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Discipline: Degree: AS - Public Health - S0428
Course Name Course Number Objectives
Biology for Majors BIOL 4
  • Students completing this project will be able to demonstrate the ability to show the relevance of biology on their daily lives.
  • Students will have the ability to form a hypothesis, collect data, conduct statistical analysis, and interpret data.
  • Students will be able to examine the chemical organization and structure of cells, and relate these to cellular processes including transport, synthesis and cell reproduction.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of the scientific method in experimental situations and demonstrate explain the purpose and expected outcomes of laboratory experiments.
  • Students will be able to evaluate experimental results in the laboratory and explain why these may differ from expected results.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the components of the organizational hierarchy within the biosphere.
  • Students will be able to describe the structure of DNA, its mechanism of replication and the implications of this process on inheritance, evolution and biodiversity.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and explain the significance of the similarities and differences between the two processes.
  • Students will be able to integrate the principles of ecology to explain relationships within the biosphere and human impact on the planet.
Biology for Majors - Honors BIOL 4H
  • Students completing this project will be able to demonstrate the ability to show the relevance of biology on their daily lives.
  • Students will have the ability to form a hypothesis, collect data, conduct statistical analysis, and interpret data.
  • Students will be able to apply principles of the scientific method in experimental situations and demonstrate explain the purpose and expected outcomes of laboratory experiments.
  • Students will be able to evaluate experimental results in the laboratory and explain why these may differ from expected results.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the components of the organizational hierarchy within the biosphere.
  • Students will be able to describe the structure of DNA, its mechanism of replication and the implications of this process on inheritance, evolution and biodiversity.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration, and explain the significance of the similarities and differences between the two processes.
  • Students will be able to integrate the principles of ecology to explain relationships within the biosphere and human impact on the planet.
  • Students will be able to examine the chemical organization and structure of cells, and relate these to cellular processes including transport, synthesis and cell reproduction.
Contemporary Health Issues BIOL 5
  • Students completing an assignment in Area E courses will demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing their lifelong personal well-being.
  • Students will be able to identify patterns of disease and disability in the U.S.
  • Students will be able to describe the components of a behavior modification program.
  • Students will be able to examine the effects of stress on physical and mental health.
  • Students will be able to identify the benefits of prenatal care and testing.
  • Students will be able to describe risk reduction strategies for preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the interaction between fitness and nutrition and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Students will be able to describe the effects of psychoactive drugs on multiple body systems.
  • Students will be able to identify risk factors for intentional and unintentional injuries.
  • Students will be able to synthesize the interaction of multiple environmental hazards.
  • Students will be able to analyze problems in health care delivery in the U.S.
  • Students will be able to compare and evaluate elements of a nutritionally healthy diet.
  • Students will demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation related to increasing their lifelong personal well-being.
Elementary Statistics Math 110
  • Determine the appropriate statistical methods by data type and number of populations or treatments.
  • Utilize statistical techniques with a variety of applications that pertain to business, the social, natural and physical sciences.
  • Students will be able to determine descriptive statistics from a sample
  • Students will be able to use sample statistics to develop a confidence interval for population parameters
  • Using sample statistics from one or more samples, students will be able to test a claim made about a population parameter.
  • Using bivariate data, students will be able to determine whether a significant linear correlation exists between two variables and determine the equation of the regression line.
  • Math 110 students will feel comfortable in their math class.
  • Math 110 students will demonstrate the thinking skill of accurate self-assessment.
  • Math 110 students will feel that mathematics is a beneficial part of their education.
  • Math 110 students will feel they have the resources necessary for their success.
  • Math 110 students will demonstrate the ability and willingness to take the steps necessary to succeed in their math class.
  • Define basic statistical terms and notation.
  • Describe the proper methods of sampling.
  • Describe the distributions of quantitative data in terms of center, shape, and spread.
  • Infer from observational and experimental studies.
  • Explain the basic concepts of probability theory and calculate probabilities.
  • Employ the principles of inferential statistics in estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Utilize computer technology in statistical analyses.
Elementary Statistics -Honors Math 110H
  • Students will be able to determine descriptive statistics from a sample.
  • Students will be able to use sample statistics to develop a confidence interval for population parameters
  • Using sample statistics from one or more samples, students will be able to test a claim made about a population parameter
  • Using bivariate data, students will be able to determine whether a significant linear correlation exists between two variables and determine the equation of the regression line.
  • Math 110H students will feel comfortable in their math class.
  • Math 110H students will demonstrate the thinking skill of accurate self-assessment.
  • Math 110H students will feel that mathematics is a beneficial part of their education.
  • Math 110H students will feel they have the resources necessary for their success.
