Spring 2017 TILE Courses

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Spring 2017 TILE Courses


Loss Distributions, ACTS:6480:0001

Nariankadu Shymalkumar

Severity, frequency, and aggregate models and their modifications; risk measures; construction of empirical models. Offered spring semesters.

Credibility and Survival Analysis, ACTS:6580:0001

Nariankadu Shyamalkumar

Construction and selection of parametric models, credibility, and simulation. Offered spring semesters.


Introduction to Interpreting, ASLE:2500:0001/2

Amy Ruth Mcgraw

Introduction to interpreting; history and current nature of the field, available opportunities, certification, training, ethics. Taught in spoken English.


Big Ideas: Evol and Life in the Universe, BIOL:1061:000A/00013

Andrew Forbes

How has life evolved on Earth? What are our human origins? Are there other habitable planets in the universe? These fundamental questions revolve around understanding the origins of life from different perspectives—astronomy and physics, geoscience, biology, chemistry, and anthropology; students will work together with faculty from across four different departments to investigate these questions using inquiry-based activities to build success in critical thinking, teamwork, and effective written and oral communication; second half of the origins sequence (though either course also may be taken alone).

Understanding Evolution, BIOL:1370:0001

John Logsdon

Evolution is a central component of every field of modern biology, and provides a foundation for much of medicine, psychology, ecology, neurobiology, and genetics. Despite this, evolution remains one of the most misunderstood and mischaracterized scientific theories. Students will study a variety of topics, including what evolution is, how natural selection works, and how new species arise.

Foundations of Biology, BIOL:1411

Brenda Leicht

Foundations of Biology will emphasize the unifying concepts of living systems. The course is organized into three conceptual units of approximately equal length and weight. The first unit will emphasize the common molecular and cellular basis of life. The second unit will emphasize the universal nature of genetic information and the mechanisms of transmission, change and expression of that information in living systems. The final unit will focus on the evolution of current living organisms from a common ancestor, the way evolutionary relationships are determined, and the evolutionary forces that shaped the past and present organisms on earth. The course will have an accompanying laboratory in which students carry out multi-week projects in each of the three conceptual areas. Wet labs and dry labs will alternate on a bi-weekly schedule. Course grades will be based on online quizzes, clicker quizzes during lecture, two midterm exams, a final exam, laboratory quizzes, laboratory reports and/or group presentations.

Genomics, BIOL:3314:0001

Jan Fassler

This course covers the major areas of genomics including DNA and protein sequence analysis, structure and variation of whole genomes, microarray applications and proteomics. The emphasis on insights into human evolution, development, and medicine gained from whole-genome comparisons among humans, primates, and model organisms. Lecture based presentation of concepts will be supplemented by short computer workshops involving application of simple bioinformatic tools. The course meets twice a week with some sessions being divided between lecture and computer work.

Teaching Internship in Biology, BIOL:4897:0001

Brenda Leicht

Training and practical experiences in the teaching of biology; includes a weekly training session with a Ph.D. instructor or course supervisor, active assistance of the primary instructor in one or more class meetings each week, and/or providing constructive written feedback on laboratory or classroom exercises; additional experiences may include leading a training session, co-teaching or lead-teaching one or more lab or classroom exercises, and assisting with the development of classroom activities or resources; specific experiences will vary depending on the course and supervisor needs.


Business Communication and Protocol, BUS:3000:0002/9/0101/0103

Ryan Sheets

DIGITAL SECTION. This section of BUS:3000 focuses primarily, although not exclusively, on digitally-driven business communication and protocol. As with the standard BUS:3000 course, we will focus on the audience, purpose, context, and style of business communication, but will do so by working with blogs, video, infographics, and social media platforms in addition to creating standard business documents and presentations. Students who take this class can expect to learn how to compose for an online readership, present to an online audience, and acquire a familiarity with a variety of web editing, video editing, and design software. The goal of this course is to prepare students for the sort of collaborative, multi-modal digital communication that has increasingly become the norm in today’s workplace.


Project Design & management Civil Engrg, CEE:3084:0001

A Jacob Odgaard

Design of civil engineering systems, individual and team design projects oriented toward the solution of local problems, project management, construction management, contracts, budgeting, bidding.

Sustainable Systems, CEE:4107:0001

Jerald Schnoor

New and emerging concepts in sustainable systems design and assessment.


