Introduction to Africana Studies
AAS 150 - 3 credits
Professor: Edmund Abaka, Ph.D.
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Africana Studies (comprising Africa and the African diaspora). Through an examination of social movements, intellectual work, and artistic creation, we shall examine the emergence and development of the cultural, political, historical, psychological and economic dimension of the diverse experiences of Africans and people of African descent.
We shall consider the construction and expression of Black identity as expressed through literature, history, politics and the arts. A focus of the course will be how Africana Studies shapes the study of education, literature, law, or art and the influence of some of the great Black leaders.
The final section of the course will focus on African-American music (especially the female Blues singers) and Black visual culture.
MTH 161 - 4 credits
Dr. Leticia Oropesa
This course is the first in a two semester sequence covering the foundations of Calculus of a Single Variable. We will cover limits, continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions and applications, implicit differentiation and related rates, optimization problems, Reimann sums, the definite integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, applications of the definite integral, including area between curves and volumes of solids.
This course is intended for students in a BS program.
Prerequisite: At least a C- in MTH 108 (Precalculus Mathematics II) or adequate achievement on mathematics placement test together with completion of high school trigonometry and analytic geometry. Not open to students with credit in MTH 110 or 131.
English Composition I - Visual Rhetoric
ENG 105 - 3 credits
This introductory composition course will introduce students to the kinds of reading, writing, and thinking that take place in the university environment. Through readings, discussions, activities, and explorations in the nature of composing and editing, the course will be student-centered. The instructor will facilitate online discussions and provide editorial feedback on writing assignments, but students will provide the primary "voice" for the class, via peer review, discussion threads, and online group meetings.
The theme for each course will vary, however, in each course, faculty will teach analysis, classification, interpretation, reportage, reflection, evaluation, and argumentation. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice several methods of investigative inquiry, become a more concise writer, learn strategies for engaging the reader and study contemporary research methodology as well as other writing techniques that will be beneficial to the student throughout their college career and beyond.
ENG 106 - 3 credits
The second part of the required composition courses, English 106 is a writing and research course that endeavors to strengthen both critical thinking and writing skills. While each section will focus on different topics, English 106 will prioritize the development of writing and critical thinking skills, the development of close readings of texts, increased ability to use textual evidence to support an argument or interpretation, the appropriate incorporation of secondary sources, and an increased sophistical and complexity at all levels of discourse.
Prerequisite: * ENG 105, English Composition I - Visual Rhetoric
BIL 104 - 3 credits
Yunqiu (Daniel) Wang, Ph.D.
With special emphasis on connecting the founding principles of scientific inquiry to timely popular issues such as stem cells, genetic cloning, forensic studies, and research progress on disease, the course encompasses four main topics: transmission genetics; DNA and chromosomes; population genetics; and genetic technologies and cancer genetics. By connecting the founding principles of scientific inquiry to timely popular issues (stem cells, genetic cloning, forensic studies, research progress on cancer and AIDS, etc), this online genetic course is also designed to emphasize more on the relevance of these principles to our modern society. Today more than ever, the amount of information available to the man-on-the-street is vast. By discussing the impact of such scientific evidence to our society, students will be able to broaden their science knowledge base, and become more confident to critically evaluate claims made about science, technology and policy issues presented in the media.
Biology 104 is an introductory biology course for non-majors.
MSC 101 - 3 credits
Introduction to the oceans and their significance to mankind, encompassing geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes; man's role in and on the sea, including fisheries, pollution, and ocean management. Not for major or minor.
BIL 101 - 3 credits
Yunqiu (Daniel) Wang, Ph.D.
An introductory biology course for non-majors, this interactive class is constructed of three main topics: the scale of life; genes and the mechanism of evolution; and organisms and their environment. Molecules and life is the launching point with an examination of the physical and chemical constraints with which organisms must contend. Starting with a ‘simple’ chemical system, each subsequent topic takes the student through increasing levels of complexity ending the semester with an overview of major global environmental issues.
REL 101- 3 credits
Michelle Maldonado, Ph.D.
An overview of religious perspectives concerning ultimate reality, humankind, and the world, with special attention to major Asian and Abrahamic religions.
THA 101 - 3 credits
Intro survey course in theatre--what it is now, how it works, its practitioners and the relationship of theatre to the contemporary world. Attendance at Ring Theatre productions is required.
ARH 131 - 3 credits
Joel Hollander, PhD.
The art of western cultures from pre-history through the Middle Ages.
CMP 386 Y - Undergraduate - 3 credits
CMP 586 Y - Graduate - 3 credits
Dr. Paul Lazarus
Have you thought there's a terrific screenplay in your head? Do you know you have the ideas but lack only the experience to get them down in screenplay form? Have you always wanted to get expert feedback that helped shape your idea into a marketable finished product?
Now all of this can be achieved online, on your time schedule. Dr. Paul Lazarus, Director of the University of Miami's prestigious Motion Picture Program will work one-on-one to assist you in planning, outlining, and commencing your feature-length screenplay.
Winner of two national screenwriting competitions and producer of six acclaimed Hollywood films, Dr. Lazarus has guided hundreds of aspiring screenwriters during his years in Hollywood and with UM's School of Communication. Now, he will bring his years of experience to assist you, online and in the privacy of your home. With this unprecedented opportunity: refine your idea, develop the principal characters, prepare a step outline of your plot, perfect your screenplay format, and receive extensive comments on your actual screenplay pages.
Required Software: Final Draft 8
Bowles, Stephen & Zorn, Peter, The Screenwriter's Manual (available in University Bookstore).
Lazarus, Tom, The Secrets of Film Writing, St. Martin's P., 2001.