Feb 28, 2024  
2020-2021 Course Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions & Competencies


The following are standard, approved subjects. Availability of any subject depends on the scheduling, program and student needs at the time. The receiving college or university determines the transferability of courses.

Course Types

Adjunct Adjunct courses may be temporary or experimental and may be used to fulfill elective credit in programs that lead to a degree or diploma. Adjunct courses may not be used to fulfill or substitute for required or option courses in any degree or program.

General Noncore courses identified as freshman-sophomore courses.

Open Occupationally specific courses corresponding to courses in certain professional programs at four-year institutions.

Voc/Tech Occupationally specific courses. Transferability is generally limited. Only 16 credits can apply to the AA/AS degree.

Core Traditional liberal arts courses in the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

College preparatory (Coll Prep) College preparatory and skill building courses. College Preparatory courses cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.

P/F Indicates courses taken pass/fail.

Prerequisites Successful completion of a course or other criterion necessary for a student to succeed in a higher level course.

Corequisites A course that must be taken concurrently or prior to the course.

*An instructor may deny enrollment in or drop a student from a specific course if a course
Prerequisite has not been met.

 

Graphic Design

  
  • GRD 426 - Communication Design III

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Combine creativity with critical thinking skills to design expressive, compelling and thought-provoking graphic design solutions. Analyze creative briefs and learn to collaborate with others to solve visual communication design challenges.
    Prerequisite: GRD 411  
    Competencies
    1. Become aware of resources available to graphic design professionals and students by obtaining material from the Warren Paper Exchange
      1. Submit form to Idea Exchange to obtain design samples
      2. Present information received to class
    2. Refine rendering skills and ability to communicate by
      1. Tracing existing logos and masthead designs
      2. Maintaining a daily journal.
    3. Demonstrate creative and technical skills by entering local and national competition.
      1. Participate in local competitions as offered
      2. Designs for college logos, poster etc.
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of Direct Mail Advertising
      1. Select company
      2. Identify purpose and establish objectives
      3. Identify audience
      4. Establish selling points
      5. Establish format, create and design theme
      6. Establish dimensions of mailer according to U.S. Postal guidelines
      7. Design mailer, letterhead
      8. Design a 4-color brochure, booklet or poster
      9. Critique all pieces for continuity, flow and adherence to original purpose and theme
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of postal requirements in designing a BRM
      1. Address for automation including:
      2. Produce postnet bar code
      3. Produce FIM patterns
    6. Demonstrate ability to use image generation
      1. Select a cover to design (redesign).
      2. Design an all type cover using established information
      3. Incorporate type into a collage using established information.
      4. Design a hard edge graphic using established information.
      5. Integrate type and photography as a solution using established information.
      6. Integrate type and illustration using established information
      7. Integrate type into a 3-dimensional design using established information.
      8. Select appropriate paper stock for each project
    7. Develop and complete an outdoor billboard
      1. Establish client and purpose of advertisement
      2. Prepare copy.
      3. Develop images.
      4. Read chapter and hand-out on poster board
      5. Select size and type of billboard
      6. Prepare comp for presentation
    8. Refine comprehensive skills.
      1. Review ten basic formats
      2. Produce a full page marker comp
      3. Produce a full page, computer generated comp

  
  • GRD 430 - InDesign II

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Adobe InDesign is the page layout application of choice for many designers. It contains a host of advanced layout features not found in any other application. Now you can centralize your workflow by integrating seamlessly with the other Adobe applications. In this course you will learn about advanced application features necessary to the design professional.
    Prerequisite: GRD 415  
    Competencies
    1. Work within the page layout work area
      1. Use advance software menu commands and panels
      2. Identify and use advanced software tools contained in the tool panel
    2. Setup the page layout of a multiple page document
      1. Create multiple column grid layouts
      2. Use multiple master pages within a document
      3. Create and use layers within a document.
      4. Generate single and multiple page documents
      5. Define and use correct color models
    3. Use frames for positioning graphics and text
      1. Use advanced tools to select and modify a frame.
      2. Create advanced frame shapes
      3. Apply advanced text wrap options to a frame and its content
      4. Change and use advanced frame attributes
    4. Work with advanced typography options in a document
      1. Modify type using advanced tools and commands
      2. Change paragraph settings to add space before or after
      3. Create and use advanced drop cap settings
      4. Change and use advanced text attributes
      5. Understand and adjust letter and word spacing
      6. Flow text within multiple page documents
      7. Setup baseline grid to text leading specifications
      8. Change and use advanced tab settings
      9. Check for missing fonts and correct
    5. Use advanced color options by applying it to objects and text
      1. Create new colors for the swatch panel
      2. Sample colors from objects and images
      3. Create text filled with colored images
      4. Create and apply multiple colors to a gradient swatch
      5. Change object colors for defined printing specifications
    6. Use advanced style options for text and objects
      1. Create and use new paragraph styles
      2. Modify and edit basic paragraph styles
      3. Create and use new character styles
      4. Build a nested style by combining character and paragraph styles
      5. Create and use new object styles
      6. Understand and use table and cell styles
      7. Import styles from another document
    7. Work with imported and linked graphic files
      1. Understand correct file formats to use for import
      2. Select best software to use to modify imported graphics.
      3. Identify missing or modified graphics
      4. Find and relink missing graphics
      5. Correct modified graphic files
    8. Output Mac files for digital or offset printing
      1. Analyze appropriate printing method for file output
      2. Enter appropriate information in “Print” dialog box to insure proper output.
      3. Package all fonts and linked files.
      4. Correct print error messages

  
  • GRD 437 - Communication Design IV

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Blend creativity and technology with advanced-level problem-solving and research strategies to create effective multichannel design solutions.
    Prerequisite: GRD 426 , GRD 430 , GRD 471  
    Competencies
    1. Adhere to ethics and copyright law as it applies to visual communication
    2. Perform at an advanced level on a design team
    3. Demonstrate the ability to create a visual identity for themselves to use in their job search
    4. Demonstrate the ability to comply with United States Postal (USPS) Regulations for a variety of visual communication pieces
    5. Implement information given in a creative brief to design a variety of effective cross media visual communication pieces
    6. Implement information given in a creative brief to design a variety of effectife cross media visual communication pieces
    7. Effectively present their own design solutions to others
    8. Effectively participate in critiques of their own and other students’ and professional design solutions.

  
  • GRD 439 - Digital Asset Production

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to create digital assets for use in rich media and animation content. Explore the essential tools, processes, and functions to create vector and raster art.
    Competencies
    1. Implement computer usage by using current operating system
      1. Select and navigate folder structure and file hierarchies
      2. Examine and manage structure of files and folders
      3. Open files from removable drive, hard drive, and server
      4. Locate and launch applications
      5. View file info and properties
    2. Appraise the software interface
      1. Examine graphical menu and interface
      2. Identify tools and panels by name
      3. Select and toggle between various viewing modes
      4. Explain and enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box
      5. Analyze and establish software preferences to control work environment
      6. Prepare and change workspace layout
      7. Recognize and use common keyboard shortcuts
    3. Create vector shapes and paths in Adobe Illustrator
      1. Demonstrate techniques of selecting objects
      2. Produce and edit of basic vector shapes
      3. Select and use the Selection and Direct Selection tools
      4. Employ Pathfinder and Shapebuilder tools to combine shapes
      5. Apply Fill and Stroke colors to vector shapes
      6. Demonstrate how to use the Pen Tool to draw bezier curves and lines
      7. Choose drawing tools to accurately trace artwork templates
      8. Revise and edit vector paths
      9. Select and use Brushes and the Width Tools to add line variation to paths
      10. Apply technique to join vector paths together
      11. Manipulate Appearance properties
      12. Select and use the Align Panel and Smart Guides
      13. Examine and view artwork in Outline and Preview Modes
      14. Assemble vector Type in Illustrator
      15. Apply gradients and blends to achieve multiple tonal values
    4. Generate a Digital Illustration in Photoshop
      1. Select and set resolution and image size
      2. Employ brushes to sketch a digital drawing
      3. Develop multiple layer iterations to build illustration
      4. Illustrate by adding color and tonal values
      5. Apply transparency blending modes
    5. Perform Adjustments in Photoshop
      1. Select and resize an image
      2. Make and refine selections
      3. Adjust Curves and Levels
      4. Change Brightness and Contrast
      5. Apply Hue and Saturation
      6. Employ Dodging and Burning tools
      7. Make color adjustments to a layer
      8. Apply and modify filter effect settings
      9. Demonstrate how to sharpen an image
      10. Employ Cloning and Spot Healing Tools to retouch imagery
      11. Prepare and combine selections from different images to create a composite
    6. Organize Layers to Construct Vector and Raster Artwork
      1. Demonstrate how to create new layers using Layers panel
      2. Select, organize, and rename layers
      3. Examine by hiding and showing layers
      4. Demonstrate how to lock and unlock layers
      5. Review how to merge and flatten layers
      6. Change attributes of artwork using Layers panel
    7. Evaluate type usage for project
      1. Review typography terminology
      2. Identify between different font families and styles
      3. Select and add type to a document
      4. Transform and manipulate type
      5. Review and format type using Character and Paragraph panels
      6. Apply effects to type
      7. Distinguish between different font file types
    8. Generate Color Management Options
      1. Identify correct color settings
      2. Select and assign colors to artwork
      3. Adjust and define new color swatches
      4. Demonstrate how to sample and apply color from an existing source with eyedropper tool
      5. Select and manage various color swatches and palettes
      6. Apply transparency blending modes
      7. Examine and use existing color libraries
      8. Apply various tonal tools to create realistic tonal values
      9. Assemble and modify gradients
    9. Modify project artwork and selections
      1. Demonstrate how to save selections of artwork
      2. Select and administer refinement of selections
      3. Apply selection channels to raster objects
      4. Explain and use align and distribute tools to maintain consistency and order
    10. Create Artwork by Combining Photoshop and Illustrator
      1. Demonstrate the process of creating Smart Objects
      2. Practice mixing Vector and Raster assets
      3. Prepare vector objects within Photoshop Apply Smart Filters
      4. Discuss differences between Photoshop and Illustrator
      5. Explain and differentiate reasoning for creating vector or raster artwork
    11. Perform file saves and exports
      1. Analyze correct file format for artwork
      2. Prepare file settings for printed output
      3. Produce raster and vector files for animation
      4. Practice importing assets into motion-graphics software
    12. Evaluate non-destructive editing techniques
      1. Select and use Masks to conceal or reveal artwork
      2. Apply Layer Masks to a layer
      3. Prepare Adjustment Layers
      4. Demonstrate the process of creating Clipping Masks
      5. Apply Smart Filters to objects and layers

  
  • GRD 448 - Airbrush I

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    The airbrush is a versatile tool, making it easy to paint images for graphic design illustration. In this beginning class you will learn the skills needed to paint airbrush illustrations. This will include proper care for your equipment, drawing and painting skills like freehand, masking and stencil techniques while using a dual-action airbrush.
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate the proper applications and skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Identify all parts of the airbrush.
      2. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush.
      3. Demonstrate various uses for an airbrush.
    2. Demonstrate the proper preparation of airbrush and work area for painting.
      1. Assemble airbrush to hose and fittings.
      2. Operate the airbrush tool using proper safety methods.
      3. Practice the basic function of the airbrush.
      4. Review proper maintenance of the airbrush.
    3. Demonstrate the proper preparation and use of water-thinned, air painting media.
      1. Distinguish the different types of water-based media used in an airbrush.
      2. Review mixing black and color media.
      3. Review mixing water thinned media.
      4. Practice mixing water thinned media.
    4. Demonstrate the beginning skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Identify the different types of painting surfaces.
      2. Practice control of air and paint mixture.
      3. Review and practice controlling placement of paint.
    5. Demonstrate drawing skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Review and practice varied size dot exercises.
      2. Review and practice line control exercises.
      3. Review and practice controlling parallel line width.
      4. Review and practice freehand lettering.
      5. Review and practice basic dagger stroke.
    6. Demonstrate beginning rendering skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Review and practice drawing parallel graduated line widths.
      2. Review how to create a graduated tone.
      3. Practice creating a graduated tone.
      4. Practice rendering realistic basic, solid, and geometric shapes.
    7. Demonstrate beginning stencil and masking skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Review and practice using stencils and freehand shields.
      2. Review and practice the techniques of applying a stencil or frisket.
      3. Use an x-acto knife and stencil burner for cutting stencils.
    8. Demonstrate the proper selection of media and substrate for painting.
      1. Review mixing media for painting on paper.
      2. Practice painting with media on paper.
      3. Review mixing media for painting on canvas.
      4. Practice painting with media on canvas.
      5. Discuss the techniques of applying media to a textile.
      6. Explain painting with transparent paints.
    9. Demonstrate proper cleaning of the airbrush and accessories.
      1. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush for proper cleaning.
      2. Review and practice solutions to airbrush clogging problems.
      3. Review and practice proper cleaning techniques.
      4. Demonstrate how to safely store the airbrush and accessories. 

  
  • GRD 450 - Airbrush II

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Continue your study of the airbrush as a tool used to create illustrations for graphic design. In this intermediate class you will build on skills learned in Airbrush I by adding advanced techniques in painting and rendering. This class will include learning how to paint projects like portraits in black, white and color, rendering vehicles and rendering fur or hair on mammals.
    Prerequisite: GRD 448  
    Competencies
    1. Review the skills necessary for using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Identify and replace damaged parts of the airbrush.
      2. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush to operate correctly.
      3. Identify and solve maintenance problems. 
    2. Review and demonstrate how to prepare an airbrush and work area for painting.
      1. Assemble airbrush to hose and fittings.
      2. Demonstrate how to safely handle the airbrush tool and accessories.
      3. Practice intermediate functions of the airbrush.
    3. Review and demonstrate how to use water-thinned, air painting media.
      1. Distinguish the different types of water-based media used in an airbrush.
      2. Review and practice mixing black and color media.
      3. Review and practice mixing water thinned media.
      4. Develop advanced color techniques on projects.
    4. Demonstrate intermediate skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Identify the different types of painting surfaces.
      2. Practice proper control of air and paint mixture.
      3. Review and practice proper control of paint placement.
    5. Demonstrate intermediate drawing skills essential in using the airbrush.
      1. Review and practice using an art-o-graph.
      2. Review and practice using tracing paper and graphite.
      3. Practice the techniques of creating a portrait.
      4. Review and practice freehand lettering.
      5. Review and practice an assortment of strokes.
    6. Demonstrate intermediate rendering skills essential in using the airbrush.
      1. Review and practice creating a graduated tone in black and white.
      2. Review and practice creating a graduated tone in color.
      3. Practice rendering images from photographs.
      4. Practice rendering realistic geometric shapes into complete objects.
      5. Practice rendering fur and hair textures.
      6. Practice rendering metal and chrome textures.
    7. Demonstrate intermediate stencil and masking skills essential in using the airbrush.
      1. Review and practice using fine lined stencils and freehand shields.
      2. Review and practice the techniques of applying a detailed stencil or frisket.
      3. Use an x-acto knife and stencil burner for cutting detailed stencils.
    8. Review and demonstrate the proper selection of media and substrate for painting.
      1. Review mixing media for painting on white or colored paper.
      2. Practice painting with media on white or colored paper.
      3. Review mixing media for painting on canvas or illustration board.
      4. Practice painting with media on canvas or illustration board.
      5. Practice the techniques of applying media to a textile or shirt.
      6. Review and practice painting with transparent paints.
    9. Demonstrate intermediate skills essential in painting portfolio projects.
      1. Develop advanced color techniques on portfolio projects.
      2. Practice proper use of media for advanced portfolio projects.
      3. Prepare a portfolio quality illustration of a portrait.
      4. Prepare a portfolio quality illustration of a vehicle.
      5. Prepare a portfolio quality illustration of an animal.
    10. Demonstrate proper cleaning of the airbrush and accessories.
      1. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush for proper cleaning.
      2. Review and practice solutions to airbrush clogging problems.
      3. Review and practice proper cleaning techniques.
      4. Demonstrate how to safely store the airbrush and accessories.

  
  • GRD 452 - Airbrush III

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Create custom automotive illustrations as you continue your study of the airbrush. In this advanced class you will build on skills learned in Airbrush I and II. This class will add techniques of painting and rendering on metal surfaces. You will learn how to paint special effects such as flames, fire and graphics.
    Prerequisite: GRD 450  
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate advanced skills necessary for using the airbrush for painting on metal.
      1. Identify and replace damaged parts of the airbrush.
      2. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush to operate correctly.
      3. Solve maintenance problems relating to acrylic, enamel and urethane paints.
    2. Review and demonstrate how to prepare airbrush and work area for painting.
      1. Assemble airbrush materials.
      2. Prepare metal painting surface properly.
      3. Clean metal painting surface properly.
      4. Demonstrate how to safely handle paints and cleaning solvents.
    3. Review and demonstrate how to use solvent-thinned, air painting media.
      1. Distinguish the different types of solvent-thinned media used in an airbrush.
      2. Review and practice mixing black and color media.
      3. Review and practice mixing solvent thinned media.
      4. Develop intermediate to advanced color techniques on projects.
    4. Demonstrate advanced skills essential in using the airbrush as a tool.
      1. Identify the different types of metal surfaces.
      2. Practice proper control of air and paint mixture using metal paints.
      3. Review and practice proper control of metal paint placement.
    5. Demonstrate advanced drawing skills essential in using the airbrush.
      1. Review and practice using an Art-o-graph for creating masks.
      2. Review and practice drawing hard line graphics.
      3. Practice the techniques of creating flames and fire.
      4. Review and practice freehand lettering with metal paints.
      5. Review and practice an assortment of strokes with new media.
    6. Demonstrate advanced rendering skills essential in painting on metal.
      1. Practice painting with acrylic, enamel and urethane paints.
      2. Review and practice creating a graduated tone in color and black & white.
      3. Practice rendering images from photographs and drawings.
      4. Practice rendering realistic flames and fire.
      5. Practice rendering hard line graphics.
      6. Practice rendering skulls and bones.
    7. Demonstrate advanced stencil and masking skills essential in using the airbrush.
      1. Use of varied techniques to transfer images onto different objects.
      2. Review and practice applying detailed stencils and freehand shields.
      3. Practice the technique of applying a detailed stencil or frisket.
      4. Review and practice applying fine line tape for layouts.
      5. Use an x-acto knife and other tools for cutting detailed stencils.
    8. Review and demonstrate the proper preparation of media for painting.
      1. Review mixing media for painting with a pinstripe brush.
      2. Practice preparing paint for pinstripe brush.
      3. Review and practice thinning paint for pinstripe brush.
      4. Practice proper use of a pounce wheel and pad.
    9. Demonstrate advanced skills essential in painting metal surfaces.
      1. Develop advanced color techniques on metal surfaces.
      2. Practice advanced use of media for metal surfaces.
      3. Practice painting with paintbrush to enhance illustrations.
      4. Review and practice painting with a pinstripe brush.
      5. Practice how to create a mirror image of flames.
    10. Demonstrate proper cleaning of the airbrush and accessories.
      1. Disassemble and reassemble an airbrush for proper cleaning.
      2. Review and practice proper cleaning techniques.
      3. Discuss safety concerns of using metal paint solvents.
      4. Demonstrate how to safely store the airbrush and equipment.

  
  • GRD 453 - Illustration for Animation

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    An overview into the important foundation that drawing plays in the field of animation. Learn how light and shadow affect form and depth. Practice techniques to construct believable and consistent forms. Study motion, and create illustrations that visually communicate ideas and motion.
    Prerequisite: GRD 410  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the Process of Creating Model Sheets for 2D characters
      1. Interpret character development and determine the illustration needs for effective characters
      2. Compare how to define a character?s structure, form, and personality through model sheets
      3. Manipulate a character model movement sheet, defining physical characteristics
      4. Modify transitional movements for characters, adding exaggerations that enhance character development within the animation sequence
      5. Examine facial feature libraries, expressing emotion to enhance character development
    2. Critique the Process of Creating a 2D Animation Sequence
      1. Produce a simplified 2D character animation sequence
      2. Outline an original storyline for 15 second 2D animation
      3. Diagram a script and storyboard
      4. Interpret key frames and draft markup for narrative, audio and SFX
      5. Configure a 2D animation in Photoshop
    3. Evaluate the Process of Creating Animation Backgrounds
      1. Analyze scene backgrounds to be composited under animation foreground
      2. Examine the application of perspective within a background
      3. Experiment with matching a style to an animation foreground
      4. Contrast by visually assisting storytelling and/or feeling of story/plot points without adding or subtracting from foreground visuals
      5. Compare, crop and zoom effect to get more scenes from a single background
      6. Modify a lighting characteristics list for scene generation
      7. Employ background ground focal points enhancing the character/story
    4. Compare Different Texture Models
      1. Analyze historical references when creating textures
      2. Compare texture mapping for multiple characters and how to enhance character development
      3. Apply visual consistency for textures within the storyline
      4. Interpret using a camera to acquire original resources for textures
      5. Experiment with environmental texture creation and ways to reuse for consistency
      6. Demonstrate how to render lighting characteristics to scene list
    5. Appraise the Process of Drawing From Life
      1. Employ drawing form from life (background perspective study)
      2. Examine drawing human form from life(still and action study)
      3. Differentiate between clothing and wardrobe from life (still and action study)
      4. Analyze gestures posing and creation of critical form characteristics for character sequences
      5. Experiment with rendering lighting characteristics to scene list
    6. Compare Different Effects and Studies in Environmental Changes
      1. Demonstrate how to create underwater effects
      2. Compare how rain changes surface textures and reflections
      3. Examine how fire changes surface textures and reflections
      4. Experiment with how wind changes surface textures and reflections
      5. Contrast how fog and smoke changes surface textures and reflections
    7. Evaluate the Process of Creating a 3D Character Model
      1. Experiment with media selection by using clay
      2. Contrast the basics of form sculpting by using additive and subtractive techniques
      3. Interpret how to transfer your 2D characters into 3D
      4. Examine storyboarding for 3D and the critical scene needs
      5. Employ modeling for movement with walking, gesturing and speech
      6. Illustrate an original storyline for 15 second 3D animation using stop motion

  
  • GRD 455 - 2D Animation

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    In this course, students will learn traditional 2d animation techniques to produce various hand-drawn motion sequences. Students will apply The Animation Principles and produce multiple skill-based projects, before creating a final, animated capstone piece.
    Prerequisite: GRD 453  
    Competencies
    1. Generate drawings for animation
      1. Employ use of model sheets to keep drawings consistent from frame-to-frame
      2. Simplify details of drawings for animation
      3. Construct characters and objects from basic shapes
      4. Determine a Line of Action to strengthen drawings
      5. Convey emotion through dynamic story poses
    2. Adopt Traditional 2D Animation Tools and Techniques
      1. Discuss common animation terms and definitions
      2. Employ a lightbox to illuminate drawing sequence
      3. Utilize peg bar registration
      4. Flip and roll animation drawings
      5. Organize, number, and color code animation drawings
      6. Explain an understanding of Timing Charts
      7. Summarize the use of an Exposure / Dope Sheet
      8. Use field guides to determine layout proportions
      9. Utilize pencil test software to preview animation sequence
    3. Appraise the Principles of Animation
      1. Demonstrate the use of Squash and Stretch to show weight and force
      2. Examine the use of Anticipation to enhance the clarity of an action
      3. Employ effective Staging and Scene Layout
      4. Compare Straight-Ahead and Pose-To-Pose Animation Methods
      5. Demonstrate the use of Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
      6. Contrast the use of SlowIn / SlowOut to show believable acceleration and deceleration
      7. Illustrate the proper use of Arcs to emulate natural movement
      8. Summarize an understanding of Timing and Spacing
      9. Demonstrate the use of Exaggeration to enhance an action or idea
      10. Produce Solid Drawing, maintaining form and volume from frame-to-frame
      11. Explain an understanding of Appeal to give charisma to an action
      12. Employ Secondary Action to support a main action
    4. Generate Concept Development of a 2D Animation
      1. Prepare a story/script
      2. Design characters, props, and environmental assets
      3. Create Storyboards to define composition for each shot
      4. Assemble an Animatic to show the storyboard with motion and timing
      5. Gather and evaluate image and motion reference
      6. Prepare exposure sheets and determine timing of each shot’s motion
      7. Plan sequences through use of conceptual thumbnail drawings
    5. Execute the 2D Animation Process
      1. Construct rough drawings of key poses using a line-of-action and basic shapes
      2. Develop rough keyframes of storytelling poses
      3. Chart timing of keys
      4. Produce breakdown drawings, defining the timing and trajectory of an action
      5. Assemble a pencil test of sequence for review
      6. Iterate and apply details to rough animation drawings
      7. Assemble inbetween keyframes to smooth motion and enhance timing
      8. Clean up and polish animation drawings
      9. Digitize hand drawn animation frames using capture software
    6. Determine Techniques to Enhance a 2D Animation
      1. Compare animation on One’s and Two’s
      2. Choose proper spacing of drawings to affect quality and speed of actions
      3. Demonstrate use of a hold
      4. Discuss Extreme poses of an action
      5. Convey weight and force within key drawings
      6. Practice a consistent drawing style during production of animated sequence
    7. Critique the Process of a Creating 2D Animation Sequence
      1. Develop an animation cycle
      2. Demonstrate an animation of a Walk
      3. Contrast an animated change in emotion
      4. Build an animation with sound; music, beat, and/or dialogue
      5. Produce an effects animation
      6. Implement an animated camera move
      7. Produce a finished, animated capstone piece
    8. Implement Animation Sequence to a Digital Format using Computer Software
      1. Capture hand-drawn animation with use of camera and/or scanner
      2. Refine and clean-up drawings on a computer
      3. Modify timing using computer software
      4. Develop polished keyframes, adding color, ink, and paint to each frame
      5. Output modified keyframes for composite
      6. Produce exported video of animated sequence
    9. Assess Motion and Image Reference
      1. Examine motion reference to assist with understanding a motion for animation
      2. Interpret reference to strengthen key poses of an animation
      3. Caricature key actions and poses from reference
      4. Illustrate gesture drawings of the human figure
      5. Examine various animation styles
    10. Create Background Layouts for Animation
      1. Employ Perspective and foreshortening techniques
      2. Consider layout and focal points of background to enhance staging
      3. Animate a camera move
      4. Overlay a finished animated foreground sequence on top of a background scene
    11. Evaluate Feedback Received from Animation Presentation
      1. Present animation to individuals and groups for constructive feedback
      2. Employ feedback to improve with developing animation
      3. Share feedback in a professional and descriptive manner
      4. Distinguish feedback by addressing, filtering, and prioritizing

  
  • GRD 459 - Illustrator

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Explore Adobe Illustrator’s extensive toolbox and menu commands in a state-of-the-art Macintosh computer lab. Experiment with explosive color while discovering a variety of techniques using Illustrator’s powerful drawing tools.
    Competencies
    1. Appraise software interface
      1. Examine software menu commands and panels.
      2. Distinguish between template, new and open file commands.
      3. Identify by name and function tools contained in the toolbox
      4. Interpret information displayed in software dialog boxes.
      5. Toggle between preview and outline view modes
      6. Determine software preferences to control work environment
      7. Enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box.
    2. Create vector shapes and paths
      1. Demonstrate proper use of tools contained in the toolbox.
      2. Create and modify masks
      3. Create and apply brushes
      4. Modify overlapping objects by using the Transparency panel.
      5. Change the appearance of objects by using the Styles and Effects.
      6. Create, use, and edit symbols by using the Symbols palette and Symbols tool.
      7. Create and modify compound shapes by using Pathfinder panel.
      8. Render 3 dimensional shapes by using the #D Effects
    3. Work with Type.
      1. Add type to a document
      2. Format type using the Character, Paragraph and Glyphs panels.
      3. Transform type by setting options for scale, rotate, reflect and shear.
      4. Manipulate type using the Envelope command
      5. Apply graphic effects to type
    4. Manage layers
      1. Create new layers using the Layers panel
      2. Organize layers using the Layers panel.
      3. Change attributes of objects in a layer using the Layers panel
    5. Mange color.
      1. Discuss the color management workflow process.
      2. Determine correct color management profiles.
      3. Define spot colors to add to Swatches panel.
      4. Define CMYK color to add to Swatches panel
      5. Define gradient fill to add to Swatches panel.
      6. Apply color to stroke and fill of objects 
    6. Save and export files
      1. Explore available options for saving and exporting files.
      2. Differentiate between file formats
      3. Determine correct save or export file format.
    7. Output files to print
      1. Analyze appropriate printing method for file output.
      2. Select printer via desktop printer menu
      3. Evaluate page set-up dialog box before printing
      4. Enter correct information in Print dialog box to insure proper output
      5. Analyze and correct print error messages.

  
  • GRD 462 - Computer Graphics II

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Students will learn the tools and workflow necessary to create a website from the initial visual design and user interface to going live on the web. Students will use industry-standard software to create web pages, optimize images and generate HTML and JavaScript. This course includes instruction and practice creating media-rich animation and web pages with Macromedia Flash.
    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    Competencies
    1. Understand the limitations and advantages of working in multi-media and the web.
      1. Understand the internet and its role in entertainment and commerce.
      2. Discuss the technical aspects of delivering text and graphics via the web and how bandwidth, hardware and software impact the user experience.
      3. Familiarize your self with the technical requirements of creating a website by studying the provided “Web Design Survival” and “HTML & Typography” hand outs
    2. Understand “best practices” workflow for creating a website
      1. Know how to plan for the design and user-interface of a website based on input from a client
      2. Discuss the current software available for site-management and the advantages and disadvantages of each package
      3. Understand the workflow (the way an actual website is created) from start to finish.
      4. Explain how workflow differs from being able to use a software package.
      5. Understand how a site is hosted, and the process for setting up an account with a web host provider
      6. Setup a file structure for accurately storing work related to a website.
      7. Complete projects according to written documentation
    3. Understand how to work within a “site” to manage files and links.
      1. Identify and explain the purpose of the tools and menus in the site management software
      2. Explain and manage memory requirements for site management software
      3. Know how to get online help for unfamiliar tools and procedures.
      4. Understand the relationship between the site window and the actual files on the hard disk
      5. Create and manage hyperlinks without errors
      6. Produce HTML files that utilize cascading style sheets to control typography globally.
      7. Import graphics and flash movies into designated folders within site without errors.
      8. Manage the various file types and formats correctly within a site
      9. Properly save and open site document
    4. Learn to use specialized software to author HTML, JavaScript, create and optimize graphics
      1. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using authoring software to generate HTML vs. writing code by hand
      2. Identify and explain the purpose of the tools and menus in the authoring software.
      3. Know how to get online help for unfamiliar tools and procedures
      4. Explain and manage memory requirements for authoring software
      5. Produce a professional visual design and user interface.
      6. Understand how to import bitmap and vector graphics
      7. Produce efficiently sliced HTML files
      8. Produce JavaScript buttons with over and down states.
      9. Produce efficient, optimized graphics that look good and download fast
      10. Product HTML files that render accurately in all browsers and on all platforms.
      11. Proof work in browser to check for problems.
    5. Understand how to use animation software to author media-rich animation and navigation
      1. Identify and explain the purpose of the tools and menus in the authoring software
      2. Know how to get online help for unfamiliar tools and procedures.
      3. Explain and manage memory requirements for authoring software
      4. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a 100% Flash generated site vs. a Flash/HTML hybrid site
      5. Produce efficiently created animation files using symbols and vector graphics
      6. Learn to write basic scripts to control selected aspects of your animation.
      7. Understand how to import bitmap and vector graphics.
      8. Export correctly optimized animation files to the proper folder within your website.
      9. Proof work in browser to check for problems
      10. Properly save original artwork as a native Flash file
    6. Use a responsible and professional lab techniques when creating websites.
      1. Use creative thinking skills to design the user interface and graphics.
      2. Spend necessary time in lab to produce quality projects.
      3. Complete projects by established deadlines

  
  • GRD 463 - Photoshop

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Adobe Photoshop is the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine. Gain a solid foundation of basic functions to create and enhance visually dynamic images in a state-of-the- art Macintosh computer lab.
    Competencies
    1. Appraise software interface
      1. Examine software menu commands and panels.
      2. Distinguish between new and open file commands
      3. Identify by name and function tools contained in the toolbox.
      4. Interpret information displayed in software dialog boxes
      5. Determine software preferences to control work environment
      6. Enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box
    2. Use Bridge to manage images.
      1. Explore the Bridge window
      2. Preview and organize digital images
      3. Examine image metadata.
    3. Determine image color mode.
      1. Differentiate between color modes
      2. Change an image’s color mode.
      3. Discuss the purpose of ICC color profiles in a color-managed workflow.
      4. Demonstrate soft proofing using appropriate ICC color profiles and printer specifications
    4. Determine image size
      1. Crop an image
      2. Change an image size.
    5. Work with camera raw images
      1. Examine camera raw dialog box.
      2. Adjust camera raw images using dialog box settings
    6. Work with Layers.
      1. Create and name layers
      2. Lock/unlock layers
      3. Hide/show layers
      4. Apply adjustment layers
      5. Edit layers
      6. Merge layers.
      7. Flatten layers
      8. Create layer sets
      9. Organize layers
      10. Create stamp visible layers
    7. Apply layer styles
      1. Edit layer masks.
      2. Copy layer styles between layers
    8. Create layer masks
      1. Edit layer masks
      2. Use one layer to mask another layer
      3. Use a layer to mask multiple layers
    9. Save selections as channels
      1. Define pixels to include in selection area using selection tools
      2. Save and name a selection in the channel panel
      3. Load a selection
      4. Examine RGB channels and how they contribute to the final image.
    10. Identify the hue, saturation and brightness components of an image.
      1. Explore the Hue/Saturation dialog box.
      2. Adjust the hue, saturation and brightness values of an image.
      3. Colorize an image using hue, saturation and brightness values
    11. Adjust the levels of an image
      1. Analyze the tonal range of an image using a histogram
      2. Manipulate the color of pixels in an image using a histogram.
      3. Set the shadow and highlight points of an image using a histogram.
    12. Adjust curves of an image
      1. Analyze the gird in the curves dialog box.
      2. Invert an image
      3. Change input and output values in the curves dialog box to improve the contrast of an image
      4. Draw a threshold curve
      5. Set the shadow and highlight points of an image using the grid in the curves dialog box.
    13. Apply filters to an image.
      1. Examine filter effects
      2. Apply filters
      3. Apply Smart Filters
    14. Creatively integrate multiple images into a composite image
      1. Assess suitability of images for inclusion into composite image.
      2. Import Smart Objects to obtain highest possible quality.
      3. Employ layer styles, blending modes, transparency, adjustment layers, layer stacking order and layer masks to create desired effect
    15. Retouch images
      1. Use the sponge tool to increase/decrease saturation in specific areas of an image.
      2. Use the cloning tools to sample pixels from a source area and replace pixels in a target area
      3. Use the healing brush and patch tool to match color, lighting and texture of an image area
    16. Work with type
      1. Create type
      2. Edit type.
      3. Mask images with type
      4. Apply special effects to type
    17. Demonstrate proper use of tools contained in the toolbox
    18. Identify blending modes
      1. Apply blending modes to an image
      2. Combine blending modes of an image.
    19. Digitally capture images using a flatbed scanner
      1. Select appropriate subject matter for images using analytical and creative thinking skills
      2. Control scale and resolution of image for optimum image quality.
      3. Save scanned image in proper file format for optimum quality
    20. Capture images digitally with digital camera
      1. Identify appropriate subject matter
      2. Demonstrate proper camera settings to capture desired image
      3. Save and captured image in proper file format for optimim quality

  
  • GRD 464 - Digital Artistry

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Learn the hottest tips, tricks and techniques to create eye-catching digital illustrations by combining the best of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Use advanced level methods to create stellar artwork that will leave others saying “WOW!”
    Prerequisite: GRD 459 , GRD 463  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise software interface
      1. Examine software menu commands and panels
      2. Distinguish between new and open file commands
      3. Identify by name and function tools contained in the toolbox
      4. Interpret information displayed in software dialog boxes
      5. Determine software preferences to control work environment
      6. Enter appropriate information in document set-up dialog box
    2. Use Bridge to manage images
      1. Explore the Bridge window
      2. Preview and organize digital images
      3. Examine image metadata
    3. Manage color
      1. Discuss the color management workflow process
      2. Determine correct color management profiles
      3. Define spot colors to add to Swatches panel
      4. Define CMYK color to add to Swatches panel
      5. Define gradient fill to add to Swatches panel
      6. Apply color to stroke and fill of objects
      7. Use channels to create pixel-based images containing spot colors
    4. Determine image size
      1. Crop an image
      2. Change an image size
    5. Demonstrate advanced methods to manage layers
    6. Apply Advanced Layer Styles
      1. Edit layer styles using advanced methods
      2. Copy layer styles between layers
    7. Create complex layer masks
      1. Edit layer masks using advanced methods
      2. Use one layer to mask another layer
      3. Use a layer to mask multiple layers
    8. Save complex selections as channels
      1. Define pixels to include in selection area using selection tools
      2. Save and name a selection in the channel panel
      3. Load a selection
      4. Examine RGB channels and how they contribute to the final image
    9. Demonstrate how to colorize and image using the hue, saturation and brightness components of an image
    10. Demonstrate how to adjust the levels of an image to optimize the tonal range
    11. Demonstrate how to adjust the curves of an image to improve the contrast
    12. Demonstrate how to apply advanced filters to an image
    13. Demonstrate ability to work with smart objects
    14. Demonstrate ability to apply custom brushes to a Photosho0p image
      1. Create custom brushes
      2. Load custom brushes
      3. Edit custom brushes
    15. Demonstrate ability to apply seamless patterns to a Photoshop image
      1. Create seamless patterns
      2. Load seamless patterns
      3. Edit seamless patterns
    16. Create and apply complex brushes to an illustration
    17. Apply complex blending modes to an illustration
    18. Apply complex transparency effects to an illustration
    19. Demonstrate an understanding of the term transparency as applied to an Adobe Illustrator image
    20. Demonstrate an understanding of the term flattening as applied to an Adobe Illustrator image
    21. Demonstrate the ability to work with the live color option in Adobe Illustrator
    22. Demonstrate how to use advanced methods to seamlessly integrate multiple Photoshop and Illustrator images into a creative composite image
    23. Demonstrate how to create simple animations using Adobe Photoshop
    24. Create complex Web page structures prior to exporting to an Adobe Fireworks and/or Adobe Flash file
    25. Demonstrate advanced methods to retouch images
    26. Demonstrate how to apply complex special effects to type
    27. Demonstrate proper advanced use of tools contained in the toolbox
    28. Demonstrate how to apply complex blending modes to an image
    29. Create complex vector shapes and paths
    30. Demonstrate skills by creating complex mesh gradient illustrations
    31. Save and export files
      1. Explore available options for saving and exporting files
      2. Differentiate between file formats
      3. Determine correct save or export file format
    32. Output files to print
      1. Analyze appropriate printing method for file output.
      2. Select printer via desktop printer menu
      3. Evaluate page set-up dialog box before printing
      4. Enter correct information in print dialog box to insure proper output
      5. Analyze and correct print error messages

