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Basic Language Skills
This course is for people who want to be sure that they have the skills necessary to be successful in College Writing I (Eng.110). We review basic writing skills, and we also work on dealing with writer’s block, getting started, and paper organization.
Reading fiction can help make you a better academic writer and thinker. We talk about Abenaki Indian stories, and read Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’.
It is always fun for me to be with people as they recognize their own intelligence and creativity. I approach learning as an adventure. I will never grade your opinion, it belongs to you. My job is to help you express your opinion well.
– From SUNY Broome Instructor Carolyn T. Amory, Ph.D.
We spend the majority of our lives working, contemplating work, being affected by what happened at work, or seeking work. This course is designed to help people research, explore, plan, and manage their careers. It helps people realize that THEY are the decision makers for their own direction, and helps them to catalog, inventory and understand their personality, skills, interests and values in the context of the world of work. The outcome is that they are then able to pursue work that is meaningful to them and congruent with who they are.
Sometimes, students will learn that what they thought was a great career really isn’t. Other times they might learn that they’ve been headed in the right direction all along, and that their plans are validated.
This course requires three progressively more detailed and involved Information Interviews, in which students seek out and interview folks working in fields that the student is interested in. The papers that the students write to discuss and analyze the interactions give them a chance to reflect on how various aspects of their lives do or don’t lend themselves well to a particular occupation or career field. From these interviews, students also learn vital skills such as how to prepare for and conduct an interview and how to build and maintain a professional network of colleagues and mentors.
Its great when a student finds a career direction that they’re excited about. Even in an online course, the enthusiasm the students display in their writing is infectious and exciting. This course is appropriate for anyone ranging from the “totally undecided recent high school graduate” to the retiree contemplating a more satisfying “second act” in the world of work.
College Success is an exciting course designed to assist students with an understanding of academic strategies that they can apply to other course and life outside of school. The practices that are included are ones used by successful students worldwide! The focus is on individualizing what works best for YOU (the student) in order to maximize YOUR potential to succeed in all of your classes, and in life, not just in LRS 106- College Success.
The instructor of the class exposes students to strategies and practices (test-taking, note taking, textbook reading, critical thinking, time management, etc…) so they can see how they relate to learning theory and how each students’ own learning strengths and preferences are important. General study strategies, college writing, class discussions and reflecting are also important components. Students will experiment with a variety of strategies and techniques, tailor them to their OWN learning styles and needs, and then apply them to current coursework and/or life outside of an academic setting. Many hand-on activities are used in the course. Students also get a chance to network with people who are considered experts in their field of study.
I love teaching this course because everything we learn can be applied to all of the other courses students will take during their educational journey. The information presented crosses the boundaries of academia and reaches beyond into the real world. There are many hands on activities used throughout the semester and opportunities to work in collaborative groups as well as working independently.
The course content can be so useful and can help students as they move on to other courses and even into the workforce. It really is a great class and one that I wish I would have taken when I was an undergraduate student!
– From SUNY Broome Instructor, Christen Baumbach
College Writing II
I’ve successfully taught this course multiple times during the summer sessions. Students always have a positive experience in these classes. With my student-centered approach, the students do not feel the pressure of trying to complete a 15 week course in an intensive, shorten summer session.
The course prepares students for the writing, critic thinking, and research skills required for most college courses taught at SUNY Broome and other campuses.
We learn how to strengthen strong written and oral communications skills–these are skills many employers look for in recent college graduates.
We work on writing and communication skills through the use of many types of mediums including literature, music, film, and the Internet.
Its always a fun learning and bonding experience in small sized summer classes!
– From Carol Silverberg, Adjunct Lecturer
Communicating about Ideas & Values
In this course we will reflect on our personal positions as we explore how our views of “the world” are being informed. The idea is to challenge, together, our relationship to common-sense assumptions and to discover a multitude of perspectives on the private and public issues that shape our lives.
Our inquiries will focus on the construction of global views in a range of subjects as well as the impact they may have on ideas that we hold dear and consider as relevant on a local level.
Throughout the semester, we will complete various culturally reflective exercises and put our notions of familiarity and difference to the test by reading and writing critically. Each module includes multimedia presentations and interactive assignments.
Students’ active participation will be at the heart of this course. The virtual environment offers the unique opportunity to learn about material while at the same time practicing continually both critical thinking and communicating with an immediacy that’s rare–in the presence of an attentive audience that one might never meet in person but who will still provide personal feedback.
This course is required of most degree students. It is delivered on-line but there is no need to be nervous about special technical requirements or skills. All that is needed is a solid internet connection that makes it possible to participate and contribute reliably.
– From Nilima Rabl, Adjunct
Criminal Justice in the Courts
This criminal justice elective examines the criminal justice court system. Classes are held at the Downtown Binghamton University Building to allow for frequent court observation. Students will personally interact and observe court personnel during the course of their duties.
