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EXPERIMENTAL COURSES

(Summer 2007 through Spring 2009)

Valid academic courses that are not included in the University Catalog. They provide an opportunity for experimentation without delays for courses that are necessary, before new courses and programs can be reviewed for inclusion in the University Catalog.

AERO X517 Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization (4)

Numerical optimization applied to the design of complex systems. Multi-criteria decision making, unconstrained and constrained optimization methods, system sensitivity analysis, system decomposition techniques, and multidisciplinary design optimization. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Familiarity with programming in Matlab. Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AGED X538 Laboratory Integration in Agricultural Education (3)

Teaching important science concepts using agriculture as the context. Assisting agriculture teachers in identifying and integrating agriscience activities and laboratories into existing agriculture courses. Emphasis on appropriate teaching methods and techniques, curriculum integration and application, and classroom resources. 3 lectures. Prerequisite: AGED 438 or consent of instructor, enrollment in teaching credential program or MS degree in Agricultural Education, or current agriculture teacher.

ARCE X410 Integrated Building Envelopes (4)
(Also listed as ARCH/CM X410)

Multidisciplinary exploration of the value and collaboration required of an integrated project team approach to the design and construction of sophisticated building envelopes. Team taught by instructors and practitioners from each of the following disciplines: architecture, architectural engineering and construction management. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: 4th year standing or consent of instructor.

ARCE X449 Light Gauge Steel Design Laboratory (3)

Analysis and design of light-gauge steel structural members subjected to bending, shear, and axial forces. Project based design and constructability of light-gauge structural systems including gravity framing, diaphragms, shear walls and their connections. 3 laboratories. Prerequisite: ARCE 303 and ARCE 451.

ARCH X410 Integrated Building Envelopes (4)
(Also listed as ARCE/CM X410)

Multidisciplinary exploration of the value and collaboration required of an integrated project team approach to the design and construction of sophisticated building envelopes. Team taught by instructors and practitioners from each of the following disciplines: architecture, architectural engineering and construction management. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: 4th year standing or consent of instructor.

ASCI X366 Veterinary Pharmacology (4)

Investigation of pharmacological principles applied to animal systems. Overview of drugs acting on the nervous, endocrine, circulatory, urinary systems, and reproductive systems, specialty areas of pharmacology, and pharmacogenomics of livestock and companion animals. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: CHEM 111 or CHEM 127, and ASCI/VS 229.

ASTR X324 Longitude, Navigation, and Timekeeping (4) GE Area F

The state of naviagation prior to 1800 and the world wide problem of determining longitude at sea. Emphasis on time and timekeeping, John Harrison, historical and modern-day navigation technology, basic laws of motion, celestial navigation, and technological solutions to societal problems. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area B and junior standing.

CHEM X240  ARGO Float Deployment (1) (CR/NC)

Student participation in the ARGO float program which collects data about the temperature and salinity of seawater world-wide, both at the surface and at depths up to 2000 meters. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 lecture. Available to students aboard The Golden Bear on the Cal Poly at Sea Cruise.

CM X410 Integrated Building Envelopes (4)
(Also listed as ARCE/ARCH X410)

Multidisciplinary exploration of the value and collaboration required of an integrated project team approach to the design and construction of sophisticated building envelopes. Team taught by instructors and practitioners from each of the following disciplines: architecture, architectural engineering and construction management. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: 4th year standing or consent of instructor.

CPE X105 Fundamentals of Computer Science I Supplemental Instruction (1) (CR/NC)

Facilitated study and discussion of fundamental concepts of computer science and familiarization with programming environments. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 laboratory. Concurrent: Enrollment in CPE 101.

CPE X133 Digital Design (4)

Number systems, Boolean algebra, Boolean functions, and function minimization. Analysis and design of combinational and sequential logic circuits. Hardware Description Language (HDL) concepts and applications, digital design and synthesis in Programmable Logic Devices (PLDs). 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: CSC 101 or equivalent.