  
  • GRD 465 - 3D Modeling and Texturing

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    During this course, students will learn various advanced software techniques and pipelines to create, model, and texture organic (character) 3d models.
    Prerequisite: GRD 439  , GRD 483  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the process of working with the layers panel
      1. Differentiate between opening an image in Photoshop and edit image in the Layer Panel
      2. Compare between creating, viewing, hiding, selecting layers in the Layer Panel
      3. Modify layers to change the staking order of artworks
      4. Contrast between duplicating and deleting layers
      5. Examine different layer styles
      6. Copy and paste layer styles from one layer to another
      7. Apply different blending modes to layers
      8. Employ different filters to layers
      9. Resize and rotate layers
      10. Modify and adjust layers
      11. Create groups (folder) from layers
      12. Use a layer mask
    2. Employ the use of the tool panel
      1. Differentiate between various Tools in the Tool Panel
      2. Set up options for selected Tool using the Option Bar
      3. Contrast Foreground & Background Colors Swatches
      4. Modify selected area with: Solid Color, Color Gradient or Surrounding pixels or pattern
    3. Create rich digital textures by using a variety of graphic tools
      1. Examine how to duplicate image pixels with the Clone Stamp Tool
      2. Modify an unwanted part of the image with the Clone Stamp Tool
      3. Illustrate how to paint on an image using pre-defined patterns using the Patterns Stamp Tool
      4. Experiment with Content-Aware Fill to fill selected area with surrounding texture
      5. Employ the Patch Tool to fill selected area with sampled pixels or pattern
      6. Modify colors in the image with Color Replacement Tool
    4. Compare the process of creating rich digital textures by using a variety of graphic filters & special effects
      1. Convert layers into Smart Objects
      2. Employ Photoshop Filters to Smart Objects
      3. Contrast how to edit Smart Filters by adjusting, turning off and on, or deleting
      4. Experiment with Layer Styles to create editable Special Effects
      5. Illustrate with the Special Effect Brush Tool
    5. Create rich digital textures by using a variety of graphic masks & channels
      1. Modify Layer mask to remove object from the background
      2. Examine a selection from layer content and then turn it into a Layer Mask
      3. Demonstrate how to edit Layer Mask with Refine Edge
      4. Manipulate a Quick Mask to make changes to selected area
      5. Produce an Alpha Channel from a saved selection
      6. Modify Alpha Channel with Paint Brush Tool
      7. Apply different Color Adjustments to Alpha Channel (Levels, Curves, Brightness & Contrast, etc.)
      8. Employ Selection from the Alpha Channel and turn it into Layer Mask
    6. Produce rich digital textures by using a variety of graphic layer blending modes
      1. Experiment with a Duplicate Layer in the Layer panel
      2. Modify Blending modes of a duplicated layer (Multiply, Overlay, Color Burn, Difference)
      3. Contrast between layer Blending modes and Opacity to get the effect you want.
      4. Interpret erased area of duplicated layer to enhance visual effect.
      5. Employ Smudge Tool over erased areas to blend layer pixels.
      6. Apply Layer Styles to duplicated layer (Bevel & Emboss, Satin, Pattern Overlay, etc.)
      7. Experiment with Layer Styles settings to achieve impressive visual effects.
    7. Evaluate how to create displacement maps for material editor panel
      1. Examine a Displacement map by changing the geometry of the surface
      2. Configure a Displacement map by applying the gray scale of the map to generate the displacement.
      3. Discover how to make lighter colors in the 2D image push outward more strongly than darker colors, resulting in a 3D displacement of the geometry
    8. Create procedural maps for material editor panel
      1. Produce an image by a fixed matrix of colored pixels
      2. Generate a procedural map by a mathematical algorithm
      3. Contrast several types of controls to produce a procedural map
      4. Differentiate between specific controls depending on the capabilities of the procedure

  
  • GRD 467 - After Effects for Motion Graphics

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    During this course, students will learn fundamental techniques for creating motion graphic animations using Adobe After Effects. Through demonstrations, exercises, and projects, students will learn software techniques and processes while creating motion graphic animations.
    Prerequisite: GRD 439  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the software interface
      1. Examine graphical interface and panels
      2. Discuss After Effects workflow and terminology
      3. Open existing files
      4. Assemble and save a project
      5. Demonstrate various methods to navigate throughout project
      6. Apply the use of common keyboard shortcuts
      7. Review file location of cache and temporary files
    2. Execute the animation process
      1. Examine and establish project frame rate
      2. Select and add keyframes to layers
      3. Adjust keyframe timing and velocity
      4. Identify animated keyframe types
      5. Explain and use the graph editor to adjust key behavior
      6. Apply and animate effects
      7. Assemble and edit a motion path
      8. Select and use Keyframe Assistant tools to manipulate animation layers
      9. Examine and remap timing of layers and clips
    3. Organize and manage compositions and layers
      1. Make and edit a layer
      2. Examine and trim a layer
      3. Select and add effects to a layer
      4. Employ the use of an Adjustment Layer
      5. Examine and precompose layers to group similar hierarchies
      6. Select and arrange nested compositions
      7. Demonstrate how to navigate between hierarchies
      8. Apply a layer style
    4. Implement masking techniques
      1. Survey masking methods to conceal or reveal parts of a layer
      2. Assemble and modify a mask
      3. Select and refine the edge and opacity of a mask
      4. Demonstrate how to animate a mask
      5. Apply various TrackMatte types
      6. Select and use the Roto Brush to rotoscope an area
      7. Choose layer transparency blending modes
    5. Create 3d layers within a project
      1. Examine methods for navigating within 3d space
      2. Demonstrate how to change a layer into 3d
      3. Implement use of 3d cameras
      4. Assemble and position 3d cameras
      5. Build a 3d motion path
      6. Apply lights to a 3d scene
      7. Examine and manage shadows of 3d lights
      8. Develop particle effects
    6. Modify imported video footage
      1. Select, edit, and trim imported video footage
      2. Apply motion stabilization to video footage
      3. Demonstrate color correction techniques
      4. Examine and manipulate frame rate and timing of media
      5. Produce tracking techniques to media points
      6. Demonstrate removal of color background with keying techniques
    7. Generate multiple shapes and object content
      1. Assemble shapes using the Pen Tool
      2. Illustrate by painting over layers with Brush Tool
      3. Make and modify Shape Layers
      4. Assemble cloned and repeating Shape Layers
      5. Apply the Puppet Pin tool to an object
      6. Prepare and import assets from Photoshop
      7. Demonstrate how to import assets from Illustrator
    8. Evaluate type usage in a project
      1. Review and list typography terminology
      2. Select and add type to a project
      3. Adjust type parameters
      4. Assemble text animations on individual characters
      5. Demonstrate animation of text using presets
      6. Prepare and save type presets
      7. Produce type animation along a path
    9. Organize a project content and hierarchies
      1. Demonstrate how to manage imported footage; stills, videos, and audio content
      2. Assemble imported footage within timeline
      3. Categorize footage using folders, naming conventions, and colors
      4. Build nested compositions
      5. Demonstrate how to use null objects in hierarchies
      6. Apply parented objects and layers to create hierarchies
      7. Build and form pre-composed layer content
    10. Generate project renderings
      1. Review footage using RAM player
      2. Examine the Render Queue
      3. Change Render settings
      4. Examine compression types
      5. Review and establish final output file type
      6. Select and set up motion blur on layers
      7. Explain how to improve quality settings
      8. Produce a finished project render
      9. Organize, manage, and collect project files

  
  • GRD 470 - Interactive Media I

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech


    Learn a professional workflow using Dreamweaver and other software to create a website from the initial visual design to going “live” on the web. This class focuses on the workflow and the skills needed in each software package to get your site actually up and running on the web.
    Prerequisite: GRD 463  or instructor permission
    Competencies

    1. Evaluate the limitations and advantages of working in multi-media and the web.
      1. Examine the internet and its role in entertainment and commerce.
      2. Discuss the technical aspects of delivering text and graphics via the web and how bandwidth, hardware and software impact the user experience.
      3. Distinguish between the different technical requirements of creating a website by studying provided hand-outs.
      4. Explain the impact of hand-held and other new devices on the design and implementation of web sites.
    2. Design a “best practices” workflow for planning and creating an identity on the web.
      1. Examine the concept of planning with a purpose for commerce, information, community, and/or entertainment.
      2. Establish a design and user-interface of a website based on primary, secondary, and peripheral audiences.
      3. Prepare strategies for utilizing graphics, photos, and other illustrations that are viewer focused and that reinforce the purpose of the site
      4. Examine possible copyright and property issues related to web content.
    3. Create a strategy to develop and maintain effective content.
      1. Determine the advantages and disadvantages of updating sites built in different frameworks.
      2. Produce site format and content based on pre-defined marketing objectives.
      3. Apply a client-focused strategy for maintaining content.
    4. Perform edits using specialized software to author HTML and JavaScript, control typography, and layout pages.
      1. Determine the advantages and disadvantages of using authoring software to generate HTML and javascript vs. writing code by hand.
      2. Produce HTML files that render accurately in major browsers and on all platforms using CSS and tables.
    5. Modify a “Dreamweaver site” by managing files and links.
      1. Explain the purpose of the tools and menus in site management software.
      2. Describe the relationship between the site window and the actual files on the hard disk.
      3. Prepare links and hyperlinks to work without errors.
      4. Use the various file types and formats correctly within a site. 
    6. Create animation and navigation using Rich Media software
      1. Explain the purpose of the tools and menus used in the authoring software.
      2. Produce efficient animation files using symbols and vector graphics.
      3. Implement scripts to control selected aspects of animations.
      4. Demonstrate how to export correctly optimized animation files to the proper folder within your website.
    7. Evaluate professional lab techniques when creating websites.
      1. Apply creative thinking skills to design the user interface and graphics.
      2. Produce quality projects within given timeframe to meet established deadlines.

     

  
  • GRD 471 - Interactive Media II

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech


    This hands-on course teaches how the pros plan, design, and produce complete websites using professional web authoring and site management software. Learn to use database- driven Open Source Content Management Systems such as WordPress as well as Dreamweaver, and other software.
    Prerequisite: GRD 470  
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate the advantages of non-database (CMS or Content Management Systems) software for delivery of web pages.
      1. Examine the advantages of designing the “look and feel” and then choosing non-CMS software for page layout and site management.
      2. Distinguish between popular non-CMS software systems, and the advantages of each.
      3. Develop strategies for updating non-CMS sites by clients.
    2. Appraise the advantages of CMS (Content Management Systems) for the delivery of web pages.
      1. Determine the organizational and cost advantages of designing the framework and functionality of a site before the “look and feel”.
      2. Discuss how a CMS facilitates the organization, control, and publication of content by users with different levels of access.
      3. Identify current open-source CMS systems (including blog software), and how they are implemented.
    3. Create Rich Media and video for webpages.                                                                        
      1. Explain the advantages of including Rich Media animations and video in web pages.
      2. Demonstrate the process of authoring Rich Media animation and video. 
    4. Generate CMS and blog template skins to customize the “look and feel” of pages.
      1. Examine the concept of site “skins” or “templates”, their use, and where to download them.
      2. Modify existing skin code with Dreamweaver and graphics with software to alter the colors, layout, and typography of a site.
      3. Develop HTML files that render accurately in major browsers and on all platforms. 
    5. Design a sophisticated project that includes Rich Media and video produced according to industry-standards.
      1. Apply a framework that supports the concept and design to be implemented.
      2. Produce Rich Media and video where appropriate to enhance web pages.
      3. Validate that all pages display properly on target browsers and operating systems.
    6. Evaluate responsible and professional computer techniques when creating websites.
      1. Apply creative thinking skills to design the user interface and graphics according to the need of the client.
      2. Produce quality projects within given timeframe by meeting established deadlines.

     

  
  • GRD 475 - After Effects for Advanced Compositing

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    During this course students will learn advance techniques for creating graphic images animating with Adobe After Effects. Students will also make specific procedural textures for building complex mapping materials for 3d programs.
    Prerequisite: GRD 473  
    Competencies
    1. Utilize the layers panel.
      1. Modify an image Layer Panel using Photoshop
      2. Examine the Create, View, Hide, and Select Layers Options in the Layer Panel
      3. Rearrange layers to change the staking order of artworks
      4. Contrast the Duplicate and Delete Layers Options
      5. Apply different layer styles and layer filters
      6. Demonstrate how to copy and paste layer styles from one layer to another
      7. Employ different blending modes to layers
      8. Compare various Layer Transformations (Scale, Rotate, Distort, Skew, Perspective, Wrap)
      9. Apply the adjustment layers
      10. Combine groups into folders from selected layers
      11. Examine a layer mask on layers
      12. Demonstrate how to apply a layer mask to the group
    2. Compare working with different tools From tool panel.
      1. Differentiate between Tools in the Tool Panel (Move Tool, Selection Tools, Crop Tool, Paintbrush Tools, Clone Stamp Tool, Eraser Tool, Smudge Tool, Patch Tool, Gradient Tool, etc.)
      2. Modify options for selected Tool using the Option Bar
      3. Contrast the difference between Foreground & Background Colors Swatches
      4. Experiment with different area fills: Solid, Color Gradient, Surrounding pixels and pattern
    3. Differentiate between different tool use
      1. Demonstrate how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to duplicate image pixels
      2. Apply the Clone Stamp Tool to eliminate an unwanted part of the image
      3. Employ The Patterns Stamp Tool to paint on an image using pre-defined patterns
      4. Modify selected area with surrounding texture by using the Content-Aware Fill Tool
      5. Employ The Patch Tool to fill selected area with sampled pixels or pattern
      6. Manipulate colors in the image with Color Replacement Tool
    4. Evaluate the use of filters & special effects
      1. Convert layers into Smart Objects
      2. Apply Photoshop Filters to the Smart Objects
      3. Edit Smart Filters (They can be adjusted, turned off and on, or deleted).
      4. Add Layer Styles to create editable Special Effects
      5. Paint with the Special Effect Brush Tool
    5. Use masks and channels
      1. Produce a Layer mask to remove object from the background
      2. Apply a selection from layer content and then turn it into Layer Mask
      3. Modify Layer Mask with Refine Edge
      4. Create a Quick Mask to make changes to selected area
      5. Save Selection as an Alpha Channel
      6. Edit Alpha Channel with Paint Brush Tool
      7. Modify Alpha Channel with different Color Adjustments (Levels. Curves, Brightness & Contrast, etc.)
      8. Manipulate a Selection from the Alpha Channel and turn it into a Layer Mask
    6. Compare different layer blending modes
      1. Demonstrate how to Duplicate a Layer in the Layer panel
      2. Change Blending modes of duplicated layer (Multiply, Overlay, Color Burn, Difference, etc.)
      3. Experiment with layer Blending modes and Opacity to get the effect you want
      4. Discover how to enhance visual effect by partially erasing area of duplicated layer
      5. Use Smudge Tool over erased areas to blend layer pixels
      6. Apply Layer Styles to duplicated layer (Bevel & Emboss, Satin, Pattern Overlay, etc.)
      7. Modify Layer Styles settings to achieve impressive visual effects
    7. Create displacement maps for material editor panel.
      1. Analyze how a displacement map actually changes the geometry of the surface
      2. Apply gray scale to a displacement map to generate the displacement.
      3. Discover how lighter colors in the 2D image push outward more strongly than darker colors
      4. Examine 3D displacement of the geometry
    8. Evaluate the process of creating procedural maps for material editor panel
      1. Analyze how a procedural map is generated by a mathematical algorithm which is unlike a bitmap (which is an image produced by a fixed matrix of colored pixels like a mosaic)
      2. Experiment with the types of controls you might find for a procedural map that vary depending on the capabilities of the procedure

  
  • GRD 477 - Storyboarding & Scriptwriting

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Students will learn the skills needed to translate simple and complex ideas into narrative visual sequences executed through drawing, motion, and/or animated media. Students will also examine story development to create meaningful plots, characters, and scripts for various media types.
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate the basic needs and goals of scripts and storyboards
      1. Explain the history of moving images
      2. Analyze the need for and goals of good scripts and storyboards
      3. Differentiate Industry Terminology
      4. Examine Fundamentals of Motion and the 3Dimensional world
      5. Experiment with Conceptualization
    2. Analyze the process of determining the story
      1. Discover how to find the central message
      2. Demonstrate how to break down complex ideas
      3. Interpret the method of connecting message to audience
      4. Compare character and dialogue development
      5. Modify writing for motion
      6. Experiment with aligning visual and audio stories
      7. Employ rewriting for the storyboard process
    3. Assess the process of creating a storyboard
      1. Differentiate icons used for storyboards
      2. Calculate motion and movement
      3. Compare view changes with camera angles
      4. Employ notating SFX, audio and views
      5. Analyze set considerations and the options
      6. Examine determining key and secondary scenes
    4. Evaluate Talent, Character, Location and Technical needs
      1. Discover what makes effective talent
      2. Contrast the needs of characters and how they support the story
      3. Explain location- scouting, rights release needs, how to leverage and organize micro sets
      4. Outline how to determine suitability for storyboard
      5. Analyze technicalities and how to overcome the lack of resources
    5. Interpret the process of creating shot lists
      1. Interpret emotional response from your peers before spending resources
      2. Employ how to tighten up and review for effectiveness
      3. Analyze how to determine primary and secondary shots
      4. Identify grouping and scheduling concerns
      5. Examine screen considerations
      6. Discover how to estimate materials, talent, time and expense
    6. Evaluate the process of preparing for production
      1. Appraise directing - what you need to know
      2. Distinguish what you need for effective editing
      3. Compare interpersonal skills and motivating others
      4. Demonstrate setting the most from the production process
      5. Discover sources and resources within a budget
      6. Apply project management skills

  
  • GRD 479 - Digital Audio Recording and Editing

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    In this course, students will learn a fundamental overview of audio equipment and software. Through demonstrations, exercises, and projects, students will create audio assets while learning various audio processes and procedures.
    Competencies
    1. Appraise Audio Wave Forms and files
      1. Categorize different audio terminology and nomenclature
      2. Compare the differences in mono and stereo audio
      3. Distinguish between different wave forms
      4. Experiment with various audio sources
      5. Identify and manipulate audio file types
      6. Explain the basic caveats to avoid when creating audio
    2. Evaluate the Process of Setting Up Audio Equipment
      1. Analyze computer interface needs
      2. Describe signal path and bandwidth
      3. Compare digital interfaces
      4. Examine potential analog opportunities
      5. Employ a basic mixing schema
      6. Demonstrate ability to capture direct and discreet audio
    3. Critique the Benefits and Limitations of Digital Audio
      1. Compare basic differences between analog and digital audio
      2. Describe how to setup for voice with appropriate considerations & applications
      3. Explain how to setup for instruments with appropriate considerations & applications
      4. Develop multi-track files with appropriate settings
      5. Analyze click track recording
      6. Modify prerecorded audio from an external source
    4. Compare Different Mixing Paths and Settings
      1. Categorize the purpose of various mixing equipment
      2. Discuss the fundamentals of mixing theories
      3. Employ appropriate send and path configurations
      4. Experiment with various track and tracking approaches
      5. Produce a final case study ? directed setting
      6. Explain setup for group recordings
      7. Contrast recording drums, and instrument tracks
      8. Interpret the various challenges of vocal ranges and spoken voice
      9. Contrast between appropriate effects
      10. Demonstrate ability to execute a final mix down
      11. Compare output bounce options and their effect on the audio file
    5. Employ the Use of Editing Techniques
      1. Demonstrate how to accurately edit audio files
      2. Analyze how to detect beat for synchronizing audio tracks
      3. Experiment with arranging edited regions
      4. Produce final case study ? directed setting
      5. Interpret different file conversions
      6. Examine how to set up a final mix
      7. Appraise editing requirements
      8. Employ use of appropriate markers
      9. Explain how to prepare vocal tracks
      10. Produce a final edit to generate master mix
      11. Demonstrate ability to execute production basics

  
  • GRD 483 - Intro to Autodesk 3dsMax

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A fundamental overview of the 3d software commonly used in the visual entertainment industry. Through demonstrations, exercises and projects, students will learn software techniques and pipelines while creating various 3d assets.
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the software interface
      1. Examine graphical interface
      2. Demonstrate various methods to navigate and view in 3d space (zoom, pan, orbit, etc.)
      3. Toggle between different viewing modes
      4. Configure the User Interface and preferences
      5. Open existing 3d files
      6. Save created 3d files
      7. Examine the various file formats
      8. Import 3d files
      9. Export 3d files
      10. Merge several files
      11. Apply the use of common keyboard shortcuts
    2. Create 3d Objects
      1. Draw primitive shapes and forms
      2. Employ the use of copy, instance, and reference
      3. Demonstrate various selection methods
      4. Transform 3d objects by using the move, rotate, scale tools
      5. Examine an object?s properties (poly vert amount, etc.)
    3. Construct 3d Objects
      1. Apply layers to organize a scene
      2. Employ selections to manage
      3. Configure XRefs
    4. Evalute 3d Object Modifiers
      1. Examine various Modifiers to change 3d object properties
      2. Experiment with Modifier stack order
      3. Employ collapsing to a Modifier stack
      4. Apply color to a 3d object
      5. Create a segmented model combining various primitives
      6. Draw a single-mesh object creation
    5. Compare 3d Modeling Methods
      1. Examine the various sub-object modes (vertex, edge, border, polygon, element)
      2. Edit primitives in various sub-object modes
      3. Transform shapes in sub-object mode to create models
      4. Create symmetrical 3d models using mirroring techniques
      5. Combine symmetrical shapes together using joining and welding
      6. Examine compound object creation (Boolean, etc.)
      7. Explain spline-based object creation (lofting, surface tools, Bezier shapes)
      8. Interpret different Smoothing Groups
      9. Illustrate a single-mesh object
    6. Construct Materials for 3D Models
      1. Examine the Material Editor
      2. Display materials in the 3d viewport
      3. Apply materials to 3d objects.
      4. Modify existing materials
      5. Interpret unique materials
      6. Identify Shading Types (Anisotropic, Blinn, Metal, etc.)
      7. Draw Maps to enhance materials
      8. Distinguish the difference between Procedural and Bitmap materials
      9. Produce Multi-sub material creation
    7. Create Textures for 3D Models
      1. Employ the basic process for unwrapping a 3d model to apply a texture map.
      2. Analyze mapping parameter types (planar, cylindrical, spherical, ShrinkWrap,etc.)
      3. Adjust bitmap textures with the UV editor.
      4. Apply textures to both geometric and organic shapes
    8. Evaluate the Animation Process
      1. Compare the Traditional process to the computer 3d process
      2. Formulate viewing, editing, and creation of hierarchy (rig creation) before animation begins
      3. Change Pivot placement
      4. Contrast the difference between Inverse and Forward Kinematics
      5. Utilize the Animation Process
      6. Employ various methods to create keyframes.
      7. Apply various methods to adjust timing.
      8. Change key frame behaviors (ease in, out, etc)
      9. Analyze tangent types (smooth, linear, step, slow, fast, spline)
      10. Adjust motion curves and path.
      11. Use the DopeSheet.
      12. Discover the use of Out-of-Range keys to create repeating cycles
    9. Critique Lighting for 3D Modeling
      1. Analyze common lighting terms and definitions
      2. Compare the Traditional process vs the computer 3d process
      3. Explain the use of Standard lights. (Target. Directional. Omni. Skylight.)
      4. Employ various Photometric lights (Target light. Free light.)
      5. Draw a light source
      6. Modify a light by editing.
      7. Change various light properties.
      8. Manage multiple lights within a scene.
      9. Apply shadow parameters. (Area and ray-traced. Shadow spread and bias. Etc.)
      10. Modify by excluding and including objects from lights.
      11. Illustrate a lighted indoor scene
      12. Create a lighted outdoor scene. Various time of day.
    10. Judge Proper Camera Use
      1. Analyze camera terms and definitions
      2. Compare the Traditional process vs the computer 3d process
      3. Create a Target Camera
      4. Illustrate the use of a Free Camera
      5. Calculate camera parameters
      6. Manipulate the field of view
      7. Employ Near/Far clipping planes to exclude/include geometry
      8. Differentiate depth-of-field views
      9. Experiment with animating a camera (move)
      10. Demonstrate animating a camera along an existing path
    11. Critique The Rendering Process
      1. Analyze rendering terms and definitions
      2. Examine rendering types: Standard and Mental Ray
      3. Demonstrate how to set up a render
      4. Create a rendered image
      5. Save of a rendered image
      6. Compose sequenced images and movies
      7. Save sequenced images and movies
      8. Demonstrate improving rendering quality
      9. Produce alpha channels for compositing

  
  • GRD 485 - Animation 1

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Students will explore the History of Animation, examine the Animator’s various responsibilities in production, and evaluate common production terms. Students will learn and demonstrate an understanding of the Principles of Animation through 2d and 3d animation studies and exercises.
    Prerequisite: GRD 483  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the History of Animation
      1. Categorize Ancient History and Sequential Art
      2. Examine Contemporary History
      3. Contrast works of current and past animators
      4. Explain Disney?s ?Nine Old Men? and The Illusion of Life
      5. Discuss The Golden Age
      6. Describe the Influence of Early Cinema
      7. Compare past and present trends in animation
      8. Examine international animation styles and trends
      9. Discuss various animation resources
    2. Evaluate Common Animation Terms, Definitions and Roles
      1. Categorize different Film Terms and Definitions
      2. Differentiate between Storyboard Symbols
      3. Compare Production Roles
      4. Contrast Animator Responsibilities - Film
      5. Outline Animator Responsibilities - Games
      6. Distinguish Animator Responsibilities ? Other
    3. Critique Traditional Animation Tools and Techniques
      1. Create Drawings for Animation and Construction Techniques
      2. Model Sheets: Creation, Use and Purpose
      3. Employ Thumbnailing ideas
      4. Examine Gesture Drawing; Drawing from Life
      5. Identify Generating Keyframes, Breakdowns and In-betweens
      6. Outline Composing a Scene
      7. Contrast Tracing vs Constructing
      8. Explain an Understanding of Timing Charts
      9. Compare Motion Reference Collection and Creation
      10. Examine 2d Animation Styles, Hand Drawn, Stop Motion, Clay, Paper Cutouts
      11. Contrast Various 3d Animation Styles
      12. Apply the use of Traditional Animation Techniques to 3d Software
    4. Compare the Animation Production Process and Related Pipelines
      1. Plan a Production Schedule
      2. Design Assets (Characters, Props, Scenery, etc.)
      3. Examine Assets (Draw, Model, Texture, Rig, etc.)
      4. Diagram Collecting, Creating and Using Motion Reference
      5. Explain Animation Layout
      6. Compare Animation Motion Blocking and Timing
      7. Employ Animation Refinements
      8. Participate in Presentation and Critique Sessions to Refine Animation
      9. Demonstrate Animation Polishing
      10. Illustrate Rendering (or) Frame-by-frame capture
      11. Modify Final Edit and Presentation
    5. Evalute the Principles of Animation
      1. Demonstrate the use of Squash and Stretch to show weight/force
      2. Examine the use of Anticipation to enhance an action
      3. Employ proper Staging and Scene Layout
      4. Compare Straight-Ahead and Pose-To-Pose Animation Methods
      5. Demonstrate the use of Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
      6. Contrast the use of Slow In/Slow Out, Ease In/Ease Out
      7. Illustrate the proper use of Arcs and Motion Trajectories
      8. Summarize an understanding of Timing
      9. Demonstrate the use of Exaggeration to enhance an action
      10. Produce Solid Drawing, Maintaining Form and Volume
      11. Explain an Understanding of Appeal
      12. Employ various techniques to enhance animation
    6. Appraise in Detail 3d Software as it relates to Animation
      1. Explain an understanding of the Curve Editor
      2. Manipulate Joint and Pivot Placement
      3. Produce an FK Hierarchy
      4. Employ an IK Hierarchy
      5. Draw a Basic Rig
      6. Outline a Rig?s Controls for Efficient Animation Production
      7. Demonstrate the Process of Skinning a Low Poly Character
      8. Illustrate the Process of Skinning a High Poly Character
      9. Modify a Rig for Animation
      10. Discover additional animation tools within the 3d software
    7. Judge Object and Character Animation
      1. Adjust Out-of-Range Curves to Create Cycles
      2. Examine weight and personality through timing
      3. Explain visual storytelling
      4. Demonstrate the use of staging, pacing, editing to tell story
      5. Interpret the creation of dynamic poses
      6. Interpret the creation of dynamic poses
      7. Analyze a basic understanding of body mechanics
      8. Draw Object animation along a path/spline
      9. Explain Camera Animation
      10. Examine Effects and Particles
    8. Evalute Information Received from Animation Presentation
      1. Present animation to individuals and groups for feedback
      2. Employ feedback to (improve, assist in developing) animation
      3. Express feedback in a professional and descriptive manner
      4. Distinguish feedback by Filtering, prioritizing, and addressing feedback
    9. Compare the Use of Motion Reference
      1. Relate feeling in action by experiencing it
      2. Contrast Action vs Emotion
      3. Analyze acting for animation
      4. Examine capturing of motion reference to assist with animation production
      5. Calculate / Breakdown of a motion before animation
      6. Illustrate using reference to assist in understanding of a motion
      7. Import reference into 3d software
      8. Edit multiple motion reference

  
  • GRD 487 - Animation 2

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Focus on Character Animation. Students will examine body mechanics, keyframing techniques, and further apply the Principles of Animation to craft emotional animation performances.
    Prerequisite: GRD 485  
    Competencies
    1. Generate Multiple Core Cycles
      1. Employ a Walk Cycle
      2. Illustrate a Run Cycle
      3. Manipulate a Jump Cycle
      4. Modify assertive and defensive action
      5. Interpret an emotional Walk Cycle
      6. Demonstrate an emotional Action Cycle
    2. Evaluate the Storytelling Process
      1. Compare sequential poses
      2. Contrast proper scene/camera layout techniques to support story
      3. Develop storyboards.
      4. Illustrate Animatics
      5. Produce additional visual concepts to support story.
    3. Prioritze Additional Animator Responsibilities
      1. Explain rigging using forward kinematics
      2. Employ rigging using inverse kinematics
      3. Illustrate skinning low-poly character
      4. Modify Skinning high-poly character
      5. Analyze constraints
      6. Manipulate animation layers
      7. Experiment with exploring existing rigs.
      8. Appraise a rig for efficient production.
      9. Compose a production schedule
      10. Examine estimating and tracking animation tasks
    4. Compare the Animation Reference Collection
      1. Examine a motion study
      2. Explain motion research
      3. Interpret the creation of action reference / video-capture
      4. Employ importing of motion reference
      5. Illustrate interpretation and caricature of motion reference.
    5. Evaluate Further Exploration into the Principles of Animation
      1. Analyze advanced approaches to fundamentals
      2. Discover additional supporting fundamentals
      3. Compare advanced application of principles
    6. Create Emotional and Performance-Based Animation
      1. Interpret object personification
      2. Animate a pantomime /acting piece without dialogue
      3. Produce a lip-sync animation
      4. Compare acting techniques applied to animation
      5. Employ keyframing techniques

  
  • GRD 488 - Introduction to Cinema 4D

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Overview course of Maxon’s Cinema 4D software, a 3d application used within the motion-graphics and animation industry. This course will focus on the fundamental knowledge needed to create assets for motion-graphic animations. Through demonstrations, exercises, and projects, students will learn software techniques and technical pipelines while creating various 3d and animation assets.
    Prerequisite: GRD 467  , GRD 485  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the software interface
      1. Examine graphical interface
      2. Demonstrate various methods to navigate 3d space
      3. Select and toggle between different viewing modes
      4. Review and configure user interface and preferences
      5. Demonstrate how to open existing 3d files
      6. Assemble and save created 3d files
      7. Examine the various file formats
      8. Demonstrate how to import 3d files
      9. Review and export 3d files
      10. Prepare and merge several files
      11. Apply the use of common keyboard shortcuts
    2. Create and organize 3d objects
      1. Illustrate primitive shapes and forms
      2. Employ the use of copy and instance
      3. Demonstrate various selection methods
      4. Transform 3d objects using move, rotate, and scale tools
      5. Examine an object?s properties
      6. Select and use Layer Manager to organize complex scenes
      7. Review Object Manager to tag, filter, and control objects within a scene
    3. Evaluate object modeling techniques
      1. Produce primitive shapes
      2. Select and adopt Nurbs and Splines
      3. Develop Polygon models
      4. Examine Sculpting Manager layout
      5. Apply the use of the Structure Manager
    4. Modify objects using deformers
      1. Determine level-of-detail on object before deforming
      2. Apply deformers to objects
      3. Change and edit deformer parameters
      4. Manipulate with deformer settings
      5. Examine various essential deformers
    5. Generate materials and textures for objects
      1. Examine the Material Editor
      2. Select and display materials in the 3d viewport
      3. Employ process for applying textures to objects
      4. Review material terminology and reasoning
      5. Demonstrate how to use multiple shaders and channels
      6. Identify and edit materials
      7. Select and assign materials to objects in scene
      8. Examine layer materials to build complexity
      9. Apply and use Substance Asset Manager
      10. Select and explore BodyPaint to map and paint UV Layouts
      11. Apply texture tags
    6. Evaluate the animation process
      1. Examine viewing, editing, and creation of hierarchy before animation begins
      2. Distinguish between Inverse and Forward Kinematics
      3. Review and utilize the Animation Process
      4. Employ various methods to create keyframes
      5. Apply various methods to adjust timing
      6. Change key frame behaviors (ease in, out, etc.)
      7. Adjust animation curves
      8. Examine interpolation tangent types (smooth, linear, step, slow, fast, spline)
      9. Determine bone hierarchies
      10. Select and adjust skin weights
    7. Produce and critique lighting for 3d models
      1. Review common lighting terms and definitions
      2. Distinguish between real-world lights to 3d lights
      3. Explain a light source and type
      4. Change light and shadow parameters
      5. Adjust and manage multiple lights within a scene
      6. Apply Three-Point lighting techniques to 3D scenes
      7. Practice use of Area lighting
      8. Adjust Global Illumination parameters
    8. Appraise proper camera use
      1. Explain camera terminology and definitions
      2. Distinguish between real-life cameras to 3d cameras
      3. Demonstrate how to create a Target Camera
      4. Prepare and use a Stereo Camera
      5. Adjust Camera parameters
      6. Select and use Depth of Field
      7. Apply null objects to define Camera hierarchies
      8. Demonstrate how to animate a Camera move
    9. Evaluate the rendering process
      1. List rendering terms and definitions
      2. Select and prepare render settings for a Linear Workflow
      3. Prepare and save a rendered image
      4. Build and save a rendered sequence
      5. Examine and composite an image and sequential renders
      6. Produce separate multi-pass renders for compositing
      7. Prepare alpha channels for compositing
    10. Generate complex scenes using MoGraph Module
      1. Assemble a scene by procedurally populating with multiple objects
      2. Develop cloned objects
      3. Change clones by changing parameters and settings
      4. Adjust effectors to combine clones
      5. Select and refine clone behaviors for motion graphics
    11. Create integrated assets using Cinema 4D and After Effects
      1. Examine workflow pipeline for developing assets between Cinema 4D and After Effects
      2. Explore Cinema 4D Lite within After Effects
      3. Examine Cineware settings
      4. Assemble Cinema 4D content into After Effects layers
      5. Develop Cinema 4D assets within After Effects
      6. Select and export various shared assets between Cinema 4D and After Effects

