Courses offer students summer credit options

Courses offer students summer credit options

Courses offer students summer credit options
April 20
23:28 2015

Erica Wieting / Staff Writer

With many students heading home for the summer, some may find it wise to take summer courses online to catch up on their credits.

Senior lecturer of economics Susan Dadres has been teaching online classes for many years. This summer she will be teaching Principles of Micro- and Macroeconomics, ECON 1100 AND 1110 respectively.

“I guess the main point is that students can travel and still attend classes at UNT if they choose online classes,” Dadres said.  “I think [they] are a great way to pick up extra hours over the summer.”

Strategic communications professor Clayton Rivenbark said one of the advantages of online classes is the constant interaction between professor and student.  He also said the benefits of what are called multi-modal teaching tools are numerous.21_online_web5

SLIS 5212 students will learn about the Dewey Decimal System.  Thousands of books are available in Willis library, which switched from the DDS to the Library of Congress System in 2010.

“Multi-modal teaching tools allow the professor to accommodate all of the different learning styles through audio, visual, tactile and interactive ways,” Rivenbark said.

Fortunately for UNT students, hundreds of classes are offered online through the myUNT server for the summer.

CECS 5111: Introduction to Video Technologies, 5420: Web Authoring & 6300: Artificial Intelligence Applications

Students of all experience levels are invited to take CECS 5111, a class in multimedia production.  It is taught in conjunction with LTEC 4210: Digital Multimedia in Education and Training.

Learning technologies lecturer Robert Wright will teach the class.  He said students will come away from the course with the skills to brainstorm, edit and create effective multimedia presentations.

“Many students find that this new knowledge and skill set allows them to improve the quality of their family and vacation videos,” Wright said.

There is no required text for the course.  Students complete a series of production projects throughout the semester.

Those interested in multimedia projects should also look at CECS 5420, a course in website development.  Consisting of five progressive projects, the course evolves throughout the semester.

Adjunct learning technologies professor Michael Robertson said the course is designed with professional training in mind.

“Students that complete the course are able to develop websites using multiple techniques and strategies,” he said.

One of UNT’s most distinctive learning technology classes is CECS 6300, which studies modern applications of artificial intelligence.

Associate learning technologies professor Demetria Ennis-Cole  said class topics include neural computing, social issues and robotics.

“My class… [makes] an effort to examine the ways smart systems are changing our access to information, data-gathering and decision making,” Ennis-Cole said.

CJUS 2100: Crimes and Justice in the United States

Students taking this course should expect to come away with a full understanding of the criminal justice system and how it works. The course will also look at society’s reactions to criminal code violations.

Visiting criminal justice professor Andrekus Dixon said this is one of his favorite courses to teach.

“My goal is to make this course very informative but also fun for the students,” he said.  “I want to encourage students to think critically about issues related to criminal justice.”

Additional course material will analyze intercourt relationships and the history of the justice process.

MUET 3020: Popular Music in American Culture

Tin pan alley, blues, country, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.  Each of the units of this capstone course will focus on a unique genre of music.

Professor of music history, theory and ethnomusicology Thomas Sovik said he teaches this course that admires the logistics of popular music.

“The class is far more than a ‘music’ class,” Sovik said.  “We also delve into American history… as well as into matters relating to cultural diversity and political correctness.”

Sovik said the course also includes an introduction to current “original” music that was ripped off from earlier musicians.

The course is self-paced and has four exams that must be taken by the end of the term.

ASTU 4000: Topics in Studio Practice & 5000: Topics in Studio Art

Students taking either of these courses taught by associate studio arts professor James Thurman will complete projects with digital fabrication, including laser cutting and 3-D printing.

The class is project-based and individualized.  Students areallowed to choose the size and materials of their projects, asthey are held accountable for providing all chosen materials.

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ASTU 4000 and 5000 students will utilize digital fabrication methods for their projects this summer.  They may need to use UNT’s 3-D printing and scanning center found in Willis library.

“Students will be responsible for individually determining what online tutorials they will need in order to complete their assignments,” Thurman said.

A basic knowledge of vector drawing with the Adobe Illustrator program and basic 3-D modeling with SketchUp are recommended.

SLIS 5212: Introduction to Dewey Decimal Classification

This unique class at UNT teaches students the ins and outs of the Dewey Decimal Classification System used in libraries.

“One of my main objectives is to get rid of any preconceived notions my students might have about DDC,” associate professor of library and information sciences Shawne Miksa said.

Miksa, who will be teaching the three-week course, provides each of her students with a four-volume set of the print version of DDC.

She said despite the fact the system is made up of numbers, there is nothing mathematical about her class.

“It’s a fascinating system… that is still very much relevant for the arrangement of information resources in our libraries,” Miksa said.

BEHV 4900: Special Problems

Commonly mistaken as a behavior analysis course, this is actually a technical writing class that focuses on critical thinking.

Editor, nonfiction writer and behavior analysis professor Marilyn Gilbert has taught the class since 2011 from her island home near Seattle. She said she speaks with each student on the phone once a week.

“I try to get them to read their work aloud to me as actors reading for an audition,” Gilbert said.  “I believe that people could be taught to write by ear.”

She said former student Chase Owens was a huge influence on her teaching style.

“Marilyn is a truly fascinating person,” Owens said.  “Herunderstanding of programmed instruction and teaching is remarkable.”

Featured Image: Colorful drawing markers are lined up at Voertman’s on Hickory Street.  Studio art students will raid the store of its supplies for their summer classes. Photos by Erica Wieting – Staff Writer

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