“I believe that many key players in the criminal justice system can be located right in downtown Binghamton”, said Assistant Professor Darin Schmidt, “and this is an opportunity to connect our students with them.”
Students will observe court cases and then have the opportunity to ask questions of participants.
This topic is my favorite. As a child who loved learning about the dinosaurs, I’ve made them a big part of this course. Too often students get a warped view of the dinosaurs from watching poorly researched programs on cable television. I’ll do my best to correct some of the fallacies about dinosaurs.
Historical geology looks at the 4.5 billion year geologic history of the Earth. We cover topics ranging from the origin of life, evolution and the dinosaurs.
Since my degrees are in fossils and paleoecology, we do spend a lot of time talking about the dinosaurs (and other life groups) and their adaptation to their environments. This course covers a lot of ecology principles which typically is not included in this course at other schools.
One of the outcomes of doing the labs is that students learn how to look at information and make sense out of our world. The labs also provide students with opportunities to learn skills that will be useful in future courses or careers.
I’ve taught this class online for about ten years and know that some students dread taking a science course requirement, dread having to do labs and may not have the confidence in their success. Please know and understand that I am here to help. I’m good about responding to calls for help within 24 hours, even on weekends. Your success is my success.
– From Professor Bruce Oldfield
Introduction to Archaeology
This course is the study of people and the things people make and use in their daily lives. We will cover how technology and material culture has changed through time – from the Stone Age, all the way into the 21st century. We will also look at the methods archaeologists use to “read” material culture, as a way to understand the past – and the present!
Archaeology is not just a study of the past, but a study of people and their relationships to “things.” Students will therefore examine our own relationships to material culture. They will also explore the role the past plays in our own daily lives, such as our relationship to the built environment, space and landscapes; how we understand culture and heritage; and the political use of archaeology in the present.
One of the most interesting lab assignments in this course takes students through an online museum exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute. Students will work their way through a “Cold Case” forensic investigation of human skeletons recovered from the 17th-century Jamestown Colony in Virginia, and examine the evidence of how people lived and died during that time.
Archaeologists are interested in changes in technology over time. I see teaching an online class as a way to explore how 21st century students use technology to not only understand the past, but to examine our own place in the Great Timeline of Human History!
This course fulfills a laboratory science requirement!
– From Lynda Carroll, Adjunct Professor
Macroeconomics, Session I & Microeconomics, Session II
Taking Economics this summer will open your eyes to the effects the free market has on one’s individualism, and the collective nature of citizens
You can take the course to transfer to another school and fulfill an economics or social science requirement!
In both courses, we will spend the summer sessions not just reviewing economic theory, but looking at specific current issues in economic systems, how theories are applied. We will examine free market principles and how shifts in political risk alter free market movements.
I am excited to teach the courses because this is my first summer session at SUNY Broome and bring my private sector experience and show students the the theories, applications, and job opportunities that are available with an economics degree!
– From Giovanni Scaringi Assistant Professor of Economics, SUNY Broome
This course teaches the fundamentals of meteorology and hopes to instill an appreciation for the complexity of our atmosphere.
Weather affects our daily lives and weather awareness is so important. In this day in age, we have so much information available to us with the internet, apps and TV and I enjoy helping create a more educated weather consumer. Teaching students where to go to find the best, more up to date information available.
Students will learn about forecast accuracy, and the improvement of our forecast models over the last 20 years.
Students will use current data, available from the National Weather Service to analyze wind patterns, constructing a wind rose. Wind roses are often used in air pollution monitoring and forecasting.
This summer course is fully online.
Microsoft Office 2013
Learn the major differences from previous versions of MS OFFICE. Each module has something unique and interesting to offer students.
The course provides the basic skills necessary to accomplish tasks in the major modules in the Microsoft Office Suite 2013, WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS and POWERPOINT. The course is excellent for either a refresher for an experienced user covering the major differences in the 2013 version, as well as the beginner user needing the basics to get started. The class is a good stepping off point to the more advanced targeted classes for each module.
I have been using MS OFFICE in industry since the first version, back in the 90’s. I have been teaching MS OFFICE since 2003, and look forward to each version offering something to make our lives easier.
– From SUNY Broome Instructor, Rhonda M West
Interactions with other drugs, disease conditions, over the counter medications and herbals with prescribed drugs… The course gives guidance for thinking through many drug scenarios, which can happen with different medical and physical conditions, and helps to explain the results seen based on drug dosage.
Learn about different classes of drugs in pharmacology and their effects, side effects and actions in the human body. Critical thinking is encouraged with the use of readings, discussions, and activities in this course.
In the on line format, the student has the opportunity to work at their own pace within general time guidelines. As a summer course, it allows the student to work anywhere there is an internet connection and perhaps get a tan in the process. It does enforce time mangement skills, allowing some freedom of choosing their study schedule while staying within general guidelines for timing.