  
  • GRD 490 - Introduction to Autodesk Maya Animation

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    An overview course Autodesk Maya, with a specialized focus on the fundamental knowledge needed to create character animations. Application of the Animation Principles will be applied to a character development workflow
    Prerequisite: GRD 487  
    Competencies
    1. Appraise the software interface
      1. Examine the graphical interface
      2. Demonstrate various methods to navigate and view in 3d space (zoom, pan, orbit, etc.)
      3. Select and toggle between different viewing modes
      4. Employ use of the spacebar to navigate menus
      5. Demonstrate how to open and save 3d files
      6. Distinguish between various file formats
      7. Examine importing and exporting 3d file options
      8. Change and manipulate files by using merging techniques
      9. Differentiate between common keyboard shortcuts
    2. Create and manage 3d objects
      1. Review the creation of primitive shapes
      2. Demonstrate various selection methods
      3. Select and transform 3d objects using move, rotate, and scale
      4. Examine an object?s properties with the Attribute Editor
      5. Demonstrate how to use layers to organize a scene
      6. Revise by experimenting with managing selections
    3. Evaluate polygonal modeling
      1. Examine various polygonal modeling methods
      2. Adjust primitives in various component modes
      3. Select and transform shapes to create models
      4. Demonstrate how to create symmetrical 3d models
      5. Produce an object by joining shapes together
      6. Describe how to create a single-mesh object creation
    4. Assess shading and texture materials
      1. Demonstrate how to use Maya?s material editor
      2. Review the process of displaying materials in 3d viewport
      3. Assemble and apply texture to a 3d object
      4. Employ the process of using and editing existing materials
      5. Demonstrate how to create unique materials
      6. Distinguish between shading and material types
      7. Identify the difference between procedural and bitmap materials
      8. Examine the basic process for unwrapping a 3d model to apply a texture map
      9. Illustrate how to apply textures to both geometric and organic shapes
    5. Evaluate animation techniques
      1. Examine the difference between traditional process vs 3d process
      2. Describe the traditional principles of animation
      3. Identify the difference between inverse and forward kinematics
      4. Illustrate animating transforms using move, rotate, and scale
      5. Employ playing back an animation
      6. Demonstrate the creation of keyframes
      7. Implement use of the graph editor to adjust motion curves/splines
      8. Change a timeline to adjust keyframes
      9. Revise by viewing and editing an object?s motion path
      10. Demonstrate how to create repeating cycles
      11. Identify the process of creating an animation preview/playblast
      12. Examine various animation controllers and interpolation types
    6. Implement character animation techniques
      1. Review how to work with pre-built rigs
      2. Demonstrate how to create selection sets
      3. Apply the process of creating shelf buttons
      4. Examine how to zero-out animation controls
      5. Adjust animation layers to increase complexity
      6. Identify and compare various animation controllers
      7. Differentiate between several animation constraints
      8. Select and experiment with additional workflow techniques related to Maya animation
    7. Appraise how to create a performance in the animation process
      1. Examine the process of Idea / Thumbnails
      2. Differentiate between capturing and importing reference
      3. Apply importing audio options
      4. Review the process that uses traditional animation principles
      5. Select and experiment with blocking options
      6. Demonstrate how to use refinement and re-blocking techniques
      7. Employ polish to splines to smooth a motion sequence
      8. Illustrate facial animation and expressions
      9. Discuss the information received in an animation critique
      10. Explain the animation critique by filtering and prioritizing feedback
    8. Determine different lighting fundamentals
      1. Examine common lighting terms and definitions
      2. Distinguish between the traditional process vs 3d process
      3. Demonstrate how to create and edit a light
      4. Change various light properties
      5. Select and manage multiple lights within a scene
      6. Employ the process of controlling shadow properties
      7. Differentiate between excluding and including objects from lights
    9. Evaluate utilization of cameras
      1. Examine camera terms and definitions
      2. Identify the difference of traditional process vs 3d process
      3. Demonstrate how to create a camera
      4. Apply different camera attributes
      5. Examine the process of controlling the field of view
      6. Review the techniques of animating a camera
    10. Perform the rendering process
      1. Examine playblasts
      2. Differentiate between rendering types
      3. Demonstrate how to set up a render
      4. Revise by creating and saving a rendered image
      5. Analyze the process of creating and saving of sequenced images and movies
      6. Review how to improve rendering quality
      7. Employ the process of rendering alpha channels for compositing

  
  • GRD 492 - Animation Demo Reel Production

    Credits: 6
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 8
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Throughout the course, students will develop a short story, create assets for their graduation demo-reel. Following a production pipeline, students will develop, present, and refine their ideas, render storyboards and animatics, design and create 3d models and sets, and prepare assets for animation.
    Prerequisite: GRD 487  
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate existing asset evaluation and revisions
      1. Analyze existing animations evaluated by self, staff and peers. (previous projects, personal animations, etc.)
      2. Employ revisions made to improve quality of animation.
      3. Modify rendering of new animation(s)
      4. Produce updated animations added to demo reel
    2. Appraise the process of employment research and development
      1. Compare research of existing production companies to target employment submissions
      2. Interpret demo reel concepts based on employment target
      3. Compose resume, cover letter(s), business cards, etc. towards employers
      4. Design additional identity pieces for employment submissions (web site, online demo reel, etc.)
      5. Identify network opportunities of current production employees
      6. Prepare submissions for employment
    3. Critique story development
      1. Outline a word list for idea generation
      2. Compile a visual list for idea generation
      3. Examine script development, with timing
      4. Compare visual concept exploration supporting story development
      5. Employ storyboard creation
      6. Produce storyboard presentation to members of staff and peers
      7. Interpret feedback given
      8. Examine feedback addressed. story, visuals, etc. revised
      9. Illustrate Animatic creation: staging of scenes and composition
      10. Modify Animatic revisions
      11. Compare Animatic scenes separated out to be replaced with animations
    4. Justify production schedule development
      1. Analyze asset list generation
      2. Calculate task time estimation
      3. Plan, schedule development (based on studio time and outside availability.)
      4. Prepare schedule presented to instructors and staff
      5. Modify schedule continually revised based on progress, revisions, and feedback
    5. Defend design of 3d assets
      1. Analyze research and development of visuals
      2. Interpret exploration of various styles to support theme
      3. Examine exploration of color to support story emotions
      4. Illustrate model sheet creation for characters, props, environment, etc.
      5. Employ additional visual development
    6. Evaluate creation of 3d assets
      1. Analyze modeling of characters, props, environments, etc.
      2. Contrast texturing and shading of assets
      3. Examine technical setup with rigging of characters
      4. Compare scene staging and layout
      5. Interpret camera placement
      6. Manipulate camera motion blocking
      7. Modify basic animation time-blocking with assets
    7. Construct professional Lighting
      1. Differentiate between multiple 3d lights added to scenes
      2. Demonstrate proper lighting technique and process
      3. Examine how lighting enhances visual assets and story
    8. Evaluate the animation process
      1. Analyze the thumbnail generation
      2. Differentiate between reference collection and creation
      3. Illustrate performance and story through animation
      4. Modify Animation > Blocking
      5. Compare critique information
      6. Employ refinement techniques
      7. Interpret critique information
      8. Explain Polish techniques
      9. Employ rendering of 3d Scene(s)
      10. Produce post work
      11. Prepare Final Edit / Render
    9. Create final rendering, compositing and presentation
      1. Prepare rendering of finished scenes
      2. Demonstrate assembling renders in editing Software (Premiere, After Effects)
      3. Interpret addition of audio: sound, effects, text, etc.
      4. Design Development of supporting visuals of Final animation: DVD cover, website(s), handout(s), etc.
      5. Presentation of Final Animation to staff and peers

  
  • GRD 494 - Animation Capstone Group Project

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Students will work closely together as a team to produce a short, high-quality 3D animation piece. The team will collaborate together, developing the story?s idea, characters, script, audio, visual design, and final animation piece. This course exposes students to a collaborative team environment while mirroring an industry production team, and generating high-quality visual assets.
    Prerequisite: GRD 487  
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate teamwork and working within a group environment
      1. Develop a regular communication with team; verbal and written
      2. Employ information sharing with team via documentation, training, etc. (How To, Tutorials, Best Practices, etc.)
      3. Analyze assigned tasks with intent to produce content
      4. Examine assigned responsibilities while taking ownership
      5. Modify building assets for change and flexible revisions
      6. Manage asset and file backup(s)
      7. Outline a time management system
      8. Model professionalism throughout production
    2. Assess story development as a group
      1. Interpret a production goal discussion
      2. Compose a written idea generation list
      3. Illustrate a visual idea generation list
      4. Diagram script development with timing estimates
      5. Analyze the visual concept exploration process which supports story development
      6. Compare storyboard creation ideas and modifications with group
      7. Present storyboard to members with staff and peer feedback
      8. Examine feedback by addressing story and visuals
      9. Experiment with Animatic Creation, Animated storyboard timing and story/flow purposes
      10. Present Animatic to members
      11. Apply animations to replace Animatic scenes during the development process
    3. Create schedule development as a group
      1. Examine the asset list
      2. Differentiate between roles assigned: Modeler; Textures; Rigging; Animator; Lighter; Renderer; etc.
      3. Diagram a task time estimation chart
      4. Outline schedule creation for group and individual
      5. Present schedule to instructors and staff
      6. Modify finalized schedule throughout course with schedule revised based on group and individual progress
    4. Appraise how a group designs 3d assets and style
      1. Experiment with research and development of visuals
      2. Compare various styles to support theme and enhance story
      3. Analyze color to support story and emotional content (ColorScript, etc.)
      4. Outline model sheet creation for characters, props and environments
      5. Employ additional visual development as needed
    5. Evaluate how a group creates assets
      1. Examine modeling of characters, props and environments
      2. Contrast texturing and shading of assets
      3. Demonstrate technical setup by Rigging of characters
      4. Experiment with Scene Staging and Layout
      5. Employ camera blocking
      6. Apply animation blocking
    6. Judge how a group refines assets within the production process
      1. Analyze group discussion to improve current pipelines, processes, and assets
      2. Interpret refinements to character models
      3. Employ refinements to textures and materials
      4. Apply refinements to environment and prop models
      5. Modify refinements to scene staging
      6. Examine the process of 2nd Pass Animation
      7. Employ the 2nd Pass Camera Animation process
      8. Interpret the Lighting 1st Pass
      9. Experiment with rendering and post-production exploration
      10. Outline other refinements to assets as needed
    7. Appraise the group final polish pass
      1. Apply Final Polish Pass on all assets
      2. Produce the Animation Final Pass
      3. Display the Lighting Final Pass
      4. Show the Rendering Style Final Pass
      5. Demonstrate the production of high-quality assets
      6. Examine other Final Polish refinements to Assets as needed, demonstrating overall goal of producing high-quality visual assets supporting story
    8. Evaluate rendering and post effects
      1. Analyze the rendering of finished scenes as completed
      2. Interpret the replacing iterative scenes over existing Animatic
      3. Employ assembling of renders in editing software (Premiere, After Effects)
      4. Experiment with the addition of post effects: sound, effects, text, etc.
    9. Organize group marketing and promotion
      1. Design of supporting visuals: DVD cover, website(s), handout(s), posters
      2. Discover the use of Social Media for (supplementary) promotion
      3. Differentiate between other marketing and promoting methods as needed before presentation reveal
    10. Describe group final presentation and production synopsis
      1. Present final animation to staff and peers
      2. Examine Q&A discussion with staff and peers
      3. Interpret group discussion and summary overview on production experience
      4. Compose a final report on production experience

  
  • GRD 900 - Field Studies in Graphic Design

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 6
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to experience the fields of graphic design both inside and outside of a typical classroom setting. Students will learn software skills, photo editing, illustration and page layout, used in the industry. Students will then apply principles and elements of effective graphic design in an industry setting.
    Competencies
    1. Create bit-mapped images using photo editing software.
      1. Discuss software interface.
      2. Examine software menu commands and panels.
      3. Control work environment using Preferences settings.
      4. Identify by name and function software tools contained in the toolbox.
      5. Enter correct information in Document Setup dialog box according to project specifications.
      6. Color correct images.
      7. Adjust levels of images.
      8. Save selections in channels panel.
      9. Save selections as masks.
      10. Manage layers.
      11. Demonstrate proper use of tools contained in the toolbox.
    2. Create vector shapes and paths using illustration software.
      1. Discuss software interface.
      2. Examine software menu commands and panels.
      3. Interpret information displayed in program dialog boxes.
      4. Control work environment using Preferences settings.
      5. Identify by name and function software tools contained in the toolbox.
      6. Enter correct information in Document Setup dialog box according to project specifications.
      7. Trace a template using drawing tools.
      8. Create brushes and symbols to apply to artwork.
      9. Manage layers.
      10. Demonstrate proper use of tools contained in the toolbox.
    3. Create page layouts using page layout software.
      1. Discuss software interface.
      2. Examine software menu commands and panels.
      3. Interpret information displayed in program dialog boxes.
      4. Control work environment using Preferences settings.
      5. Identify by name and function software tools contained in the toolbox.
      6. Enter correct information in Document Setup dialog box according to project specifications.
      7. Import text files.
      8. Format text according to project specifications.
      9. Import graphics.
      10. Scale graphics according to correct size and placement.
      11. Demonstrate proper use of tools contained in the toolbox.
    4. Analyze the creative process for communication design.
      1. Explain ideation.
      2. Determine creative inspiration resources.
      3. Identify clients’ needs.
      4. Explain a design strategy.
      5. Discuss research for conceptual design.
      6. Identify preliminary design concepts.
      7. Explain a design concept.
    5. Execute a design concept.
      1. Produce a design strategy.
      2. Produce preliminary design concepts.
      3. Demonstrate effective creativity.
    6. Use color theory to effective visual communication.
      1. Identify additive and subtractive color.
      2. Identify primary, secondary and tertiary colors.
      3. Identify warm and cool colors.
      4. Identify color tint and shade.
      5. Examine color psychology.
      6. Produce a color scheme.
      7. Produce color context.
    7. Evaluate principles of graphic design.
      1. Determine principles of graphic design.
      2. Analyze principles of graphic design.
      3. Demonstrate effective composition using principles of graphic design.
      4. Create and produce design layouts.
      5. Collaborate with others about the effectiveness of communication design.
      6. Apply principles of graphic design to create effective visual communication layouts.
    8. Analyze elements of graphic design.
      1. Determine elements of graphic design.
      2. Apply elements of graphic design to effectively communicate intended message.
      3. Demonstrate effective composition using elements of graphic design.
    9. Analyze history of graphic design.
      1. Identify historical graphic design trends.
      2. Compare past graphic designers work.
      3. Assess current graphic design trends.
      4. Examine current graphic designers work.
    10. Execute final presentation of a design comprehensive.
    11. Analyze work.
      1. Participate in class critiques.
      2. Explain verbally the thought process of a communication design piece.
      3. Deconstruct a communication design piece.
    12. Create a photo editing project.
      1. Exhibit professional graphic design practices and work ethic in classroom, lab, and workplace.
      2. Present and defend design solutions to others.
      3. Participate in critiques of their own and other student and professional design solutions.
    13. Create an illustration project.
      1. Exhibit professional graphic design practices and work ethic in classroom, lab, and workplace.
      2. Present and defend design solutions to others.
      3. Participate in critiques of their own and other student and professional design solutions.
    14. Create a page layout project.
      1. Exhibit professional graphic design practices and work ethic in classroom, lab, and workplace.
      2. Present and defend design solutions to others.
      3. Participate in critiques of their own and other student and professional design solutions.
    15. Create a capstone project that relates to industry entry level jobs.
      1. Exhibit professional graphic design practices and work ethic in classroom, lab, and workplace.
      2. Present and defend design solutions to others.
      3. Participate in critiques of their own and other student and professional design solutions.

  
  • GRT 400 - Intro to Printing Methods

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    An introduction to a variety of printing methods. Students will explore the vast array of print production methods and work hands-on with the instructor to complete various printed projects. This course involves lecture and hands-on lab work in the areas of press-room operations, offset lithography, screen printing and digital printing. Bindery and finishing methods will also be covered.
    Competencies
    1. Assess safety and health guidelines in a printing environment.
      1. State the purpose of a plant safety and health program
      2. Describe the importance of machine guards and personal protection.
      3. Demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools and equipment, as well as proper techniques for lifting
      4. Identify the correct handling, storage, and disposal of chemicals and other materials
      5. Explain plans for fire prevention within a plant
      6. Summarize ways to reduce and eliminate waste for environmental compliance.
      7. Locate the MSDS sheets in the printing lab
      8. Describe the purpose of MSDS sheets
      9. Explain how to obtain updated MSDS sheets
    2. Evaluate the workflow of a typical printed project.
      1. List the steps in the creation and production of a project.
      2. Describe the function of each step.
      3. Explain the differences between traditional workflow and digital workflow.
      4. Identify proofing responsibilities and laws.
    3. Differentiate between various printing and publishing methods.
      1. Describe the basic operation of each method.
      2. Identify various items produced from each process.
      3. List local and national businesses that specialize in each process.
      4. Identify local and/or national professional organizations for each.
      5. Recognize the theory of four color process printing.
    4. Produce an understanding of lithographic plate making systems.
      1. Explain how lithographic plates are used on an offset press.
      2. List types of equipment used in plate making.
      3. Recognize the methods and equipment used in different plate making systems.
      4. List common problems associated with plate making systems.
      5. Produce an offset plate from black and white copy.
      6. Center copy in the plate maker.
      7. Obtain proper gripper edge placement on offset plate.
      8. Replenish chemicals for proper development.
    5. Outline a basic understanding of lithography printing press systems.
      1. Distinguish between lithographic sheet fed and web fed systems.
      2. Demonstrate how a substrate travels through a press.
      3. Explain the function of each press cylinder in a printing system.
      4. Describe how dampening and dinking systems prepare a plate for printing.
    6. Print a one-color job on a lithographic press.
      1. Construct a project for one color-one side print production with a fold.
      2. Prepare a paper offset plate for project.
      3. Set up offset press for printing of project.
      4. Maintain proper paper feed for position of imposition.
      5. Maintain proper ink and water balance during printing.
    7. Characterize offset ink properties.
      1. Summarize the various properties of ink.
      2. Define commonly used terms relating to ink.
      3. Identify the characteristics of inks used for different printing processes.
      4. Describe the characteristics of some specialized inks.
      5. Explain how ink characteristics affect the printed product.
      6. Mix ink using the Pantone ink color system.
    8. Demonstrate screen print production.
      1. Determine the inks and mixture percentages to mix a specific color.
      2. Mix inks to proper densities.
      3. Print a one-color job on a screen printing press.
      4. Develop a screen plate.
      5. Obtain proper positioning of image on screen press.
      6. Maintain proper ink coverage on substrate throughout printing process.
    9. Perform finishing and binding of printed products.
      1. Identify finishing methods for completing a multi-page printed product.
      2. Select the most efficient finishing process for a specific job.
      3. Explain the types of equipment found in the finishing and binding section of a facility.
      4. Describe the various binding techniques.
      5. Compare various local finishing and bindery companies.
      6. Summarize the processes needed for different binding techniques.
      7. Trim a project in proper position using the electronic cutting machine.
      8. Jog the paper in for note pad using the jogger.
      9. Mechanically fold the project using the desktop folding machine.
    10. Explain the measurement system used in graphic communications.
      1. Identify incremental measurements of a standard U.S. inch ruler, and standard point/pica measurement system.
      2. Compute decimal equivalents to U.S. inch measurement.
      3. Calculate inch and pica equivalents.
      4. Describe how type is measured using the point/pica measurement system.
      5. Use a line gauge and E gauge to measure point sizes of type.
      6. Use a micrometer to measure paper thickness.
      7. Identify how electronic file sizes are measured.
      8. Understanding color measuring devices to measure ink densities.
    11. Categorize digital printing equipment and systems.
      1. Identify various types of digital printing equipment used in graphic communications.
      2. Differentiate between various digital printing equipment.
      3. Summarize the differences between digital print inks and toners and offset inks.
      4. Describe the differences between laser compatible papers and paper used in other printing methods.
      5. Analyze the advantages/disadvantages between digital and offset printing.
      6. List various printing and finishing features of a digital press.

  
  • GRT 403 - Production Methods

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A continuation of Introduction to printing methods, students will learn production methods of multi-color, multi-panel products for screen, offset, digital printing and flexography.
    Competencies
    1. Summarize safety rules for operating duplicators.
      1. Identify safety considerations in Machine Operations
      2. Read and comprehends material safety data sheets
      3. Identify protective safety equipment when needed
    2. Construct a project for two-color offset printing.
      1. Establish correct document size and bleed settings.
      2. Choose correct color separation settings.
      3. Identify correct trap settings.
      4. Customize and place color control bar in slug area.
      5. Produce separated PDF for output.
      6. Understand four color process printing.
    3. Evaluate our RIP and output to plate.
      1. Transfer file to correct RIP folder via server.
      2. Download and view file on RIP software application.
      3. Produce a paper proof of the plate on the platesetter.
      4. Create a metal plate on the platesetter.
    4. Produce a two-color project on a sheet-fed offset duplicator.
      1. Mix ink required for project.
      2. Develop plates required for project.
      3. Develop plates required for project.
      4. Set up offset press.
      5. Maintain registration.
      6. Maintain quality ink coverage.
      7. Conduct clean up procedures.
      8. Cut down and shrink-wrap project.
    5. Produce a multiple color screen-printing project.
      1. Construct digitally a multiple color project for screen-printing.
      2. Output project to vellum separation.
      3. Create a screen for production.
      4. Prepare ink for production.
      5. Mount screens.
      6. Conduct printing process.
      7. Demonstrate standard clean up and maintenance procedures.
    6. Evaluate advanced digital printing features.
      1. Construct and digitally print a two-sided, multi-page document.
      2. Construct and digitally print a document containing a varnish.
      3. Customize paper on a digital press.
      4. Produce and print a wide format document.
    7. Analyze flexographic functions.
      1. Understand prepress aspects of flexography.
      2. Outline the plating process.
      3. Summarize the printing process.
      4. List die cutting procedures.
      5. Use the press.
    8. Evaluate substrates used in printing processes.
      1. Summarize how paper is manufactured.
      2. List the theories of FCS (Forest Stewardship Council).
      3. Identify the basic characteristics of various types of paper.
      4. Describe the applications of coated and uncoated papers.
      5. Identify standard paper weights.
      6. Recognize the difference in laser compatible and laser guaranteed paper.
    9. Assess the business of printing.
      1. Discuss the three basic types of business organization.
      2. Compare the advantages of conventional and digital printing.
      3. Utilize job tickets and other business forms.
      4. Describe the most common trade customs in graphic communications.
    10. Examine planning and management concepts.
      1. Establish general time management constraints.
      2. Understanding last to first planning.
      3. Plan a timeline as applied for projects.
      4. Identify printable layouts.
      5. Obtain standard project approval policies.
      6. Demonstrate the understanding of meeting a deadline.

  
  • GRT 404 - Intro to Visual Communication

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech

    This class is an overview of the Visual Communications industry. The class will review how history and technology change how we communicate. Students will explore current careers and jobs and the software used by industry professionals. Technical information about the industry will be researched and presented.
    Competencies

    1. Organize information about the visual communications industry
      1. Examine how technology changes have impacted communications
      2. Research the history of the graphic design industry
      3. Explore print and digital publications resources
      4. List websites that offer educational tutorials
    2. Evaluate the major industry segments and how they interact
      1. List various careers areas within the graphics industry
      2. Examine various jobs within local companies and their descriptions
      3. Describe how local professional organizations impact students
      4. Distinguish between various national professional organizations
    3. Determine quality presenting and critiquing techniques
      1. Research what makes a good presentation
      2. Examine the value of critiquing
      3. Plan a PowerPoint by making a word outline
      4. Prepare a presentation of a software skills
      5. Practice presenting as a team
      6. Demonstrate the ability to teach about a subject
    4. Evaluate a guest speaker’s presentation about graphic design industry.
      1. Research background information on speaker’s company and design positions
      2. Prepare questions relating to speaker’s company, design career, and internship opportunities
      3. Summarize presentation by taking notes and writing a review
    5. Differentiate between ways graphic designers communicate
      1. List different ways to communicate media
      2. Explain who uses these different media channels
      3. Discuss the pros and cons of media choices
      4. Summarize the importance of reaching a target audience
    6. Examine current Adobe software graphic designers use
      1. Describe software used in the print industry
      2. List software used in the photography industry
      3. Discuss software used in the video/film industry
      4. Explain which software is used to make digital media and websites
    7. Organize information about the perception of color.
      1. Describe the basic principles of light
      2. Explain how humans perceive color
      3. Discuss how different types of light affect human color perception
      4. Consider how the lighting conditions affects color perception 
    8. Evaluate how color science relates to graphic designers
      1. Describe how to use Pantone color systems
      2. Discuss how color is defined for various media, RGB, CYMK, and others
      3. Use the color wheel to explain the relationships between colors
      4. Describe the differences between additive and subtractive color.
      5. Identify the appropriate color system for various workflows
      6. Demonstrate a basic understanding of color management
    9. Organize information about graphic file formats used in visual communications.
      1. Summarize the basic definition of a file format
      2. Distinguish between lossy and lossless file compression
      3. Identify the appropriate file formats used in various graphic workflows
      4. Explore the purpose for having native file formats
      5. Describe the reason for repurposing file formats
      6. Discuss the appropriate PDF formats used in print and digital media
    10. Evaluate the different laws related to visual communications.
      1. Examine copyright laws of images and graphic design work
      2. Explain the differences between copyright, trademark, and registered graphic work.
      3. Differentiate between royalty-free and limited royal stock photography
      4. List the penalties for violating royalties and copyright laws.
      5. Discuss the legal limitations of graphics and information found via the Internet
      6. Summarize the legal limitations for purchased and found fonts.

  
  • GRT 409 - Project Planning & Management

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A planning and management course specifically for print communications. Cost estimating, ordering, inventory, quality control, job scheduling and management will be covered.
    Prerequisite: GRT 400 , GRT 403  or instructor approval
    Competencies
    1. Develop an understanding of the printing estimator job and the various functions of the position
      1. Distinguish the interrelationship of cost estimator and other plant duties.
      2. List specific skills required by a printing estimator.
      3. Describe the procedure for estimating and quoting
      4. Define “standard Production Time.”
      5. List methods to establish production standards
    2. Explain the general characteristics of the printing industry.
      1. Describe the general characteristics of the printing industry.
      2. Define factors affecting the printer in the future
      3. Demonstrate an understanding of pricing and profit.
      4. Identify printing information resources
    3. Prepare cost estimate for a lithographic printing job.
      1. Calculate the quantity and cost of paper required for a specific offset print job.
      2. Calculate the prepress requirements for a specific offset print job.
      3. Calculate the press requirements for a specific offset print job.
      4. Calculate the finishing requirements for a specific offset print job.
    4. Prepare cost estimate for a flexographic printing job
      1. Calculate the quantity and cost of paper required for a specific flexo print job.
      2. Calculate the prepress requirements for a specific flexo print job.
      3. Calculate the press requirements for a specific flexo print job.
      4. Calculate the finishing requirements for a specific flexo print job.
    5. Prepare cost estimate for a screen print job
      1. Calculate the quantity and cost of paper required for a specific screen print job
      2. Calculate the prepress requirements for a specific screen print job.
      3. Calculate the press requirements for a specific screen print job.
      4. Calculate the finishing requirements for a specific screen print job.
    6. Prepare cost estimate for a digital print job.
      1. Calculate the quantity and cost of paper required for a specific digital print job.
      2. Calculate the prepress requirements for a specific screen digital job.
      3. Calculate the press requirements for a specific screen digital job.
      4. Calculate the finishing requirements for a specific digital print job.
    7. Demonstrate and understanding of a print cost estimating software.
      1. Launch Franklin Estimating software and prepare the initial set-up.
      2. Enter customer information into the software database.
      3. Enter the cost values of production areas into the software database.
      4. Enter paper costs provided from a current paper vendor.
      5. Utilize the software to prepare cost estimates for various types of print jobs.
    8. Demonstrate an understanding of a printing business.
      1. Discuss the three basic types of business organization.
      2. Explain the relationship of business costs to printing estimates.
      3. List areas in graphic communications that make use of computer technology.
      4. Compare the advantages of conventional and digital printing.
      5. Utilize job tickets and other business forms.
      6. Describe the most common trade customs in graphic communications.
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of project planning
      1. Plan a timeline of a printed project as applied to various types of jobs.
      2. Calculate and order paper for various types of jobs.
      3. Calculate and order ink for various types of jobs.
      4. Demonstrate the process of project scheduling and project tracking.
      5. Prepare a finished project for delivery
    10. Demonstrate an understanding of customer service and quality control.
      1. Identify various proofs and their specific uses.
      2. Identify the workflow of the proofing and approval process
      3. Describe the working relationship between customer and provider.
      4. Differentiate between poor quality and good quality
      5. Demonstrate the understanding of meeting a deadline.


Graphic Technologies

  
  • GRT 415 - Digital Imaging I

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Students will learn digital image capture, including use of a professional-grade digital camera. Students will then use Adobe Photoshop to adjust and prepare images for professional print production and other media. Throughout this course, students will learn the principles of digital imaging, including image adjustment tools, color science and color management.
    Prerequisite: GRT 406
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of digital image capture
      1. Explain the difference between analog form and digital form.
      2. List various types of light sensors used in imaging devices.
      3. Identify the array configurations of charge-coupled devices (CCDs)
      4. Define the different types of resolution.
      5. Identify what types of imaging devices should be used for specific results.
      6. Identify types of scanners and digital cameras.
      7. Describe how image capture time can limit the performance of digital imaging devices.
      8. List lighting considerations associated with the use of a digital camera.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of professional grade scanning equipment
      1. Apply proper scanner settings for various types of images.
      2. Scan images for a variety of sizes, resolutions and modes.
      3. Calibrate scanner settings
      4. Describe the proper maintenance of scanning equipment.
      5. Describe the basic features of a digital camera.
      6. Capture images in a variety of settings using a digital camera.
      7. Download images from the camera to the computer
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera operation
      1. Explain the parts of the digital camera.
      2. Identify various types of a digital camera
      3. Discuss functions of adjustable digital cameras
      4. List shutter settings on a standard digital camera.
      5. Describe F stops
      6. Define ?Depth of Field?.
      7. Demonstrate the panning technique for establishing subject focus and blurred background
      8. Explain ?digital zoom? of various lens types.
      9. Discuss the pros and cons of automatic versus manual SLR cameras
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of Color Science, vision and space.
      1. Describe the basic principles of visible light
      2. Explain how humans perceive colors
      3. Define color space
      4. Use the color wheel to explain the relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary colors
      5. Define HSB, HCV, CIIE and Pantone color systems.
      6. Describe both the additive color mixing and subtractive color mixing methods
      7. Explain the basics principles of color separation.
      8. Describe how viewing deficiencies and external conditions affect color perception
      9. Identify the various color measurement instruments.
    5. Prepare line art and grayscale digital images for professional print production.
      1. Calibrate a monitor and scanner
      2. Read colors digitally
      3. Adjust the tonal range of digital images
      4. Explain the concept of digital halftones
      5. Scan and adjust line art
      6. Scan and adjust grayscale images
      7. Prepare grayscale images for spot color reproduction.
      8. Prepare color images for process color reproduction.
      9. Correct the color of digital images using a variety of methods.
      10. Convert RGB to CMYK or spot color images.
    6. Prepare color digital images for professional print production.
      1. Calibrate a monitor and scanner
      2. Read colors digitally
      3. Adjust the tonal range of color images
      4. Remove color casts via gray balance
      5. Explain target colors and color relationships
      6. Match color in a digital file to an analog rpint
      7. Adjust color using a variety of adjustment tools
      8. Apply color profiles to images
      9. Convert RGB to CMYK or spot color separations
      10. Define under color removal and gray component replacement and the purpose in image reproduction
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of color management as used in a print production environment
      1. Explain the CIELAB color space
      2. Define gamut reduction and explain its effect on color reproduction
      3. Explain ICC color profiles
      4. Explain how spot and process colors are defined in page composition files.
      5. Explain how a color management system (CMS) regulates color conversion through the workflow
      6. Cite reasons why characterization and calibration are essential to accurate color reproduction
      7. Explain trapping and list electronic methods
      8. List proofing methods used in graphic communications industry.
    8. Modify images using a variety of selection techniques in Adobe Photoshop.
      1. Create elliptical and rectangular selections
      2. Work with the lasso tools
      3. Explain ICC color profiles
      4. Remove parts of a selection
      5. Combine selections
      6. Copy selections
      7. Save and load selections
      8. Use selections to enhance images
    9. Modify images using layers in Adobe Photoshop
      1. Identify elements of the layers palette
      2. Create new layers
      3. Use layers to merge multiple images
      4. Put type elements into dedicated layers
      5. Utilize Photoshop?s shape layers
      6. Connect and manage multiple layers
      7. Modify images using adjustment layers
      8. Use special effects layers.
      9. Merge and simplify layers
      10. Export and save individual layers
    10. Modify images using a variety of paint and color techniques in Adobe Photoshop.
      1. Work with the brushes palette.
      2. Use the brush tool
      3. Convert images to different color modes
      4. Change colors.
      5. Work with the pencil tool
      6. Use the eraser tools.
      7. Create blends between different colors
    11. Modify images using a variety of filters in Adobe Photoshop
      1. Work with the filter gallery.
      2. Use the extract fitter
      3. Combine filters with selections
      4. Use filters and layer masks
      5. Combine displacement maps and textures
      6. Create custom textures
      7. Use the liquefy filter
    12. Prepare images for web and other electronic devices
      1. Utilize Photoshop’s “Save for Web & Devices” tool.
      2. Explain difference between selective, adaptive and restrictive rendering intents
      3. Explain different dither patterns and their purpose.
      4. Explain the difference between GIF and JPEG file formats.
      5. Explain the inherent differences between preparing and image for print and Web
      6. Utilize the web colors swatches and html codes for generating web friendly colors
      7. Publish self generated images on a website

  
  • GRT 420 - Advanced Printing Methods

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A specialization course in offset lithography. The student will do advanced work in two,three and process color printing. This class will also cover all bindery operation including folding, cutting and stitching.
    Prerequisite: GRT 400 , GRT 403  
    Competencies
    1. Observe all safety rules for operating all pressroom equipment
      1. Identify safety considerations in press operations
      2. Read and comprehend material safety data sheets.
      3. List steps to be taken in case of injury in the lab
      4. Identify protective safety equipment when needed (safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs).
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic operations of an offset press.
      1. Calibrate sheet control systems
      2. Calibrate image control systems
      3. Operate an offset press from set-up of systems to printed sheet.
      4. Perform a color wash.
    3. Print a basic 2 color spot job
    4. Print a basic 2 color spot job containing tight registration.
    5. Print a process color job
    6. Print a multi page signature
    7. Perform offset press maintenance
      1. Determine lubrication requirements
      2. Adjust dampener rollers to plate cylinder
      3. Adjust ink form rollers to plate cylinder
      4. Deglaze rollers and blankets
      5. Degrease plate and impression cylinder
      6. Back flush vacuum pump
    8. Develop basic offset press troubleshooting
      1. Identify trouble-shooting techniques
      2. Identify categories of press troubles
      3. Identify techniques for avoiding emulsification
      4. List the conditions that create ink drying problems.
      5. Identify print quality problems
    9. Execute basic offset press troubleshooting.
    10. Perform basic job planning activities.
      1. Calculate paper needed for a particular print job.
      2. Estimate the cost of the print job.
      3. Prepare a timeline for the print job.
    11. Apply bindery and finishing to print job.
      1. Properly cut down print job using cutter.
      2. Properly fold print job using folder.
      3. Properly bind print job using saddle stitcher.
    12. Apply job delivery procedures.
      1. Shrink-wrap elements of the print job.
      2. Complete job invoice.