Physical Chemistry 1, CHEM:4431:000A

Renee Cole

Physical chemistry is the study of the interaction of energy and matter. Topics covered typically include kinetic theory of gases, intermolecular forces, thermodynamics (i.e., the application of enthalpy, entropy, and free energy to chemical equilibrium, phase equilibria, and electrochemistry), and statistical mechanics. The course is intended primarily for chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, and chemical and biochemical engineering majors. The course requires use of differential and integral calculus and skill in mathematical problem solving. There are three lectures per week given by a professor and discussion sessions conducted by a TA. Grades are determined by three to four midterms, a final exam, and several problem sets. The exams are scheduled in the evening.


Asian Humanities: China, CHIN:1504:0002

Cuma Ozkan

Asian Humanities: China is a general introduction to the various aspects of Chinese humanities from antiquity to the present, including literature, religion, philosophy, art, music, and history. This course will examine a selection of historical documents in different genres, such as stories, poems, novels, movies, and architectural artifacts as well as the foundational documents of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Students will understand key facets of Chinese civilization, ranging from sexuality, identity, religion, family, self and society, etc. Students will analyze primary sources to understand the similarities and differences between the East and the West, the changing interpretations of the religious and philosophical documents over Chinese history, and the evidence of the impact of historical values/etc on current Chinese society.


Publishing 2: Adv Literary Publication, CNW:2992:0001

Ethan Madore

Hands-on experience through the Iowa Chapbook Prize of the entire literary publishing process, including reading submissions, selecting texts, editing, layout and design, marketing and promotion, and book release. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.

Writing for Business and Industry, CNW:3640:0001/2

Mark Isham

This course prepares students for “real world” writing situations and is based on seminars that I do for companies throughout the Midwest. I also emphasize building a portfolio, resumes, cover letters, and interview skills for job searches. The course teaches techniques for revision--both within sentences for efficiency and clarity and within whole documents for comprehension, persuasion, and coherence. Students revise many kinds of transactional documents, from letters and memos to procedures and reports. All examples are drawn from actual business transactions. Students should emerge from the course with enhanced writing, editing, job search, and managerial skills.


Large Data Analysis, CS:4740:0001

Suely Oliveira

Current areas that deal with problem of Big Data; techniques from computer science, mathematics, statistics; high performance and parallel computing, matrix techniques, cluster analysis, visualization; variety of applications including Google PageRank, seismology, Netflix-type problems, weather forecasting; fusion of data with simulation; projects.


Academic Seminar 2, CSI:1021:0001/2/3

Amie Ohlmann

Continued development of knowledge and skills necessary for academic success; reading, writing, and communication skills; experimentation with ethnographic research methods, exploration of cultures and subcultures; writing about findings in various experimental forms, suing as a model, short ethnographic essays, excerpts from a graphic novel; focus on reading comprehension strategies, class discussion, and development of writing process.


Introduction to Disability Studies, DST:1101:0001

Kenneth Mobily

Introduction and overview of important topics and discussions that pertain to the experience of being disabled; contrast between medical and social construction models of disability; focus on how disability has been constructed historically, socially, and politically in an effort to distinguish myth and stigma from reality; perspective that disability is part of human experience and touches everyone; interdisciplinary with many academic areas that offer narratives about experience of disability.


Sec Ed Orientation and Classroom Management, EDTL:3091:0001

Nancy Langguth

Overview including opportunities, policies and procedures, requirements and expectations, and services associated with the Teacher Education Program; characteristics of the classroom environment and their implications for organization and management; concepts and principles teachers can use when thinking about managerial tasks in the classroom; for prospective middle and secondary school teachers.

Seminar Curriculum and Student Teaching, EDTL:4087:0051/91

Jeanne Bancroft

Discussions, role-playing, group and individual reports, analysis of critical incidents, classroom management, videotapes of student classroom performance pertinent to participants' student teaching experiences.

Methods: Secondary Reading, EDTL:4394:0001

Carolyn Colvin

Methods and materials used in teaching developmental reading in all junior and senior high school content areas.


Evolution and the History of Life, EES:1040:0B01/2/3/4


Fossils over the past 3.5 billion years, origin and evolution of life, evolutionary radiations and mass extinctions, the invasion of land, dinosaurs, the age of mammals, relationship between biological systems and environmental change in earth history.

