University of Minnesota, Morris
MINUTES--1996-97 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE MEETING #9
November 26, 1996; 3:00 p.m.; Behmler Conference Room
Present: Ballou, Farrell, Frenier, Hansen, Imholte, Kissock, Korth, J. Lee, M. Lee, Schuman, Thielke, Whelan
Absent: Barbour, Davis, Ellis, Vickstrom
MOTION (Understood): To approve the Art History curriculum change proposals as a package.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (8-0-0)
Thielke wondered if there is a limit on the credits that students can accumulate for this course. Farrell said that students would earn 5 credits for the 3-quarter sequence. Thielke wondered if there was a limit on the credits that could count toward graduation. Farrell said that the course could not be repeated unless the bulletin description stated that the course was repeatable. Schuman noted that the description says that the course does not count toward the English major nor toward the 60-credit limit. He agreed that the course should not be repeatable unless so stated.
In response to a question from Hansen, Farrell said the course would be offered this year on an overload basis. Hansen wondered if the Writing Room would be closed. Farrell said the Writing Room would remain open; the proposal only affects the course which is associated with tutoring in the Writing Room. J. Lee wondered if this course would be offered after the semester conversion. Farrell did not know. Schuman reminded the CC that Ferolyn Angell, Director of the Academic Assistance Center, brought the proposal for Engl 1400-01-02 to the CC last year. At that time, she was asked to look at all of the tutoring classes on campus and make a recommendation about whether they should be coordinated. She is working on that project.
Thielke was still concerned about the repeatable aspect of the course. There is a similar course in the Speech discipline--Spch 3910, Directed Experience in Teaching Speech Communication--which is repeatable to 10 credits. Farrell said the difference is that the Speech course is described as being repeatable and the English course is not. The course should not be repeatable unless the description says that it is. Schuman suggested that Farrell ask the English discipline if they wish to do more to clarify this aspect of the course.
Imholte wondered how many students were enrolled in this course. Farrell said there is no enrollment limit, but there are about 6-7 students registered. Imholte asked how many students made use of these tutors after they were trained. Do they keep a log? Farrell said that they do keep a log, but he was not sure how many students used the tutors. Schuman commented that, with the Writing Room being next door to the Academic Assistance Center, students who find one or the other room closed will go to the open room. Imholte said it would be a shame not to use the expertise of the trained tutors by saying the course is not repeatable. Farrell said the trained tutors would be allowed to continue tutoring the following year, but they would not get academic credit for doing so.
[Ballou arrived at the meeting at this point.]
MOTION (Understood): To approve the English curriculum change proposals as a package.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0)
Korth noted that the course is worth one credit per unit. Is it repeatable to a limit? Farrell didn't know. Schuman suggested that Farrell take this proposal back to the discipline to clarify the repeatable question. He wondered if 3111 is also to be repeatable. Farrell did not think it was intended to be repeatable. Schuman said the CC could act on the proposal for Fren 3111 in that case.
M. Lee asked about 3610 being available in English. Farrell said that it was.
Hansen asked if there was a computer lab available to this course. Schuman said that a language computer learning center is being built, but the course could be taken on other computers through the web. Hansen wondered if students would then be getting credit for wandering around the web. Farrell said the course is structured.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the proposal for adding Fren 3111 as a new course.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0)
Schuman noted that, although it is accurate to say the prerequisite is Mus 1123, there are prerequisites for 1123, so that a year-long sequence of courses is actually being required. Kissock wondered if the prerequisite would, in effect, make the music history courses available only to majors. Farrell did not think that was true. Schuman said it presupposes a level of sophistication for students that isn't there now.
Imholte wondered what other music courses are available without prerequisites. Farrell said there are two-the Intro to Music class and the Fundamentals class. Thielke said that, in addition to Mus 1200 and 1210, there is a topics course without prerequisites. Imholte wondered if those courses count toward the Performance requirement of the GER. Farrell said Mus 1210, the Fundamentals course, has E7 credit.
Whelan wondered if the addition of the prerequisite would mean that non-majors would no longer take the courses. Thielke did not think there were many non-majors in the courses, even without the prerequisite. Whelan wondered if it was the intent of the discipline to have these courses for majors only. Farrell noted that a lot of 3000-level courses have prerequisites.
Imholte wondered about enrollment levels in these courses. Schuman thought registration was in the teens. Hansen asked if all of the students were music majors. Thielke thought most were either majors or minors.
Schuman commented that the CC has encountered a couple of curriculum change proposals like this where it really seems to be the prerogative of the discipline to offer the courses in the way they think best. Farrell said the discipline would like to offer more courses, but they don't have sufficient faculty resources to do so.
Thielke noted that Mus 1200 and 1210 have large enrollments. Kissock said he would not argue that the Music discipline is not doing enough; on the other hand, the History discipline offers 3000-level history courses that do not have prerequisites. Korth noted that the Music prerequisites total only 9 credits. M. Lee said a high level of music technique is necessary to understand music history; this is not a question of pedagogy, but of art. J. Lee agreed that prerequisites can make a class go better.
Imholte did not think there should be concern, since only about 15 students are taking the course and there are alternatives for non-majors. Hansen said these courses would be available to European Studies majors if there were no prerequisites. Schuman thought that a student who was interested in, say, physics and music would be willing to take the theory courses. If the discipline wants to teach a history course that is dependent upon a higher level of understanding, that is their choice. It is hard to question the legitimacy of this proposal.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the proposal to add Mus 1123 as a prerequisite to Mus 3104, 3105, and 3106.
VOTE: In favor--7; Opposed--1; Abstentions--1 (7-1-1).
Ballou wondered when the new faculty member would be hired. Farrell said he was still forming the search committee, so it could be spring quarter before a decision is made. Ballou wondered if the proposal could be tabled until then. Mooney said the changes would not appear in the new bulletin if the proposal is tabled until spring. Farrell said there must be a percussion class; the only question is whether it should be 1 or 2 credits.
Thielke commented that there are so many percussion instruments, the class warrants 2 credits. Whelan suggested setting the course at 1-3 credits to give more flexibility. Schuman said it could be 1-2 credits, too. Farrell did not know if the discipline would agree with that or not. Whelan wondered if this course could be repeated. Korth said no, because there is nothing saying that it can be repeated. He did not think the CC should be rewriting the proposal. J. Lee said that the discipline could send out a leaflet to students if they decide to change the credits after the bulletin is out.
Schuman said the CC should either accept the proposal or reject it. If it is rejected, the CC could send the discipline some suggestions for rewriting the proposal.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the proposal to change Mus 3333 from 2 credits to 1 credit.
VOTE: In favor--6; Opposed--2; Abstentions--1 (6-2-1).
Whelan asked for clarification. He would not know how to advise students about the instrumental technique courses because some are offered for 2 credits and some for 1 credit. What is the difference? Schuman said the CC could write to the discipline and ask for clarification on the various techniques courses. Kissock preferred to pose it as a thought for reflection when the discipline converts to semesters.
MOTION (Understood): To approve the Speech curriculum change proposals as a package.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0).
MOTION (Understood): To approve the Music changes within the European Studies major.
VOTE: In favor--8; Opposed--1; Abstentions--0 (8-1-0).
MOTION (Understood): To approve the Political Science changes within the European Studies major.
VOTE: Unanimous in favor (9-0-0).
Meeting adjourned 4:00 p.m.
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