  
  • GRT 424 - Digital Imaging II

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course is an advanced digital imaging course for students pursuing a digital publishing emphasis in the Graphic Technologies program or the Digital Publishing certificate. Students will work primarily in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to develop advanced digital imaging skills for print and web. Color management and digital image correction will be emphasized.
    Prerequisite: GRD 463  
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of digital color management.
      1. Construct a shape utilizing straight, curved and corner points
      2. Understand the effect the quantity of vector points has on file size
      3. Construct a shape utilizing layers and color swatches
      4. Construct and illustration utilizing various line shapes and end shapes
      5. Construct an illustration utilizing a temple abd various layers and colors
      6. Construct and illustration utilizing transparencies
      7. Explain how color monitors produce color and cite their limitations.
      8. Explain how color profiles are created
      9. Explain the advantages of using color profiles in digital image adjustment.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic illustrator tools and features
      1. Create a complex illustration utilizing multiple layers
      2. Construct an illustration using a variety of text attributes
      3. Demonstrate understanding between effects and filters
      4. Control object blending modes and opacity
      5. Understand and use the Appearance palette
      6. Understand and apply raster effects
      7. Use 3-D effects to add depth to type
      8. Set and modify type
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of illistrator automation and output features
      1. Create graphs from imported data utilizing the automatic graph feature
      2. Understand and use illustrator flattener and seperation preview
      3. Utilize adjustment layers and selections tools to repair an image
      4. Understand and utilize illustrators export feature for PDF workflow
    4. Utilize knowledge of Adobe Illustrator to develop a varitey of projects
      1. Construct a 3D package design utilizing a supplied package template
      2. Construct an advertisement using text and images
      3. Manage fills, legends, and labels to consruct a variety of graphs
    5. Combine images in photoshop to create a complex image
      1. Utilize photoshop layers and layer effects
      2. Demonstrate skill in object selction and selection tools
      3. Understand and apply blending modes
      4. Understand and apply various filters to objects
      5. Match the color of an image to a specified target.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding adjusting lighting effects in digital images
      1. Adjust light in digital images using photoshop’s lighting effects filter
      2. Understand the properties and texture effects of light
      3. Use predefined lighting styles and create custom lighting styles
      4. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance for consistent light
    7. Demonstrate an understanding of shapening and blurring techniques
      1. Sharpen an image using photoshop’s masking, sharpening and Embossing tools
      2. Create special effects in digital images using photoshop’s blur and special effects filters
      3. Select, duplicate, and combine various parts of an image.
      4. Save the image in the proper color mode and file format
      5. Utilize the path creation tools to create a clipping path.
      6. Remove, add to, and combine selections
    8. Demonstrate an understanding of digital image repair and retouching
      1. Approach repairs in a structured manner to achieve the best possible results
      2. Demonstrate an understanding of the best techniques for repair digital image repair and retouching
      3. Know the different methods of retouching or removing image elements
      4. Retouch and repair a variety of images including an antique image
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of Achieveing Consistent Output of digital images
      1. Understand the definition and relevance of a color profile
      2. Understand the importance of calibration to a color-managed workflow
      3. Demonstrate how the color setting in photoshop effect the color in the final output
      4. Understand considerations of converting images to ensure the best possible output on a commpercial printing press
      5. Understand the best method for converting images from one color space to another
      6. Understand the best method for converting images for the internet
    10. Demonstrate understanding of filter effects in Adobe Photoshop
      1. Apply various filters to images
      2. combine filters with selections
      3. Use filters and layer masks
      4. Combine displacement maps and textures
      5. Create custom textures
      6. Apply the liquify filter
      7. Apply lighting effects to an image
    11. Develop photo illustrations in Adobe Photoshop
      1. Combine various images to make a college
      2. Combine various images to make a new photo illustration
      3. Utilize various paint and drawing tools to create an illustration
      4. Import a vector graphic to use in an illustration composite.
    12. Prepare images for multi color print reproduction and internet publishing
      1. Flatten images for import into other applications
      2. Convert image to correct color mode, resolution, and file format for process color print production
      3. Convert image to correct color mode, resolution, and file format for spot color print production
      4. Convert image to correct color mode, resolution and file format for internet publishing
      5. Apply the correct color settings and profiles for proper color reproduction

  
  • GRT 426 - Digital Publishing III

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course is an advanced desktop publishing course for students pursuing a digital publishing emphasis in the Graphic Technologies program or the Digital Publishing certificate. Students will work primarily in Adobe InDesign to develop advanced skills in layout, text formatting and digital production for print and web.
    Prerequisite: GRD 415 , GRD 430  
    Competencies
    1. Generate complex page layout documents
      1. Create a multiple column grid layout
      2. Use multiple master pages within a document
      3. Create and use layers within a document
      4. Generate a mulipage booklet document
      5. Define and use correct color models
      6. Modify numbering and selection options
      7. Differentiate between absolute and section numbering view
    2. Apply advanced tasks to graphic and text frames
      1. Use text frame options to modify text within a frame
      2. Apply various effects to graphic and/or text frame
      3. Access embedded clipping paths and alpha channels
      4. Convert clipping path to a frame
      5. Use the alignment feature to align frames within a document
      6. Present design ideas to class
    3. Work with advanced text formatting options in a document
      1. Customize bullet and numbered lists
      2. Insert special characters and graphics in a text block
      3. Modify keep options within a text block
      4. Generate a variety of paragraph rules
      5. Utilize open type features
      6. Use story editor to modify and edit text
      7. Control hyphenation and justification
      8. Setup baseline grid to text leading specifications
      9. Insert and apply text variables
      10. Create a GREP expression style and apply to text
    4. Utilize a variety of tab features to format text and tables
      1. Format text utilizing various tab alignments
      2. Align tabbed text to a specific character
      3. Format text utilizing the leader feature
      4. Construct a hanging indent aligning on a character utilizing the tabs tool
    5. Use advanced color options within a document
      1. Utilize the mixed ink swatches feature to generate cuztom mixed tints
      2. Sample color from objects and images
      3. Generate a mixed ink group
      4. Create and apply multipe colors to a gradient swatch
      5. Utilize the ink manager to modify ink types
      6. Utilize seperations preview to identify potential production issues
    6. Use advanced style options for text and objects
      1. Create and use new paragrapg styles
      2. Modify and edit basic paragrapg styles
      3. Create and use new character styles
      4. Build a nested style within a paragraph style
      5. Redefine styles based on local formatting overrides.
      6. Create and use new object styles.
      7. Understand and use table and cell styles.
      8. Import styles from another document.
    7. Demonstrate understanding of long document formatting.
      1. Generate an automatic Table of Contents within a book document.
      2. Generate an index using the automating index palette.
      3. Construct a booklet from multiple InDesign documents.
      4. Utilize story book editor to maintain changes and edits in content.
      5. Utilize assignments, notes and version tracker to maintain edits and changes.
      6. Apply installed scripts to automated tasks
    8. Demonstrate understanding of variable data features.
      1. Create a document utilizing the mail merge feature.
      2. Generate variable text utilizing the data merge feature.
      3. Generate variable images utilizing the data merge feature.
      4. Generate a single record merged document.
      5. Generate a multiple record merged document.
      6. Apply installed scripts to automated tasks.
      7. Import and manage XML data in a document.
    9. Prepare documents for mass distribution
      1. Utilize preflight feature to identify potential production issues
      2. Utilize the flattener preview to identify potential production issues
      3. Modify and/or repair potential production issues within a document
      4. Differentiate between PDF presets and designated usage
      5. Generate appropriate PDF file for a specific method
      6. Package and supply specification information for professional print production
    10. Prepare documents for device distribution.
      1. Utilize preflight feature to identify potential production issues.
      2. Construct the document for specific mobile device layouts.
      3. Apply various interactive features for e-publishing content.
      4. Test publications in mobile content viewer.
      5. Export publication for mobile device usage.
    11. Identify and apply knowledge of various color schemes
      1. Modify a design to be a monochrome scheme
      2. Modify a design to be a analogous scheme
      3. Modify a design to be a complimentary scheme
      4. Modify a design to be a split complementary scheme.
      5. Modify a design to be a tertiary scheme
    12. Demonstrate the use of vector drawing application
      1. Import a template into Adobe Illustrator
      2. Create a drawing design in Adobe Illustrator

  
  • GRT 427 - Specialty Printing Methods

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A course in specialty printing focusing on flexography and screen printing. The student will work in a lab environment to complete multiple-color printed projects, advancing their skills in both printing technologies.
    Prerequisite: GRT 400 , GRT 401, GRT 409 , GRT 410
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate intermediate understanding of flexographic prepress functions
      1. Describe the importance of PH and ink.
      2. Interpret a job ticket of a flexographic job
      3. Determine plate exposure time
    2. Expose and process flexographic plate
      1. Apply film to plate material
      2. Process exposure material to the proper time and settings
    3. Mix and prepare ink for flexographic printing
      1. Use correct formulas for mixing flexo inks
      2. Achieve proper ink flow for flexo printing
    4. Demonstrate intermediate understanding of flexographic press set-up functions
      1. Prepare flexographic slitter
      2. Prepare roll matrix station
      3. Prepare roll delivery station
      4. Prepare laminating station
      5. Mount plate cylinder to press.
      6. Make ready/set up press
    5. Print a multi-color label using a flexo press
      1. Maintain accurate position of printed image, side to side, and head to foot.
      2. Maintain proper roll tension to keep good print registration
    6. Perform standard machine clean up and maintenance of a flexo press.
      1. Clean the analox and metering rolls.
      2. Drain the ink pan
      3. Clean and remove flexo plates
      4. Maintain regular greasing and oiling
    7. Identify and execute trouble shooting of flexo printing
      1. Repair Dr. Blade wear
      2. Maintain cleanliness of all rollers, pans and parts
      3. Adjust and obtain proper paper web tension.
      4. Maintain proper machine maintenance of flexo press
    8. Demonstrate intermediate understanding of screen printing prepress functions.
      1. Interpret screen print job tickets
      2. Prepare screen for emulsion and exposure
      3. Apply emulsion to screen
      4. Determine exposure time and expose screen
      5. Wash and mount screen to press
      6. Mix or prepare ink
    9. Print a multi color screen printing job
      1. Print a two color or three color job
      2. Print a four color, or five color, or six color job
    10. Print a job requiring tight registration
      1. Use a composite image to set initial screen frame position.
      2. Center shirts on platen
      3. Make color positioning adjustments
      4. Make final, fine adjustments
    11. Perform standard clean-up and maintenance operations of screen printing equipment.
      1. Maintain routine greasing of screen printing press and dryer.
      2. Remove tape form sides of frame and clean all screen frames completely

  
  • GRT 430 - Emerging Technologies

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course explores advanced and emerging technologies in the graphic communications industry. Students will be exposed to equipment and software applications that are new to the industry and learn new publishing techniques from hands-on projects. Topics include interactive projects, color management, PDF workflow, variable data publishing and multichannel marketing.
    Prerequisite: Completion of terms 1, 2 and 3 of the Graphic Technologies program or instructor approval
    Competencies
    1. Develop and publish an interactive project
      1. Develop an interactive slide show utilizing Adobe Acrobat.
      2. Develop an interactive slide show utilizing Adobe InDesign
      3. Develop an interactive slide show utilizing Adobe Flash.
      4. Publish interactive projects on a web site.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of PDF workflow
      1. Generate PDF files with printers’ marks and bleed in the proper PDF/X format.
      2. Generate soft-proof PDF files.
      3. Generate custom PDF job options for various production scenarios
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of Acrobat and PitStop Pro.
      1. Utilize PitStop Pro to repair font issues with PDF files
      2. Utilize PitStop Pro to repair color issues with PDF files
      3. Utilize PitStop Pro to repair image and graphic issues with PDF files
      4. Customize profiles in PitStop pro and apply to various projects
      5. Develop a streamlined workflow in Acrobat and PitStop Pro
    4. Demonstrate an application of color management
      1. Explain CIELAB color space
      2. Define gamut reduction and explain its effect on color reproduction
      3. Explain ICC color profiles
      4. Explain how a color management system regulates color conversion through the workflow
      5. Define “color profile” and its function in color management and color correction
      6. Use a spectrophotometer to create custom profiles
      7. Defile shadow clarity and list several methods used for its improvement
      8. List proofing methods used in the graphic communications industry
      9. Modify and adjust images utilizing various device profiles
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of variable data publishing
      1. Define personalized marketing and its place in the printing industry
      2. Identify differences between personalized marketing and conventional printed products
      3. Cite advantages to personalized marketing
      4. Describe differences in production and design of personalized marketing as compared to non-personalized print and web mediums
    6. Utilize Adobe InDesign to develop projects that incorporate personalized print marketing
      1. Utilize and improve database for variable project
      2. Utilize various expressions in a variety of projects
      3. Produce a business card that incorporates variable text and images
    7. Utilize PrintShop Mail to develop projects that incorporate personalized print marketing
      1. Utilize and improve database for variable project
      2. Utilize various expressions in a variety of projects.
      3. Produce a business card that incorporates variable text and images.
      4. Produce a letter that incorporates variable citations, images, and dates.
      5. Produce a flyer that incorporates variable citations, personalized text, and images
      6. Produce an event ticket that incorporates variable dates and numbering
      7. Successfully pass performance exam citing expressions for various variable data situations
    8. Demonstrate an understanding of Multi-Channel marketing
      1. Define multi-channel marketing and its place in the marketing industry
      2. Identify differences between multi-channel marketing and conventional printed and broadcast products
      3. Cite advantages to multi-channel marketing
      4. Describe differences in production and design of multi-channel marketing as compared to non-personalized print and web mediums
    9. Utilize XMPIE to develop projects that incorporate multi-channel marketing
      1. Utilize and improve database for multi-channel project.
      2. Utilize various expressions in a multi-channel of projects
      3. Produce a marketing campaign that is multi-channel via XMPIE.

  
  • GRT 433 - InDesign III

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This advanced course in Adobe InDesign goes beyond the basics of desktop publishing. Students expand their skills to produce complex documents for commercial print, and interactive documents for e-publishing. Students will learn to apply XML data to multiple documents, apply database variables and study collaborative workflow techniques.
    Prerequisite: GRD 415 , GRD 430  or instructor permission
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate understanding of constructing InDesign Books.
      1. Construct an InDesign book from multiple documents.
      2. Construct section numbering in the multi-document book.
      3. Create an automatic Table of Contents using paragraph styles.
      4. Generate an index for a book using automatic indexing feature.
      5. Utilize story book editor to maintain changes and edits in content.
      6. Synchronize settings.
    2. Work with advanced text-formatting options in a document
      1. Set and apply advanced paragraph numbering
      2. Modify advanced type settings in preferences
      3. Utilize Open Type features
      4. Use Story Editor to modify and edit text
      5. Control hyphenation and justification
      6. Setup baseline grid to text leading specifications
      7. Insert and apply conditional text
      8. Create a GREP expression style and apply to text
      9. Add and modify footnotes
    3. Create an e-book for publishing to table device.
      1. Create a linear layout for a book document.
      2. Apply styles as appropriate to graphics and text.
      3. Link images and graphics to text for placement.
      4. Create a TOC style for export.
      5. Create a single file e-pub.
      6. Create a multiple file e-pub.
      7. Use the articles panel to organize chapters.
      8. Control text flow and tables for proper export.
      9. Understand image resolution, appearance, and position control.
      10. Troubleshoot and repair via html/css editing.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of variable data features.
      1. Create a document utilizing the Mail Merge feature.
      2. Generate variable text utilizing the Data Merge feature.
      3. Generate variable images utilizing the Data Merge feature.
      4. Generate a single record merged document.
      5. Generate a multiple record merged document.
      6. Apply installed scripts to automated tasks.
    5. Prepare interactive projects using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
      1. Repurpose a multi-document project for digital publication.
      2. Construct liquid layouts for specific mobile device layouts.
      3. Apply inline graphics and styles specific for e-publishing content.
      4. Apply various interactive features for e-publishing content.
      5. Test publications in mobile content viewer.
      6. Export publication for mobile device usage.
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of digital published products.
      1. Discuss the inherent differences between digitally published and print published products.
      2. Differentiate between e-pubs and interactive published magazines.
      3. List publishing resources and restrictions.
      4. Discuss the process of getting a project published.

  
  • GRT 453 - Printing Methods Capstone

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This is the final course for students pursuing an emphasis in printing technologies in the Graphic Technologies A.A.S. degree program. Students work collaboratively to produce a capstone project, utilizing their skills developed in previous courses. In conjunction, students enter completed projects in a statewide professional competition and prepare both hard-copy and digital portfolios.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the Visual Communications diploma and Term 4 of the Graphic Technologies program
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate the ability to plan and coordinate projects for print production.
      1. Define job coordination
      2. Identify considerations for planning jobs
      3. Outline quality expectations
      4. List job specifications
      5. Complete quotation or estimate
    2. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others
      1. Participate as a team member in collaborative project
      2. Attend progress meetings with other classmates
      3. Assist the class in completion of capstone project
    3. Prepare resume for professional review
      1. Complete a final typewritten draft of final copy
      2. Complete final layout of resume
      3. Prepare final resume for hard copy distribution
      4. Prepare final resume for electronic distribution
    4. Complete a portfolio for professional review
      1. Review final portfolio with course instructor as scheduled
      2. Assemble, organize and present portfolio on time and as scheduled.
      3. Evaluate portfolio and make decisions for future portfolio based on review
    5. Apply prepress procedures to and advanced level project
      1. Prepare a proof for the customer
      2. Prepare an offset plate for press
    6. Print an advanced level product
      1. Completing a four color process job
      2. Complete a multi signature booklet, stitched and trimmed.
      3. Utilize superior quality control to achieve a desirable finished product.
    7. Finish a project using standard bindery and cutting equipment.
      1. Complete a project with a parallel and/or right angle folds.
      2. Use a press paper cutter to finish a printed job
    8. Prepare packaging and distribution for project
      1. Shrink wrap, or kraft wrap, and box the finished job.
      2. Complete delivery instructions to a client.
      3. Maintain a minimum of five finished samples for the job ticket
    9. Work with a customer to complete a print project.
      1. Prepare estimate for customer
      2. Communicate with customer on job progress
      3. Prepare and obtain proper proofs for customer approval.
    10. Apply equipment maintenance and troubleshooting procedures.
      1. Maintain routine maintenance
      2. Troubleshoot printing, ink or paper related problem
      3. Maintain accurate maintenance record
    11. Apply knowledge of print shop safety precautions
      1. Act with safety around equipment
      2. Act with safety with all shop chemicals
      3. Keep accurate records and labeling for OSHA regulations
    12. Assist in planning a portfolio showing event
      1. Participate in class discussions for this show
      2. Prepare and mount entries for contest
      3. Attend portfolio event

  
  • GRT 455 - Digital Publishing Capstone

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This is the final course for students pursuing an emphasis in digital publishing in the Graphic Technologies A.A.S. degree program. Students work collaboratively to produce a capstone project, utilizing their skills developed in previous courses. In conjunction, students enter completed projects in a statewide professional competition and prepare both hard-copy and digital portfolios.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the Visual Communications diploma and Term 4 of the Graphic Technologies program
    Competencies
    1. Modify previously created projects to exemplify current knowledge and skills
      1. Modify to improve graphic design and layout projects as specified by the instructor
      2. Modify to improve digital image projects as specified by the instructor
    2. Create a magazine cover design for professional print production.
      1. Conceptualize design through thumbnail sketches and consultation.
      2. Execute the concept in the appropriate computer application.
    3. Apply skills to specified component of class project.
      1. Execute specified position as assigned
      2. Assist if the bindery production of the printed project.
    4. Work with a customer to complete a design project.
      1. Execute project in the appropriate computer application as specified by the client
      2. Meet with customer on a regular basis to present progress.
      3. Package the project for professional print production
    5. Output digital files to plate or film media
      1. Prepare postscript file of digital document.
      2. Operate RIP software to execute digital file output.
      3. Operate the imagesetter for digital output and process media.
    6. Assist in the planning of a portfolio showing event
      1. Execute specified position as assigned
      2. Maintain communication with team partners
      3. Attend portfolio at event and present portfolio
    7. Prepare images for professional print production
      1. Adjust process and spot color images in an image editing application
      2. Save the images in the proper color mode, file format, and resolution
    8. Demonstrate the ability to organize time and meet deadlines
      1. Participate in instructor/student progress meetings
      2. Maintain progress in accordance to course timeline
      3. Maintain personal time log of progress
      4. Submit time records with completed projects
    9. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others
      1. Participate as a team member in collaborative project
      2. Attend progress meetings with other classmates
      3. Assist the class in completion of capstone project.
    10. Prepare resume for professional review
      1. Complete a final typewritten draft of final copy
      2. Complete final layout of resume
      3. Prepare final resume for hard copy distribution
      4. Prepare final resume for electronic distribution
    11. Prepare a portfolio for professional review
      1. Review final portfolio with course instructor as scheduled
      2. Assemble, organize and present portfolio on time and as scheduled.
      3. Evaluate portfolio review and make decisions for future portfolio based on review
      4. Prepare final portfolio for electronic distribution
    12. Document job search strategies.
      1. Prepare a written job search strategy
      2. Maintain a job search log.

  
  • GRT 466 - Digital Imaging for Print

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course is an advanced Adobe Photoshop course that trains students for a career in professional digital image adjustment. Color management and digital image correction for various media in print production will be emphasized.
    Prerequisite: GRD 463  
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate Color Management principles
      1. Differentiate between color modes
      2. Change an images color mode
      3. Understand the purpose of ICC color profiles in a color-managed workflow
      4. Demonstrate soft proofing using appropriate color profiles and printer specifications
    2. Demonstrate understanding of digital image resolution
      1. Crop an image
      2. Change an image size properly
      3. Understanding interpolation
      4. Understanding dpi, line screen, ppi
    3. Combine images in Photoshop to create a complex image
      1. Utilize Photoshop Layers and Layer effects
      2. Demonstrate skill in object selection and selection tools
      3. Understand and apply Blending modes
      4. Understand and apply various filters to objects
    4. Demonstrate an understanding adjusting lighting effects in digital images
      1. Understand the properties and texture effects of light
      2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance for consistent light
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of shapening and blurring techniques
      1. Sharpen an image using Photoshop?s Masking, sharpening and Embossing tools
      2. Understand the purpose of sharpening and when and if to apply it
    6. Demonstrate an understanding of digital image repair and retouching
      1. Utilize an order of operations to achieve the best possible results
      2. Demonstrate an understanding of the best techniques for repair digital image repair and retouching
      3. Use different methods of retouching or removing image elements
      4. Retouch and repair a variety of images including antique images, low resolution and poor quality originals
    7. Work with layers
      1. Create and name layers
      2. Apply adjustment layers
      3. Edit layers
      4. Merge layers
      5. Flatten layers
      6. Organize layers
    8. Create layer masks
      1. Edit layer masks
      2. Use one layer to mask another layer
      3. Use a layer to mask multiple layers
    9. Save selections as channels
      1. Define pixels to include in selection area using selection tools.
      2. Save and name a selection in the channel panel
      3. Load a selection
      4. Examine channels and how they contribute to the final image.
    10. Color correct images for output
      1. Understand how to use the info palette to read CMYK information.
      2. Understand the proper CMYK color builds for memory colors
      3. Understand ink limits and how it affects the printing process
      4. Understand dot gain
      5. Understand the limitations of the CMYK gamut and how to work with color shift
      6. Understand rendering intents
      7. Demonstrate the ability to color correct images for different outputs (newsprint, high end glossy, and web)
      8. Utilize the various tools in Photoshop to achieve the desired output goals
    11. Process and repair pdfs for CMYK output
      1. Extract images for color correction.
      2. Fix 4 color black and overprinting
      3. Convert Pantone colors to CMYK
      4. Demonstrate how to fix atomic regions with Illustrator

  
  • GRT 932 - Internship

    Credits: 3-4
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 8-12
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    On-the-job training for Graphic Technologies students. Included is a weekly seminar for the exchange of information review and evaluation.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the Visual Communications diploma and Term 4 of the Graphic Technologies program
    Competencies
    1. Locate an approved internship for work experience.
      1. Follow up on available internships
      2. Interview for internship positions
    2. Complete work agreement contract for employment
      1. Record accurate information necessary for employment experience
      2. Obtain appropriate signatures for endorsement purposes.
    3. Complete 120 hours of approved internship experience
      1. Attend internship position according to employer specified agreement
      2. Complete work related tasks as assigned by the employer
    4. Develop problem-solving techniques to on-the-job situations.
      1. Develop attitudes necessary for successful job performance and cooperation with coworkers and management
      2. Describe attitudes and steps necessary to solve conflicts
      3. Explain techniques of managing your emotions.
      4. Explain various methods of dealing with stress
    5. Maintain hourly time log
      1. Record hours worked each day of the week
      2. Prepare hour log in accordance with employment recording method
    6. Verify and maintain report in personal intern/coordinator file.
      1. Prepare written report on intern activities on a weekly basis
      2. Present and discuss report to instructor on a bi-weekly basis
    7. Attend scheduled seminars
      1. Explain personal internship work experience in class
      2. Complete written evaluation of speakers
      3. Complete written assessment of field trip seminars
    8. Present internship projects
      1. Prepare a formal presentation of internship projects for the class.
      2. Participate in class discussion of internship and projects.
    9. Reflect upon internship experience
      1. Prepare written report describing learning experiences of the internship
      2. Present reflection to class.


Health Information Technology

  
  • HIT 120 - Pharmacology for HIT

    Credits: 1
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech


    This course provides an introduction to common medication, medication therapies and drug effects relevant to the subject of health information technology. Students will learn the basics of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), the role of health information technology in drug safety and the current pharmacology environment in the U.S.
    Competencies
    1. Explain the current pharmacology environment in the U.S.

    1. Describe different pharmacy settings (hospital, retail, internet).

    2. List the major chain pharmacies in the U.S.

    3. Name several major pharmaceutical companies and key products.

    4. Describe the role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs).

    5. Explain a typical example of prescription drug coverage through private insurance.

    6. Discuss prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D.

    7. Identify the dollar amount spent in the U.S. each year for pharmaceuticals.

    2. Examine basic knowledge of drug terminology, forms, and routes of administration.

    1. Define these terms: therapeutic effect, side effect, adverse effects, target organ.

    2. Compare between prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

    3. Differentiate between generic name and trade name/brand name.

    4. Describe a drug formulary, prior authorization, and step therapy.

    5. Differentiate between a local and systemic drug effect.

    6. Explain the concept of medication reconciliation.

    7. Summarize drug forms and routes of administration.

    8. Define nine forms in which drugs are manufactured.

    9. Identify eight routes of drug administration.

    3. Discuss systems of measurement and the prescription.

    1. Name at least three common metric abbreviations used in drug dosages.

    2. Define Latin abbreviations indicating frequency of dosing.

    3. Identify the basic components of a prescription.

    4. Describe which health care professionals are authorized to write prescriptions.

    5. Explain the flow of a prescription from time of writing to fulfillment.

    4. Describe the basics of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing).

    1. Define e-prescribing.

    2. Name the participants in e-prescribing including Surescripts the nation’s e-prescription network to enable electronic prescribing and facilitate the secure exchange of health information.

    3. Explain how e-prescribing differs from traditional prescription methods.

    4. List the basic steps of e-prescribing.

    5. Describe the benefits and drawbacks of e-prescribing.

    6. Summarize the current use of e-prescribing.

    7. Give examples of where to go to learn more about e-prescribing.

    8. Discuss what is being done to ensure the security and privacy of prescriptions and personal health information.

    9. Explain how the federal government is encouraging e-prescribing.

    5. Compare the top 200 Drug list - brand Name, generic name and common use(s)

    1. Compare brand and generic names of the top 200 drugs.

    2. Identify the common use(s) of the top 200 drugs.

    3. Explain the relationship between the medical diagnosis and the drugs.

    4. Demonstrate proper pronunciation and spelling of drugs and related terminology.

  
  • HIT 125 - Essentials of Health Records

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course familiarizes students with the origin, uses, content and format of health records, including both paper and electronic health records. It covers required standards for health records, organization of records and analysis of health record data. The fundamental components, terminology and functions associated with electronic health record (EHR) systems in the health care provider practice. This course also familiarizes students with technologies used in the field of medical transcription.
    Competencies
    1. Characterize the patient record.
      1. Define a health record.
      2. Differentiate among various types of patient records formats.
      3. Explain the purpose of patient record and provider documentation completion responsibilities.
      4. Explain the flow of post discharge processing of health information.
      5. List and explain the major functions of a health information management department.
      6. Explain the principles and process flow of an incomplete record system.
      7. Compare paper-based verses electronic records processing.
      8. Explain mehods for correcting errors in documentation.
      9. Discuss the importance of authentication of records.
      10. Differentiate between licensure, accreditation, regulations and list accrediting and licensure organizations/government agencies.
    2. Examine the content of the patient record and health record data.
      1. Explain general documentation requirements of health records and their compliance with accreditation standards and federal and state laws and regulations.
      2. Describe the contents of inpatient, outpatient and physician office records.
      3. Differentiate among administrative and clinical data collected on patients.
      4. Describe the flow of clinical data through an acute care facility.
      5. List and understand the required reports and data elements in clinical reports and health record.
      6. Given a data element, identify the appropriate orginal source of data.
      7. List elements of Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS).
      8. Distinguish between data and information.
      9. Define primary and secondary data.
      10. Distinguish between characters, fields, reports, files.
    3. Explain indexes, registries, research studies and health data collection.
      1. Define key terms related to indexes, registries and health data collection.
      2. Identify, describe and understand purpose of registries maintained by health care facilities and state and federal agencies.
      3. Explain the purpose of a master patient index.
      4. Discuss the importance of maintaining accurate and permanent retention of MPI.
      5. Describe the differences and advantages/disadvantages between manual and computerized MPI.
      6. Discuss clinical research and trails including Medicare qualifying trials, IRB and research informed consent.
      7. Discuss the characteristics of health data collection and ensuring data quality.
      8. List and explain key data categories.
      9. Define data sets used in health care and identify their applications and purposes.
    4. Examine the role of medical transcriptionists.
      1. Define medical transcription.
      2. Describe duties performed by transcriptionists.
      3. Identify the types of documents produced.
      4. Explain the uses of transcribed data.
      5. List basic competencies of medical transcriptionists.
      6. Name the reference materials used by transcriptionists.
      7. Identify work settings for transcriptionists, including home based offices.
      8. Differentiate between clinical and hospital transcription.
      9. Discuss how accurate transcription contributes to safer and higher quality care.
    5. Describe health information technologies used for medical transcription
      1. Describe the flow of data from the point of care to transcription to health care information systems.
      2. Identify equipment used for transcription.
      3. Describe the role of the Internet in transcription.
      4. Identify privacy and security controls for transferring data via the Internet.
      5. Understand compliance with style and formatting requirements.
      6. Describe speech recognition technology.
    6. Describe the job outlook for medical transcriptionists.
      1. Summarize education and training requirements for a transcriptionist.
      2. Discuss certification opportunities.
      3. Explain the increasing demand for transcription services.
      4. Describe compensation methods for transcriptionists.
    7. Characterize the role of the EHR in facilitating complete documentation, efficient workflow and timely communications among clinicians, staff and patients.
      1. Understand the applications used for practice management and EHR including the purpose, advantages/disadvantages and an overview of flow of patient information.
      2. Explain the transformation of data into information and the professions who play a key role in the process, what tools and applications are used to collect data and laws and standards that govern health information.
      3. Identify data elements that make up administrative data and learn the steps necessary to make an appointment and register a paient, collect administrative/demographic data and capture insurance information.
      4. Use an EHR for data collection and maintenance of past medical, surgical family and social histories and understand importance of data accuracy and proper handling of inconsistent, unclear or incorrect data.
      5. Examine the care providers collection and use of healthcare data including documentation of patient’s history of present illness, review of system, physical exam and meaningful use requirements in relation to maintaining a problem list, e-prescribing and computerized order entry.
      6. Define the claims management process including use of superbill, ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS coding and understand the basics and importance of billing and coding procedures and policies and standards to ensure compliance with regulations and agency requirements.
      7. Describe the regulations such as HIPAA and HITECH including privacy and security standards and methods to maintain security safeguard data integrityy and audit compliance with access and release of information. Using EHR understand Meaningful Use of electronic data for continuity of care and accounting for data disclosures.
      8. Examine the management of information and communication utilizing an EHR as a communication tool, imprinting documents in nonelectronic format, use of templates for standardized data collection, importance of screen customization for flexibility to care providers to improve satisfaction of using electronic tools and use of alert system including task list and system flags to improve patient outcomes.
      9. Use the EHR database to write custom and system generated reports and explore database in its use in decision support for clinical and administrative reasons and data collection resulting in information for credentialing process.
      10. Explain the future of electronic environment in healthcare including health informatics, telemedicine, telehealth and patient medical homes and devices that make collection and sharing of health information more timely and efficient but remains secure.

  
  • HIT 162 - Data Security for Health IT

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course provides knowledge of current data security issues in the healthcare environment. A high-level emphasis is placed on identifying vulnerabilities and protection schemes. Additionally, the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information will be discussed.
    Prerequisite: HIT 360  or Instructor Approval
    Competencies
    1. Explain medical records privacy and ethical issues related to patient information
      1. Discuss the implications of the HIPAA privacy and security rules for the protection of information
      2. Explain the potential risks to and vulnerabilities of the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of an organization’s sensitive information
      3. Discuss reasonable and appropriate policies and procedures to comply with regulatory requirements
      4. Define breach as it pertains to personal health information
      5. Describe required notification and reporting practices triggered by a breach occurrence and the role of Office of Civil Rights.
    2. Differentiate methods to maintain data quality
      1. Define data integrity and data mining and their relevance to health care
      2. Discuss strategies to ensure data integrity, accuracy, and quality
      3. Differentiate between online, offline, and out-sourced data storage and how storage conditions affect data integrity
      4. Discuss the significance of data cleansing for data warehousing and data mining
      5. Examine data sharing and transfer, consent, and considerations
    3. Discuss mitigation strategies to security threats by personnel and other internal influences
      1. Discuss social engineering tactics
      2. Identify competing and conflicting personnel interests
      3. Explain the impact that Internet technology, cloud environment and/or social networking has on health information security
      4. Describe end-user roles of organizations’ systems security policies
      5. Discuss importance of routine security training
    4. Outline mitigation strategies to technical and physical vulnerabilities
      1. Explain physical access & appropriate deterrents for unauthorized parties
      2. Discuss sources of printed and electronic waste and proper disposal techniques
      3. Examine the fundamentals of network security including topology and devices
      4. List acceptable authentication and permission mechanisms
      5. Describe protocols for data encryption and digital signatures
      6. Explain the importance of activity logs and system benchmarks
    5. Examine implications for use of mobile and wireless devices in healthcare information systems
    1. Describe mobile devices and apps security, convenience, accuracy, efficiency, and productivity
    2. Examine the fundamentals of wireless devices, authentication, encryption, and Wi-Fi connections
    3. Discuss administrative, physical, and technical safeguards

  
  • HIT 233 - ICD-10 Coding

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Introduction to the use of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS classification system with application of coding guidelines.
    Prerequisite: HSC 114  
    Prerequisite OR Corequisite: MAP 141  
    Competencies
     

    1. Examine ICD coding
      1. Outline the history of coding
      2. Apply HIPAA to diagnostic coding
      3. Discuss professional coding associations
    2. Evaluate the use of the ICD manuals
      1. Differentiate the structure and use of the volumes in the ICD
      2. List the steps utilized for locating diagnostic codes
    3. Interpret ICD-CM coding principles
      1. Explain diagnostic coding relevant to infectious and parasitic disease
      2. Demonstrate the use of the neoplasm table and diagnostic coding of neoplasms
      3. Explain the diagnosis coding process related to diseases of the blood and the circulatory system
      4. Illustrate the diagnostic coding of endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases
      5. Explain diagnostic coding for mental and behavioral disorders
      6. Demonstrate diagnostic coding of diseases of the eyes and ears
      7. Explain diagnostic coding for body systems to include respiratory, digestive, integumentary, muscuoskeletal, and genitourinary
      8. Discuss the process for coding pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium
      9. Demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic coding for external causes and factors influencing health status
    4. Interpret ICD-PCS coding principles
      1. Explain coding of the medical and surgical section
      2. Demonstrate coding of obstetrics
      3. Illustrate coding of placement
      4. Demonstrate knowledge of administration coding
      5. Explain coding of the measurement and monitoring section
      6. Illustrate coding practices therapies section
      7. Explain coding practices of osteopathic and chiropractic section
      8. Explain coding of radiation therapy section
      9. Demonstrate knowledge of coding practices for physical rehabilitation and audiology
      10. Illustrate knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment coding
    5. Apply diagnostic codes according to current guidelines
      1. Demonstrate knowledge of taxonomies
      2. Explain coding terminologies
      3. Demonstrate sequencing of diagnosis codes
    6. Evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic coding
      1. Apply correct coding convention in the ICD
      2. Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting medical documentation
    7. Demonstrate ethical coding practices
      1. Adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements of medical coding
      2. Analyze current regulations and established guidelines in clinical classification systems
      3. Demonstrate appropriate use of reference materials to facilitate diagnostic coding
    8. Evaluate accuracy of computer assisted coding assignment
      1. Apply simulated outpatient coding
      2. Apply of simulated inpatient coding

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HIT 280 - CPT-4 Coding

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Course will include principles of Health Care Procedural Classification System Coding (CPT-4). Course includes advanced case study applications.
    Prerequisite: HSC 114  
    Corequisite: MAP 141     
    Competencies
     

    1. Explain procedural coding
      1. Define HCPCS
      2. Describe CPT
    2. Demonstrate the use of procedural coding systems
      1. Summarize the CPT manual
      2. Review the HCPCS manual
      3. Give examples of appropriate coding scenarios for procedural coding
    3. Apply procedure codes according to current guidelines
      1. Identify classification systems for CPT
      2. Define coding terminologies
      3. Identify CPT symbols
    4. Assign procedural codes
      1. Assign Evaluation and Management codes
      2. Apply surgical coding guidelines
      3. Explain global procedures
      4. Explain bundled coding
      5. Assign CPT modifiers
    5. Evaluate the accuracy of procedural coding
      1. Demonstrate appropriate sequencing of CPT codes
      2. Discuss coding practices for appropriate billing
      3. Abstract procedural codes from medical records
    6. Demonstrate ethical coding practices
      1. Adhere to the legal and regulatory requirements of medical coding
      2. Identify current issues with medical coding rules and regulations
      3. Demonstrate appropriate use of reference materials to facilitate procedural coding

  
  • HIT 290 - Reimbursement Methods

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This introduction to health insurance and reimbursement studies payment systems for all types of healthcare systems and managed care. Changing trends in the reimbursement of healthcare services are reviewed. Topics include prospective payment systems, charge master maintenance, DRGs, APCs, ASC Groups, RBRVs, third-party payers, EOB, Quality Improvement Organizations, managed care/capitation and compliance. Students practice completing claim forms for a variety of medical scenarios and learn the importance of accurate coding and medical necessity to ensure proper reimbursement.
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate healthcare reimbursement methodologies.
      1. Differentiate common national models of healthcare delivery.
      2. Describe the characteristics of the US healthcare delivery sector.
      3. Explain the influence of the federal government in the US healthcare sector.
      4. Summarize the history of development of health insurance in US.
      5. Differentiate payment methods on unit of payment, time frame, and risk.
      6. Summarize types of healthcare reimbursement methodologies.
      7. Compare and contrast fee-for-service reimbursement from episode-of-care reimbursement.
      8. Describe trends in the healthcare sector.
      9. Define terms associated with healthcare reimbursement methodologies.
    2. Examine clinical coding and coding compliance.
      1. Differentiate the difference code sets approved by the healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
      2. Describe the structure of approved code sets.
      3. Examine coding compliance issues that influence reimbursement.
      4. Explain the roles of various Medicare improper payment review entities.
    3. Characterize voluntary healthcare insurance plans
      1. Discuss major types of voluntary healthcare insurance plans.
      2. Differentiate individual healthcare plans from employer-based healthcare plans.
      3. Review types of Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans and state healthcare plans for the medically uninsurable that are available.
      4. Explain the provisions of healthcare insurance policies and the elements of a healthcare insurance identification card.
      5. Review the filing process of a healthcare insurance claim.
      6. Discuss remittance advices and explanations of benefits.
      7. Define basic language associated with reimbursement by commercial healthcare insurance plans and by Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.
    4. Distinguish the different government-sponsored healthcare programs.
      1. Differentiate among and to identify the various government-sponsored healthcare programs.
      2. Summarize the history of the Medicare and Medicaid programs in America.
      3. Review the effect that government-sponsored healthcare programs have on the American healthcare system.
    5. Outline managed care plans.
      1. Define and trace the origins of managed care.
      2. Delineate characteristics of managed care in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness.
      3. Describe common care management tools used in managed care.
      4. Discuss accreditation processes and performance improvement initiatives used in managed care.
      5. Define cost controls used in managed care.
      6. Summarize contract management and carve-outs.
      7. Define types of managed care plans along a continuum of control.
      8. Describe the use of managed care in states? Medicaid programs, Children?s Health Insurance Program, and Medicare.
      9. Discuss types of integrated delivery systems.
      10. Define terms commonly used in managed care.
    6. Examine Medicare-Medicaid prospective payment systems for inpatients
      1. Differentiate major types of Medicare and Medicaid prospective payment systems for inpatients.
      2. Define basic language associated with reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid prospective payment systems.
      3. Explain common models and policies of payment for inpatient Medicare and Medicaid prospective payment systems.
      4. Describe the elements of the inpatient prospective payment system.
      5. Examine the elements of the inpatient psychiatric prospective payment system.
      6. Differentiate critical access hospital reimbursement with other prospective payment systems
    7. Distinguish ambulatory and other Medicare-Medicaid reimbursement systems
      1. Differentiate major types of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement systems for beneficiaries.
      2. Define basic language associated with reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid healthcare payment systems.
      3. Explain common models and policies of payment for Medicare and Medicaid healthcare payment systems for physicians and outpatient settings.
      4. Identify the elements of the relative value unit and major components for the resource-based relative value scale payment system.
      5. Describe the elements of the ambulance fee schedule and the end-stage renal disease prospective payment system.
      6. Explain the elements of the outpatient prospective payment system and the ambulatory surgical center payment system.
      7. Discuss the elements of the payment systems for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.
      8. Summarize the elements of the hospice services and payment systems.
    8. Differentiate Medicare-Medicaid prospective payment systems for postacute care
      1. Define the postacute care settings.
      2. Differentiate the Medicare and Medicaid prospective payment systems for healthcare services delivered to patients in postacute care.
      3. Describe Medicare’s all-inclusive per diem rate for skilled nursing facilities.
      4. Explain Medicare’s prospective payment systems for long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
      5. Summarize Medicare’s per-episode payment system for home health agencies.
      6. Distinguish the specialized collection instruments, standardized base rates, and case-mix groups that exist in postacute care.
      7. Describe basic language associated with reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid prospective payment systems in postacute care.
      8. Explain the grouping models and payment formulae associated with reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid prospective payment systems in postacute care.
    9. Examine revenue cycle management
      1. Describe the components of the revenue cycle.
      2. Define the components of the structure and maintenance of the charge description master
      3. Discuss compliance guidance resources and tools available to assist with maintenance of the charge description master.
      4. Explain the purpose of how a revenue cycle management team can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the revenue cycle process with utilizing key performance indicators and developing different methods of revenue cycle analysis.
      5. Review different methods of revenue cycle analysis such as case-mix index analysis, MS-DRG relationships reporting, outpatient code editor review, site of service review IP vs OP, E/M coding review, etc.
    10. Characterize value-based purchasing, pay for performance and accountable care organizations
      1. Describe the origins and evolution of value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance and accountable care organizations.
      2. Discuss models of value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance and accountable care organizations.
      3. Examine models of value-based purchasing and pay for reporting programs implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for various healthcare settings and payment systems
      4. Explain how compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services value-based purchasing programs affects healthcare reimbursement for a facility, entity, or a professional.