Natural Disasters, EES:1400:0A01/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14


How earth-atmosphere-hydrosphere-space systems produce events catastrophic to humans on the scale of individual lives to civilizations; root causes of earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, tornadoes, and asteroid impact, and their local, national, and global impact; spatial and temporal occurrences of these hazards; methods and processes for hazard preparedness, response, and recovery; social, economic, and policy aspects that affect and compound the magnitude of disasters associated with natural phenomena; case studies drawn from contemporary and ancient societies.

Introduction to Oceanography, EES:3080:0001

Jeffrey Dorale

Descriptive, chemical, physical, biological, geological aspects of oceans; impact on weather, climate, shorelines, food supply, other aspects of civilization. Offered spring semesters.

Career Path Planning for EES, EES:3130:0001

Emily Finzel

Opportunity to cultivate a sense of what employers deem as important skills beyond the technical requirements, develop a set of polished application materials and practice interviewing skills, and investigate a wide variety of potential career paths through interaction with department alumni.

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, EES:3500:0AAA

David Peate

Nature, origin, and petrography of igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen and thin-section. Offered spring semesters.

Structural Geology, EES:3840:0A01/2/0AAA

Jane Gilotti and TBD

This course investigates the structures that form in the Earth’s crust as a result of plate tectonic interactions. Concepts of stress, strain and rheology are introduced in order to understand the causes and results of rock deformation. Microscopic to map scale structures, such as faults and folds, are analyzed from a descriptive and geometric point of view. Labs focus on techniques used to work with geologic maps, cross sections, orientation data and deformed rocks.


Engineer Fund 2: Electrical Circuits, ENGR:2120:0AAA

Mark Andersland

Kirchhoff's laws and network theorems; analysis of DC circuits; first order transient response; sinusoidal steady-state analysis; elementary principles of circuit design; SPICE analysis of DC, AC, and transient circuits.

Mechanics of Deformable Bodies, ENGR:2750:0AAA

Colby Swan

Elementary theory of deformable bodies, stress, strain; axial, transverse, bending, torsion, combined and buckling loads; deflection of beam.


Business Innovation, ENTR:1020:0001

Dawn Bowlus

Overview of entrepreneurship, innovation, and project management concepts; work in teams with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) industry mentors to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.


The Global Economy, GEOG:2910:0A01/2

Claire Pavlik

Examination of contemporary economic geography; types of national economies, uneven development, role of government in shaping economy, multinational corporations; foundation for understanding national economies and economic statistics; contemporary issues including economic globalization, commodification of nature, de-industrialization.

Environmental Conservation, GEOG:2950:0001

Pete Akers

We hear that we are in the midst of an extinction crisis from elementary school onward, but what is behind this crisis? Why are we losing species? Why do some species thrive while others become extinct? What can we do to reduce species loss? Is the protection of other species compatible with the survival and well-being of the human species? This course seeks to answer these questions by examining the scientific foundations of conservation and the strategies used to better connect conservation practice with the needs of a growing human population. We will explore the current crises that make conservation necessary, including the underlying science, the basic tools of planning, policy, and protected area management, and the challenges posed by trying to integrate human needs with conservation.


Politics/Memory: Holocause-Genocide-9/11, GRMN:2675:0001

Elke Heckner

This course examines how contested legacies of genocide, global violent conflict and 9/11 continue to pose an urgent and generationally mediated challenge for a critical politics of memory. We will discuss various approaches to an effective or failed coming to terms with an injurious and difficult past (e.g., the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide) by analyzing museums, sites of memory and artwork.


Desire, Consent, & Sex in US Culture(s), GWSS:2000:0001

Patrick Dolan

Exploration of desire, sex, consent, and sexual violence in practical and theoretical dimensions; recent demands by students to change the way sexual violence is addressed; theory and sources from popular media; lectures by scholars, activists, and professionals; sexual violence, rape culture, and sexuality-based oppression confronted with academic/therapeutic/political knowledge; real world strategies to help better understand and combat sexual violence, theories.


Physical Activity and Health, HHP:2200:0001

Amy Fletcher

The course will introduce students to physical activity as a health determinant. Students will gain an understanding of the individual, social, and environmental factors that influence physical activity participation and ultimately physical fitness and health throughout the life cycle. Requirements of the course include: weekly assignments & quizzes, papers, a physical activity log, and examinations.

Planning/Evaluating Health Interventions, HHP:4420:0100

Lucas Carr

This class builds upon the concepts from Health Behavior and Health Promotion to learn and understand how to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs and interventions. You will be collaborating in groups to create a lesson plan to teach the class on an assigned topic. Grading includes in-class exams, in-class quizzes, participation assignments, and the teaching presentation. Lectures, class discussions, case studies, role play demonstrations, videos, and application questions will be utilized throughout this course.