CPE X171 Introduction to Interactive Entertainment (4)
(Also listed as CSC X171)

Use of click-and-drag software application to create an entertaining or informative, socially responsible application, such as a game. Collaborative work in teams to design, develop, and test applications. Focus on design, teamwork, and using an iterative development process. An enjoyable introduction to both computer science and interactive entertainment. No computer science experience required. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

CPE X350 Capstone Preparation (1)

Definition and specification of a system to be constructed in CPE 450; requirements elicitation techniques, research and data gathering methods;project planning, time and budget estimating; project team organization. Ethics and professionalism. 1 laboratory. Prerequisite or concurrent: CPE 329.

CRP X424 Reflections of Planning in Cinema (3)

Analysis of the depiction of planning and related themes in film. Critical reflection through these depictions on the effects of planning practices, institutions, and idiosyncrasies on society. Dialectical discussion of planning history, theory, and practice with themes that emerge from particular films. 2 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: CRP 212, CRP 501, or equivalent.

CRP X445 Planning and Urban Ecology (4)

Introduction to urban ecology as an organizing framework for addressing environmental problems. Exploration of an urban ecological research question through quantitative stream assessment and qualitative social survey data collection and analysis. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: Junior, senior or graduate standing.

CSC X171 Introduction to Interactive Entertainment (4)
(Also listed as CPE X171)

Use of click-and-drag software application to create an entertaining or informative, socially responsible application, such as a game. Collaborative work in teams to design, develop, and test applications. Focus on design, teamwork, and using an iterative development process. An enjoyable introduction to both computer science and interactive entertainment. No computer science experience required. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

DMHS X351 Introduction to Emergency Management in California (3)

Emergency management emphasizing the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) operations. Earthquake hazard used as the case to explore potential wide geographic impacts, multiple secondary hazards, and multidisciplinary problem-solving methods in natural disasters faced by local governments and communities. 2 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: FNR 202 or completion of GE Area B3 or consent of instructor.

DMHS X352 Terrorism: Understanding the Threat (3)

Theories, procedures, and practices to prepare field responders, first level governmental supervisors and managers in appropriate local emergency operations centers' response to a terrorist incident. 2 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: DMHS X351 or consent of instructor.

ECON X409 Probability Models for Economic Decisions (4)

Decision making in complex, realistic situations. Simulation of random variables in Excel. Risk aversion. Subjective assessment of probabilities and correlations. Decision trees. Optimal bidding in auctions. The winner's curse. Moral hazard and risk sharing. Repeated investment decisions under risk. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: ECON 311, or consent of instructor.

EDUC X410 Social, Historical and Ethical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (4)
  (CR/NC)

Inquiry into the social, historical, philosophical and psychological foundations of education with an emphasis on applying theory to practice. Credit/No Credit grading only. 2 lectures, 2 activities. Prerequisite: Admission to the Single Subject credential program or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment: EDUC 412 and EDUC 414.

EDUC X433 Foundations of Bilingual Education (4)

History, theories, and practices associated with contemporary bilingual education in California and the U.S. Observation and limited teaching in bilingual classrooms. Approximately one-half of the class will be taught in Spanish. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Spanish proficiency demonstrated by passing SPAN 122 or equivalent with a grade of B or better, or by consent of instructor.

EHS X430 Sports Field Construction and Management (4)

Construction and maintenance of sports fields. Basic agronnomics including sports field construction, sports turf establishment and maintenance, environmental issues, and personnel management. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: EHS 343 and junior standing.

ENGL X201  Introduction to Literary Studies (4)

Introduction to the major genres typical of literature in different periods. Introduction to the forms of writing and research methods typical of literary criticism. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A.

ENGL X382 LGBT Literature and Media (4) GE C4

Representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered individuals and issues, late 19 th century to the present. Topics covered: the closet, homophobia, coming out, AIDS, same-sex marriage, intersections of sexuality, race, class, gender identity. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Areas A and C1.

ES X340 Cultural Production and Ethnicity (4) GE C4

Culture and ethnicity as key factors in the production, perception, and interpretation of art and the humanities. Critical analysis of cultural attitudes and knowledge in expressive arts and cultural production, and comprehensive consideration of the contexts of cultural production. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Areas A1 and C1, C2 or C3, junior standing, or consent of instructor. Recommended completion of ES 112, or ES 241, or ES 242. Ethnic Studies majors do not receive GE credit.