  
  • HIT 315 - Electronic App for Health Dat

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course provides an overview of health informatics and explores the impact of information technology on the healthcare industry. Students will use electronic spreadsheet and database applications to analyze and format data for presentations and decision-making. A variety of electronic applications are reviewed in a computer lab and/or field trip setting.
    Prerequisite: HIT 522  or instructor approval
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate various types of clinical and administrative health software off-campus and/or through in-class demonstration.
      1. Evaluate types of electronic applications in the health care setting such as electronic health records, billing system, e-prescribing, computerized physician order entry, etc.
      2. Review databases/patient registries, clinical decision support systems, population health management, health information exchange and other administrative and/or clinical reporting systems.
    2. Examine a variety health IT data resources.
      1. Examine government resources and websites such as: the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, CMS quality Payment Program etc.
      2. Compare resources and websites of associations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, e-Health Initiative, American Medical Informatics Association, American Nurses Association and Nursing Informatics, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, etc.
    3. Create different presentations of various types of data.
      1. Design charts/graphs using software: bar/column, line, comparison and stack, histogram; frequency polygon, etc.
      2. Discuss the presentation methods of data based on visualization best practices.
    4. Generate the retrieval, summation and presentation of health information utilizing data analytic tools.
      1. Explain data analytic tools utilized in the healthcare industry to present health information.
      2. Create spreadsheet applications such as pivot tables and vlookup to perform analysis between data sets and format health data for presentations and decision-making.
      3. Create database applications to analyze and format health data for presentations and decision-making.
    5. Outline how the field of health information technology can benefit from the integration of human factors in the systems design process.
      1. Explain usability and its relationship to HIT systems and how it pertains to EHRs, and describe common challenges.
      2. Examine the impact of HIT usability on user satisfaction, adoption, and workarounds, including error rates and unintended consequences and identify strategies to prevent/address HIT usability obstacles.
      3. Discuss how cognitive, physical, and organizational ergonomics can be applied to human factors engineering.
      4. Correlate the systems-centered approach to error and patient safety and the different dimensions of the concept of human error and the methods used for measuring mental workload and information overload.
      5. Summarize how human factors analysis can be applied to the study of medical devices.
    6. Examine process analysis and workflow redesign and how it can greatly facilitate the implementation of health IT.
      1. Summarize the purpose of process analysis and redesign in clinical settings.
      2. Explain how healthcare process analysis and redesign and meaningful use are related.
      3. List the components of clinical workflow and the value of process mapping.
      4. Examine standard process mapping symbols, conventions and the information that can be generated.
      5. Explain process notation methods and the process aspects and map notations.
      6. Identify potential impacts of HIT implementation on workflow and of workflow analysis on HIT implementation.
      7. Review the importance of continual customer interviews to ensure processes meet their needs.

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HIT 360 - Introduction to HIT

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course covers the basics of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health information exchange (HIE). Current and emerging e-health applications will be discussed, including electronic health records (EHRs), registries, clinical decision tools, etc. Other topics include current federal and state e-health initiatives, the clinic value of health IT and the potential impact on the health care system.
    Competencies
    1. Explain the current healthcare environment
      1. Review the U.S. health care delivery system
      2. Summarize key issues facing today’s health care providers
      3. Describe types of health care providers and health care settings
      4. Discuss payment mechanisms
      5. Explain the role of government in health care
      6. Describe roles of health information management/health IT professionals
    2. Evaluate the health care technology environment
      1. Examine components and information systems in the HIT environment
      2. Evaluate and research trends in healthcare clinical, administrative and financial applications
      3. Discuss current federal e-health initiatives and efforts to create a eHealth Exchange
      4. Explain highlights of the 2009 ARRA HITECH Act and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
      5. Describe current Iowa-based e-health initiatives, including the Iowa e-health project
      6. Define CPOE, eRx, CDS, EHR, PHR, e-health, HIE, telehealth
      7. Summarize recognized e-health resource websites, including healthit.hhs.gov, ehealthinitiative.org
      8. Describe recognized e-health professional associations, such as HIMSS and AHIMA, and available health IT professional certifications
      9. Discuss consumer access to electronic health information
    3. Examine the current emphasis on electronic health records (EHRs).
      1. Summarize the advantages of electronic health records over paper-based and hybrid health records
      2. Describe the current state of EHR adoption and the common implementation challenges
      3. Explain the Medicare and Medicaid incentive and quality payment programs that provide financial incentives and penalties to providers and healthcare organizations
      4. Differentiate between Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive programs
      5. Summarize the common health information standardized data and code sets and types of data
      6. Discuss types of data standards and their importance
    4. Discuss electronic health information exchange
      1. Describe the concepts of regional health information organizations (RHIOs), health information exchanges (HIEs) and eHealth Exchange (formerly NwHIN) and the ONC grant program utilized for the development of HIEs
      2. Explain how standards are needed to support transitions of care, lab exchange, patient engagement and public health measures to meet interoperability needs of HIEs
      3. Review the benefits and challenges of HIEs including privacy and security issues
      4. Define the terms HL7, C-CDA, S&I (formerly HITSP), NIST, HISP and how they relate to HIE
      5. Summarize governance and funding models for HIEs
      6. Review the importance of consumer involvement in HIE & personal health record development
      7. Define a Transitions of Care Summary/Summary of Care Record/Continuity of Care Document (CCD) as it relates to the Summary of Care Meaningful Use objective
      8. Explain the concept of “middleware” and how it relates to HIE
      9. Discuss HIE readiness and the changing workflow to incorporate HIE and EHR use as they impact providers and health care organizations
      10. Report on a local meeting that was attended related to HIT/HIE, such as the Iowa e-health Advisory Council, IA-HIMSS chapter meeting, IA-AHIMA chapter meeting, etc
    5. Outline basic principles of systems analysis and design
      1. Explain systems analysis in healthcare information technology
      2. Describe the system development life cycle
      3. List systems design steps
      4. Describe sources of information for technology evaluation
      5. Compare the selection of a design approach: Build or Buy
      6. Discuss supporting business needs
      7. Explain interoperability and standards
      8. Differentiate between requests for information and requests for proposal
    6. Explain system selection, implementation, support & maintenance
      1. Describe the components of system selection
      2. Discuss vendor demonstrations
      3. Summarize the system implementation process
      4. Review training needs
      5. Understand Help Desk logs and log analysis
      6. Explain disaster recovery, backup, contingency planning and downtime procedures
    7. Summarize systems testing and evaluation
      1. Explain testing and evaluation
      2. Discuss post-implementation review/maintenance and support
    8. Examine systems privacy and security
      1. Describe systems privacy and security
      2. Differentiate between privacy vs. security
      3. Describe the basic concepts of HIPAA and how it relates to electronic data
      4. Explain key components of privacy and security laws and individual rights
      5. Summarize the compliance process
      6. Define access, authorization, authentication and audits
      7. Discuss privacy and security incidents/breaches
    9. Explain the role of administration leadership/management in health IT
      1. Discuss leadership and management roles
      2. Describe strategic planning and alignment within the organization

  
  • HIT 390 - Intro HIT Project Management

    Credits: 1
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech


    This course will provide an overview of project management in the health information technology field. Students will gain an understanding of tools and techniques that result in the ability to create and follow a project management plan.
    Competencies
    1. Explain an overview of project management.

    1. Describe reasons projects are initiated in healthcare.
    2. Define a project, project management and responsibilities of project manager.
    3. Discuss differences of major types of management in order to appreciate how project manager fits. 
    4. Summarize tools available for use when choosing a project.
    5. Explain how organizational structure can have influence on way projects are chosen.
    6. List the series of events in the project life cycle.

    2. Examine project initiation.

    1. Discuss importance of project sponsor.
    2. Define project charter, project plan, scope statement, project stakeholders, stakeholder register, scope creep, work breakdown structure and what they include.
    3. Identify project stakeholders.
    4.  Develop a stakeholder register and work breakdown structure (WBS).
    5. Identify reasons for project success and failure.

    3. Evaluate managing time, costs and procurement activities and tools and quality management.

    1. Define project time management scheduling activities and their tools.
    2. Discuss different time estimates.
    3. Use a project network diagram to calculate critical path and start/end/float.
    4. Explain definitions related to scheduling controls and tools such as milestone, lead/lag time, dependencies, float, duration, effort, critical path, task relationships, etc.
    5. Create cost estimates for tasks in a project.
    6. Explain cost estimates, use of project resources, types of cost categories and types of estimating.
    7. Examine project quality management including project planning, quality assurance, and quality control.
    8. Explain components of quality management plan, tools and approaches to defining quality and basic statistical concepts used in quality assessment. 
    9. Discuss common project management software tools used in today’s health IT workplace.

    4. Review communications and change control relating to the project execution phase.

    1. Describe the process of communicating including methods, barriers, and ways to improve communication skills.
    2. Explain the importance of a communication management plan, how to execute it utilizing a communications plan and types of performance reporting that should be done on any project.
    3. Discuss change and its impact on a project and project managers as change agents.
    4. Summarize change control processes used to monitor and control change such as Gate. 

    5. Examine managing project risk and close-out.

    1. Discuss the categories of risk management: risk management, risk identification, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, response planning and monitoring and controlling risks.
    2. Prepare a risk register including assessing project risks.
    3. Define risk, risk identification, risk analysis, risk register, earned value management tool, risk assessment.
    4. Explain the value of project close-out and collecting lessons learned.
    5. Discuss project closure and closing out the team.

    6. Discuss the importance of utilizing team management skills, leadership and power and negotiating and conflict management.

    1. Explain the five stages of team development.
    2. Discuss the importance of teams and motivation of team members.
    3. Describe leadership vs management.
    4. Summarize leadership theories.
    5. Discuss types of power and how organizational structures influence power.
    6. Examine key points and components of negotiations.
    7. Explain the types, approaches and tactics of negotiations. 
    8. Describe how to manage conflict and hostile aggressive individuals.

    7. Describe contracting and procurement as they relate to project management.

    1. Define the five elements of a contract.
    2. Discuss types of contracts and the two elements for organizing for contracting. 
    3. Explain the steps in the procurement process.
    4. Summarize three things needed for a legal contract and the importance of closing out a contract.

  
  • HIT 420 - Legal Aspects of Health Info

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course focuses on the legal aspects of health information and health records, including access and use of both paper and electronic information. Topics covered include confidentiality, release of health information, liability issues, patient rights, fraud and abuse and ethics. Students will study federal and Iowa-specific laws and regulations related to protected health information.
    Prerequisite: Completion of all first-year HIT courses (HIT 120 , HIT 125 , HIT 162 , HIT 360 , HIT 450  and HIT 522   or instructor’s approval
    Competencies
     

    1. Characterize the legal system and requirements which govern healthcare in the United States.
      1. Differentiate between public and private law and compare and contrast contract and tort law.
      2. Differentiate between the substantive and procedural aspects of criminal law.
      3. Describe the branches of governments and their roles in creating, administering and enforcing law.
      4. List and describe quasi-legal requirements to which health care organizations are subject.
      5. Compare subject matter jurisdiction between the federal and state court systems and differentiate between subject matter and personal jurisdiction
      6. Explain the basic differences between a trial and an appeal and identify the steps in a civil lawsuit.
      7. Distinguish among the different forms of discovery and explain the uniqueness of e-discovery and electronically stored information
      8. Differentiate between the types of alternative dispute resolution.
    2. Examine the judicial process of health information.
      1. Define the following legal terms associated with the role of a health record in a lawsuit: evidence, admissible and hearsay and explain why health records are considered hearsay evidence.
      2. Explain how the health information professional establishes the foundation and trustworthiness requirements for admitting the health record into evidence
      3. Explain the use and application of the physician-patient privilege
      4. Discuss the differences among a subpoena, subpoena ad testifcandum and a subpoena duces tecum
      5. Compare a court order authorizing disclosure of health information and a subpoena
      6. Compare the three recommended responses of a health information professional to the presentation of a subpoena and assess the steps to take when presented with an invalid subpoena duces tecum.
    3. Examine the principles of liability in healthcare and what constitutes ethics.
      1. Describe each of the following relationships: physician-patient, hospital-patient, and hospital-physician.
      2. Summarize theories of liability
      3. Explain defenses and limitations of liability.
      4. Differentiate between ethics, moral, values, etiquette, and law
      5. Discuss ethical concepts and theories and their applications to the health care field.
    4. Explain ethical challenges and how to address them through ethical decision making
      1. Summarize the ethical decision making process.
      2. Describe the factors that influence the ethical decision-making process including code of ethics, patient rights and other factors that play a role in resolving ethical dilemmas.
      3. Identify ethical challenges in general and their application to the roles of supervision, the field of health care and the specialized area of health information management.
    5. Characterize the legal requirements governing the content, retention, and destruction of health information.
      1. Summarize the multiple functions and use of the medical record
      2. Identify and explain how the sources of law influence the content of the health record.
      3. Distinguish between authorship and authentication
      4. Differentiate between proper and improper methods for a health provider to correct the health record and the procedures used to comply with or refuse a patient’s request to correct the record.
      5. Identify factors influencing and the role a statute of limitations plays in a record retention policy
      6. Explain appropriate record destruction and the importance of keeping permanent evidence of a record’s destruction.
    6. Outline patient rights, confidentiality and access to health information pursuant to state and federal law.
      1. Explain the interrelationship between confidentiality and privacy and the three sources of law on which the right of privacy is based.
      2. Discuss open record statutes, privacy statutes and physician-patient privilege.
      3. Describe the types of restrictions that confidentiality statutes and ethical guidelines place on HIV/AIDS information.
      4. Explain informed consent and the scope of informed consent doctrine.
      5. Distinguish between advance directive, living will and durable power of attorney.
      6. Discuss the ownership of health information
      7. Explain the notice of use and disclosure of information practices, consent and authorization.
      8. Examine the rights of access of patients and third parties to patient-specific health information.
      9. Summarize the general principles of disclosure of health information including the core elements of a valid release of information form.
    7. Examine specialized patient record disclosure of health information.
      1. Discuss regulations governing release of information of substance abuse treatment and the types of legal processes issues to access patient records.
      2. Examine regulations for mental health/developmental disability care records
      3. Explain regulations relating to home health and benefits and risks associated with genetic information.
      4. Examine regulations relating to HIV information voluntary, mandatory and anonymous testing.
    8. Describe risk, quality, and utilization management and the legal bases and requirements for the programs.
      1. Explain how the three components of patient record requirements relate to risk management.
      2. Summarize the purpose and definition risk management and incident reports and the discovery and admissibility of incident reports.
      3. Discuss peer review privileges and medical staff disciplinary process within quality management.
      4. Describe the utilization review process.
    9. Examine the legal issues associated with electronic health records as it relates to accreditation, licensure and liability
      1. Compare the three broad categories of laws and regulations governing the creation and storage of an electronic record including business record exception.
      2. Describe physical security, personnel security and risk prevention techniques covered under HIPAA security rule.
      3. Discuss the security issues associated with the use of the Internet and e-mail.
    10. Explain health care fraud and abuse.
      1. Explain the meaning of fraud and abuse and the major laws supporting prosecution for it.
      2. Describe the roles of various law enforcement agencies in the prosecution of health care fraud and abuse.
      3. Explain the meaning of compliance and components of compliance programs.

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HIT 440 - Quality Management

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course provides an overview of supervision and management activities in a health information department. Focus is placed on a team approach toward the achievement of both departmental and organizational goals. Students will participate in problem solving activities, committee activities and development of technical writing skills. Emphasis is placed on activities relating to planning, organizing, directing, controlling and budgeting in an HIM department. Additional topics include performance improvement monitors, utilization management, risk management principles, and QA (Quality Assurance) activities pertaining to JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation Survey
    Prerequisite: HIT 522  
    Competencies
    1. Describe the focus on quality.  
      1. Summarize factors that influence consumers’ perception of quality products and services.
      2. Explain the relationship between cost and quality.
      3. List the quality characteristics important to healthcare consumers, purchasers, and providers. 
      4. Describe the varied dimensions of healthcare quality. 
    2. Examine healthcare quality improvement
      1. Demonstrate an understanding and reflecting on the contents of the varied dimensions of health care quality
      2. Describe the three primary quality improvement activities.
      3. Identify regulatory agencies, accreditation organizations, and other groups that influence health care quality improvement activities.
      4. Describe common components of the quality improvement system in a healthcare organization.
      5. Describe the purpose of a quality improvement plan and basic plan elements.
      6. Explain federal quality improvement legislation/initiatives and federal incentive programs that promote the use of health IT for quality improvement.
    3. Outline the quality management building blocks.
      1. List the three primary quality management activities: measurement, assessment, and improvement.
      2. Explain quality pioneers’ contributions to, and influence on, the manufacturing industry. 
    4. Relate how measuring performance is the starting point of quality management activities.
      1. Describe how to apply structural, process, and outcome measures to evaluate quality.
      2. List common performance measures of healthcare services.
      3. Apply the steps involved in developing performance measures. 
      4. Name national groups influencing healthcare performance measurement priorities.
      5. Explain how healthcare organizations select performance measures. 
      6. Compare the difference between measures of healthcare services and measures of clinical decision making. 
      7. Examine health care performance utilizing quality management tools and activities
      8. Choose and use improvement tools and techniques
      9. Describe frequently used quantitative and qualitative improvement tools
    5. Explain improvement project teams.  
      1. Discuss the role of improvement project participants and beneficial and disruptive team behaviors.
      2. Summarize leadership skills needed to manage team meetings effectively. 
      3. Explain stages of team development.
      4. Identify strategies for preventing improvement project failures.
    6. Examine improving patient safety.
      1. Contrast quality management and patient safety. 
      2. Define measures of patient safety. 
      3. Use prospective risk and root cause analysis to improve patient safety in healthcare processes. 
      4. Explain patients’ role in reducing adverse events. 
    7. Characterize the systems approach to achieving safe and reliable healthcare.
      1. Describe the roles of human factors engineering and reliability science in the improvement of healthcare services. 
      2. Explain the importance of reliability in the delivery of healthcare services and how process reliability is measured and managed.
      3. Compare strategies to improve the reliability of healthcare processes that address the needs of staff and the work to be done. 
      4. Summarize how the effectiveness of improvement actions is measured and how gains are sustained. 
    8. Examine utilization management in managing the use of healthcare resources.
      1. Define the purpose of utilization management and the fiscal impact of utilization and case management activities. 
      2. Summarize utilization management measurement, assessment, and improvement activities.
      3. Compare the role of physicians and non-physicians in managing the use of healthcare resources. 
      4. Explain how clinical practice guidelines are used for utilization management purposes. 
      5. Define case management, care coordination, and continuum of care.
      6. Explain Medicare’s requirements for utilization management
    9. Outline the quality framework of a healthcare organization.
      1. List groups responsible for quality in a healthcare organization and typical participants in healthcare quality management activities. 
      2. Explain the purpose and content of a quality management plan. 
      3. Summarize aspects of organizational culture that influence the effectiveness of quality management and strategies for overcoming environmental characteristics inhospitable to quality improvement. 
      4. Compare the relationship between quality improvement and strategies for ensuring individual competency. 
      5. Discuss the role of the organizations governing board and medical staff in maintaining a competency evaluation system for physicians and licensed independent practitioners. 
      6. Explain medical staff credentialing, reappointment, and professional practice evaluation process. 
    10. Describe information management as a component of quality management.  
      1. Explain purpose of data collection and information management.
      2. List information resources.
      3. Discuss risk management.
      4. Identify data collection methods.
      5. Review basic statistics, displays and reporting techniques. 
      6. Define the computerization/automation of quality management data and the management of documentation
    11. Summarize federal quality improvement legislation and initiatives
      1. List federal programs and quality improvement organizations.
      2. Define key legislative acts and their importance to quality management.
      3. Summarize key federal incentive and penalty payment programs focused on health care quality and the requirements of quality reporting.
      4. Explain the principles of HITECH, including the concept of “meaningful use” and the use of electronic health records to improve quality and reporting of quality data today and beyond.
      5. Explain techniques utilized by healthcare organizations to improve patient safety.

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HIT 450 - Health Statistics

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course covers the collection, analysis, verification and display of health statistics. Students will learn uses for health statistics, basic statistical principles, commonly computed rates, vital health statistics, uniform reporting requirements, effective data display and background on data analytic concepts.
    Competencies
    1. Explain health statistics, data analytics and data and how they apply in health care.
      1. Explain the importance of statistics and data analytics in healthcare.
      2. Identify the users and uses of health care data.
      3. Describe the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics.
      4. Classify the levels of data measurement.
      5. Differentiate between populations and samples.
      6. Distinguish common health care data sets and databases.
    2. Solve basic math concepts, central tendency and dispersion.
      1. Solve calculations with fractions, decimals and percentages.
      2. Demonstrate the function of rates, ratios, and proportions in health care statistics.
      3. Explain and calculate frequencies and frequency distribution.
      4. Identify and calculate the most useful measure of central tendencies for a given data set.
      5. Compute and define dispersion using, range, variance and standard deviation from a frequency distribution.
    3. Evaluate data presentation using tables, charts and graphs used to communicate findings.
      1. Construct a variety of tables.
      2. Compare samples of tables to determine missing or faulty elements.
      3. Construct and interpret tables, pie charts, line graphs, bar charts, pictograms, scatter diagrams, and histograms.
      4. Compare how each of the graphic displays is best used.
      5. Critique samples of charts and graphs to determine missing or faulty elements.
      6. Explain presentation tools and their uses.
    4. Examine different types of health statistics calculated by healthcare organizations and public health.
      1. Differentiate between inpatient and outpatient and other types of health care settings.
      2. List the types of beds in an inpatient facility and describe bed count.
      3. Describe inpatient census, inpatient service days, how they are calculated and complete the calculations.
      4. Compute occupancy rates in a facility, length of stay, average length of stay, leave of absence days and bed turnover rate.
      5. Explain and compute morbidity rates in health care settings and rates for infections, general complications and various patient populations.
      6. Explain and compute consultation rates and mortality rates for patient populations.
      7. Define, discuss trends and calculate obstetric and autopsy rates.
      8. Define key terms and list sources of public health data.
      9. Compare among crude, specific and adjusted rates.
      10. Explain formulas for public health statistics.
      11. Calculate sample public health data using various morbidity and mortality rates.
    5. Analyze measuring HIM productivity, reimbursement and compliance statistics utilized in healthcare.
      1. Apply productivity standard to various functions within HIM.
      2. Examine inpatient prospective payment systems (DRG) and case mix index, and how the calculations are performed.
      3. Examine case mix index data and standards to identify trends.
      4. Solve and define calculations used for compliance and accreditation purposes.
    6. Examine budgets and other calculations used financially in a department
      1. Distinguish between a capital and an operational budget.
      2. Determine return on investment (ROI) and the payback period for a capital expenditure.
      3. Explain and determine monthly budgets and compute budget variances.
    7. Evaluate what constitutes quality data.
      1. Explain the importance of data quality and define the characteristics of quality data.
      2. Define data scrubbing terminology.
      3. Analyze a data set for data cleansing issues.
      4. Define data mapping terminology.
      5. Evaluate a mapped data set for errors.
    8. Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics used in healthcare.
      1. Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics.
      2. Explain the importance and types of random sampling in inferential statistics.
      3. Define confidence intervals, levels, significance, hypothesis testing and probability.
      4. Calculate and define standard error.
      5. Define and identify type I and type II errors.

  
  • HIT 522 - HIT Prof Prac Exp I

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 8
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course provides supervised clinical experience in health care settings. The clinic site will be arranged for you by the instructor unless your instructor informs you otherwise. Site will be chosen based on proximity to student and availability of HIT-trained, on-site supervisor(s). Emphasis will be placed on practical application of basic concepts in the health care setting. Upon completion, student should be able to apply basic health information management theory to health care facility practices.
    Prerequisite: HIT 120 , HIT 125 , HSC 114 , HIT 360 , HIT 390  and HIT 450  with a GPA of 2.0 in all program courses and a 2.0 in all HIT courses or instructor approval
    Competencies
    1. Organize for practicum experience.
      1. Formulate Health Information Technology practicum goals.
      2. Define clear job responsibilities for the practicum.
      3. Use professionalism and communication skills throughout experience.
    2. Assess field experience completed.
      1. Demonstrate appropriate skills in a variety of tasks assigned.
      2. Identify work-related problems that arise and develop solutions using positive work attitudes.
      3. Assess progress at halfway point and plan goals for completion of goals by semester’s end.
      4. Identify and recommend opportunities for skill acquisition throughout program.
      5. Discuss job performance evaluation.
    3. Evaluate experience and learnings.
      1. Review and evaluate practicum site performance.
      2. Summarize practicum experience with a written and oral report.
    4. Organize job search skills.
      1. Compose a resume for an entry-level health IT position.
      2. Demonstrate successful job interview skills.
    5. Demonstrate professionalism.
      1. Maintain HIPAA compliance.
      2. Abide by organizational code of ethics.
      3. Attend the required hours.
    6. Explore the HIT career.
      1. Network with professionals and others in the field.
      2. Attend industry specific webinar or conference.

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HIT 524 - HIT Prof Practice Exp II

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 8
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This is a supervised professional practice experience designed to give the student exposure to advanced level functions in various healthcare settings. Coding, transcribing, auditing, billing, and quality improvement activities will be emphasized. The student will be required to meet written goals and objectives, submit a written report on the learning experience, and undergo a professional and technical skills evaluation. If possible, the instructor will assist with site placement.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the first four semesters of HIT courses with a GPA of 2.0 and a 2.0 in all HIT courses, or instructor approval
    Competencies
    1. Organize for the field experience.
      1. Formulate Health Information Technology goals.
      2. Define job responsibilities and objectives for the professional practice experience.
    2. Increase occupational proficiencies
      1. List the necessary skills utilized during experience
      2. Develop best practices for practicing skills
    3. Meet reporting deadlines
      1. Identify required reports and time sheets
      2. Complete reports with adequate data
      3. Submit reports and time sheets as required
    4. Evaluate professional practice experience
      1. Demonstrate appropriate skills in assigned tasks through evaluation
      2. Discuss professional practice experiences and evaluations
    5. Conclude learnings from practicum experience
      1. Organize professional practice experience final presentation
      2. Perform final presentation for Health Information Technology program
    6. Demonstrate professionalism
      1. Demonstrate a professional appearance and manner
      2. Use ethical principles, following all HIPAA requirements
      3. Show a professional attitude through participation in learning and meeting deadlines
      4. Use interpersonal communication skills to promote collaboration

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HSC 128 - Anatomy & Phys for Allied

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health will provide a base knowledge of the organization, structure, terminology and pathology of the human body. Body systems and their functions will be covered, in detail, allowing the student to understand how the human body works as a whole.
    Prerequisite OR Corequisite: HSC 114  
    Competencies
    1. Examine the structures and functions of cells
      1. Define cellular metabolism
      2. Discuss cellular reproduction
    2. Differentiate the structure and functions of tissues
      1. Identify types of tissues
      2. Relate the structure of each tissue type to function
    3. Evaluate the structural organization and the functional relations of the human body
      1. Identify body systems
      2. List the major organs in each body system
      3. Identify the anatomical location of organs within each body system
      4. Explain the normal function of each body system
    4. Interpret homeostasis
      1. Explain the integration of body systems in maintaining homeostasis
      2. Summarize the importance of homeostasis on health
    5. Illustrate anatomical terms
      1. Identify body planes
      2. Discuss directional terms
      3. Label body quadrants and cavities
    6. Interpret dietary nutrients for the human body
      1. Define carbohydrates
      2. Discuss fats
      3. Explain proteins
      4. Review minerals, electrolytes, vitamins, fiber, and water

  
  • MAP 220 - Medical Administrative Proc

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course provides a comprehensive overview of administrative skills necessary for efficiency in the healthcare setting. Study includes identification of medical specialties, medical law, ethics, HIPAA, and professionalism. Administrative skills and responsibilities include telephone techniques, appointment scheduling and health information management. 
    Competencies
    1. Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of various providers and disciplines to support documentation requirements through the continuum of healthcare
      1. Discuss the roles of healthcare providers
      2. Describe the roles of administrative and clinical staff
      3. Explain the various types of healthcare settings
    2. Interpret the interrelationships between medical law, medical ethics, and medical etiquette in medical administrative procedures
      1. Apply healthcare legal terminology
      2. Identify the use of legal documents
      3. Relate legal concepts and principles to the practice of Health Information Management
      4. Apply confidentiality, privacy and security measures and policies and procedures for internal and external use and exchange to protect electronic health information
      5. Outline policies and procedures to ensure organization compliance with regulations and standards
      6. Identify potential abuse or fraudulent trends through data analysis
    3. Perform operation functions in a healthcare setting.
      1. Identify medical office reception techniques
      2. Discuss responsibilities for managing the reception area
      3. Explain techniques for greeting external customers
      4. Examine policies and procedures in health care
      5. Display medical office telephone techniques
      6. Perform basic accounting procedures
      7. Discuss customer billing to include application of diagnostic and procedural coding
      8. Explain customer service as it relate to healthcare
    4. Organize medical records
      1. Utilize electronic health records for practice management
      2. Differentiate between appointment book scheduling and computerized scheduling
      3. Apply time management objectives in scheduling various appointments in the healthcare setting
      4. Discuss differences in organization between problem-oriented and source-oriented medical records
      5. Identify documents stored in medical records
      6. Discuss SOAP notes
      7. Describe retention and destruction policies for medical records
      8. Apply system security policies according to departmental and organizational data/information standards
      9. Apply policies and procedures surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information
    5. Evaluate professionalism in the health care setting
      1. Identify techniques for appropriate communication including verbal, non-verbal, and written
      2. Review interview techniques and application process for employment in the health care setting
    6. Demonstrate proficiency in integrating theoretical with practical application through simulation practices
      1. Apply critical thinking to scenarios
      2. Use computer applications

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • MAP 547 - Professional Practice Exp

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 8
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This is a supervised professional practice experience focusing on coding of complex medical records utilizing applicable coding systems.  Students will be required to meet objectives, submit a written report of the experience, and participate in a performance evaluation.
    Prerequisite: Completion of the first two semesters of MAP and HIT courses with a GPA of 2.0 and a 2.0 in all MAP and HIT courses, or instructor approval.
    Corequisite: MAP 150  , MAP 220  , MAP 532   
    Competencies
    1. Organize for practice experience.
      1. Formulate Medical Billing and Coding practice experience goals.
      2. Define practice experience responsibilities
      3. Use professionalism and communication skills
    2. Assess professional practice experience completed
      1. Demonstrate applicable skills in assigned tasks
      2. Report on progress of practice experience at halfway point and plan goals for completion
      3. Identify opportunities for skills acquisition
      4. Explain job performance evaluation
    3. Organize job search skills
      1. Compose a resume for a position in Medical Billing and Coding
      2. Demonstrate positive interview skills
    4. Demonstrate professionalism
      1. Apply AHIMA’s Code of Ethics
      2. Maintain HIPAA compliance
      3. Provide final report on practice experience
    5. Assess the value of becoming a certified medical coder
      1. Discuss the significance of certification
      2. Prepare for credentialing exam
    6. Demonstrate effective study skills and test taking strategies
      1. Construct study goals for certification
      2. Use technology to assist with study skills
      3. Identify test-taking strategies for certification exam

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019

Health Science

  
  • HSC 101 - Emergency Care

    Credits: 1
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Learn to perform care for medical emergencies: fractures, burns, resuscitation, basic CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, American Heart Level II Standards) Certification.
    Competencies
    1. Interpret Emergency Care/First Aid/Osha standards pertaining to the Auto and Building Trades industries
      1. Review and define emergency events
      2. Outline the function of and protections provided by of  the Good Samaritans Law
      3. Interpret and discuss the differences between informed and  implied consent in emergency care
      4. Review the regulations from OSHA pertaining to blood borne pathogen management
      5. Understand the OSHA requirement for when and how to report a serious accident or death on a job site
      6. Review the OSHA workers bill of rights      ​
    2. Evaluate an injured or ill person by use of the scene safety, primary and secondary survey methodology
      1. Demonstrate universal precautions for handling emergencies and disposing of contaminated materials
      2. Understand the dangers of blood borne pathogens
      3. Analyze the nature of the pts presentation and when to summon emergency providers
      4. Use BCLS shells to correct airway, breathing and circulation problems discovered in the primary survey
      5. Demonstrate the correct procedures for rescue breathing, CPR, and FBOA management for an adult, child and infant
      6. Express a minimal knowledge of the circulatory, respiratory, and skeletal systems
      7. Identify and manage the signs and symptoms of shock
      8. Identify and manage common medical emergencies including seizures, respiratory events, abdominal pain, diabetic issues, burns, heat and cold emergencies, poisonings and drug overdose/impairment
      9. State and demonstrate correct methods for controlling bleeding including direct pressure and tourniquet
      10. State the principals of care along with signs and symptoms for open and closed fractures and soft tissue injuries

  
  • HSC 105 - Intro to Health Occupations

    Credits: 1
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course introduces both the variety and requirements for healthcare careers. Basic core knowledge and professional expectations common to all health careers are explored. Workplace safety and an overview of the health system and current trends are also covered.
    Competencies
    1. Contrast various health care careers available to determine those which are of interest
      1. Explore roles of the team of persons providing care to clients
      2. Identify health care careers which are available, including description, duties, educational requirements and employment opportunities
      3. Describe the general educational requirements of various degrees granted on completion of training for various health careers
      4. Explain certification and licensing requirements for various health careers
      5. Explain the skills and attitudes needed for success in various health careers
    2. Explore the differences and similarities among health care settings, services and providers
      1. Describe the settings where health care is delivered
      2. Describe the services offered in various health care settings
      3. Describe the role of different health care providers in the health care settings
      4. Explain the influences of governmental and nongovernmental organizations have on the delivery of health care services
    3. Discuss current issues and trends in health care
      1. Describe societal trends in health care delivery
      2. Explain how funding of health care affects its delivery
      3. Explain how financing of health care influences the ethics of its delivery
    4. Identify behaviors indicating attitudes consistent with those of health care professionals
      1. Describe those behaviors which are demonstrated by health care professionals
      2. Examine personal hygiene and grooming consistent with the expectations of a health care professional
      3. Demonstrate characteristics of flexibility and adaptability to change in the provision of health care
      4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the unique features of other health care professionals and clients
    5. Discuss interpersonal communication and demonstrate the process of language, listening skills, and nonverbal communications
      1. Identify examples of verbal and non-verbal communication skills
      2. Name at least three factors that influence the transmission of a message
      3. Name at least three factors that influence the receipt of a message
      4. Discuss the impact of medical terminology on communication within the health care team
    6. Recognize legal and ethical standards that affect workers within the health care industry
      1. Define basic legal terminology
      2. Define ethics
      3. List current ethical issues in health care
      4. Contrast one’s personal ethics to professional code of ethics
      5. Explain legal duties required of health care workers including

  
  • HSC 109 - Explore Hlth Career/Bldg Team

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Students will discover the many options available, including roles and responsibilities in health career options. This course is designed to provide the student with the information necessary to make their health career choice.
    Competencies
    1. Assess at least eight types of health care facilities in the basic health care system
      1. Define the function of each health care facility
      2. Examine the patients or clients who utilize each type of health care facility
      3. Compare and contrast profit and non-profit organizations
    2. Analyze two government agencies associated with health care
      1. Describe the services offered by each agency
      2. Summarize the purpose of each agency
    3. Compare the educational requirements of the allied health careers
      1. Identify associate degree careers
      2. Identify bachelor’s degree careers
      3. Identify master’s degree careers
      4. Summarize the certification, registration, and licensure as pertaining to the allied health careers
    4. Identify at least ten health careers
      1. Describe three duties or responsibilities of each career
      2. Describe the educational requirements of each career
      3. Discuss the employment opportunities of each career
      4. Define resources to obtain additional information
    5. Examine time management/coping skills
      1. Identify individual day, evening activities for time management
      2. Organize and plan a chart for productivity and leisure time
      3. Identify coping skills for a healthy life style
    6. Examine law and ethics in the health care industry
      1. Research patient rights
      2. Explain Living Wills and Living Trust
      3. Discuss euthanasia
    7. Examine the various areas of communication skills
      1. Explain the communication process as it relates to listening, nonverbal behavior, reporting, and recording
      2. List three factors that can interfere with the communication process
    8. Research and assess the use of computers in the health care system
      1. Identify the three major components of a computer system
      2. Compare and contrast computer capabilities and limitations
      3. Describe computer applications currently used in the health care system
      4. Define, pronounce and spell all key terms
    9. Examine the study of anatomy and physiology in the health care careers
      1. Develop knowledge of medical terminology to include prefixes, suffixes, and root words
      2. Apply the appropriate terminology to major organs and systems in the body
      3. Identify the major functions of the body systems
      4. Compare the interrelationship of the body system
      5. Describe the basic diseases affecting each of the body systems
      6. Define, pronounce and spell key terms
    10. Evaluate infection control
      1. Differentiate between antiseptic, disinfection, and sterilization
      2. Wash hands according to recommended aseptic techniques
      3. Observe universal precautions while working in the laboratory or clinical area
    11. Assess essential job seeking skills
      1. Prepare a letter of application
      2. Prepare a resume
      3. Assess interviewing techniques
      4. Demonstrate job seeking skills

  
  • HSC 114 - Medical Terminology

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A comprehensive study of medical terminology as the language of medicine. Analyzes words by dividing them into component parts. Relates the medical terms to the structure and functional pathology of diseases and current medical procedures. Emphasizes word usage, abbreviations, pronunciation and spelling.
    Competencies
    1. Examine the roles of word parts used in forming medical terms
      1. Define the commonly used word roots, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes
      2. Dissect medical terms into appropriate word parts
    2. Discuss the use of anatomic reference
      1. Identify anatomic position
      2. Label body planes
      3. Describe anatomical directions
      4. Label body cavities
    3. Examine the major functions and structures of body systems
      1. Explain the purpose of the skeletal system
      2. Discuss the importance of the muscular system
      3. Describe the significance of the cardiovascular system
      4. Outline the lymphatic and immune systems
      5. Explain the function of the respiratory system
      6. Discuss the purpose of digestive system
      7. Describe the signaficance of the urinary system
      8. Outline the importance of the nervous system and mental health
      9. Explain the eyes and ears in special senses
      10. Discuss the function of integumentary system
      11. Explain the role of the endocrine system
      12. Outline the female and male reproductive systems
    4. Characterize medical terms and abbreviations related to the pathology and the diagnostic and treatment procedures
      1. Distinguish medical terms relative to each body system
      2. Illustrate the use of abbreviations in medical documentation
    5. Examine radiography
      1. Define medical terms associated with radiography
      2. Explain the use of radiography as a diagnostic tool
    6. Examine pharmacology
      1. Define medical terms associated with pharmacology
      2. Identify pharmaceuticals used for preventative medicine
      3. Discuss medications used for treatment
    7. Describe common types of complementary and alternative therapies
      1. Define complementary therapies 
      2. Identify alternative therapies

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HSC 159 - ESL Prep for Healthcare Educ.

