methods for small groups to share information, solve problems, and negotiate. Emphasis is on the techniques of group interaction, the obstacles to communication, and the dynamics of group discussion. Course content develops the capacity for constructive interaction and leadership.


EN107: Oral Communication - CREDITS: 3

This course demonstrates effective techniques for communicating with others in the workplace. Focus is on developing skills necessary for building and maintaining productive and positive relationships. Basic oral formats useful to a participant in corporate organizations and businesses are introduced.


EN108: Public Speaking - CREDITS: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental skills of public speaking. The course assists students in overcoming difficulties they may have in public speaking by making them aware of important speech elements and by practicing and delivering several speech types. The course connects speech and speech communication principles to other areas of the arts and course prepares the student to overcome such troublesome areas as stage fright, poor diction, flawed delivery, ineffective posture, faulty gestures, and improper grammar. Most importantly it is designed to build confidence and poise, through developing and presenting three types of speeches: innovative, persuasive and occasional.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)


The English as a Second Language (ESL) course sequence provides instruction in the English language for the student whose first language is not English. These courses are designed to meet the needs of students with limited English language proficiency. Admission to each level is determined through placement examination. Students are required to complete the ESL sequence from the point of initial placement. Each level includes a comprehensive academically oriented curriculum in reading, writing, listening, speaking skills, and basic vocabulary. Audio-videotape materials, software, and Internet resources are incorporated into courses at all levels.


EN012: ESL Levels 1 and 2 - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This course develops English sentence structure and grammar through content-based reading and writing activities. Students learn to read for meaning and ideas as well as for details. It is designed for students with low level of English proficiency. Students learn to write clear and well-organized paragraphs. Students develop the ability to listen and speak through structured practice and exercises that increase their comprehension. The use of the library and its facilities is presented.


EN034: ESL Levels 3 and 4 - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This entermediate ESL course emphasizes the continued development of reading and writing skills and use of more complex grammatical structures through content-based reading and writing activities. Students increase their understanding of vocabulary and idioms using a variety of written materials. Students learn to combine sentences to produce meaningful and well-organized paragraphs. The use of the library and its facilities is presented. Students improve their ability to listen and speak through guided models that reinforce comprehension.


EN051: ESL Reading and Writing Level 5 - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This high intermediate course is designed to expand reading and writing skills through the use of content-based reading and writing activities. The emphasis is on conventions of the written language. Students practice writing in a variety of syntactical structures and rhetorical modes. The content, style, and tone of selected reading material is studied. The use of the library is presented.


EN052: ESL Listening and Speaking Workshop Level 5 - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This high intermediate workshop provides structured opportunities for students to improve their listening and speaking skills. Students practice listening comprehension through the use of audio-tapes and exercises that support their understanding. Students develop their speaking skills through practice with models of functional language and conventional style, such as role plays and presentations.


EN061: ESL Reading and Writing Level 6 - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This high intermediate course provides extensive practice in reading comprehension, writing, and editing to prepare the student for the demands of college-level composition and reading skills. Students learn the conventions of essay writing by utilizing a variety of rhetorical forms and techniques. Students develop an understanding of the use of critical analysis in reading comprehension. The use of the library and its facilities is presented.


EN062: ESL Listening and Speaking Workshop Level 6 - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This high intermediate workshop offers students the opportunity to cultivate and refine their listening and speaking skills through structured practice. Exercises are designed to practice and test listening comprehension. Students refine their speaking skills through analysis, explanation, and guided practice in activities such as interviews and debates.


HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE


LA121: Survey of Jewish History - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

Not offered for 2015-2017


This courses discusses the development of Jewish civilization from the period of the Forefathers through the Talmudic period in Palestine and Babylonia: the Maccabean Age, the impact of Hellenism, the conflict between the Pharisees and Sadducees, the period of Roman rule, and the beginning of the Jewish Diaspora.


LA123: Modern Jewish History - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course presents a study of the history of the Jewish people from the 18th century period of Hasidism to the creation of the modern State of Israel in 1948. Topics will include changes in the status of European Jewry, the birth of political Zionism, the consequences of the two World Wars, and the major trends in Jewish migration. The aim of the course is to analyze the religious, ideological, social, and economic restructuring of Jewish life during this period in history.


LA124: American Jewish History - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course discusses the history of the Jewish community in the United States from the Colonial era to the present time, including the structure of the American Jewish community, and major Jewish religious, philanthropic, educational, political, and cultural institutions. The challenge of preserving Jewish distinctiveness in an open society where Jews and non-Jews can mix freely and the contribution of Jews to American civilization will be discussed.