  • Math 110H students will demonstrate the ability and willingness to take the steps necessary to succeed in their math class.
  • Define basic statistical terms and notation.
  • Describe the proper methods of sampling.
  • Describe the distributions of quantitative data in terms of center, shape, and spread.
  • Infer from observational and experimental studies.
  • Explain the basic concepts of probability theory and calculate probabilities.
  • Determine the appropriate statistical methods by data type and number of populations or treatments.
  • Employ the principles of inferential statistics in estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Utilize statistical techniques with a variety of applications that pertain to business, the social, natural and physical sciences.
  • Utilize computer technology in statistical analyses.
  • Demonstrate ability to combine appropriate data gathering techniques and ability to express statistical conclusions in formal writing to complete a large, semester-long project.
Essentials of Nutrition NF 25
  • Students completing NF 25 - Introduction to Nutrition Science will be able to demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation of their current food choices related to increasing their lifelong personal wellbeing.
  • Students completing NF 25 - Introduction to Nutrition Science will be able to demonstrate mastery of course material by planning a diet that meets or exceeds standards of nutritional adequacy.
  • Students completing NF 25 – Introduction to Nutrition Science will utilize a computerized database to evaluate personal diet records.
Essentials of Nutrition - Honors NF 25H
  • Students completing NF 25H - Essentials of Nutrition (Honors) will be able to demonstrate meaningful self-evaluation of their current food choices related to increasing their lifelong personal wellbeing.
  • Students completing NF 25H - Essentials of Nutrition (Honors) will be able to demonstrate mastery of course material by planning a diet that meets or exceeds standards of nutritional adequacy.
  • Students will demonstrate inquiry (a systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works) and analysis (assessment of evidence resulting in conclusions or judgments) as part of their Honors coursework.
General Biology - GE BIOL 1
  • Students will be able to analyze data and construct a graph of their results in a scientifically appropriate manner.
  • Students' developmental learning will be addressed through tailored instruction using clicker technology such that students who are taught in courses using clicker technology will have a greater ability to solve metric problems.
  • Students' developmental learning will be addressed through tailored instruction using clicker technology such that students who are taught in courses using clicker technology will have greater abilities to understand new terminology through recognizing the meanings of prefixes, suffixes and word roots.
  • An advisory prereq of READ 100 has been added to Bio 1 course outline. It is currently in the queue for review by Ed Design.
  • Students completing relevant assignments in Area B courses will evaluate the impact of science on their daily lives
  • Classify the molecules of living systems and apply basic principles of chemistry to their interaction.
  • Relate cell structure and physiology.
  • Compare and contrast the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in terms of energy transformation in cells.
  • Evaluate how life forms duplicate, maintain control, and exhibit hereditary patterns.
  • Summarize the various types of evidence used to examine evolutionary principles.
  • Assess how population and community dynamics are affected by ecological interactions.
  • Describe how the systems of the human body interact to maintain homeostasis.
  • Explain why evolution is the most all-encompassing scientific explanation for the history of life and the similarities in biochemistry and physiological processes among living things.
  • Can students answer general questions about community and population ecology and natural selection after completing a related activity in lab?
Human Anatomy ANAT 35
  • Students will be able to recognize and describe the fundamental classes of tissues and distinguish between tissue types within each class.
  • Students will be able to describe the structure of organs at the histological level.
  • Students will be able to locate and describe the major organs of the mammalian body.
  • Students will be able to review the organization of each organ system and describe and define its components.
  • Students will be able to sequence pathways of movement and flow in such organ systems as circulatory, nervous, reproductive, digestive and respiratory systems.
  • Students will be able to identify bone markings and their normal variations on human specimens.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate accurate dissection technique and identification of important muscles, viscera, blood vessels and nerves in the cat, and structures of the sheep brain, eye and heart.
  • Students will be able to master muscle anatomy and give the name location, origin and insertion of muscles.
  • Students will be able to master the anatomy of the Human Skeletal System including names of bones, whether a paired bone is from the left or right side of the body, and diagnostic features of bones.
  • After taking Anat 35 students can give the name location, origin and insertion of muscles.
Human Physiology ANAT 36
  • Determine the number of ATP produced in the complete aerobic respiration of either a triglyceride, a simple sugar, or any combination thereof.
  • Collect and analyze ECG data.
  • Explain the mechanisms of cellular, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, sensory, digestive, renal, and reproductive physiology, and the regulation of these mechanisms.
  • Describe key interactions between organ systems, including acid and base regulation, fluid balance, and metabolic regulation.
  • Apply tools of the scientific method including data acquisition (conventional and computerized), simple statistical analysis, and presentation of data to reporting of data collected in laboratory activities.