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course is designed for the nonnative-English-speaking student who plans to enter a healthcare-focused educational program. Students will learn career-specific professional and colloquial English to improve the receiving and sending of messages in healthcare courses, the educational practicum setting, and in the professional clinical setting. Speaking, writing and reading skills will be integrated. The course content is designed to help the student better understand cultural implications when learning about and providing health care in the United States to a diverse population.
    Prerequisite: A minimum score of 94 in all areas of the ESL COMPASS Test; BIO 733  or instructor permission
    Competencies
    1. Compare healthcare in various countires and cultures
      1. Describe the healthcare delivery system with which the student is familiar
      2. Summarize the American healthcare delivery system
      3. Recognize areas in which personal cultural values and norms differ from those of the American healthcare system
      4. Identify the personal impact of altering personal cultural values for practice within the U.S. healthcare/educational system
    2. Examine the philosphical tenets of the American healthcare/educational system
      1. Recognize learning as a learner-centeres, active, life-long process
      2. Understand the concepts of the health promotion and wellness on the health continuum
      3. Describe the concept of Holistic Care
      4. Implement principles of professional behavior appropriate for the clinical area and classroom
    3. Demonstrate usage of health specific verbal and nonverbal communication skills including listening, speaking, writing, recording, and body language
      1. Utilize the correct pronunciations of medical language
      2. Identify culturally correct communication strategies in the health care field
      3. Identify common barriers to effective communications that are caused by inaccurate pronunciation
      4. Identify actions for addressing miscommunication in the healthcare setting
      5. Participate in academic discussions/reports using proper syntax and vocabulary
    4. Develop skill in the use of colloquial, general and professional medical english when applied to the study of Musculoskeletal system
      1. Define key career specific terms
      2. Pronounce key career specific terms
      3. Spell key career specific terms
      4. Apply career specific language, written and oral, as related to the components, functions, treatments, interventions, and assistance of the Musculoskeletal System
    5. Develop skill in the use of colloquial general and professional medical english when applied to the study of the cardiovascular system
      1. Define key career specific terms
      2. Pronounce key career specific terms
      3. Spell key career specific terms
      4. Apply career specific language, written and oral, as related to the components, functions, treatments, interventions, and assistance of the Cardiovascular System
    6. Develop skill in the use of colloquial general and professional medical english when applied to the study of the Respiratory system
      1. Define key career specific terms
      2. Pronounce key career specific terms
      3. Spell key career specific terms
      4. Apply career specific language, written and oral, as related to the components, functions, treatments, interventions, and assistance of the Respiratory system
    7. Develop skill in the use of colloquial general and professional medical english when applied to the study of the Gastrointestinal system
      1. Define key career specific terms
      2. Pronounce key career specific terms
      3. Spell key career specific terms
      4. Apply career specific language, written and oral, as related to the components, functions, treatments, interventions, and assistance of the Gastrointestinal system
    8. Develop skill in the use of colloquial general and professional medical english when applied to the study of the Neurological system
      1. Define key career specific terms
      2. Pronounce key career specific terms
      3. Spell key career specific terms
      4. Apply career specific language, written and oral, as related to the components, functions, treatments, interventions, and assistance of the Neurological system
    9. Develop skill in the use of colloquial general and professional medical english when applied to the study of Wounds, Viral an Bacterial Infections
      1. Define key career specific terms
      2. Pronounce key career specific terms
      3. Spell key career specific terms
      4. Apply career specific language, written and oral, as related to the components, functions, treatments, interventions, and assistance related to wounds, viral and bacterial infections
    10. Explore colloquial, general and professional medical english applicable to pharmacological principles and interventions
      1. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology related to pahrmacological interventions
      2. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology related to medication administration
      3. Demonstrate how safety can be compromised by inaccurate communication
    11. Develop skills which will lead to success in a healthcare course/program and setting
      1. Discuss critical thinking as it is used in the study of implementation of health care
      2. Recognize limitations, the need for assistance and sources of academic/clinical support

  
  • HSC 172 - Nurse Aide

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 4
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Entry-level skills to seek employment in Iowa skilled facilities. Meets OBRA87 standards.
    Prerequisite: Criminal/Abuse background check; Immunization form as required by clinical site; Flu vaccine-October through April. See the DMACC website for more information
    Competencies
    1. Communicate effectively with resident/patient, health facility staff and resident/patient family/visitors
      1. Use correct medical terminology and abbreviations
      2. When required, answer telephone properly
      3. Record and report pertinent observations related to resident/patient procedures and conditions
      4. Report and record procedures accurately
      5. Record/report intake and output
      6. Listen effectively
      7. Communicate effectively with residents/patients with hearing/seeing disabilities
      8. Communicate effectively with residents with cognitive impairment
      9. Use therapeutic communication when require-cueing, validation therapy
    2. Interact appropriately with residents/patients, health facility staff and resident/patient family/visitors
      1. Use the philosophy of restorative/rehabilitation when providing care
      2. Identify basic emotional needs
      3. Identify basic changes in normal growth and development and apply in care situation
      4. Identify the physical/social/emotional changes that occur in elderly and chronically ill
      5. Differentiate between the care needs of the acutely and chronically ill
      6. Identify the special needs of residents/patients with disabilities, including physical problems, mental illness, mental retardation, and dementias
      7. Encourage resident/patient to be as independent as possible
      8. Respect and defend resident rights
    3. Use ethical/legal principles in providing care and fulfilling job responsibilities
      1. Describe various types of care facilities
      2. Differentiates between various types of health care facilities and their administrative structure
      3. Identify the relationship between various governmental and private agencies that provide guidelines for resident/patient care
      4. Identify roles of various health care personnel within facilities, especially the role of the nurse aide
      5. Demonstrate responsibility concerning resident/patient rights
      6. Practice confidentiality
      7. Recognize ethical responsibilities
      8. Follow instructional policies and procedures
    4. Practice safety measures in providing resident/patient care
      1. Use correct hand washing techniques
      2. Use CDC guidelines (universal precautions) in providing care
      3. Maintain a safe, clean environment
      4. Use correct body mechanics
      5. Follow emergency procedure for fire and other disasters
      6. Provide emergency care for choking resident/patient
      7. Position resident/patient’s call light within reach
      8. Promote a restraint free environment and, when necessary, properly and safely apply restraints
    5. Use information on care plan to assist the resident/patient with personal hygiene
      1. Bathe resident/patient or assist with bathing
      2. Assist resident/patient with tub bath/shower/whirlpool
      3. Perform perineal care
      4. Perform or assist with oral hygiene including mouth and denture care
      5. Perform a resident/patient back rub
      6. Apply care for a resident/patient’s nails
      7. Assist with or shave resident/patient
      8. Assist resident/patient with dressing/undressing
      9. Assist resident/patient with hair care
      10. Assist resident/patient with adaptive devices, including sensory devices
      11. Assist resident/patient with nutritional needs (special diets).
      12. Feed resident when needed
      13. Makes occupied and unoccupied bed
    6. Perform special procedures for the resident/patient
      1. Provide for resident/patient privacy
      2. Position resident/patient in correct body alignment
      3. Transport resident/patient, using correct equipment
      4. Assist resident/patient in standing and ambulating
      5. Observe and maintain urinary drainage system
      6. Assist resident/patient with bladder/bowel training
      7. Assist resident/patient with elimination needs
      8. Measure and record temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure
      9. Use techniques that help prevent pressure sores
      10. Perform passive range of motion
      11. Direct active range of motion
      12. Measure and record resident/patient height and weight
      13. Identify the five steps of approaching death or reactions or approaching death
      14. Explain the procedure for post-mortem care
      15. Identify ways to ease the impact of loses
      16. Apply anti-embolism elastic (TED Hose).

  
  • HSC 182 - Advanced Nurse Aide

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 3
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A continuation of the Nurse Aide course, providing additional skills and clinical to work in hospital.
    Prerequisite: HSC 172  or a State-approved 75-hour nurse aide class; Criminal/Abuse background check; Physical and Immunization form as required by clinical site; Flu vaccine-October through April; CPR certification. See the DMACC website for more information
    Competencies
    1. Compare the hospital (acute) care facility with long term care facility
      1. List the purposes of acute care hospitals
      2. Discuss different methods of organizing nursing care in acute care hospitals
      3. Identify new skills you will need to work as a nurse aide in acute care
      4. Communicate effectively in acute care setting
      5. Discuss ethical/legal role of nurse aide in acute care
    2. Provide safe nursing care in acute care setting
      1. Explain correct procedure for admitting a patient
      2. List six rules to follow in taking care of a patient’s valuables
      3. Correctly transfer a patient
      4. Explain correct procedure for discharging a patient
      5. Review methods for infection control
      6. Safely use isolation techniques when required
      7. Encourage the patient to follow diet requirements
    3. Care for patients on special units
      1. Provide basic pre-operative care
      2. Provide safe post-operative care
      3. Recognize how care may change because of patient’s age and condition
    4. Provide/assist with special procedures
      1. Safely administer enemas
      2. Collect specimen for testing as directed
      3. Safely administer heat and cold applications as ordered
      4. Provide care for the patient with an orthopedic condition
      5. Recognize emergency situations and describe the nurse aide’s role in an emergency

  
  • HSC 183 - CCDI-Dementia Illness Training

    Credits: 1
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This 15-hour course has been developed to meet the training requirements for Intermediate Care Facilities by providing basic knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic dementia illnesses. Emphasis is on the physical and psychological changes that take place in the Alzheimer’s patient and the importance of appropriate communication. Explanation of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and appropriate interventions will be introduced.
    Competencies
    1. Describe Alzheimer’s disease
      1. Describe characteristics of Alzheimer?s disease
      2. List the stages of Alzheimer’s disease
      3. Discuss criteria used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease
    2. Discuss methods of assessment for Alzheimer?s patient
      1. Describe current assessment tools
      2. Use the Global Deterioration Scale
      3. Use the Mini Mental Status Exam
    3. Discuss challenging behaviors of the Alzheimer?s patient
      1. Describe therapeutic interventions
      2. List the ten absolutes when communicating with an Alzheimer’s patient
      3. Prepare scenarios depicting challenging behaviors
    4. Discuss nutritional needs of the Alzheimer?s patient
      1. Discuss physiological/medical concerns
      2. Discuss environmental issues
      3. Discuss cognitive/psychological concerns
    5. Describe appropriate activities for the Alzheimer’s patient
      1. Assess appropriateness for an activity
      2. List five activities to use for an Alzheimer’s patient
      3. Plan an activity for an Alzheimer’s patient
    6. Describe ways to avoid caregiver burnout
      1. List activities the caregiver can do to decrease stress
      2. Plan an activity/game for a care giver
      3. Discuss outside resources available to the caregiver

  
  • HSC 231 - Medical Science Observation I

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 4
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Supervised experience in a medical healthcare agency. Enables students to learn about medical health, accumulate site hours for admission into graduate programs, and apply their skills and knowledge by working directly in the professional field.
    Competencies
    1. Perform all work at the field experience as specified by the job description at a satisfactory level as determined by the supervisor
    2. Demonstrate the ability to perform in the work environment
      1. Observe other staff as they work with clients
      2. Provide direct service to clients, while under close supervision
      3. Respond appropriately to clients within the scope of the program and services which are provided by the agency
    3. List goals to field experience activities
      1. Develop objectives that measure directed activities and performance standards
      2. Identify goals of field experience activities
      3. Develop an awareness of the psychological impact on the disabled patient and how it can alter personalities
      4. Define and understand the various areas that involve medical health care and the types of patients treated in these areas
      5. Define appropriate dress, behavior and appearance for the field experience
      6. Define and understand safety concerns for self and clients
    4. Describe duties completed through field experience
      1. Define skills and knowledge used in professional setting
      2. Recognize the importance of retraining and learning new skills
    5. Document progress of field experience
      1. Write down weekly journal of experience
      2. Examine strengths and weaknesses of each experience
    6. Demonstrate professionalism and self-discipline in all aspects of work at the field experience
      1. Attend work punctually at all scheduled times
      2. Complete all work in a timely manner, meeting all assigned deadlines
      3. Take initiative in seeing work that needs to be done and volunteering to do it
      4. Adhere to professional standards of conduct as discussed in course work and as specified by the field experience agency and supervisor
    7. Evaluate one’s own progress in developing the skills as a professional
      1. Identify strengths and weaknesses of one’s own performance at the field site
      2. Identify areas of the profession where the student’s strengths can be used effectively
      3. Describe the student’s skills and style of work performance
      4. Describe the student’s interaction with other professionals, including supervisor, co-workers, and any professionals from other agencies that the student interacted with
      5. Assess the degree to which the student has met the supervisor’s expectations, particularly those specified in the individual student job description

  
  • HSC 232 - Medical Science Observation II

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 4
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Extended supervised experience in a medical science area. Enables students to learn about the field of their interest in medical science, accumulate site hours for admission into graduate programs, and apply their skills and knowledge by working directly in the professional field.
    Prerequisite: HSC 231  
    Competencies
    1. Perform all work at the field experience as specified by the job description at a satisfactory level as determined by the supervisor
    2. Demonstrate the ability to perform in the work environment
      1. Observe other staff as they work with clients
      2. Provide direct service to clients, while under close supervision
      3. Respond appropriately to clients within the scope of the program and services which are provided by the agency
    3. Describe duties completed through field experience
      1. Define skills and knowledge used in professional setting
      2. Recognize the importance of retraining and learning new skills
    4. Document progress of field experience
      1. Identify the basic health terminology used in the medical field
      2. Write down weekly journal of experience
      3. Examine strengths and weaknesses of each experience
    5. Demonstrate professionalism and self-discipline in all aspects of work at the field experience
      1. Attend work punctually at all scheduled times
      2. Complete all work in a timely manner, meeting all assigned deadlines.
      3. Take initiative in seeing work that needs to be done and volunteering to do it
      4. Adhere to professional standards of conduct as discussed in course work and as specified by the field experience agency and supervisor
    6. Evaluate one’s own progress in developing the skills as a professional.
      1. Identify strengths and weaknesses of one’s own performance at the field site
      2. Identify areas of the profession where the student’s strengths can be used effectively
      3. Describe the student’s skills and style of work performance
      4. Describe the student’s interaction with other agencies that the student interacted with
      5. Assess the degree to which the student has met the supervisor’s expectations, particularly those specified in the individual student job description
    7. Preparing for the graduate level experience
      1. Discuss course requirements
      2. Describe and prepare resume
      3. Documenting field experience of volunteer hours
      4. Explain and apply interviewing practices

  
  • HSC 240 - Human Nutrition

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Understanding and implementing present-day knowledge of nutrition, along with the use of food for health and satisfaction of the individual and family.
    Competencies
    1. Identify factors which influence food choices.
    2. Classify nutrients
      1. Differentiate between essential and nonessential nutrients
      2. Distinguish between nutrient classes
      3. List the differences between organic and inorganic nutrients
      4. Distinguish between energy yielding and non-energy yielding nutrients
      5. Differentiate macronutrients from micronutrients
    3. Define kilocalorie
    4. Use food planning systems and diet evaluation methods
      1. Match foods with the food group to which they belong using the new Daily Food Guide
      2. Identify the numbers of servings required for each food group using the new Daily Food Guide and the approximate amounts of foods required to count as a “serving”.
      3. Identify how the exchange system works and why foods can be exchanged for one another in this system
      4. Identify the uses of the exchange system
    5. Assess diets
      1. Identify stages and types of nutritional deficiencies
      2. Describe dietary assessment methods used to evaluate diets of populations, households and individuals
      3. Identify the correct meaning of the acronym “RDA”.
      4. Identify the intended use of the RDA, and the limitations of how they might be used in other ways
      5. Identify cases when an estimated safe and adequate intake of a nutrient is used instead of a RDA
      6. Identify dietary goals and guidelines of the US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Humans Needs (196-77)
      7. Analyze diets for nutrient composition
      8. Suggest changes that would improve diets, based upon the nutrient composition of the diets
    6. Interpret food labels
      1. Identify the meanings of labeling terms, especially those with legal ramifications
      2. Interpret the meanings of food label content lists
      3. Identify the use of the USRDA
    7. Summarize the processes of digestion, absorption, transport and metabolism of nutrients
      1. Identify the path which food takes through the digestive system
      2. Identify the components of the circulatory and lymphatic systems that relate to absorption and transport of food
      3. Define digestion
      4. Identify foods that are digested and those that are not
      5. Identify characteristics of enzymes
      6. Identify the processes, the mechanisms and enzymes, and the names used to describe the “food” as it passes through the digestive system
      7. Match digestive enzymes with their substrates and products
      8. Identify problems associated with digestion and the consequences of those problems
      9. Identify mechanisms of absorption by description and the nutrients absorbed via each mechanism
      10. Identify factors required for transport of nutrients, and routes by which they are transported in the body
      11. Identify the proportion that is usually absorbed of nutrients of different classes
      12. Distinguish between anabolism, metabolism and catabolism
      13. Identify the molecule that is the energy currency of the body
      14. Identify steps in cellular respiration and products of these steps
      15. Identify the biochemical pathways by which different nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids) are metabolized
      16. State the differences between glucogenic and ketogenic amino acids
      17. Identify the roles of the brain, muscle, adipose tissue and liver in integration of metabolism
      18. Label the differences in the functions among insulin, glucagon, epinephrine and norepinephrine, and cortisol
    8. Summarize characteristics of carbohydrates and carbohydrate consumption
      1. Identify the nutrient class that provides the bulk of keel in any society
      2. Identify the keel provided per gram of carbohydrates
      3. Distinguish complex carbohydrates from simple sugars
      4. Identify the unit molecules of carbohydrates
      5. Identify foods that contribute largely to US consumption of sucrose
      6. Identify those in the population that consume the largest amounts of sucrose
      7. Identify sources of fructose in the diet
      8. Identify the most probable fate of fructose consumed when energy is not needed
      9. Identify a definition of dextrins
      10. Differentiate between insoluble and soluble fiber by sources and metabolic effects
      11. Identify undigestible sugars by name and source
      12. Identify sugar alcohols by name and by their effects when consumed in large quantities
      13. Identify the primary sources of carbohydrates on Earth and the basic reaction involved
      14. Differentiate between foods by the type of carbohydrates they provide
    9. Describe carbohydrate and metabolism
      1. Identify roles of carbohydrates in the body
      2. Identify names used to describe deviations from a normal blood glucose
      3. Identify factors that help to control blood glucose
      4. Identify causes and treatments of diseases associated with problems in carbohydrate metabolism and nutrition
    10. Describe ethanol metabolism
      1. Identify the route and site of absorption of ethanol and the approximate percentage absorbed
      2. Identify the alcohol blood level that represents intoxication and that which can result in respiratory arrest
      3. Identify the metabolic pathways used to get energy out of alcohol and the keel provided
      4. Identify problems and possible benefits associated with alcohol consumption
    11. Summarize characteristics of lipids
      1. Outline the differences among classes of lipids by their unit molecules
      2. List the differences among saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids by description
      3. Employ polyunsaturated to saturated fatty acid ratios to determine the characteristics of a food fat source or a diet
      4. Identify the differences in food fat sources by their relative fatty acid composition
    12. Summarize the characteristics of lipid metabolism
      1. Identify roles of serum lipoproteins
      2. Identify the blood concentrations of cholesterol associated with
      3. Identify the possible metabolic fates of cholesterol
      4. Identify descriptions of essential fatty acid deficiency
      5. Identify roles of lipids in the diet and in the body
      6. Identify diseases associated with lipids
      7. Identify dietary changes that will cause no harm and provide possible disease-prevention benefits
    13. Classify food lipids
      1. Differentiate visible from invisible fats by description and their usual percentage contribution to total dietary fat
      2. Identify the essential fatty acids by name, description and metabolic roles
      3. Differentiate among types of alterations made to fats in foods
    14. Summarize characteristics of amino acids and proteins
      1. Identify the parts of an amino acid
      2. Identify the part of an amino acid that always contains nitrogen
      3. Differentiate essential from non-essential amino acids by name and description
      4. Identify characteristics of each level of protein structure
      5. Identify the usual percentage of protein that is nitrogen
    15. Summarize characteristics of protein metabolism
      1. Identify factors involved in protein synthesis
      2. Identify factors that supply and deplete the amino acid pool
      3. Identify functions of protein in the body
      4. Identify the components of nitrogen balance, and factors affecting nitrogen balance
      5. Identify factors affecting protein need, and how protein need is estimated
      6. Identify the percentage of daily keel that should come from protein
      7. Identify diseases associated with protein nutrition by description and treatments
    16. Evaluate dietary proteins and their uses
      1. Use different methods to rate protein quality
      2. Differentiate among complete, partially complete, and incomplete proteins
      3. Identify what is meant by complementing and supplementing proteins
      4. Identify advantages of cooking protein foods
      5. Differentiate among omnivores, vegetarians, ovolactovegetarians and vegans
      6. Recognize problems and benefits of different diets
    17. Relate energy metabolism to foods
      1. Define calorie
      2. State the differences among the methods of determining the energy content of foods
      3. Identify processes that are part of basal metabolism
      4. Identify factors affecting basal energy needs
      5. Identify conditions used to measure the basal metabolic rate and the resting metabolic rate
      6. Identify methods used to measure energy expenditure
      7. Identify the energy balance equation and its implications
      8. Identify the rule of thumb for estimation of BMR
      9. Identify reasons why energy needs vary greatly between individuals
      10. Identify factors that influence food/kcal intake
      11. Identify effects of prenatal energy deprivation
    18. Describe methods and purposes of obtaining an ideal body weight
      1. Identify methods used to measure body fatness
      2. Identify risks and causes of obesity
      3. Identify requirements and characteristics of a good reducing diet
      4. Identify non-caloric food additives
    19. Match vitamins with their letter or chemical names, their provitamins or precursors, their functions, their food sources, and their deficiency diseases or symptoms
    20. Describe water metabolism
      1. Identify the body’s greatest and most frequent nutrient need
      2. Identify the sources of metabolic water and the relative contribution of each source
      3. Outline how factors like age, exercise and obesity affect body water
    21. Identify elements that are electrolytes and recognize their functions and food sources
      1. Identify the functions of minerals and identify factors (dietary, lifestyle, age, and others) which affect these functions and how they affect these functions
      2. Identify factors affecting absorption of minerals, how they affect absorption, and the relative proportions of minerals usually absorbed
    22. Identify factors that interfere with vitamin and mineral metabolism and how they do so
    23. Identify nutrient interactions
    24. Identify substances in foods that are not nutrients
    25. Describe nutrition through the life cycle
      1. Identify factors which may affect birth weight of an infant
      2. Identify factors which affect childbirth for a woman
      3. Identify nutrients that should be increased in pregnancy and those where avoidance of a megadose is important
    26. List the differences between cow’s milk, infant formula, and mother’s milk and the differences between mother’s milk (mature) and colostrum
      1. Identify factors essential for infants
      2. Identify differences in how adolescent boys and girls mature and how this affects their diets
      3. Identify factors that influence the nutritional health status of elderly

  
  • HSC 281 - Limited Radiology

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 3
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    IBN#22 State-required course for people employed in a clinic to take chest and extremities, sinus or spinal x-rays.
    Competencies
    1. Recognize the legal and ethical responsibilities of the role of the “limited radiographer.”
      1. Identify what health professionals may order radiographs
      2. Identify who may administer radiographs
      3. Point out who has custody of x-rays
      4. Identify who is responsible for interpreting radiographs
    2. Explain guidelines for the loan of x-ray films
    3. Explain confidentiality guidelines as they relate to patient medical information
    4. Explain the function of x-ray machines and technical factors for exposing diagnostic radiographs
      1. Describe the structure of matter and its relationship to the production of radiographs
      2. Discuss basic principles of magnetism and how it is used in producing x-rays
      3. Describe how principles of electricity are applied to the production of radiographs
      4. Differentiate x-ray waves from other waves
      5. List the basic components of the x-ray tube
      6. Describe the role of the target in the production of x-rays
      7. Describe components of x-ray circuit
      8. Explain the use of the various controls on the control panel
      9. Explain how Photon tissue interactions are used in achieving a good radiograph
    5. Demonstrate Correct procedure for apply “limited” diagnostic x-rays
      1. Describe how an image is formed as a result of performing a radiograph
      2. Explain the various factors related to photographic effect on films
      3. Calculate the effect various milliamperages (mA) will have on a radiograph
      4. Describe the effect the exposure time has on a radiograph
      5. Differentiate mA from mAs
      6. Describe how mA is calculated for an exposure
      7. Determine how Focal Film Distance is calculated for an exposure
      8. Describe the effect of kilovoltage in producing radiographs
      9. Describe how an image is formed as a result of performing radiographs
      10. Describe methods to properly maintain screens
      11. Explain how various body tissues modify the x-ray beam
      12. Explain the effects grids have on radiographs
      13. Select the proper grid
      14. Apply the principles of coning
    6. Maintain darkroom for film processing
    7. Process film to achieve optional results and prevent retakes
    8. Apply terms related to film processing
    9. Develop film properly/correctly
    10. Explain the components and purposes of radiographic films
    11. Explain the effect of chemicals on developing film
    12. Calculate temperature and time for correctly developing film
    13. View radiographs and determine their quality
      1. Discuss the technique and conditions that affect the quality of radiographs
      2. Describe the individual components of radiographic quality
      3. Define radiographic detail
      4. Explain the relationship of radiographic detail to selected techniques and factors
      5. Define radiographic magnification
      6. Explain the relationship of radiographic magnification to selected factors
      7. Define distortion on a radiograph
      8. Describe how to prevent distortion on a radiograph
    14. Recognize the potential dangers of radiation and safety practices to protect self and the patient
      1. Describe the role of the Iowa Department of Health in radiation protection
      2. Define terms related to radiation exposure
      3. Describe the interaction of radiation with matter
      4. Identify probable genetic effects of radiation
      5. Identify acute and long term somatic effects of radiation
      6. Discuss principles that influence personnel and patient protection
      7. Recognize methods of protection in administering diagnostic radiographs
      8. Discuss environmental protection, listing causes of problems and describing methods and rules to limit causes
      9. Describe causes of overexposure for personnel
      10. List methods to decrease and monitor overexposure
      11. Describe methods to protect patients from overexposure
    15. Define quality assurance
      1. State the rationale for quality assurance
      2. Describe five of the seven common quality assurance tests
    16. Discuss terminology and basic guidelines used for radiographic examination of all body parts
      1. Define body parts
      2. Describe various radiographic projections and positions
      3. List basic guidelines for radiographing patients
    17. Perform a diagnostic radiograph of the chest
      1. Review normal anatomy of thoracic bones, lungs, and trachea
      2. Prepare and position patient for chest radiograph
      3. Select the correct basic projections for radiographs of the lungs.
      4. Perform the following correctly
      5. Select correct technical factors for radiographs of the chest
      6. Discuss modifications to be made for pathology of chest
      7. Evaluate the quality of radiographs of the chest regarding technical factors, positioning, and processing, given radiograph of the chest
    18. Perform a diagnostic radiograph of the upper extremity
      1. Review normal anatomy of the upper extremity
      2. Select the basic projections for each upper extremity part
      3. Perform the following, correctly
      4. Select the correct radiographic considerations for each special projection of the wrist
      5. Select the correct radiographic considerations for each special projection of the elbow
      6. Select correct technical factors for upper extremity radiography
      7. Explain special considerations for radiographs of upper extremities
      8. Identify the projections and evaluate them in relation to the following, given radiographs of the upper extremity
    19. Perform a diagnostic radiograph of the lower extremity
      1. Review normal anatomy of the lower extremity
      2. Select the basic projection for each lower extremity part
      3. Perform the following correctly
      4. Select the correct radiographic consideration for each special projection
      5. Select correct technical factors for lower extremity radiography
      6. Explain special considerations for radiographs of lower extremity
      7. Identify the projections and evaluate them in relation to the following, given radiographs of the lower extremity


Heating and Air Conditioning

  
  • HCR 253 - Residential Heating & AC

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Residential heating and cooling basics. Study of installation and service procedures through class and lab practices.
    Prerequisite: HCR 307  
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate the proper safety procedures when working on and around air conditioning and heating equipment
    2. Explain comfort
      1. List the conditions involved in the feeling of comfort
    3. Measure air qualities, i.e., dry bulb, wet bulb, CFM
    4. Interpret a psychometric chart
    5. Calculate heat loss and heat gain for a residential HVAC system
    6. List the types of air filters available for a residential system
    7. Select the equipment required to heat and cool a house
    8. Explain how to install a humidifier
    9. Install, start, adjust and service a gas heating furnace, both standard and high efficiency
      1. Explain the procedures to change a gas furnace to LP
    10. Install, start, adjust and service an oil fired furnace
    11. Install, start, adjust and service an electric heating system
    12. Install, charge, start up and service an air conditioning system
      1. Use a vacuum pump and deep vacuum micron gauge
      2. Use an electronic or other refrigeration scale
      3. Charge a system using a superheat measurement
    13. Install charge, start up and service a heat pump system
    14. Explain refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclaiming methods
    15. Use a recovery unit to remove refrigerant from systems
    16. Identify a DOT approved recovery cylinder and the net refrigerant capacity
    17. Do preventive maintenance on HVAC equipment

  
  • HCR 256 - Applied Heating & AC

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    The application of heating and air conditioning units as related to residential systems and controls. This course covers application, installation and troubleshooting of heating, air conditioning and heat pump units. This course covers Manual “J” residential heat loss/gain calculations and equipment selection.
    Prerequisite: HCR 253  
    Competencies
    1. Electric Diagrams
      1. Identify symbols used for common electrical components
      2. Explain the characteristics of different types of electrical diagrams.
      3. Interpret different types of electrical diagrams.
      4. Trace an electrical circuit on a ladder diagram.
      5. Draw a ladder-type diagram.
    2. Control Systems
      1. Explain the purpose of a control system.
      2. List the different types of control systems.
      3. Explain the difference between open and closed loop control systems.
      4. Identify standard terminal designations in residential HVACR control systems.
      5. Use schematic diagrams to describe the operating sequence of standard HVACR equipment.
    3. Heat Pump Fundamentals
      1. Describe what a heat pump is.
      2. Describe the cooling, heating and defrost cycle.
      3. Explain the operation of the reversing valve.
      4. Define heat source and heat sink.
      5. List the types of heat pump systems and configurations.
      6. Discuss the operation of metering devices and check valves used in heat pumps.
      7. Explain the purpose of suction accumulators and heating-cycle charge compensators.
      8. Explain the different types of efficiency ratings used for heat pumps.
    4. Residential Load Calculations
      1. Discuss the importance of a heat load calculation.
      2. Explain the difference between heat loss, sensible heat gain and latent heat gain.
      3. Construct a U factor for a building panel given the R values of the components.
      4. Construct an HTM given a U factor and a design temperature difference.
      5. Discuss the effect that daily temperature swings have on heat gain.
      6. Explain the difference that house orientation has on solar heat gain.
      7. Do a load calculation on a home, using Manual J 7th edition.
    5. Duct Design
      1. List the three overall goals in duct design.
      2. List the different duct design methods.
      3. Discuss how to determine the duct system design static pressure.
      4. Explain the difference between design friction loss rate and the actual static pressure loss through a duct.
      5. Explain how a duct’s equivalent length is determined.
      6. Use a duct calculator to look up the duct size, air velocity and friction rate.
      7. List the criteria for selecting grilles and registers.

  
  • HCR 260 - HVAC Trade Skills I

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This class covers basic soldering, brazing, flaring, pipe fitting and tube working skills needed in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration field.  It also covers the safe performance of those skills and the proper PPE required for each task. This class will prepare the student to take the EPA, section 608, CFC, Clean Air Act exam.
     
    Competencies
    1. Demonstrate proper safety procedures using power tools and hand tools at all times with appropriate PPE.
      1. Demonstrate the ability to use a hammer drill with concrete anchors.
      2. Demonstrate the ability to use a hole saw to cut a hole in wood.
      3. Demonstrate the ability to use a reciprocating saw to cut metal and wood
      4. Demonstrate the ability to cut and clean metal strut with a metal chop saw
    2. Select gas torches to join copper tubing, using proper safety procedures and using the proper PPE.
      1. Use a Mapp gas torch to join copper tubing.
      2. Use an air acetylene torch to join copper tubing.
      3. Use an oxy-acetylene torch to join copper tubing.
    3. Determine the sizes of copper tubing and the fittings that join them.
      1. Identify copper tubing and sizes ¼” to 1 3/8”.
      2. Identify the size of flare fittings, ¼” to 5/8”.
      3. Identify iron pipe and fitting sizes ½” to 1”.
    4. Construct a copper tubing project and join it with metal fillers using proper safety procedures and using the proper PPE.
      1. Construct a copper tubing project using Sta-brite.
      2. Construct a copper tubing project using stick braze (sil-phos).
      3. Construct a copper tubing project using 45% silver solder.
    5. Describe the principles of safety related to construction.
      1. Explain the role of OSHA.
      2. Explain electrical safety hazards.
      3. Explain ladder and scaffolding hazards.
    6. Examine the ESCO Institute CFC, Section 608 study guide to prepare for the EPA Clean Air Act test
      1. Take the practice tests online at www.ESCO
      2. Attend each study session.
      3. Take the test online with the instructor as the proctor. 