LA125: The Holocaust - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


The rise of the Nazi Regime in Germany in the nineteen thirties and the destruction of European Jewry during the Second World War are discussed. The course focuses on the social, economic, and political events leading up to the rise of Anti-Semitism in Germany and Europe including the Jewish response to the Holocaust, and the responses of governments around the world. Historical documents, personal memoirs, and relevant halachic questions are used as source materials.


LA126: Introduction to Modern Israel - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course presents a study of the social, political, religious, and economic issues facing contemporary Israeli society. Topics to be studied include religion and state, “Aliyah” and absorption of immigrants, Israeli democratic theory and practice, political parties and leaders, and Arab-Israeli relations.


LA140: American History I - CREDITS: 3

This course is a survey of American history from the Age of Discovery to the end of Reconstruction. Topics to be discussed include the transplantation of European culture to America, the rise of American society, the institution of slavery, and the emergence of an industrial society.


LA141: Fundamentals of Speech - CREDITS: 3

This course increases basic speaking skills needed to participate in academic, vocational, and social situations. Students practice standard speech through individualized and group instruction. Emphasis is placed on improving pronunciation, articulation, intonation, and language usage.


LA142: History of Central Asia - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course provides an accessible introduction to Central Asia, and traces its history from the arrival of Islam, through the various dynasties to the Russian conquest. The contemporary focus rests on the seven countries which make up present-day Eurasia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Sinkiang and Mongolia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, renewed interest in these countries has prompted considerable debate. While a divergent literature has evolved, no comprehensive survey of the region exists. This course will fill the gap and become indispensable for anyone studying or visiting the area.


LITERATURE & FOREIGN LANGUAGE


LA101: Hebrew Language I - CREDITS: 3

This elementary Hebrew course provides an introduction to the basics of the language. Emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, conversation, and oral comprehension.


LA102: Hebrew Language II - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This intermediate level Hebrew course is designed to improve reading, writing, and speaking skills. Emphasis will be placed on building a working vocabulary and mastering elementary grammar.


LA105: Introduction to Spanish - CREDITS: 3

This course is designed for students with little to no-knowledge of the Spanish language. The course will provide a basic understanding of the Spanish Language through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will also become familiar with basic grammar through contextualized introduction. The course will also focus on the culture, traditions, and way of life of Spanish-speaking people. By the end of the semester, students will have a basic understanding of Spanish vocabulary, verb conjugation, sentence structure, basic expressions/phrases and pronunciation.


LA110: Introduction to Biblical Literature - CREDITS: 0

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course is an introduction to the Jewish Bible and culture in the Biblical period. Jewish approaches to Bible study, both midrashic and contextual, and the history, format, and structure of the Bible are discussed.


LA115: American Jewish Literature - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course provides a study and analysis of the highlights of American Jewish literature from the early immigrant stories to the major contemporary novels and short stories. The course traces the development of American Jewish identity and experience.


LA155: Multimedia In Society - CREDITS: 3

This course gives the student an understanding of the use of multimedia as a tool in American society and its impact on cultural diversity and media arts. Students will gain an understanding of computers and multimedia and the social impact the technology is having on society. Mass and multi-media applications will be presented as industries and businesses, which shape, and are shaped by, significant social and business issues.


MATHEMATICS


MA001: Fundamentals of Mathematic - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This remedial course focuses on basic mathematical concepts and skills, including whole numbers, fractions and decimals, percent’s, operations with signed numbers, exponents, algebraic expressions, and the solution of simple first-degree equations. Admission to this course is based on college placement test scores. This course prepares students for the required mathematics courses in their program of study.


MA110: Business Mathematic - CREDITS: 0

Prerequisite: Placement Exam

This course is designed to provide students with the essential mathematical and quantitative analysis skills that pertain to the entire business operational phase. Additionally, students learn the necessary computational skills required for business operations and studies. The topics covered in this course include the following: Percentages, Terms of Payments, Mark Ups and Downs, Simple and Compound Interest, Promissory Notes, Trade and Cash Discounts, Interest Rates, Partial Payments on Loans, Annuities and Sinking Funds, Bank Discounts and Proceeds, and Interest Refunds.


MA120: Statistics - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Assessment Exam

This course discusses the analysis and presentation of data. There are two branches of statistics that students will be exposed to in this course. The first one is called Descriptive Statistics, which discusses the various ways to organize and present categorical and numerical data. The second branch of Statistics is called Inferential Statistics, where students will learn about the mathematical formulas and procedures used to analyze sample data and come to conclusions that can be applied to a population. Among the topics covered are: measures of central tendency, standard deviation, percentiles, statistical graphs, binomial and normal distribution, probability, and hypothesis testing. Computer statistical packages are used to emphasize methods discussed in the course.