  • Make predictions and draw conclusions which demonstrate physiological principles of physical transport, bioenergetics, hemodynamics, cardiovascular and respiratory dynamics, digestive enzyme kinetics, and renal function.
  • Predict changes in normal physiological pathways that occur in common pathologies.
  • Predict the outcomes of laboratory exercises according to concepts, principles, and laws discussed in the course.
Introduction to Immunology MICR 26
  • Students will be able to examine the structure of the five classes of immunoglobulins and evaluate the role of the specific and nonspecific structural regions relative to immune function.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast innate and adaptive immunity.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the contributions of B and T lymphocytes in the specific immune response.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast MHC Class I and II and their respective roles in the presentation of intracellular and extracellular antigen.
  • Students will be able to analyze and evaluate various immunological assays as to their utility for a particular application.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the nature and efficacy of physical and chemical barriers of the innate immune response.
  • Students will be able to describe the role of antigen presenting cells in eliciting an effective immune response to bacterial and viral infection.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast direct and indirect methods of identifying antibody bound to antigen.
  • Students will be able to interpret the results of laboratory tests utilizing the following techniques; ELISA, Western Blot, and immunoradial diffusion
  • Students will be able to formulate an hypothesis for the treatment of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus using immunotherapy based on an understanding of immune system structure and function.
  • Students will be able to describe the use of antibodies in identifying specific antigen in tissue slides.
  • Students will be able to validate the role of typing and cross-matching in solid organ transplantation.
Introduction to Public Health PUBH 24
  • Students will be able to discuss the relationship of public health with the development of health policy.
  • Students will be able to identify a minimum of 5 contributions to improving the health of the public that are a direct result of health education and information and analyze their effectiveness.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the contributions of history in the development of our current public health system.
  • Students will be able to describe how incidence of disease differs from disease prevalence.
  • Students will be able to discuss the role of public health in emergency preparedness.
  • Students will be able to describe how ethics influences health policy.
  • Students will be able to describe the expanding role of public health occupations in the 21st century.
  • Students will be able to explain how public health complements nursing professions.
Introductory Human Physiology ANAT 10B
  • Determine the number of ATP produced in the complete aerobic respiration of either a triglyceride, a simple sugar, or any combination thereof.
  • Analyze EKG data.
  • Acquire laboratory-generated data and perform statistical analyses within the framework of the scientific method.
  • Predict the outcome of laboratory exercises according to concepts, principles, and laws discussed in the course.
  • Evaluate case studies by applying physiological principles on a molecular, cellular, organ, and systems level.
  • Explain the mechanisms of cellular, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, sensory, digestive, renal, and reproductive physiology, and the regulation of these mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to describe key interactions between organ systems including acid/base regulation, fluid balance, and metabolic regulation.
  • Compare and contrast normal physiology and pathophysiology observed in specific disease states.
Introductory to Human Anatomy ANAT 10A
  • Identify and locate major bone markings on all human bones and determine which side of the body a bone belongs to.
  • Identify and describe structures of the eukaryotic cell.
  • Describe the functional classes of tissues, and distinguish between tissue subtypes.
  • Locate and describe the major organs of the human and cat.
  • Review the organs/structures in each organ system and describe the components of each.
  • Describe the structure of the major organs of the human body at the tissue level.
  • Sequence functional pathways in organ systems such as circulatory, nervous, digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and reproductive systems.
  • Use anatomical regions and directional terms to describe positions and relative positions in the human body.
  • Identify body cavities and their contents.
  • Students' developmental learning will be addressed through tailored instruction using clicker technology such that students who are taught in courses using clicker technology will have a greater ability to solve metric problems.
  • Students' developmental learning will be addressed through tailored instruction using clicker technology such that students who are taught in courses using clicker technology will have greater abilities to understand new terminology through recognizing the meanings of prefixes, suffixes and word roots.
  • 75% of students will solve metric-metric and metric-English problems.
  • Students will understand 75% of the new terminology through recognizing the word roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
Microbiology MICR 22
  • Explain the basic features of every group of microorganisms.
  • Describe the physiology and genetic processes of microorganisms.
  • Apply physical and chemical methods of controlling microorganisms.
  • Explain the dynamics of host-parasite interaction.
  • Diagnose specific diseases on the basis of symptoms and laboratory test results.
  • Perform basic microbiology lab procedures using appropriate PPE required for this laboratory course.
  • Demonstrate safe handling and proper hazardous waste disposal procedures for microorganisms and chemicals used.
  • Analyze, using student’s own experimental design, effective hand washing.
  • Demonstrate how to properly use the compound light microscope, as well as know its parts, their functions, how to safely transport and clean it.
  • Perform aseptic transfer techniques and interpretations of laboratory results.