FRSC X211 Survey of Viticulture (4)
(Also listed as WVIT X211)
Valid through Fall 2008

Introduction to wine grape growing including the life cycle of the vine, site selection and the concept of "terroir", factors and practices influencing wine quality, sustainable vineyard practices, and the business of viticulture. 4 lectures.

HCS X415 Floral Design for Agricultural Educators (1)

Floral design practices, techniques and construction used in teaching floral design in a classroom setting. The designs and instruction required for orchestrating the designs in the State FFA Contest. 1 activity. Prerequisite: Credential candidate with teaching technique coursework, or consent of instructor.

HIST X510 Seminar in Comparative History (4)

Intensive study of selective topics in comparative history. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. 4 seminars. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in History or consent of instructor.

HNRS X324 The Historical Novel in the United States , 1960s to the Present (4) GE D5
(Also listed as HIST 324)

An introduction to the historical novel as it has developed in the United States since the 1960s. Exploration of how historical novels typically represent the past and the ways in which they change our notion of what counts as "history." 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of Ge Area A, D1 and any other lower-division Area D course.

HNRS X347 African American Literature (4)   GE C4  USCP  GWR
(Also listed as ENGL 347)

The writings of African Americans from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. Individual works and literary trends among African Americans of various periods and contexts: intellectual, political, and cultural. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Areas A and C1. English majors will not receive GE C4 credit.

HNRS X380 Ecolit: Reading and Writing the Landscape (4) GE C4
(Also listed as ENGL 380's approved topic of same name)

Nature writing or ecoliterature, an ancient literary genre that has achieved new prominence among critics, teachers, writers and readers. A balance of humanities and science, art and nature, reading and writing, talking and walking. Great works of environmental literature and their traditions, the geography and ecology of Cal Poly's ten thousand acres, and practical methods of observation and expression. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area A.

HNRS X424 Design of Museum Displays on Science, Engineering and Technology (4)
(Also listed as UNIV X424)

The design and creation of educational museum displays that highlight science, engineering, and technology. Projects done by multidisciplinary teams and for clients in the community. Emphasis on design, teamwork, service learning and project management. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: GE Area B and senior standing or consent of instructor.

HNRS X491 Poly D-Lab I: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities: Development (4) GE D5
(Also listed as UNIV X491)

A broad overview of international development and appropriate design for sustainability. In addition to academic work, students work in teams to address problems with technical solutions. Collaboration with mentors from the University, private sector, and nonprofits serves to provide diverse background and project mentorship. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

HNRS X492 Poly D-Lab II: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities: Design (4) (Also listed as UNIV X492)
Valid Winter 2009 through Spring 2009

Hands-on design studio course. Design for underserved communities. Work in multidisciplinary teams in collaboration with community partners and field practitioners. Development of a working prototype and group presentation. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Recommended: UNIV 391.

HNRS X492 Poly D-Lab II: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities: Design (4) (Also listed as UNIV X492)
Valid Spring 2008 through Fall 2008

Hands-on design studio course. Design for underserved communities. Work in multidisciplinary teams in collaboration with community partners and field practitioners. Development of a working prototype and group presentation. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Recommended: UNIV X491.

IT X545 Product Conceptualization and Execution Using Rapid Prototyping (4)

Product development using current solid modeling and rapid prototyping technologies. Comprehensive simulation of the product development life cycle from initial concept to completed prototype. Applications of three-dimensional solid modeling and rapid prototyping to follow a product from conception to completion. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean of OCOB Graduate programs.

LS X475 Teaching Standards Based Art in the Elementary Classroom: A Distance Learning Course (4)
Valid Fall 2008 through Summer 2009

Online, distance learning course providing a thorough understanding of standards-based, visual art concepts for K-6 learning, focusing on the elements of art, principles of design, and fostering artistic perception within historical and cultural contexts. The events and theories influencing current practices in art education. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: LS 270.