MA121: College Algebra and Trigonometry - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Assessment Exam or MA001

This is a fundamental course in College Algebra and Trigonometry that covers major components in Algebra and Trigonometry. Within the Algebra component, students will study complex linear equations, systems of equations and business applications, exponents and linear inequalities. Within the trigonometry component, students will first study right angle trigonometry, and then trigonometry that pertains to other types of triangles. A graphing calculator is required for this course.


MA122: Math for Game Developer - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Assessment Exam or MA001

This course discusses the different pathways that video game characters can travel on a screen. These pathways include linear, parabolic, circular and wave motions. In order to study the mathematical concepts of these kinds of motions, students will study topics involving coordinate geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. A graphing calculator is required for this course.


MA125: Pre-Calculus - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: Assessment Exam

This course provides the mathematical foundations necessary to succeed in calculus. The topics include functions, matrix operations, continuity, limits, derivative rules including the general power rule, exponential equations, logarithmic equations, sequences, summation formulas, probability and implicit differentiation, practical applications including finding slope using algebra and derivatives, applying percent to business problems, finding marginal cost, marginal revenue and marginal profit using derivatives, using matrices to solve equations, graphing polynomials of any degree, testing for continuity, using trigonometric formulas to solve complex trigonometric problems, and using the theory of limits to solve problems with indeterminate fractions. An emphasis will be placed for learning skills required for Calculus 1. However business mathematics topics will also be covered.


MA130: Discrete Mathematics - CREDITS: 3
Prerequisite: Assessment Exam

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course provides a discussion of mathematical concepts in computer technology and related fields. Among the topics discussed are: sets, relations, functions, mathematical induction, arrays and matrices, elementary graph theory, and trees. Applications include combinatory, algorithm analysis, and modern mathematical analysis.


MA151: Mathematical Analysis I - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017

Prerequisite: Assessment Exam

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course deals with concepts in algebra and trigonometry including: numerical and algebraic expressions, signed numbers, linear and quadratic equations, laws of exponents, graphing, vectors, determinants and matrices and their application to the fields of electronic and computer technology.


MA152: Mathematical Analysis II - CREDITS: 3
Prerequisite: MA151

Not offered for 2015-2017


Analytic geometry and differential calculus are discussed. Skills acquired in Mathematical Analysis I are reinforced and enhanced. Topics include: inequalities, progressions and binomial theorem, trigonometric identities and functions, analytical geometry of the straight line and conic section, curve fitting, the derivation and applications in electronic and computer technology are discussed.


MA210: Quantitative Analysis - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: MA120


Not offered for 2015-2017


This course discusses the mathematical concepts essential for business decision-making. Topics include: probability of distributions, sampling theory, variance and covariance, hypothesis testing, non-parametric tests, regression and correlation analysis, linear programming-simplex methods and calculus. Computerized elements are discussed.


PHILOSOPHY


LA130: Basic Jewish Concepts - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course will discuss the rituals, rites of passage, and observances that mark the major events in the lives of Jews. The Jewish view of the individual, the individual within the context of the community, and social and familial relationships will be discussed.


LA132: Topics in Jewish Philosophy - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


Jewish thought and philosophy such as conceptualizations of God, the nature and destiny of man, free will and divine providence, the Holocaust, and biomedical and social ethics are discussed, as well as the history and basic concepts of Jewish mystical thought and Hasidism. Passages, in translation, from the Kabbalah, the Zohar, various Hasidic authors, and modern Jewish thinkers will be reviewed.


LA134: Critical Thinking - CREDITS: 3

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course is designed to introduce students to the process of critical thinking. Critical thinking is the purposeful and reflective judgment about what to believe or what to do in response to observations, experience, verbal and/or written expressions, or arguments. Critical thinking gives due consideration to the evidence, the context of judgment, and the relevant criteria for making the judgment well. Critical thinking employs not only logic, but broad intellectual criteria such as clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, significance and fairness.


PSYCHOLOGY


LA128: Introduction to Psychology - CREDITS: 3

Current understanding of human behavior and mental processes will be discussed. The major theoretical perspectives in psychology (including the Psychoanalytic, Behaviorist, Cognitive Theory, and Biological perspectives) will be reviewed. The causes, classification and treatment of mental disorders will be discussed.


LA129: Human Growth and Development - CREDITS: 3

Prerequisite: LA128

Not offered for 2015-2017


This course studies human development from infancy through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Topics include: intellectual growth, personal and social adjustment, the relationship between physical and mental development, and typical problems in various stages of the life cycle.