Business of Media, JMC:3121:0001

Charles Munro

How U.S. media is managed; decision making in a current highly-charged, rapidly-changing media culture; how major company decision makers seek competitive advantage, and their consequent successes and failures in doing so.


Career Leadership Academy Part 1, LS:2002:0006

Michael Venzon

How to become a successful leader; opportunity to increase understanding of self, others, and the skills sought by employers; work and lead effectively in teams; creation of a group presentation focused on community needs; career components of résumé writing, LinkedIn profile development, and networking; first in a two-course series.

Career Leadership Academy Part 2, LS:3002:0001/2/3/4

Michael Schluckebier, James Melloy, Tabitha Wiggins, S Elise Parea

Leadership development and career readiness; application of strengths, building effective teams, motivation, and delegation skills to a service-learning project designed by the class through engagement with a community partner; explore interviewing, personal branding, job searching, professional etiquette, salary negotiation, and transitioning successfully into the workplace; second in a two-course series.


Engineer Math 2: Multivariable Calculus, MATH:1560:0010/11

Keith Stroyan

Vector geometry; functions of several variables; polar coordinates; partial derivatives, gradients, directional derivatives; tangent lines and planes; max/min/parametric curves, curvilinear motion; multiple integrals; vector fields, flows; integration on curves, work; divergence, flux, Green's theorem.


Optimization and Simulation Modeling, MSCI:3800:0001

Jeffrey Ohlmann

How to leverage data and apply spreadsheet optimization software and Monte Carlo simulation to form optimal decision policies.

Data Security, MSCI:4280:0001

Michael Colbert

Introduction to network management; emphasis on cost effective, reliable, and secure configuration and management of network switches, routers, clients, servers, and users in local and wide area network architectures; basic router and switch configuration options, routing protocols, VLANS, switch loop avoidance, access control lists, network access control mechanisms, encryption; Public Key Infrastructure and network user security; hands-on activities with routers and switches, Cisco networking simulators, and virtual machines using IPv4 and IPv6 protocols.


Gerontological Nursing, NURS:3620:0001

Nicole Peterson

Nurse's role in promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of aging adults; internal and external influences on older adults, application of nursing science to the care of older adults in diverse settings.


From Quarks to Quasars, PHYS:1100:0001/B

Usha Mallik

Conceptual explanation of the latest discoveries in physics--from the smallest objects, such as quarks and atoms, to the largest, such as galaxies, black holes, and quasars.

Introductory Physics 1, PHYS:1611:0002/3/6/7/8

Craig Kletzing

The emphasis in this course is on the rigorous structure of classical physics and the development of the ability to solve problems. Topics include mechanics, heat, and sound. This course is intended for engineering students and other non-physics students who desire a course with calculus. Grades are determined by several hour-long exams, a final exam, and performance in lab sessions. The lecture section is conducted by a professor. The lab work is directed by TAs. The discussion section is a problem-solving session conducted by the TA.

General Relativity and Cosmology, PHYS:7760:0001

Vincent Rodgers

Einstein's theory of gravitation; applications to astrophysics and cosmology.


Introduction to American Foreign Policy, POLI:1501:0A01/2/3/4/5/6/7


Foreign policies: goals, basic themes and general patterns, problems encountered by policy makers, means employed in dealing with other nations and international organizations, processes by which policies are formulated, factors that influence structure of policies.


School Culture and Classroom Management for SC, RCE:5204:0001

Susannah Wood

American public elementary and secondary schools and the school counselor's role; classroom management for school counselors.

Counseling Gifted and Talented Students, RCE:5223:0002

Erin Lane

Learning theories and best practices related to school counseling of gifted and talented students; academic, career, and personal/social development.

School Counseling Program Leadership and Management, RCE:5230:0001

Susannah Wood

Comprehensive K-12 school counseling program components and structures; program leadership, planning, accountability; behavioral consultation and collaboration; ethical, multicultural, family considerations.


Narnia & Beyond: Writings of CS Lewis, RELS:2087:0001

Robert Gerstmyer

Exploration of C.S. Lewis's use of fantasy to describe the indescribable, his efforts to empathize with human suffering while hoping in possibility of miracles, and his jargon-free narration of Christian beliefs for a war-weary country; Lewis's works that continue to attract attention, ranging from children's literature to science fiction to autobiography and nonfiction; as a professor of medieval and renaissance literature, Lewis's unique perspective on Christianity that led him to make use of imagery, metaphors, and narratives previously neglected by Christian thinkers.