– From Catherine E. Schuldt, CMA(AAMA), RN, MA, SUNY Broome Assistant Professor
Physical Geography of the White Mountains
Experience the largest mountains in the Northeast and tour the Mt Washington Observatory. This course features a one-week trip to New Hampshire in order to study this environments unique geology and meteorological conditions.
Glacial processes have carved many unique features across the White Mountains and left the “rock pile” at the top. This course will explore the leading scientific theories about these rocks. On the Meteorology side, we’ll explore orographic cloud formations and the high winds found at the tops of these peaks.
We’ll hike up Crawford Notch to the site of the Willey Slide, a landslide that occurred after heavy rains in 1826 and inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, The Ambitious Guest. Crawford Notch is a breath taking gorge carved by the Saco River.
Note: There is a $500 fee in addition to tuition for this course in order to cover most food, lodging and travel expenses.
“I can not wait to experience this opportunity with students. A travel course becomes a learning experience for everyone involved. The travel courses I have taken as a student have had a profound impact on who I am today.” – Kennie Leet, Chairperson Physical Sciences
Physical Geology, online, is a great opportunity for students to fulfill a science requirement, an interest, or to take a course required for NYS Earth Science certification. Physical Geology is a four credit, laboratory infused, transfer course to most SUNY schools. If you’re interested in current events and would like to know more about how the Earth directly impacts you and society, this course is for you.
Besides mastering the “rock and mineral” part of Physical Geology, we learn about local flooding issues, landslides, earthquakes and volcanoes. This course includes many of the natural disasters you see displayed on the internet and media outlets.
Although doing labs on your own may be a bit scary at first, the professor is willing to work with each student to ensure your success. Doing these labs will give you the confidence in your abilities to tackle many of the courses you may take and help make you an independent learner or worker in a future career. This course is not just about rocks and minerals but is designed to give you the qualities transfer schools and employers look for.
I like teaching this course online, especially in the summer because we get a wider range of students, often very motivated students, who are willing to post pictures of their travels and experiences as they relate to this class.”
Taking a lab-based, four credit, transfer quality course can be scary. Some students have not been in a science class for many years and worry about their success. Since I have taught this course online for over 14 years, I know that some students need more help than others. I pride myself in responding to questions and pleas for help within 24 hours, even on weekends. Your success is my success. – from Professor Bruce Oldfield
Psychology of Advertising
The psychology of advertising helps you discover both the attraction of ads, as well as the strategies behind this popular cultural phenomena. You’ll be able to “deconstruct” ads theoretically, and both describe and observe all media advertising with new eyes.
You’ll be able to impress your friends and family with your academic expertise. Are there really subliminal concepts imbedded in advertising? How has Social Networking changed the importance of advertising to become entertainment, rather than just as a business strategy to attract and inform viewers? Why are consumers repeatedly viewing ads on Youtube, and then paying for services to skip ads on TV? Is there a danger to using Celebrity endorsements as brand icons? Are those questionable commercials really promising you social success, mood altering options, and that you’ll be the hit of the party?
By searching historical reviews of advertising students will discover some of the contributing factors related to eating disorders, how & why women began smoking in public, why Joe Camel was banned from the media, what “keeping up with the Jones’s” really means, how Calvin Klein built their Brand, and why some companies, (such as Benetton), failed in the USA by promoting social issues. Discovering which, and how, companies use Operant conditioning, (paying customers to use services over time), actually works to reinforce ‘loyalty” programs as a psychological strategy in advertising. Understanding the psychological dimensions of advertising helps students overcome impulse buying and buyers remorse!
Students will never look at any advertising in the same way, and it’s all based on theoretical marketing and the psychological analysis of existing ads. It’s an interesting and exciting way to learn. And social media has changed the research methodologies up-side-down. Why is every social network ‘feed’ important? Just as the entry, “my cat had kittens,” buzz has evolved into a $55 billion dollar pet business. Most social media entries reflect authentic consumer behavior. Social Networking has a dynamic impact on the world of media advertising and the US economy.
The Great Debate, the argument among academic experts, about whether it is predatory Capitalism or greedy consumers, who drive the plethora of Advertising, is a primary theme throughout the course. The answer to that question is based on theoretical constructs and students become expert in the analysis of the subject.
– From Mid Semple, PhD, Professor
To what degree are people to blame for their problems versus to what degree should we blame society.
With robust discussion and debate, a timely discussion about the issues of the day. Also, an in-depth analysis of the political philosophy behind issues. As the semester unfolds, we will discover the liberal and conservative theory towards social problems, with deep analysis as to what intellectuals, journalist, and politicians say about these phenomena. All of this will take place within rousing stimulating discussion.
We will read an editorial about poverty and debate if we agree or disagree; however, we will have to formulate a cogent reason for our opinion.
I love to discuss political and social issues! Be ready to debate with the instructor and fellow students!
– from Leeland Whitted, Assistant professor