    Competencies Revised Date: 2019
  
  • HCR 270 - Advanced Heating & AC

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course covers installation, advanced troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing of geo-thermal heat pumps, gas, fuel oil and electric heating systems.
    Prerequisite: HCR 256  
    Competencies
    1. Identify and describe the function of an air to air heat pump.
      1. Explain the function of the coils in summer and winter.
      2. Explain the function of the reversing valve.
    2. Identify and describe function of a water source heat pump.
      1. Calculate the gpm of a geothermal heat pump.
      2. Calcualte the BTU output of a geothermal heat pump.
    3. Identify the various heat pump loops, such as open loop, closed loop, geothermal loop.
    4. Explain the drilling or boring of a geo thermal loop field and why we grout.
      1. List and describe the advantages and disadvantages of a horizontal loop vs. a vertical loop.
      2. List and describe material used for grouting of loops.
    5. Identify the various metering devices used for heat pumps.
    6. Identify the components of an air to air heat pump.
      1. Explain the function of the reversing valve.
      2. Explain the function of the accumulator.
      3. Explain the function of a defrost timer.
    7. Explain the meaning of COP (co-efficiency of performance).
    8. Calcualte the heat quantity in Btu/h for a geothermal heat pump.
    9. List the sequence of operations of a high efficiency furnace.
    10. Dismantle and reassemble the components of a high efficiency furnace.
      1. Remove the blower motor, inspect it and reinstall it.
      2. Remove the inducer motor, inspect it and reinstall it.
      3. Remove the burner assembly, inspect it and reinstall it.
    11. Identify and explain the operation of direct spark igniters, hot surface igniters and spark to pilot ignition in a high efficiency furnace.
    12. Trouble shoot and replace a control module on a furnace.
    13. Trouble shoot a high efficiency furnace.
      1. Check for voltage across a pressure switch.
      2. Use a volt-phmmeter to measure flame current on a flame sensor.
      3. Use a volt/ohmmeter to check a high limit switch and a roll-out switch for proper operation.
    14. Troubleshoot a high efficiency air conditioner.
      1. Calculate sub-cooling and superheat.
      2. Check the condition of a compressor using an ohmmeter.
      3. Check the condition of a condenser fan motor using an ohmmeter.
    15. Attend a Lennox, Carrier, Ruud and Trane factory training lab.
    16. Identify components of a hydronic heating system.
    17. Install furnace and air
    18. Rewire 2 different high efficiency air conditioner
    19. Program 2 different computerized thermostats
    20. Breakdown and reassemble 1 high efficiency furnace
    21. Troubleshoot high efficiency furnace 4 times
    22. Troubleshoot high efficiency air conditioner 4 times
    23. Wire the HS780 module
    24. Wire the SP715A module
    25. Wire the G60P module
    26. Wire the PL605 module
    27. Wire the S86IOU module
    28. Wire the S86 module
    29. Wire the S890 module
    30. Wire the S860 module
    31. Wire the S87 module
    32. Wire the S90 module
    33. Wire the 50A50 module
    34. Wire the 50E47 module
    35. Troubleshoot 6 different modules
    36. Wire the G951EDB-1401 circuit board
    37. Wire the S9201A circuit board
    38. Wire the Hamilton standard circuit board
    39. Check micro amps on 2 intermittent gas furnaces
    40. Check micro amps on 2 hot surface igniters

  
  • HCR 290 - Commercial HVAC/Refrigeration

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Course covers basic commercial refrigeration systems, components and their use, applications, methods of installation, maintenance, diagnosis and repairs.
    Prerequisite: HCR 270 , HCR 506  
    Competencies
    1. Troubleshoot roof top units
    2. Install/replace evaporator fan motors
    3. Understand and troubleshoot/replace proper nozzle T.E.V. sizing
    4. Troubleshoot/replace compressors
    5. Troubleshoot and maintain walk-in coolers
    6. Troubleshoot, maintain, rewire ice machines
    7. Install defrost timers
    8. Install and adjust pressure controls
    9. Install and adjust temp controls
    10. Recover, evacuate, and charge light commercial units
    11. Identify and adjust water pressure regulating valves
    12. Identify compressor for refrigerant conversion
    13. Troubleshoot defrost cycle
    14. Identify and adjust pressure regulating valves
    15. Using a drawing, identify the various temperature and pressure components in a commercial refrigeration system
    16. Understand flooded condenser valves

  
  • HCR 307 - Fundamentals of Refrigeration

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course covers the principles of refrigeration, domestic systems and equipment.
    Competencies
    1. Explain the principles of the refrigeration system
      1. Define what makes a good refrigerant
      2. Define the function of the four basic components of the refrigerant system
    2. Explain safety procedures in working with refrigeration systems
    3. Demonstrate those procedures
    4. Explain the relationship between gage pressure, absolute pressure and a vacuum
      1. Define gage pressure
      2. Define absolute pressure
      3. Define a vacuum
      4. Outline the relationship between gage pressure, absolute pressure and vacuum
    5. Identify the relationship between temperature, pressure, heat, and enthalpy
    6. Explain temperature
    7. Explain pressure
    8. Define heat
    9. Define enthalpy
    10. Define sensible and latent heat
    11. Distinguish between sensible and latent heat
    12. Determine the proper operating temperatures and pressures of a refrigeration system
    13. Successfully pass the EPA requirement test for Universal Certification
    14. Explain the correlation between outdoor ambient temperatures and condensing temperature
    15. Explain the correlation between the indoor or box temperature and evaporator temperature
    16. Demonstrate the ability to set the superheat of the thermostatic expansion valve
      1. Use an electronic thermometer
      2. Read a Temperature/Pressure Chart
      3. Read a pressure gage
    17. Install refrigerant gage-manifold assembly properly, using a service valve wrench
    18. Remove refrigerant gage-manifold assembly properly, using a quick disconnect coupler
    19. Demonstrate the proper methods to charge a system
    20. Demonstrate the ability to leak check a refrigeration unit, using
    21. Demonstrate the correct methods to braze and solder copper tubing
      1. Clean tubing and fittings
      2. Operate the torch set safely
    22. Identify mechanical and electrical malfunctions in a refrigeration system
    23. Solve problems with electrical test instruments
    24. Describe the failure or problem given a condition
    25. Correct the malfunction

  
  • HCR 404 - Electricity

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A study of basic electricity principles: Ohm’s law, series and parallel circuits as applied to HVAC and refrigeration. Course also includes hands-on practice with training boards in the lab.
    Competencies
    1. Basic Electricity
      1. Define conductors
      2. Define insulators
      3. Explain the four factors of an electric circuit
      4. Use Ohm’s Law
    2. Electric circuits and electric meters
      1. Define or explain the three types of electric circuits
      2. Explain and use a clamp-on ammeter
      3. Explain and use a voltmeter
      4. Explain and use an ohmmeter
    3. Components, symbols, and circuitry of air-conditioning wiring diagrams
      1. Recognize, test, and install relays and contactors
      2. Explain the four different types of switches
      3. Define protective device
      4. Recognize, test, and install transformers
      5. Work with schematic diagrams
      6. Work with pictorial diagrams
      7. Work with installation diagrams
    4. Alternating current, power distribution, and voltages systems
      1. Define alternating current
      2. Define direct current
      3. Explain power factor
      4. List the common voltage characteristics of single and 3 phase power
    5. Installation of heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems
      1. Work with electric circuits and circuit components, wire series, parallel and series – parallel circuits.
      2. Explain wire sizing
      3. Explain different types of electric panels
    6. Basic electric motors
      1. Recognize and test different types of electric motors
      2. Explain the different types of electric motors
      3. Define capacitor
      4. Recognize and test different types of capacitors
      5. Define hermetic compressors
    7. Components for electric motors
      1. Define starting relays
      2. Define bearings
      3. Define magnetic starters
      4. Define overload protectors
    8. Components for gas heat
      1. Define gas valve.
      2. Define limit switch
      3. Define fan switch
      4. Define transformer
      5. Define thermostat

  
  • HCR 440 - Electrical Controls & Circuits

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    The application of motor control circuits used in industrial application, in particular in the HVAC/R field. These applications include contactors, starters, starting relays, interlocks, relays, thermostats, split phase, shaded pole, capacitor start motors and three-phase motors.
    Prerequisite: HCR 404  
    Competencies
    1. Know and use Ohms law to solve series and parallel circuit problems
    2. Use ammeters, voltmeters and ohmmeters to check devices, motors and loads
    3. Know the different voltages used to supply power to Industrial and HVAC equipment
    4. List and identify the different types of low and high (line) voltage thermostats
    5. Name the common thermostat sub-base markings for wire connections
    6. Describe the operation of each of the compressor motor starting relays
    7. Wire a potential relay and capacitor circuit
    8. List the types of fuses and circuit breakers used as protective devices
    9. Troubleshoot compressor and motor protectors
    10. Connect control circuits using schematic and wiring diagrams
    11. Know the different characteristics and uses of each of the following motors: split-phase, shaded pole, capacitor, and three phase
    12. Connect motor leads on various types of motors, for different voltages and rotation
    13. Test motor starting capacitors and starting switches
    14. Determine motor bearing wear conditions
    15. Select replacement motors correctly using nameplate data
    16. Size a three phase motor starter and pick the correct size overloads for a given motor H.P. and ampere rating, as selected by the instructor
    17. Wire to the starter in competency #16 a Stop Start (momentary) push button station, in series with a temperature high limit control (firestat) interlock. The interlock is to not permit the motor to run until reset
    18. Draw wiring diagrams of various HVAC equipment, selected by the instructor

  
  • HCR 506 - Air Distribution

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Involves the study of fans, blowers and dampers, the design of duct systems for proper air delivery and final system balancing. Includes lab practice.
    Prerequisite: HCR 256  
    Competencies
    1. Identify the types of fans used in the HVAC industry
    2. Describe the following
      1. BI fan wheel
      2. AF fan wheel
      3. FC fan wheel
    3. Demonstrate the ability to use the Fan Laws
    4. Calculate new conditions given a change in the system
    5. Explain the relationship between velocity pressure and static pressure
    6. Define velocity and static pressure
    7. Demonstrate the ability to measure velocity
      1. Use an inclined manometer to measure velocity
      2. Use a velometer to measure velocity
    8. Design air distribution system residential
    9. Design air distribution system-light commercial.
    10. Calculate airflow on temperature rise method
    11. Know and identify common airside problems

  
  • HCR 515 - Sheet Metal Fabrication

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 4
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course covers all types of sheet metal fabrications pertaining to the HVAC profession.
    Prerequisite: HCR 260  
    Competencies
    1. Fabricate (12) S-locks and (10) drives
    2. Fabricate (1) one-sided transition
    3. Fabricate (1) two-sided transition
    4. Fabricate 91) horizontal or vertical sweed elbow
    5. Fabricate (1) 12” long, 6” in diameter piece of round duct
    6. Fabricate (1) sqaure offset
    7. In groups of two, fabricate (1) return drop
    8. In a group, design and fabricate a sheetmetal project of your choice
    9. Design and fabricate refrigerant piping system
    10. Design and fabricate pipe project of your choice

  
  • HCR 717 - Blueprint Reading

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    A study of blueprint reading related to the HVAC/R trade. Drafting symbols and terminology will be covered, along with the skills needed to make simple scaled drawings.
    Competencies
    1. Use the following measurements
      1. Inch rules and fractional divisions
    2. After a review of basic drawing, the student will be expected to:
      1. To understand principles of orthographic projection
      2. To demonstrate the ability to visualize one or more views from a given view
      3. To develop necessary views by means of projection
    3. Identify and use Drafting Symbols
      1. Identify architectural symbols
      2. Identify plumbing and piping symbols
      3. Identify electrical symbols
      4. Identify sheet metal symbols
      5. Read and use construction blueprints
    4. Demonstrate the ability to read Commerical Blueprints that include
      1. Ventilation and exhaust systems
      2. Variable air volume systems
      3. Commerical AC systems
    5. Plan and develop a project for a Residential Single Family Home HVAC System
      1. Complete a simple scaled drawing of a residential single family home

  
  • HCR 803 - Environmental Controls

    Credits: 5
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 6
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    This course offers a basic understanding of building environmental and energy management systems, along with computerized (DDC), pneumatic and electro-mechanical controls.
    Prerequisite: HCR 307 , HCR 440 , HCR 506 .
    Corequisite: HCR 290  
    Competencies
    1. Analyze Indoor Air Quality
      1. Define the meaning of indoor air quality (IAQ).
      2. State the HVAC/R Technicians role as it relates to IAQ
      3. Identify various pollutants and pollutant pathways that impact IAQ
      4. List several tools and instruments to help measure and evaluate IAQ
      5. Explain appropriate strategies to prevent, control and resolve IAQ issues.
      6. Explain IAQ as defined by ASHRAE Standard 62
    2. Analyze air temperature and its effects.
      1. Discuss the factors affecting human comfort.
      2. List the ways the body dissipates heat.
      3. Explain the relationship between dry bulb, wet bulb, and dew point temperatures
      4. Plot points on the psychometric chart given any two variables
      5. Calculate the mixed air temperature of two different temperature airstreams.
    3. Analyze the principles of zoning and zone control.
      1. Explain the purpose of zone control systems.
      2. List the methods used to control excess airflow in a zone system
      3. Explain the purpose of variable air volume control systems
      4. Describe the operation of a basic zone control system
      5. List the components commonly used in a zone control system
      6. Explain the difference between a basic zone control system and a communicating system
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between residential and commercial applications.
      1. Explain the differences between residential, commercial and industrial air conditioning
      2. List the different types of commercial air-conditioning applications
      3. Identify which type of equipment configuration best suits each commercial
      4. application
      5. List the basic chilled-water system compressor and condenser types
      6. Describe the differences between single packaged conditioners and rooftop units
    5. Analyze fan and air handling units.
      1. Describe the different types of air handlers
      2. Explain the operation of a fan coil unit
      3. List the different types of heating and cooling coils
      4. Identify types of fans and describe their uses
      5. Use the fan laws to predict the end result of changing fan speed, air volume static pressure difference or fan horsepower
      6. Describe the operation of economizers and energy recovery ventilation sections
    6. Evaluate the applications of constant volume rooftop units versus variable air volume units.
      1. List the differences between a constant volume rooftop and a variable air volume rooftop
      2. Describe the major components of a VAV rooftop unit and system
      3. Discuss the use of an exhaust fan versus a return fan on a VAV rooftop unit
      4. Discuss typical candidate buildings for VAV rooftop systems
      5. Describe three types of VAV terminals used with VAV rooftop units
      6. Describe the capabilities of a variable air volume rooftop
    7. Analyze commercial control systems.
      1. Explain how a chilled-water system operates
      2. List the common temperature input signals for a packaged air handler
      3. Describe the function of air-quality and air-condition sensors
      4. Describe how water or steam coil control valves operate
      5. Explain the differences and advantages of different types of control systems
    8. Demonstrate the ability to complete a home energy audit.
      1. Evaluating heating and cooling systems
      2. Baseload measures
      3. Health and Safety

  
  • HCR 840 - Computer Load Calculations

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 1
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Course is designed to deliver instruction in the area of heating/cooling load calculations, air flow and air supply/return layout. Extensive use of computers and CAD systems will be incorporated to enhance student productivity.
    Prerequisite: HCR 506  
    Competencies
    1. Enter and/or change client information
    2. Enter and/or change building information
    3. Properly choose a state or province from which you want a location to properly determine your calculations
    4. Enter and/or change wall information
    5. Properly identify wall construction material
    6. Properly identify and choose insulation
    7. Properly identify and choose windows and construction type
    8. Enter and/or change door information
    9. Properly choose a door construction type
    10. Enter and/or change ceiling information
    11. Properly choose a ceiling construction type
    12. Properly identify and choose roofing material
    13. Enter or change floor information
    14. Properly choose floor construction type
    15. Enter or change penetration information
    16. Enter or change heating zone information
    17. Enter or change cooling zone information
    18. Generate reports
    19. Choose proper reports type
    20. Choose specific zones or materials for reports
    21. Rotate building
    22. Change infiltration ratings

  
  • HCR 932 - Internship

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 16
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    On-the-job training for Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration program students.
    Prerequisite: HCR 253 , HCR 440  and HCR 515 . Students must have a 2.0 grade point average or better in the HACR Technology program and a valid driver’s license.
    Competencies
    1. Locate an approved internship for work experience
      1. Follow up on available internships
      2. Interview for internship positions
    2. Complete work agreement contract for internship employment
      1. Record accurate information necessary for employment experience
      2. Obtain appropriate signatures for endorsement purposes
      3. Maintain contract in personal/intern coordinator file
    3. Complete 240 hours of approved internship experience
      1. Complete a certified time record form
      2. Verify total time recorded with appropriate documentation
    4. Complete weekly report forms properly
    5. Maintain a journal of experiences, job techniques, or details of the internship
    6. Record hours worked each day of the week
    7. Verify and maintain report in personal intern/coordinator files
    8. Obtain a satisfactory employer performance evaluation
    9. Demonstrate positive employer relations
    10. Meet client project expectations
    11. Accept additional responsibility as assigned
    12. Initiate tasks without being told
    13. Maintain a high level of motivation
    14. Demonstrate leadership skills
    15. Organize weekly reports


History

  
  • HIS 112 - West Civ: Ancient to Early Mod

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Core
    The student surveys the great civilizations from Greece and Rome, through the rise of Christianity, to Europe in the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, the modern state, the new science and the secular outlook, parliamentary government in England and political absolutism in France and Eastern Europe.
    Competencies
    1. Define civilization
    2. Describe the defining characteristics of Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and development of Judaism
      1. Differentiate Judaism from traditional Near Eastern reli­gions
      2. Identify Near Eastern religious ideas that may have influenced Judaism and Christianity
      3. Discuss how the Hebrew faith bound the Jews politically
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of Greek history 800-350 B.C
      1. Describe the influence of geography on early Greek development
      2. Explain the evolution of the polis and hoplites and the importance of both in Greek society
      3. Discuss the differing histories of Athens and Sparta politically and culturally
    5. Discuss the origins of Greek philosophy and science
      1. Describe theories used to explain the early beginnings of Greek philosophy and science
      2. List key Greek intellects and the contributions they made in the evolution of Western intellectual history
    6. Examine the origins and achievements of Hellenistic Civilization and its diffusion.
      1. Compare and contrast the political, social and economic characteristics of Hellenic and Hellenistic civilizations
      2. Describe and analyze the philosophic, religious, scientific and economic developments of the Hellenistic Age
    7. Discuss the Roman Republic as a civilization
      1. Discuss the Greek and Etruscan influences on the early Romans
      2. Describe Roman expansion in Italy
      3. Assess the importance of Roman culture in shaping the social and political character of the ancient Romans
      4. Assess the importance of engineering and architectural achievements of the Romans
      5. Discuss the wars with Carthage and the Hellenistic kingdoms that lead to Roman dominance of the Mediterranean world
      6. Determine the factors that contributed to the breakdown of the Old Republic
      7. Assess the roles of the Gracchi, Marius, Sulla and Julius Caesar in the breakdown of the Old Republic
    8. Compare and contrast the governments of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
    9. Describe the imperial system created by Caesar Augustus
    10. Examine the Imperial System 14 Ad to 300 AD
      1. Describe the political changes implemented by Augustus
      2. Discuss the role of the military in the Empire
      3. Describe the arts, literature and architecture in the Empire beginning with Augustus
      4. Discuss the Pax Roman
    11. Explain the origins of Christianity.
      1. Explain the universal or catholic character of its appeal and diffu­sion
      2. Discuss the significance of St. Paul and his teachings
      3. Compare and contrast the religions of ancient Rome and Christiani­ty
      4. Explain the conversion of Rome to Christianity
    12. Explain the importance of Byzantine civilization
      1. Identify the successes and failures Byzantium had in maintaining its political and military dominance in the East
      2. Evaluate Byzantium’s cultural achievements and influences on the Christian West and Islam
    13. Explain the importance of Muhammad and the rise of Islam
      1. Discuss the role of the Arabs and Islamic civilization in the forma­tion of the Middle East
      2. Compare and contrast the role of women in Islam and Islamic society and in Christianity and Christian civilization
      3. Discuss the impact of Islam and Islamic civilization on medieval Europe
      4. Compare and contrast Islam and Christianity
    14. Appraise the forces, cultures, and idea systems forming the early middle ages
      1. Discuss the synthesis of Roman, Christian and Germanic culture in making early Europe
      2. Explain the impetus for Germanic migration and conquest
    15. Explain the importance of the papacy, the Carolingians, and monasticism in making the “first Europe.”
      1. Discuss the importance of Charlemagne and the accomplishments of the Carolingian Renaissance
      2. Assess the role of monasticism in Christianization, cultural preser­vation, and church reform
      3. Account for the breakdown of the “first Europe” and the rise of feudalism
      4. Account for the factors that brought European economic, cultural, and political revival and stability after 1000, such as Gregorian Reform
    16. Demonstrate an understanding of your comprehension of medieval social history
      1. Describe peasant society to evaluate the degree of social mobility among medieval people
      2. Explain the role of women in medieval life at all social levels
      3. Examine the health and welfare of medieval people and the role of diet in their lives
    17. Examine the achievements and failures of the High and Late Middle Ages
      1. Discuss the impact of the Norman Conquest on England
      2. Examine the differing successes of the monarchies of France, England, and Germany in establishing unity, order, and stability in the High and Late Middle Ages.
      3. Discuss the continual conflict between church and state
      4. Analyze the factors that led to the revival of commerce and the revitalization of urban life
      5. Explain the importance of cathedrals and universities in the emerging civilization of the High Middle Ages
      6. Explain the catastrophe of the Black Death and Hundred Years’ War, and its impact on European life
      7. Explain the near collapse of the papacy and the decline of the church in the late Middle Ages
    18. Define the Renaissance and its origins
      1. Compare the Renaissance as it developed in Italy and Northern Europe
      2. Discuss the developments of renaissance political organizations and the concept of power
      3. Discuss the artistic and scientific achievements of the Renaissance
    19. Examine and explain the origins and dynamics of the Reformation
      1. Assess the ideas, origins and impacts of Martin Luther, John Calvin, the Anabaptists, and the Anglicans
      2. Discuss the development of the Counter Reformation
      3. Examine the impact of the Renaissance on the Reformation
    20. Discuss the origins and motivations for European exploration of other worlds
      1. Analyze the impact of Europe on newly encountered civilizations as well as the effect of the Columbian Exchange on Europe
      2. Analyze European motivations to discover and colonize other cultures
      3. Discuss the general evolution of the culture and history of the three dominate civilizations in the Americas: Aztec, Mayan and Incan, at the time of European contact
    21. Analyze the development of absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy between 1500 and 1725.
      1. Identify and evaluate these two types of government by examining France and England
      2. Examine the rise of Peter the Great and the Westernization of Russia
      3. Examine the emergence of Brandenburg-Prussia as a European Power
    22. Discuss the origins of modern science, the scientific view and its impact on European traditional ways of religion and life
    23. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing

  
  • HIS 113 - Western Civilization: Early..

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Core
    Survey of political, economic, social and intellectual developments from the 18th century to the present. Enlightenment, revolutions and reactions, national unifications, national rivalries, world wars and postwar developments.
    Competencies
    1. Analyze the development of absolute monarchy and constitutional monarchy between 1500 and 1725
      1. Identify and evaluate these two types of government by examining France and England
      2. Discuss the efforts of the English people to resist absolutist monarchy
      3. Examine the rise of Peter the Great and the Westernization of Russia
      4. Examine the emergence of Brandenburg-Prussia as a European Power
    2. Evaluate the origins and varieties of ideologies
      1. Critique the struggle between conservatism, liberalism, religious fundamentalism, and nationalism
      2. Chart the emergence of socialism, communism, and fascism
    3. Evaluate the concept of a modern society
      1. Discuss the process of modernization
      2. Examine the rise and varieties of economic transformations
      3. Review the agricultural revolution
      4. Interpret the changes brought on by the industrial revolution
    4. Discuss the origins of modern science, the scientific view and its impact on European traditional ways of religion and life
      1. Explain what was the scientific revolution
      2. Examine the efforts to reconcile the new science and religion
      3. Analyze the impact of the new science on religion and philosophy
      4. Discuss the role of women in the scientific revolution
    5. Critique the effects of the Enlightenment upon European society
      1. Identify key figures in the Enlightenment
      2. Evaluate the intellectual impact of the Enlightenment upon Europe
      3. Outline the effect of the Enlightenment outside of Europe
    6. Appraise the importance of the French Revolution and future revolutions it inspired
      1. Discuss the transformation of French society
      2. Summarize the wars that spread across Europe in the wake of the French Revolution
      3. Identify the rise of Napoleon and his impact on society, law, and the military
      4. Contrast the revolutions of 1848
    7. Evaluate the actions of Europe during the “Belle Époque” within Europe and throughout the rest of the world
      1. Describe the development of societal reforms throughout European states
      2. Contrast the wars of unification in both Italy and Germany
      3. Explain imperialism and colonialism
      4. Distinguish between the different Europeans attempts at global imperialism
    8. Characterize the origins of the First World War
      1. Identify the tensions in Europe that led to the First World War
      2. Outline the different fronts of the First World War
      3. Record the aftermath of the First World War’s effects on Europe and the rest of the world
    9. Evaluate the turmoil of the inter-war period
      1. Critique the Russian Revolution and development of communism in Europe
      2. Discuss the geographical reorganization of Europe after the First World War
      3. Describe the impact on colonies around the globe
      4.  Assess the rise of extremist ideologies (dictatorships, fascism, Nazism)
      5. Appraise the effects of the Great Depression
    10. Analyze the Second World War
      1. Discuss the origins of the Second World War
      2. Highlight key fronts and battles of the Second World War
      3. Contrast the end of the Second World War to the First World War
    11. Critique the world wide confrontation of the Cold War
      1. Discuss the origins of the Cold War
      2. Interpret the many impacts of the Cold War
      3. Identify the demise of the Cold War
    12. Illustrate the issues facing Europe after the Second World War
      1. Articulate the impact of decolonization on both colonizer and colonized
      2. Describe the origins of the European Union
      3. Discuss Europe’s relationship with the non-western world
    13. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing.
      1. Define and interpret primary sources
      2. Create a formal research paper with a coherent argument

    Competencies Revised Date: 2020
  
  • HIS 150 - U.S. History to 1877

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Core
    A survey of main themes of American history from 1492 to 1877 with emphasis on the political, social, economic, religious and intellectual aspects of the presettlement, Colonial, Revolutionary, Antebellum Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
    Competencies
    1. Compare and Contrast various Native American cultures in terms of religion, attitudes toward the environment, and culture
      1. Judge the various theories on Native American migration to the New World
      2. Assess the diversity amongst the First Peoples of North America
      3. Critique the cultural interactions between European and Native Americans in North America
    2. Evaluate among the patterns of settlement of the European powers after 1492
      1. Map the American possessions claimed by Spain, England, and France
      2. Compare and contrast the European colonies with one another
    3. Outline, specifically, the patterns of English settlement after 1607
      1. Examine the differences among the English colonies in terms of an economic basis, political systems, religious preferences, relations with Native Americans, and family life
      2. List the reasons why people moved from Europe and Africa to colonial America
      3. Characterize mercantilism
      4. Correlate the origins of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the development of slavery
      5. Examine the Great Awakening and Enlightenment’s influence on colonial Americans.
    4. Evaluate the various “wars of empire” in the late-1600s and early-1700s, and the origins of the Revolutionary War
      1. Explain Native American and European relations during the French and Indian War
      2. Evaluate the causes of the Revolutionary War
      3. Summarize the major strategies, battles, and political figures of the Revolu­tionary War
      4. Distinguish the major provisions of the Treaty of Paris
      5. Describe how the American Revolution affected Loyalists, whites, the freed black population, slaves, and Native Americans
    5. Analyze the political and constitutional developments and issues in the early national period
      1. Compare the types of state governments set up after the Revolu­tion
      2. Contrast the Articles of Confedera­tion with the Constitution
      3. Trace the early development of the two-party system
      4. Illustrate the constitutional nationalism of the Supreme Court under John Marshall
      5. Describe the origins and consequences of the War of 1812
      6. Explain the process of American industrialization
    6. Critique the events and developments of the antebellum period in terms of their significance to North-South relations
      1. Examine the rise of Jacksonian politics, expansion of the elector­ate, and the election of Andrew Jackson
      2. Identify the main issues of Jackson’s presidency, especially nullification and Indian Removal
      3. Trace the rise of the Whigs and the return to a two-party system
      4. Explain the shaping of a national economy during the ante­bellum years, including the significant commercial, agricultural, and early manufacturing sectors
      5. Relate the various reform movements before the Civil War, includ­ing educa­tional reform, the temperance, early women’s, romantic, and abolition movements
      6. Define the term “manifest destiny” and connect westward expansion to sectionalism
      7. Summarize slavery’s role in sectionalism and the various compromises between North and South
    7. Critique the various events of the 1850s which led to the Civil War
      1. Identify the importance of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the formation of the Republican party
      2. Evaluate the Dred Scott decision
      3. Outline the national significance of the Lincoln-Douglas debates
      4. Analyze how the presidential election and Lincoln’s view on slavery led to secession and the Civil War
    8. Evaluate the Civil War in terms of its causes, the military strat­egies involved, and its major consequences
      1. Measure the relative strengths and weaknesses of each side as well as their respective war aims, logistics, and mili­tary strategies
      2. Examine the “home front” on both sides
      3. Explain how Lincoln and Union soldiers came to support the abolishment of slavery
      4. Measure the various human, economic, political, social, and psychological costs of the Civil War
    9. Explain the major issues and consequences of Reconstruction after the Civil War
      1. Assess the important constitutional, political, and other issues presented by Reconstruction
      2. Compare presidential and Radical Reconstruction in terms of their goals, methods, and consequences
      3. Relate the constitutional and political importance of President Johnson’s impeachment
      4. Explain how Reconstruction ended
      5. Appraise the long-term political, constitutional, econom­ic, and social conse­quences of Reconstruction
    10. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing
      1. Define and interpret primary sources
      2. Create a formal research paper with a coherent argument

    Competencies Revised Date: 2020
  
  • HIS 153 - U.S. History Since 1877

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Core
    A survey of main themes of American history from 1877 to the present with emphasis on political, social, economic, religious and intellectual aspects of the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, WWI, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, WWII and post-WWII Era.
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate the causes and effects of industrialization after the Civil War
      1. Explain the influence of the railroads, steel manufacturing, oil and other components of the industrial economy
      2. Evaluate the response of the government, including the courts, and the political system to the effects of industrialization
      3. Assess the social, cultural, and intellectual consequences of industrialization, especially the concentration of wealth and power and its impact on working men, women, and children
      4. Chronicle the rise of the labor movement in the post-Civil War years
      5. Interpret the changing role of agriculture in industrializing America
    2. Analyze the political climate in the United States in the post-Civil War years
      1. Examine the issues that were involved in significant national elections
      2. Evaluate the stances of the major political parties on the issues of the day
      3. Describe the extent of political corruption during this period
      4. Illustrate the impact of the women’s suffrage movement
      5. Reframe the role that the controversy surrounding currency played in this period
    3. Assess America’s changing role in the world during the late-1800s
      1. Appraise the specific foreign policy issues that presented themselves during the post-Civil War years
      2. Evaluate the overall impact of the Spanish-American War
      3. Contrast the circumstances relating to increased American influence in Hawaii and the American takeover of the Philippines focusing on the imperialist and anti-imperialist arguments
      4. Record the American issuance of the Open Door policy in China within the overall world foreign policy context and its significance in Asia generally
    4. Synthesize the various forces, issues, and personalities involved in the progressive movement in the early 1900s
      1. Summarize the writings, ideas, and influence of the muckrakers
      2. Explain the impact of the progressive movement on local, state, and national politics
      3. Discuss the late-nineteenth-century women’s movement and its relationship to the progressive movement
      4. Evaluate the impact of progressive legislation through Wilson’s administration
      5. Explain the significance of the Niagara movement and the birth of the NAACP in terms of minority involvement in American culture
      6. Analyze the policies of the Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson administration policies so as to measure each in terms of its support for progressivism
      7. Summarize key foreign policy issues during the progressive period, such as the construction of the Panama Canal
    5. Explain the causes, the circumstances leading to, the course of, and the consequences of World War I
      1. Examine the circumstances leading to World War I in Europe, American efforts to remain neutral in its early days, and eventual U.S. involvement in the war
      2. Summarize what American did to mobilize for the war, emphasizing the role of the national government and the role of women
      3. Trace the major strategies and battles of the war emphasizing American involvement
      4. Examine the various major provisions and shortcomings of the Treaty of Versailles
      5. Analyze as a political and a foreign policy issue Wilson’s efforts to create the League of Nations including the consequence of its rejection by the United States
    6. Discuss the political, cultural and social situation of the country during the 1920s
      1. Demonstrate changes and continuities in the manner in which political issues were dealt during the 1920s
      2. Assess the growth of consumerism during the 1920s
      3. Analyze the changing role of women during the 1920s
    7. Summarize the various causes and consequences of the Great Depression
      1. Compare the various historical arguments as to who or what “caused” it to happen
      2. Describe the Depression’s severity in economic and personal terms
      3. Assess the Depression’s impact in political terms culminating in the election of Franklin Roosevelt
      4. Contrast the various New Deal programs in terms of their goals and their successes and failures
      5. Discuss political debate and action concerning the New Deal
      6. Estimate the impact of the Depression and the New Deal on organized labor in America, minorities, and women
    8. Analyze the various foreign policy issues facing the United States during the 1930s leading to World War II
      1. Discuss the role that isolationism policy and sentiment played in the U.S. during this period
      2. Analyze the reasons for the rise of totalitarianism during the 1920s and 1930s
      3. Trace the specific circumstances which led to war between the United States and both Germany and Japan
      4. Summarize the American mobilization for World War II, including the roles of women and minorities
      5. Identify, briefly, the strategies and major battles of World War II, in the various theaters emphasizing the differences of opinion among the Allies over strategy
      6. Compare the various conferences during World War II in terms of their goals and short-and long-term consequences
      7. Describe the political, military, diplomatic, economic, and human costs and consequences of World War II
    9. Evaluate the political and military circumstances leading to the Cold War and its consequences
      1. Consider the various causes of the Cold War with regard to various parts of the world
      2. Explain the various specific crises and issues through which the Cold War evolved, including the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and the Berlin crisis
      3. Compare the role of the political and economic organizations set up at the end of and after World War II
      4. Interpret the causes and consequences of the Korean War
      5. Consider the early and later development of the Vietnam War as an example of Cold War conflict
      6. Assess the conflict in the Middle East (1948-present) in terms of its relevance to the Cold War conflict
      7. Judge as to the long-term consequences of the Cold War in terms of U.S.-Soviet relations
    10. Appraise American domestic policy during the post-World War years
      1. Classify post-war presidential policies in the areas of economic, social welfare, civil rights, women’s and civil liberties and labor policies
      2. Compare and contrast the relative strengths of the Republicans and the Democrats during the 1950s
      3. Summarize the evolution of the Civil Rights Movement from the late-1940s through the 1960s, focusing on such things as the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the integration of the Little Rock schools
      4. Illustrate the protest movements of the 1960s and their impact on U.S. culture and policy
      5. Measure the role of the Supreme Court in the 1960s and 1970s, mentioning specific court decisions, such as Miranda v. Arizona and Baker v. Carr, and their consequences
    11. Determine the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in terms of foreign and domestic policy
      1. Examine Nixon presidency, including its shifts in foreign and domestic policy, its relationship to the Cold War, and its involvement in political corruption, especially the Watergate scandal
      2. Evaluate the progression of social movements during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, including Civil Rights, women’s rights, and LGBT rights
      3. Discuss the energy crisis of the 1970s and evaluate its main consequences, including the rise of the environmental movement
      4. Examine the rise of the New Right in the 1980s
      5. Discuss developments in the Cold War during this period, especially US involvement in the Vietnam War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the end of the Cold War
    12. Establish the main issues facing the United States in the 21st century
      1. Show the current state of US domestic policy
      2. Review the current state of US foreign policy
      3. Assess the social movements of the 21st century and their connection to the social movements of the latter half of the 20th century
      4. Discuss major shifts in US politics, economics, and society in the 21st century to date.
    13. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing
      1. Define and interpret primary sources
      2. Create a formal research paper with a coherent argument