  • Students are able to demonstrate aseptic techniques that are appropriate for the allied health fields.
Principles of Cultural Anthropology ANTH 5
  • Students will be able to recognize the immense scope of the multi-faceted discipline of anthropology and explain the relationships between its basic areas of inquiry: physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and archaeology.
  • Students will be able to assess the historical development of anthropology as a Western academic discipline, giving particular attention to the significant contributions and perspectives of women, minority and non-Western cultural anthropologists.
  • Students will be able to examine the basic conceptual framework which structures the anthropological study of humanity, identifying the crucial distinctions between ethnocentrism and the practice of cultural relativism.
  • Students will be able to analyze the key methodological practices of cultural anthropology, with its major focus on pursuing ethnographic research through fieldwork.
  • Students will be able to relate how the processes in any cultural system operate by analyzing the integrated, synergistic nature of all such systems.
  • Students will be able to recognize the diversity of human cultures by contrasting comparative ethnographic information from a significant variety of world societies.
  • Students will be able to critically evaluate the dynamics of culture change (both voluntary and involuntary), and apply this knowledge to understanding the complexities of culturally heterogeneous societies.
  • Students will be able to analyze how anthropological knowledge and insights can be applied to current societal issues, and then be extrapolated to an analytic evaluation of humanity's future.
Principles of Microbiology MICR 1
  • Be able to determine etiologic agent and identify disease given a series of original infectious diseases case studies.
  • Students will be able to describe the structures/functions of external and internal components of both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Students will be able to draw standard growth curves for bacterial cultures and explain factors affecting bacterial growth.
  • Students will be able to Describe characteristics of selected pathogens, and the diseases caused by each.
  • Students will be able to describe the role of genes, chromosomes, mutations and human manipulation in heredity of prokaryotic cells.
  • Students will be able to contrast the metabolic processes of fermentation and aerobic metabolism, noting cycles involved, energy production and end products.
  • Students will be able to outline the general characteristics of viruses, prions, and viroids.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the best method to control microbes in various settings (chemical, physical or chemotherapeutic agents).
  • Students will be able to describe the course of infectious diseases, including the interactions with host defenses.
  • Students will be able to identify the fundamental concepts of immunity, immunization, immune deficiencies and immunological testing.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate aseptic technique and safe handling of microbial cultures
  • Students will be able to prepare smears, perform staining procedures and record microscopic observations.
  • Students will be able to identify an unknown bacterial organism based on results of lab procedures performed and through a miniaturized multitest system; compare findings of these two methods.
  • Students will be able to evaluate physical, chemical and chemotherapeutic agents.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the level of contamination in water, milk, specific food products.
  • Students will be able to perform quantitative plating and turbidity measures to determine the number of bacteria present in a culture sample.
  • Students will be able to describe and accurately draw various microbes based on microscopic observations.
  • Students will be able to perform a molecular separation technique (gel electrophoresis) and identify a DNA source using DNA fingerprinting.
  • Students will be able to observe bacterial transformation by plasmid DNA and describe an acquired phenotypic trait of the transformed cells.
  • Students will be able to use an immunobiotechnological procedure (ELISA) to detect a positive HIV reaction in a simulation.
Sociology SOC 1
  • Students will identify and apply the main sociological theoretical frameworks to analyze social stratification based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality or other social groups.
  • Students will apply sociological research to distinguish the interrelatedness of various social institutions and the relationship between society and the individual.
  • Students will identify the role of culture and socialization in the development of one’s beliefs, opinions, and values.
Sociology - Honors SOC 1H
  • Students will identify and apply the main sociological theoretical frameworks to analyze social stratification based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality or other social groups.
  • Students will apply sociological research to distinguish the interrelatedness of various social intuitions and the relationship between society and the individual.
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences PSYC 10
  • Perform and evaluate descriptive (e.g., mean, median, mode, variance, standard deviation) and inferential (e.g., Pearson correlation, t tests, z test, and one-way analysis of variance) statistics.
  • Using SPSS software, correctly input data, analyze data, and interpret output for descriptive statistics, t tests, correlation, and one-way analysis of variance.
  • Define and distinguish basic statistical terms and notation including scales of measurement.
  • Chart and interpret simple and cumulative frequency distributions.
  • Distinguish the difference between sample and population distributions and analyze the role played by the Central Limit Theorem.
  • Compute and describe the effects of various measures of central tendency and variability.
  • Describe and explain the normal curve including how z-scores are used and calculated.
  • Describe and interpret statistical error, effect size and power.
  • Formulate and test research hypotheses through the use of various inferential statistical procedures: t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square.
  • Compute and interpret descriptive statistics including correlation and regression.
  • Conduct and interpret statistical analyses using statistical software.