LS X475 Teaching Standards Based Art in the Elementary Classroom: A Distance Learning Course (1-5)
Valid Spring 2007 through Summer 2008

Distance learning course fulfilling content preparation for teaching candidates to meet state and national requirements to teach the arts in K-8. Development of lessons anchored on significant works of art which facilitate artistic perception, historical/cultural implications, aesthetic valuing, and creative skills. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. 1-5 lectures. Prerequisite: Two or more years of transferable college coursework. GE Area A requirements met.

LS X476 Elementary Learning Through Art-making Processes (4)

Primarily online, distance learning course providing analysis and practice of skills and techniques to facilitate K-6 learning through art-making processes, which will be deconstructed into inquiry through anchor artworks, techniques, criteria development, aesthetic valuing, assessment, curriculum integration and technology. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: LS 475.

LS X477 Myth and Folklore in Art for Elementary Classrooms (4)

Online, distance-learning examination of symbols, metaphors, attributes of myths and folktales in artworks and literature. How both image and story are used for teaching standards-based integrative lessons in art and other content areas in the elementary classroom. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: LS 270.

MATE X424 Design of Educational Museum Displays for Materials Engineering (2)

Design and creation of interactive museum displays that highlight materials science and engineering. Projects done in teams and used in the SciTechatorium at the Santa Fe-Bellvue Elementary school in Avila . Educational presentations. 2 activities. Prerequisite: MATE 210 or consent of instructor.

MATE X555 Micro Systems Laboratory (2) (Also listed as ME X555)

Design, fabrication and testing of a microfluidic device. Utilization of a rapid prototype soft lithography processing technique to create micro channels, valves, mixing chambers, etc., for controlling fluid flow dynamics. 2 laboratories. Prerequisite: ME 341, MATE 430 or consent of instructor; corequisite: MATE X550 or consent of instructor.

MATH X316 Introduction to Linear Algebra II Laboratory (1) (CR/NC)

Facilitated study and discussion of the methods and techniques of proof in linear algebra. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 laboratory. Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in the associated section of MATH 306.

MATH X504  Advanced Mathematical Topics for Teachers (1-4) (CR/NC)

Advanced mathematical topics for practicing credentialed teachers. Professional growth through improvement of teachers’ mathematical content knowledge. Pedagogical approaches to the teaching of mathematics using technology, discussion, reflection, and hands-on activities. Content varies according to teaching level. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 12 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. Not open to students in major or master’s degree program in mathematics. 1-4 activities. Prerequisite: Multiple Subject or Single Subject teaching credential or consent of instructor.

ME X555 Micro Systems Laboratory (2) (Also listed as MATE X555)

Design, fabrication and testing of a microfluidic device. Utilization of a rapid prototype soft lithography processing technique to create micro channels, valves, mixing chambers, etc., for controlling fluid flow dynamics. 2 laboratories. Prerequisite: ME 341, MATE 430 or consent of instructor; corequisite: MATE X550 or consent of instructor.

PE X150 Intermediate Karate (1) (CR/NC)

A continuation of PE 138. Training in the traditional martial art of Shorin-ryu Karate. Systematic introduction to self-defense techniques, blocking and striking combinations, Kata, and fighting skills. More emphasis of conditioning, physical contact and bag work. Total credit limited to 2 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 activity. Prerequisite: PE 138 or consent of instructor.

PHYS X115 Physics of Sound and Music (4) GE B3

Fundamental physical principles of sound production in musical instruments; woodwind, brass, strings, piano and percussion. Generation and interference of mechanical and sound waves; overtone series, musical scales and Fourier spectra of complex waves. Electronic sound recording and production. Hearing and voice. Auditorium and room acoustics. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: MATH 116 or MATH 104 or consent of instructor.

PHYS X118 Introductory College Physics (4)

Introductory course in physics emphasizing motion, force, torque, momentum, and energy. Applications to human motion and metabolism. Primarily for students in kinesiology. Not open to students with credit for PHYS 121 or PHYS 141. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: MATH 118 and high school trigonometry, or MATH 119.

POLS X295 Mock Trial (4)

Introduction to evidence, trial procedure, objections, and witness examination. Preparation for intercollegiate mock trial competitions (held in winter and spring). Extensive hands-on experience in researching, preparing, and arguing a legal case. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area D1 and consent of instructor.