Rhetoric, RHET:1030:0072

Sonja Mayrhofer

Analysis and critique to discover, question, explain, and justify positions and claims made in writing and speaking; reading and listening to comprehend and assess arguments; employment of rhetorical concepts (e.g., purpose, audience); understanding research as responsible inquiry for speaking and writing; special topics, activities.

Science Communication in the Digital Age, RHET:7500:0001

Matthew Gilchrist

Preparation for communicating scientific discoveries and importance of scientific endeavors in digital media; focus on adaptable and transferable skills; relevant preparation for digital communication in academic and nonacademic career paths; develop aptitude with speaking and performance skills relevant to video presentation; develop familiarity with video composition and editing processes.


Research Methods, SOC:2170:0002

Jennifer Glanville

Basic scientific concepts; emphasis on theoretical thinking, statement of researchable propositions, logic and meaning of proof operant in the research process; general issues in designing social research, including problems of sampling and measurement, analysis, presenting research data, interpreting research findings.

Sociology of Religion, SOC:4200:0001

Alison Bianchi

Introduction to the study of religion from a sociological perspective; religions exist in social contexts, are shaped by contexts in which they are embedded, and then often change those social contexts; to understand the relation between religions and other social systems, we must examine the sociological as well as the historical, anthropological, social psychological, and political impacts; students will study religious organizations critically and objectively, exploring and debating classical sociological theories pertaining to religions, as well as contemporary theories that predict religious behavior; social scientific perspective will be presented.


Medical Spanish in Contemporary Society, SPAN:2090:0001

Ana Fernandez

Vocabulary related to medical field; grammatical concepts; health-related cultural competence; discussion of health issues concerning Hispanic communities in the U.S. and abroad.

Translation Workshop: English to Spanish, SPAN:3030:0001

Pilar Marce

Introduction to translation theory and effective translation processes; examination of potential translation problems in specific areas of English to Spanish translation; primary focus on nonfiction.

Business Spanish, SPAN:3040:0001/2

Pilar Marce and TBD

Clear, concise business writing; emphasis on linguistic and cultural proficiency.

Foundations in Sociolinguistics, SPAN:3120:0001

M Mercedes Nini-Murcia

Dialects, speech communities, variation, choosing a code, solidarity and politeness, language and gender, language planning.

Medellin, SPAN:3215:0001

Kristine Munoz

Medellin, Colombia has been transformed from one of the most violent places on Earth to an award-winning city of innovation in only 20 years; introduction to the city and its people through literature, music, and a digital map project.

Topics in Literatures and Cultures, SPAN:3370:0001

Amber Brian

Literature and culture of specific regions, countries, or cities of Latin America.

Contemporary Spanish Short Story, SPAN:3840:0001

Deanna Johnson

Contemporary short stories from 20th- and 21st-century Spain; emphasis on reading strategies and interpretation skills; focus on historical and social contexts.


Arts Leadership Seminar, THTR:4510:0100

David McGraw

Performing arts management and administrative principles, practical applications, trends in arts leadership and advocacy.


Transportation Demand Analysis, URP:4262:0001

Steven Spears

City planning procedures and traffic engineering techniques applied to transportation problems; trip generation, distribution, assignment, mode choice models; travel surveys, data collection techniques; arterial flow, intersection performance, parking; transit system analysis.

Analytic Methods in Planning 2, URP:6201:0001

Phuong Nguyen

Integration of methods with the planning process; application of multiple regression, population estimation and projection, survey methods, time series analysis, industrial growth and change; presentation of results to decision makers and the public.

Applied GIS for Planners, URP:6225:0001

Steven Spears

Census of Population data using GIS software; data and analytical needs of urban planners; coverage of GIS topics to plan functions of GIS and spatial analysis, varied GIS software in a planning organization; structure of the Census.

Spatial Analysis in Planning, URP:6227:0001

Haifeng Qian

Databases, GIS, planning support systems; spatial model building and use of spatial statistics; applications to substantive problems in transportation, environment, housing, economic development.


Contraception Across Time and Cultures, WLLC:1100:0001

Waltraud Maierhofer

Methods and history of contraception and abortion; issues of unwanted pregnancy and birth control in fiction, film, and media around the world.