    Competencies Revised Date: 2020
  
  • HIS 201 - Iowa History

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    A broad survey of Iowa history from Indian cultures and pioneer farming through modern agriculture, gradual social changes and long-term political trends.
    Competencies
    1. Describe the major physical characteristics of Iowa: glaciation, climatic characteristics, soil, water and mineral, resources, and overall topography
      1. Explain the impact of climatic changes on Iowa from earliest geologic times to the present
      2. Demonstrate knowledge of how Iowa’s flora and fauna have evolved relative to changing physical characteristics
      3. Assess the overall impact of the glaciers in ‘creating’ modern day Iowa’s land forms and soil types
      4. Discuss how the Native American’s relationship to the environment differed from that of the first Europeans and how those differences have altered Iowa’s physical characteristics
    2. Identify and explain the different cultural traits of Native Americans in Iowa
      1. Trace the chronological evolution of the first Iowans from the earliest Paleo-Indians to their final removal in 1851
      2. Compare and contrast the cultural differences between Plains and Woodland Native Americans
      3. Examine archeological evidence from throughout Iowa to determine differences in American Indian life styles throughout the last 10,000 years
      4. Determine the long term impact of Native Americans on Iowa history, i.e., place names, historical and cultural legacy, etc.
      5. Outline how Native Americans differed from the first Europeans regarding religion, political and social organizations, economics, and their relationship to the land
    3. Discuss the changes taking place in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and how they influenced the early exploration and settlement of Iowa
      1. Summarize key events in Spain, France and England during 17th and 18th centuries and how they influenced initial contact with what would eventually become Iowa
      2. Explore the different motives for each country’s interest and involvement in the Mississippi and Missouri River valleys
      3. Examine who the key early European explorers were and how their efforts contributed to a better understanding of the ‘future’ Iowa
      4. Summarize the impact of the fur trade on Native Americans
      5. Outline the process of how the area Iowa was a part of became part of the United States
      6. Evaluate the circumstances leading up to, and the outcomes resulting from, the first treaties between Native Americans and the American Settlers
    4. Outline the process of Iowa’s admission as a territory and summarize the key issues that needed to be resolved before Iowa was admitted for statehood
      1. Show understanding of the process involved in Iowa’s achieving territory status
      2. Discuss what impact the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War would have on the ‘future’ Iowa territory
      3. Analyze the major obstacles blocking Iowa’s admission to the Union – the questions of boundaries, black Iowans, and the doubts about banks
      4. Explain the role and influence of national party politics on Iowa as a territory and its early statehood years
    5. Describe life in frontier Iowa from the Territorial Period to the Civil War, focusing on early farming, religion, transportation and politics
      1. Describe the pattern of settlement of frontier Iowa from East to West.
      2. Identify who the first settlers were; where they had come from, and what their journey to get here was like
      3. Relate what frontier life was like in areas such as agriculture, religion, family life and politics by reading primary source accounts, such as diaries, etc
      4. Assess the dangers and hardships of living on the Iowa frontier
    6. Review the national debate over slavery and how it lead to a major political realignment in Iowa in the 1850s
      1. Trace the origins of slavery in the United States and how it becomes increasingly divisive as an issue after 1830
      2. Examine the early presence and status of African Americans in the Iowa Territory and early statehood
      3. Explain how both nationally and here in Iowa, the debate over slavery weakened the Democratic Party and helped create the Republican Party
      4. Summarize the roles played by key abolitionists in Iowa during the 1850s.
    7. Summarize Iowa’s involvement in the Civil War
      1. Outline the major national events that led to south Carolina’s secession from the Union and the creation of the Confederacy
      2. Broadly follow Iowa’s involvement in the Civil War in such areas as tropp contributions, participation in key battles, outstanding military and civilian leaders, and the war’s impact on the ‘home front.
      3. Analyze the quality and significance of Iowa’s Republican leaders at the state and national level, during the Civil War period, i.e., Grimes, Kirkwood, Harlan, Wilson, Dodge, etc.
      4. Evaluate the war’s impact on Iowa, both immediate and long-term
    8. Examine major political, social and economic trends in Iowa following the Civil War and how it was influenced by Reconstruction at the national and state level
      1. Identify the key issues of Reconstruction after the Civil War, i.e., the status of Blacks, President Johnson’s impeachment, ‘state’s rights,’ etc., and discuss the role Iowans played in these
      2. Relate how the war’s end increased the influence of railroads on Iowa agriculture and in Iowa’s politics
      3. Examine how the War’s end led to a dramatic increase in immigration, as well as a broadening of cultural diversity in the makeup of Iowans
    9. Illustrate the problems and changes to Iowa agriculture during the last quarter of the 19th Century
      1. Show how and why Iowa agriculture first underwent dramatic changes in the 1870-1900 period and then how and why it lost its political influence and clout
      2. Explain what purpose third parties or political movements play in U.S. politics and why a number of agrarian radical groups arose in Iowa during that same period
      3. Examine economic depressions and recessions during the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s and evaluate their overall impact on Iowa agriculture
    10. Discuss the divisiveness in Iowa’s Republican Party and how it led to a major split into conservative and progressive factions
      1. Compare and contrast the rural Populist movement to the more urban Progressive movement and discuss what effect that had on Iowa
      2. Relate how and why Iowa’s Republican Party experienced serious problems and divisiveness between conservatives and progressives from 1901 to 1920
      3. Show examples of the impact of the Progressive reform movement on Iowa and who some of its leaders were
      4. Illustrate with examples how Iowa entered a “Golden Age of Agriculture” from approximately 1900-1920
    11. Explore the impact of World War I on life in Iowa
      1. Analyze the conditions and causes internationally that brought about World War I and the immediate U.S. and Iowa response
      2. Summarize the key reasons the U.S. entered the War, the major ways Iowa contributed to the War effort, and Herbert Hoover’s role
      3. Understand the legal and moral implications of the treatment of U.S. citizens of German descent throughout the U.S., but particularly in Iowa
      4. List the reasons why the treaty ending World War I was flawed, hurt Iowa agriculture, and ‘planted the seeds’ for World War II
    12. Indicate how the farm policies of the 1920s led to growing political and social unrest
      1. Discuss how demobilzation from World War I ignored problems for farmers in the 1920s.
      2. Explain President Harding and Coolidge’s policies of ‘a return to normalcy’ and ‘laissez-faire capitalism’ and their impact on Iowa
      3. Identify the causes, leaders, and key events of the period of agricultural, political and social unrest from 1923-1933
      4. Summarize Herbert Hoover’s presidency, both its’ successes and its’ failures
      5. Examine the causes of the stockmarket ‘crash’ of 1929; the ‘Great Depression’ of 1929-1933; and, how the two events were interrelated
    13. List the ways in which the Depression era left a lasting impact on the state of Iowa and list the major New Deal legislation that came in response
      1. Study the impact of the ‘Great Depression’ on Iowa – economically, agriculturally, socially, etc
      2. Analyze the changes in political parties and their philosophies because of the Great Depression
      3. Outline the major New Deal programs and their impact on Iowa
      4. Discuss the roles played by prominent Iowans, i.e., Wallace, Lewis, Hopkins, Sunday, etc., during the 1930s.
    14. Discuss World War II and its impact on life in Iowa
      1. Compare the U.S. position in World War II prior to Pearl Harbor to our ‘neutrality’ from 1914-17 in World War I
      2. Identify the major contributions Iowa made to the overall effort in World War II
      3. Summarize the impact, both imediate and long-term, of World War II on Iowa and Iowans
    15. Show how a major political realignment in recent years has led to a competitive two-party state
      1. Analyze how after 70 years of domination, the Republican Party’s grip on partisan politics was broken
      2. Show what factors led to a resurgence in the Democratic Party
      3. Discuss the future implications of a decline in partisanship, more registered Independents, lower voter turnouts, more single issue politics, and a general cynicism among voters
    16. Review how modernization, industrialization, automation and urbanization have dramatically changed agricultural practices in Iowa since World War II
      1. Examine the challenges to Iowa’s agricultural future – environmental concerns, decreasing political clout, less independence and autonomy, and an aging farm group
      2. Assess the growing rivalry between urban and rural interests for political influence, limited tax dollars, and the social and cultural direction Iowa should go
    17. Based on Iowa’s post World War II demographic changes, discuss options for Iowa’s future in the following areas: education, business agriculture, social and political
      1. Review Iowa’s most important assets and liabilities as we prepare to enter the 21st Century
      2. Develop a vision of what you would like Iowa to look like in the year 2050
      3. Prioritize what Iowa’s greatest failures have been in the last quarter of the 20th Century and develop a strategy to address and correct those

  
  • HIS 211 - Modern Asian History

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    This introductory course on modern Asian history explores the history of East and Southeast Asia from 1700 to the present. Students will cover a broad overview of history including geography, culture, economics, politics, modernization, Western intervention and social and political transformation. This will demonstrate East and Southeast Asia’s modern transformations and importance today.
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate the social, cultural and political histories and customs of the various East and Southeast Asian peoples
      1. Discuss the rise of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Shintoism and Islam and the roles they played in the various cultures
      2. Investigate the impact of ethnic diversities and treatment of minorities in Southeast and East Asian societies
      3. Assess the causes for interaction between the cultures including isolationist practices
      4. Explain “Orientalism’s” effect upon Western attitudes toward the region
      5. Analyze the impact of early Western incursions into these cultures
      6. Discuss the growth of commerce in East and Southeast Asia
    2. Discuss the significance of the Meiji Restoration in Japan
      1. Explain the causes of the Meiji Restoration
      2. Discuss the impact of the Meiji Restoration upon Japan and its neighbors
      3. Understand the changes the Meiji Restoration brought about to Japanese societal struggle
      4. Explain the rapid rate of Japanese modernization
    3. Critique the significance and impact of changing ideologies including nationalism and communism
      1. Contrast competing claims of imperialism in Southeast Asia with Thailand’s independent resistance
      2. Identify and discuss the reasons for the rise of nationalist movements
      3. Assess the motivations and struggles of Ho Chi Minh and Sukarno
      4. Explain the causes of the Qing Reforms in China
      5. Assess and discuss the appeal of Marxist-Leninism in East and Southeast Asia, including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, Cambodia, and others
      6. Discuss the reactions of Western powers to the rise of Asian nationalism
    4. Assess the cultural works in East and Southeast Asia and their impact upon their respective societies
      1. Identify the cultural struggles between European occupiers and indigenous cultural movements in Southeast Asia
      2. Identify and discuss the contributions of Lu Xun and Kita Ikki
      3. Discuss the reasons for and the motivations of the New Cultural Movement
      4. Explain the significance of the “Golden Age of Chinese Capitalism
      5. Discuss the influence of Japan’s “Angry Young Men” in relationship to Kita Ikki
    5. Assess the transformation of the Pacific Rim and the impact of Japanese-American relations prior to and during the Second World War
      1. Examine China’s experience with the West at the turn of the 20th century
      2. Analyze Japan’s involvement in Western Affairs at the turn of the century through the First World War
      3. Discuss the reasons for Japan’s aggressive actions in Asia after 1920
      4. Explain the significance of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the Philippines
      5. Assess the political, social, and economic changes created by the United States’ post-Second World War occupation of Japan
      6. Discuss Japan’s motivations for the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere
      7. Assess American attitudes toward the Japanese, Chinese, and colonized Asians during and immediately following the Second World War
    6. Interpret the new post-Second World War Asian reality
      1. Appraise the new “two Koreas”
      2. Identify the causes for Japan’s post-war recovery and commercial rise
      3. Explain the post-war internal Chinese struggle
      4. Explain the impact of the Korean War on the region
      5. Discuss the changes in the Japanese political system after the Second World War
      6. Analyze the “creation” of Southeast Asia as a region and the struggle with national interests
      7. Discuss the role of women in East and Southeast Asia
    7. Analyze and discuss the reasons for the post-war economic growth and industrialization in East and Southeast Asia
      1. Discuss the causes for Taiwan and South Korea’s industrial growth and successes
      2. Discuss the significance of Confucian philosophy on Asia’s “New Capitalism”.
      3. Assess the Asian methods of corporate management, the role of culture, and “timing”
      4. Assess the significance and successes of the “Newly Industrialized Economies” (NIE’s).
      5. Identify the impact of international organizations such as ASEAN and SCO on the economic and social performance of the region
    8. Evaluate the changes in China during and after Mao Zedong
      1. Discuss the political reforms of Mao Zedong and their effects upon Chinese society
      2. Identify Chinese political, economic and societal imperatives
      3. Assess the significance of China’s democratic transition
      4. Analyze the changes in post-Mao China
      5. Critique the changes in post-Deng China
    9. Evaluate the rise of democratic movements among Asian peoples
      1. Assess the progress of democratic movements in Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines
      2. Identify the legacy of “Pork Barrel Democracy” in the Philippines
      3. Discuss the determinates of democratic change on political culture, ethnic rivalries, and socioeconomic development
      4. Assess and discuss the rapid economic growth in South Korea as it relates to increasing political freedom and self-determination
    10. Assess the impact of American attitudes toward Asia from 1776 through the Cold War
      1. Analyze the earliest interactions between China and America post-Independence
      2. Identify the causes for the American “loss of China”.
      3. Discuss the transfer of power from a colonial legacy to that of self-governance
      4. Summarize the rivalry in Asia during the Cold War
      5. Assess the impact of American occupation in Japan and Asia after the Second World War
      6. Assess the significance of the Korean War on the United States and Asian nations
      7. Evaluate the causes and significance of the Vietnam War
      8. Discuss the strategies of “containment” in Asia
      9. Assess the significance of the United States opening relations with China
    11. Predict American’s future as a Pacific nation
      1. Discuss the impact of Asia’s economic growth upon the world economic markets
      2. Assess the significance of Asian immigration to the United States
      3. Discuss the reasons for the United States new direction in Asia
      4. Define the idea of “Charting” and “Pivoting” regarding economic and political trends
    12. Evaluate the significance of Russia’s role in Pacific Asia today
      1. Discuss the role of Pacific Asia in relation to Glasnost
      2. Discuss the geographical, historical and new myths Russia has in regards to Asian peoples
      3. Assess Russia’s claim for Far Eastern identity
      4. Analyze recent Russian leaders’ relationship with Asia through bilateral agreements and IGOs

  
  • HIS 216 - History of Modern Russia

    Credits: 4
    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    Students survey the history of Russia from the reign of Nicholas (II) Romanov through the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev. Students will study political change from absolutist to parliamentary, the rise of the Communist Party, the struggle for control of the Communist Party, the harsh rule of Stalin, the impact of WWII, post-WWII international influence of the Soviet Union, Soviet Union’s involvement with Iowa, downfall of the Soviet Union and the rise of post- Communist Party Russia.
    Competencies
    1. Summarize the effects of the continuation of Romanov rule on Russia
      1. Understand the Russian governmental actions to maintain Romanov rule
      2. Know the general problems of Russia’s war effort (1904-05).
      3. Determine how the Russian government changed from absolute monarchy to parliamentary form
      4. Explain the economic steps taken to reform Russia’s economy
      5. Understand the impact of Russian orthodoxy on political and cultural change
      6. Comprehend the difficulty of governing a multi-ethnic nation
    2. Analyze the rise to political leadership of the Communist Party (Social Democrats (b)) [Bolshevik].
      1. Explain how Russia’s efforts in WWI enriched the political atmosphere for revolution
      2. Understand how a weak Tsar aided political unrest
      3. Describe the political chaos of 1917
      4. Identify influence of the two major Bolshevik leaders: Lenin and Trotsky
      5. Learn how Lenin’s political education developed
      6. Understand how the Bolsheviks consolidated power during the 1920s
      7. Examine the increasing economic penetration of Russia into the world’s economy
      8. Access the impact of collectivization of agriculture and industrialization upon the population and transformation of Russia into an industrial power
    3. Explain how Stalin rose to control the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU)/USSR
      1. Understand Stalin’s accumulation of dictatorial power
      2. Comprehend how other Bolshevik “leaders” failed to understand Stalin
      3. Understand how Trotsky failed to secure his leadership following Lenin’s death
      4. Learn how Stalin shifted political position to enhance his political power
    4. Examine the steps Stalin used to develop total control of the USSR
      1. Understand how Stalin manipulated the leadership of the CPSU to gain control of the USSR’s political system
      2. Examine the importance of the 1930s “purge” period
      3. Comprehend how the use of terror produced trust in Stalin by the general population of the USSR
      4. Understand the importance of “show trials” for the consolidation of political power by Stalin
      5. Describe how the secret (in camera) trial of the military leadership weakened the USSR (1937-38)
    5. Address the impact of WWII on the USSR
      1. Describe what Finland taught the USSR about modern military tactics
      2. Determine what advantage Germany and the USSR obtained from the Soviet- German Non-Aggre
      3. Understand how Germany stunned the USSR after Operation Barbarossa
      4. Explain how the Soviet Union contributed to the defeat of Germany in WWII
      5. Understand the role of the Soviet Union in international diplomacy during WWII
    6. Describe the effect of the political pressure of the Soviet Union on the world after WWII
      1. Identify the characteristics of a totalitarian state
      2. Understand the meaning of “Cold War”.
      3. Comprehend the impact of the Korean War on world political thought towards the USSR
      4. Learn the political manipulation by Khrushchev to become the leader of the USSR/CPSU
    7. Analyze the difficulties and successes of the Khrushchev period
      1. Understand USSR’s growing influence on “third world” countries
      2. Discuss Khrushchev’s visit to Iowa/US in 1959
      3. Understand how Khrushchev agricultural plans failed
      4. Discuss USSR-US relationship changes because of the Kennedy-Khrushchev meeting
    8. Demonstrate how the conservative Bolsheviks maintained power after the fall of Khrushchev
      1. Understand the increasing voices of dissent in the USSR created difficulties for the USSR
      2. Explain how Soviet leadership tried to increase consumer choices in the market
      3. Identify increasing unrest amid Soviet satellite nations
    9. Summarize the succession of Soviet leaders from Brezhnev to Gorbachev
      1. Explain how post Brezhnev leaders continued past political practices
      2. Explain how economic stagnation hampered the USSR
    10. Describe the rise of Gorbachev
      1. Understand the attempt at political change by Gorbachev
      2. Explain how Chernobyl generated international crises
      3. Determine the USSR’s reaction to restive satellites in the 1980’s
      4. Understand how Gorbachev dealt with Afghanistan
      5. Examine the causes of the final collapse of the USSR
    11. Examine the rise to power of Boris Yeltsen
      1. Understand the impact of a Duma on Russian political developments
      2. Identify political changes on the Russian political system after Gorbachev
      3. Know the impact of Russia’s ethnic policy on internal unrest
      4. Know how the lack of economic planning corrupted Russia
    12. Analyze the reign of Vladimir Putin
      1. Understand how Putin was elected
      2. Explain how Putin used political power to gain economic stabilization
      3. Describe how Putin retains political power
      4. Explain Putin’s reversion to Stalinist control systems

  
  • HIS 249 - Study Abroad: Brit Life & Culture

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 2
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    This course is a survey of British Life and Culture, limited to students in the London Study Abroad program. Taught by various professional guest lecturers, this course examines various historical, geographic, political, economic and social contexts. Students will compare and contrast conditions and lifestyles of different time periods while undertaking related visits in London and throughout Britain. Course assignments, determined by the DMACC faculty member, will focus on major historical themes and ideas as expressed in the history and culture of Great Britain. Students may not receive credit for both HIS 249 and HUM 249 .
    Competencies
    1. Examine the history and culture of London.
      1. Explain how life in London has changed from prehistoric times to the beginning of World War I, after visiting the Museum of London.
      2. Explain the difference between ancient Britain and the contemporary United Kingdom.
      3. Describe the history and current role of the Lord Mayor of London.
      4. Describe the highlights of one of the many London tours that emphasize a particular area or famous person, such as the Inns of Court, Charles Dickens or Jack the Ripper Tour.
      5. Examine the variety of orators who openly share their opinion about political issues and the state of the world, after visiting Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of Great Britain.
      1. Describe the Roman Empire’s contribution to British development and identity
      2. Identify the significance of William the Conqueror and 1066 in British history.
      3. Explain how Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland have played a role in the historical development of Great Britain.
      4. Read either Jane Austin’s The History of England or Charles Dickens’s A Child’s History of England (or a similar work assigned by your instructor) and compare these historical accounts with the notes from the lecture in class.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Monarchy and Royal Family.
      1. Use specific examples from the history of the monarchy and explain primogenitor and its role in the succession of the throne.
      2. Summarize the role of Henry VIII in development of the Anglican Church
      3. Examine the impact of the monarchy on British life and culture during the era depicted in one of the many films about the English Monarchy, such as Elizabeth, The Young Victoria, The Queen, or Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
      4. Compare the class lecture notes with the information found in one of the following, or a similar work suggest by your instructor: Peter Fearon’s Behind the Palace Walls: The Rise and Fall of Britain?s Royal Family, Robert Hardmon’s A Year with the Queen or William T. Vollman’s The Royal Family.
    4. Explain social class and its meaning in contemporary British society.
      1. Discuss historical and modern issues of social class.
      2. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the middle class and nobility.
      3. Discuss the presentation of social classes as demonstrated in a film such as Remains of the Day or Upstairs/Downstairs, or another film suggested by your instructor.
    5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of theatre in British culture.
      1. Evaluate a minimum of two London theatre productions.
      2. Discuss the historical significance of replication of the Globe Theatre in London.
      3. Discuss the history of theatre in London.
    6. Examine the role of Parliament and politics in British culture.
      1. Summarize the guided tour of the Houses of Parliament.
      2. Explain the sovereign’s role in British Parliament.
      3. Distinguish the difference between the Houses of Parliament and the political system in the United States.
      4. Explain the difference between the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
    7. Examine Great Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
      1. Explain the political, economic and social implications of not belonging to the EU.
      2. Summarize why Great Britain has maintained the British pound.
    8. Demonstrate an understanding of Anglo-American relationship.
      1. Distinguish motivations of British and Americans during the American Revolution.
      2. Examine events involving 19th Century Anglo-American cooperation.
      3. Examine modern events involving Anglo-American cooperation. In particular, emphasize the relationships between United States Presidents and Great Britain’s Prime Ministers.
    9. Demonstrate an understanding of World War II and the Blitz.
      1. Describe the Blitz experience that is simulated in the Imperial War Museum.
      2. Describe a typical British home and backyard that existed during WWII.
      3. Discuss how the British people rallied to save St. Paul’s during the Blitz.
      4. Examine the role of Anglo-American cooperation in the successful invasion of France in 1944.
    10. Explore London’s architecture.
      1. Explain how twentieth century London architecture is vastly different from previous centuries.
      2. Explain the rebuilding of London after the Blitz.
      3. Discuss the historical and architectural differences between two royal residences, such as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
      4. Contrast the architectural differences Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s, and discuss their roles in London’s history.
    11. Investigate places such as Stonehenge and Salisbury, Oxford, Cambridge or Bath.
      1. Identify and discuss the relevance of appropriate landmarks and buildings found in these destinations.
      2. Select a specific site, such as Stonehenge near Salisbury or the Roman baths in Bath, or a concept such as the evolution of the university at Oxford or Cambridge and discuss its significance in British history.
    12. Investigate such places as the Globe Theatre, National Portrait Gallery, Houses of Parliament, the Victoria and Albert Museum, or the British Museum.
      1. Describe the history and relevance of these galleries or museums.
      2. Explain the historical significance and major difference between the National Portrait Gallery and other museums such as the National Gallery or the Tate Modern.
      3. Explore the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum and discuss the historical significance and the current controversy that exists concerning these reliefs from the Parthenon in Athens.

  
  • HIS 257 - African-American History

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Core
    A survey of the history of the African-American community with emphasis on the role of individuals, institutions and ideas in the development of the community from its origins in West Africa to the present.
    Competencies
    1. Evaluate the timeframe, culture, and impact of the African kingdoms
      1. Explain the impact of Ancient Egypt on other African cultures
      2. Describe religious, political, and intellectual elements of the Ghana, Mali, and Songhay empires on West African tribes from Senegal to Angola
      3. Examine the predominantly agricultural and artisan economy of West Africa
    2. Summarize the causes, operation, and effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
      1. Explain the relationship between the closure of the European trade with the Middle East and the Far East and the development of European navigation, including the discovery of the Americas
      2. Evaluate the participation of African coastal tribes in the Transatlantic Slave Trade
      3. Describe the African resistance to the trade
    3. Analyze the change of indentured to enslaved African labor in the British colonies
      1. Characterize the legal status of the first twenty Africans brought to Jamestown, VA
      2. Compare the rise of discriminatory treatment of African servants 1619-1661
      3. Chronicle the establishment of Slave Codes for Africans in all thirteen of the British colonies
    4. Assess the role of free and enslaved African Americans in the American Revolution and the issue of slavery
      1. Discuss the significance of historical figures such as Crispus Attucks
      2. Evaluate Washington’s order excluding African Americans from the Continental Army and Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation
      3. Interpret Washington’s inclusion of African Americans in 1777 and the beginning of abolition in northern states
    5. Evaluate the development of the Free Antebellum Community 1780-1860
      1. Appraise the political status of free African Americans
      2. Assess the social structure of the free black community including the significance of church (A.M.E.) and fraternal orders (Masons, Odd Fellows)
      3. Discuss international support for free societies and abolitionists
    6. Synthesize the geography, politics, economics, sociology, religion, and art of Antebellum slavery
      1. Explain the relationship between the development of the United States, the spread of slavery, and the internal slave trade
      2. Discuss the centrality of the slavery issue in national politics from the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 to the Compromises of 1820 and 1850
      3. Formulate the impact of African Americans’ interpretation of Christianity in terms of deliverance on American Protestantism
      4. Describe the public and private architecture, interior decoration and craft-work (pottery, basketry, weaving, and quilting) of enslaved blacks
    7. Analyze the movement to abolish slavery
      1. Identify the colonial era/enlightenment era ideas antithetical to enslavement (i.e., unalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness), and the Revolutionary era abolition from Massachusetts to Pennsylvania
      2. Break down the significance of the successful slave revolt in Haiti (1793-1805) led by Toussaint and Dessalines
      3. Illustrate the role of “black” and “white” abolitionists such as David Walker, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, and Harriet Beecher Stowe
    8. Evaluate the role of African Americans and the issue of slavery in the victory of the United States over the Confederate States in the Civil War 1861-65
      1. Compare the initial rejection of African American volunteers by the U.S. Army and the eventual admission of them in July 1862
      2. Discuss the participation of about 200,000 African Americans in the Union victory
      3. Interpret the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation on the flight of some 500,000 enslaved persons, and the effects on the economy and society of the Confederacy
      4. Show Europeans’ views of each side of the conflict and role of European “neutrality”
    9. Analyze the issues of the Reconstruction era
      1. Distinguish between Presidential and Congressional Reconstruction
      2. Identify the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments
      3. Compare “Radical” Republicans, “Black” Republicans, “Scalawags,” and “Carpetbaggers.”
    10. Interpret the issues affecting African Americans during the Segregation era
      1. Enumerate the negative ramifications of Jim Crow on African Americans
      2. Outline the various types of segregation laws
      3. Illustrate the various responses by African Americans to segregation including protest, legal suit, migration, and accommodation
      4. Characterize the response of Booker T. Washington to segregation
      5. Interpret the response of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois to segregation
      6. Chart the organized response to segregation, disfranchisement, and lynching by the professional organizations and associations
      7. Review the effectiveness of “The Great Migration” to segregation
    11. Evaluate “the New Negro”
      1. Generalize the role of the Gilded Age in shaping conditions leading to the rise of “the New Negro”
      2. Correlate the relationship between the First World War and “the New Negro”
      3. Assess the significance of Marcus Garvey to the New Negro Movement
      4. Relate the significance of the Harlem Renaissance to the New Negro Movement
      5. Identify the key figures of the Harlem Renaissance
    12. Analyze issues that impacted the African American community during the Great Depression and New Deal
      1. Differentiate the causes for the change in political allegiance by African Americans from the Republican party to the Democratic party
      2. Classify the significance of the Scottsboro case
      3. Show the significance of Jesse Owens’ four gold medal victories in the Berlin Olympic Games
      4. Report the significance of Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt’s support for the N.A.A.C.P.
    13. Critique the chronology, issues, and results of World War II
      1. Discuss the “Double V” Campaign of the African American press
      2. Describe the March on Washington, D.C., Movement of A. Philip Randolph and Executive Order 8802
      3. Chronicle the breakdown of discrimination against African Americans in the armed forces during WW II.
      4. Assess the impact of the Second Great Migration during WW II
    14. Examine the major events, organizations, and leaders of the Civil Rights
      1. Define the groundwork of the Civil Rights Movement conducted by the N.A.A.C.P. and especially the Brown v. State Board of Education, Topeka decision
      2. Identify the role of the Cold War, television and religion in the Civil Rights Movement
      3. Reinforce the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement
      4. State the actions of S.N.C.C. and C.O.R.E. in the Civil Rights Movement
      5. Describe the effectiveness of the Civil rights Acts of 1957, 1964, 1965, and 1968 in eliminating segregation, disfranchisement, and racist violence against African Americans
      6. Categorize the “militant’ idea and actions of ‘Black Power,” the Black Panthers, the Black Manifesto, and others
    15. Evaluate the recent struggle for equality
      1. Judge the political success of Jesse Jackson in the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns, and the unofficial campaign of Colin Powell for 1996
      2. Critique the impact of the presidency of Barack Obama
      3. Appraise recent political, religious, and sociological issues impacting the African American community
    16. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills through writing
      1. Define and interpret primary sources
      2. Create a formal research paper with a coherent argument

    Competencies Revised Date: 2020
  
  • HIS 266 - The Civil War

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    The Civil War was a formative event in American’s history. This course examines the central causes that led to secession and a detailed examination of the conflict and the immediate aftermath of the war from a social, military, political, and economic perspective.
    Competencies
    1. Grasp the political, social, and economic realities of the Civil War, in both the North and the South
    2. Know the chronology of the key events in the Civil War
    3. Understand the Civil War in the context of the history of warfare; it was the bloodiest of all wars, the first of the modern wars, and the last of the old fashioned wars
    4. Comprehend that the causes of the Civil War are a matter of debate
    5. Appreciate that the Civil War was a turning point in American history that has shaped the American character and helped to mold political, economic, and social institutions
    6. Realize that the Civil War left numerous issues unresolved, many which will continue to challenge the nation into the 21st century
    7. Compare and contrast the political systems of the 19th and 20th centuries with regard to centralization, size complexity, etc

  
  • HIS 280 - Family History Research

    Credits: 3
    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    The student will learn to use various resources and methods in researching, specifically, family history and genealogy. These would include, but not be limited to, census records, various legal documents, obituaries, cemetery lists, family Bibles, diaries, city directories, local histories, immigration records, military records, photographs, etc.
    Competencies
    1. Develop a basic understanding of the basics of genealogy and family history.
      1. Differentiate between genealogy and family history.
      2. Contrast primary and seocndary sources and original documents and derivative ones.
      3. Compare the validity/reliability of various sources.
      4. Distinguish among various genealogical forms such as family group sheets, ancestry charts, etc.
      5. Explain basic genealogical terminology and family relationships.
      6. Introduce various examples of software used in genealogy record-keeping.
      7. Assess the importance of historical context.
      8. Analyze the importance of critical, analytical thinking.
    2. Know the various information sources both on-line and on-site.
      1. Develop the ability to use general search engiens and subscription-based and free genealogy sites.
      2. Compare variousebsites that focus on specific areas/subfields of genealogy.
      3. Discover how to use email in making contacts and gathering information; specific tips.
      4. Demonstrate familiarity with the use of mailing lists.
      5. Use message boards to post queries.
      6. Be sensitive to various on-line dos and don’ts.
      7. Familiarize yourself with on-site such as country courthouses, historical societies, libraires, cemeteries.
    3. Discover ways to obtaining, organizing and sharing research.
      1. Explain the importance of recordkeeping through such means as research and corresondence logs.
      2. Develop the proper kinds of paper recordkeeping techniques and computer data bases.
      3. Develop methods of sharing research through the Internet and by other means of communciation.
    4. Assess the basic methods of collecting genealogical information.
      1. Explain the importance of chronology in collecting and arranging information.
      2. Demonstrate basic interviewing techniques and the importance of oral history.
    5. Demonstrate how use census records as a means of gather genealogicl information.
      1. Examine the various census forms, and explain how they have changed over the decades.
      2. Explain where to find census records especially in the Internet.
      3. Develop an understanding of various search strategies.
      4. Assess the value of other census populations and non-population records.
    6. Classify and use various kinds of vital statistics such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, wills and inventories, other legal documents, land records, and the like.
    7. Classify all kinds of non-government primary sources such as church records, diaries and journals, letters and correspondences, obituaries, family bibles, and local newspapers..
    8. Examine such secondary sources as local histories, biographies, history texts, oral histories, etc.
    9. Appraise immigration and naturalization records.
      1. Develop a familiarity with ethnicity, American and European history and immigration patterns.
      2. Locate and contrast information from passenger lists.
      3. Examine the basic naturalization process and explain how to locate and use naturalization documents.
    10. Glean information from military records.
      1. Demonstrate a familiarity with American military history, wars, and military organization.
      2. Evaluate military records as DD-214s and draft cards.
    11. Design and execute a genealogical research trip.
    12. Demonstrate knowledge of various genealogical special topics.
      1. Develop a basic understanding of photographic analysis.
      2. Compose a family history.
      3. Assess information from DNA tests and medical histories.
      4. Discuss special populations such as African Americans and Native Americans.
      5. Explain the difficulties and methods associated with researching ancestors outside the United States.


Honors

  
  • HON 100 - Introduction to Honors

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    This seminar provides an introduction into the DMACC Honors Program, including an introduction to personal leadership and to the electronic portfolio that students will maintain while in the program. Students will write a proposal for an Honors project in a discipline course, update their long-range plans, and complete a group experiential-learning project.
    Prerequisite: Acceptance into DMACC Honors Program.
    Competencies
    1. Identify the criteria required to remain in the DMACC Honors Program.
      1. Examine the criteria.
      2. Describe the overall goals for personal commitment.
    2. Create an honors project for each honors discipline course.
      1. Design a proposal for an honors-worthy project for each discipline course.
      2. Reflect on each meeting with the discipline professor in a double-entry journal.
    3. Evaluate factors that shape leadership identity.
      1. Identify personal strengths and potential for growth, and the importance of resiliency.
      2. Develop skills necessary to communicate with diverse groups.
    4. Create an e-portfolio.
      1. Update and upload your personal education plan for DMACC.
      2. Update and upload your personal education or work plan beyond DMACC.
    5. Examine experiential learning.
      1. Explain the differences between community service, service learning, and experiential learning.
      2. Identify the qualities that leaders possess in experiential learning.
    6. Participate in a group experiential-learning project.
      1. Identify the need for service within our communities, groups, and organization.
      2. Partner with an existing group or organization to conduct a experiential-learning project.
      3. Assess the experiential-learning project after completion.
    7. Articulate a personal leadership philosophy.
      1. Define leadership in terms of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for effective leadership.
      2. Examine how leadership philosophies have changed throughout history.
      3. Articulate a personal philosophy of leadership.
    8. Evaluate personal ethical priorities.
      1. Investigate the complexities inherent in ethical leadership.
      2. Define the elements of ethical leadership.
      3. Identify the impact ethical behavior has on effective leadership.

  
  • HON 200 - Honors Capstone

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: General
    This seminar provides an opportunity for students to complete a leadership project and reflect on their experiences, as well as showcase their work while at DMACC. Students will complete the required criteria for the Honors Program electronic portfolio.
    Prerequisite: HON 100  
    Competencies
    1. Identify the criteria required to complete the DMACC Honors Program.
    2. Modify an electronic portfolio to showcase academic course work, service learning, and leadership activities throughout the time at DMACC.
      1. Demonstrate proficiency in content and format of selected pieces.
      2. Show an understanding of ethical dimensions and consequences of plagiarism.
      3. Complete a cover letter suitable for a 4-year institution, scholarship or job opportunity.
    3. Identify the elements of effective team building.
      1. Explain the significance of team building as a leadership skill.
      2. List several ways to augment team building efforts and improve teams.
    4. Evaluate the elements and processes involved in decision-making.
      1. Identify the role of leadership in effective group decision-making.
      2. Explain the value of clearly defined goals.
      3. Apply concepts of effective goal setting to personal, interpersonal, and career development.
    5. Analyze the role of conflict in a group setting.
      1. Assess the importance of a leader’s role in guiding through conflict.
      2. Identify practical approaches and techniques for guiding through conflict.
    6. Assess a group leadership project upon completion.
      1. Plan a group leadership project.
      2. Participate in a group leadership project.
    7. Evaluate the role of a leader in initiating change and helping others to adjust to change.
      1. Define the importance of initiating and leading change as a leadership skill.
      2. Identify positive and negative effects of change.
      3. Evaluate personal readiness to respond to change.
      4. Summarize ways to overcome resistance to change.
    8. Appraise your preparation for your career.
      1. Investigate the importance of networking.
      2. Apply concepts of networking into your personal and professional development.
      3. Discover ways of succeeding in an interview.
      4. Revise your Leadership Philosophy.


Hospitality, Culinary & Management

  
  • HCM 100 - Sanitation & Safety

    Credits: 2
    Lecture Hours: 2
    Lab Hours: 0
    Practicum Hours: 0
    Work Experience: 0
    Course Type: Voc/Tech
    Principles and methods of sanitation safety and equipment. Equipment selection and facilities planning. Also includes preventive maintenance.
    Competencies
    1. Assess safe food 
      1. Define food borne illness.
      2. Describe growth patterns and environmental needs of bacteria.
      3. List and describe symptoms common to food-borne illness and list ways these illnesses can be prevented. 
      4. Summarize and identify pathogens, bacteria, viruses, parasites,fungi and biological contaminants.
    2. Compare contamination and identify food borne illnesses. 
      1. Summarize and identify biological hazards.
      2. Describe and identify chemical hazards.
      3. Summarize and identify physical hazards.
      4. Identify microorganisms which are related to food spoilage and food-borne illnesses; describe their requirements and methods of growth.
      5. List and describe symptoms common to food-borne illnesses and list various ways these illnesses can be prevented.
      6. List the major causes of food spoilage.
    3. Compare & Contrast the fundamentals of good personal hygiene.
      1. Summarize standards and policies.
      2. Identify management’s responsibility.
    4. Analyze and discuss the flow of food.
      1. Recognize purchasing and receiving programs.
      2. Identify proper methods of storage.
      3. Review methods of preparation.
      4. Describe methods of services.
    5. Evaluate cleaning and sanitizing procedures. 
      1. Describe types of cleaners and their proper use.
      2. Describe types of sanitizers and their proper use.
      3. Describe and identify different types of dishwashing methods.
    6. Critique safe facilities and equipment.
      1. Describe designing a safe operation.
      2. Describe equipment selection.
      3. Review installing and maintaining kitchen equipment.
      4. Identify MSDS requirements and handling, right-to-know-laws.
      5. Recognize waste disposal and recycling programs.
      6. Identify fire extinguishers and their uses.
    7. Judge integrated pest-management programs. 
      1. Describe appropriate measures for insect, rodent and pest control eradication.
      2. Describe food service inspection visits with PCO.
    8. Evaluate the seven HACCP principles and the critical control points during which all food handling processes as a method for minimizing the risk of food-borne-illness.
      1. Explain active managerial control.
      2. Review crisis management plans.
    9. Choose prevention and emergency management plan.
      1. Identify and describe a common cause of typical accidents and injuries and outline a safety management plan.
    10. Assess food safety regulations and standards.
      1. Review laws and rules of the regulatory agencies governing sanitation and safety in food service operations.
      2. Identify food bio-terrorism laws and RFID technology and the impact these regulations and technology have on food safety and sanitation.
      3. Review a training program.

 

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