POLS X380 Religion and Politics in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (4)
(Also listed as RELS X380)

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Examination of the root causes of the conflict, its current manifestation, and possibilities for solutions from the perspective of religious studies and political science. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or POLS 229, or RELS 309.

POLS X395 Advanced Mock Trial (2) (CR/NC)

Advanced preparation for participation in collegiate Mock Trial competitions. Emphasis on advanced topics and techniques related to evidence, trial procedure, objections, and witness examination. Extensive hands-on practice in arguing legal cases. Credit/No Credit grading only. Total credit limited to 4 units, with a maximum of 2 units per quarter. 2 lectures. Prerequisite: POLS X295 or consent of instructor.

PSY X375 Forensic Psychology (4)

The application and practice of psychology in both the civil and criminal justice systems, with the following topics examined: police and investigative psychology, family forensic psychology, correctional psychology, expert witness testimony, and assessment techniques in forensic psychology. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 202.

RELS X205 Jesus (4)

Exploration and analysis of the person of Jesus. Examination of our sources of knowledge about him, his self-understanding, and various interpretations of him in historical, comparative, and contemporary settings. 4 lectures.

RELS X380 Religion and Politics in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (4)
(Also listed as POLS X380)

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Examination of the root causes of the conflict, its current manifestation, and possibilities for solutions from the perspective of religious studies and political science. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: POLS 225 or POLS 229, or RELS 309.

SCM X302 Science Teaching Practicum (2) (CR/NC)

Early teaching experience in an on-campus middle school informal science teaching and learning environment. Principles of standards-based inquiry-driven science education; lesson design, implementation and assessment. Intended for undergraduates exploring science teaching as a career. Total credit limited to 4 units. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 seminar, 1 laboratory.

SCM X335 Nuclear Science and Society (4) GE Area F

Scientific and public policy aspects of nuclear phenomena as represented in technology, warfare, health and medicine, and the environment. Topics include: nuclear proliferation, reactor design and safety, nuclear accidents, disposal of radioactive waste, nuclear medicine, food irradiation, and nuclear fusion. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of GE Area B or consent of instructor.

STAT X523 Design and Analysis of Experiments I (4)

Principles, construction and analysis of experimental designs. Completely randomized, randomized complete block, Latin squares, Graeco Latin squares, factorial, and nested designs. Fixed and random effects, expected mean squares, multiple comparisons, and analysis of covariance. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: STAT 513 or consent of instructor. Not available to students with credit for STAT 323.

UNIV X424 Design of Museum Displays on Science, Engineering and Technology (4)
(Also listed as HNRS X424)

The design and creation of educational museum displays that highlight science, engineering, and technology. Projects done by multidisciplinary teams and for clients in the community. Emphasis on design, teamwork, service learning and project management. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: GE Area B and senior standing or consent of instructor.

UNIV X491 Poly D-Lab I: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities: Development (4) GE D5
(Also listed as HNRS X491)

A broad overview of international development and appropriate design for sustainability. In addition to academic work, students work in teams to address problems with technical solutions. Collaboration with mentors from the University, private sector, and nonprofits serves to provide diverse background and project mentorship. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor.

UNIV X492 Poly D-Lab II: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities: Design (4) (Also listed as HNRS X492)
Valid Winter 2009 through Spring 2009

Hands-on design studio course. Design for underserved communities. Work in multidisciplinary teams in collaboration with community partners and field practitioners. Development of a working prototype and group presentation. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Recommended: UNIV 391.

UNIV X492 Poly D-Lab II: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities: Design (4) (Also listed as HNRS X492)
Valid Spring 2008 through Fall 2008

Hands-on design studio course. Design for underserved communities. Work in multidisciplinary teams in collaboration with community partners and field practitioners. Development of a working prototype and group presentation. 4 lectures. Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Recommended: UNIV X491.

WVIT X211 Survey of Viticulture (4)
(Also listed as FRSC X211)
Valid through Fall 2008

Introduction to wine grape growing including the life cycle of the vine, site selection and the concept of "terroir", factors and practices influencing wine quality, sustainable vineyard practices, and the business of viticulture. 4 lectures.