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Course Offerings for the 2015 Dedicated Semester


MUS 106  American Popular Music (3 hours)

Instructor:  Judith W. Failoni

Course Description:

American popular music is constantly changing with innovation in synthesized sound, new studio recording techniques, new on-line delivery service for the consumer, and new attitudes toward music styles.  The music world has always embraced technology and invention since recorded sound capability developed in the late nineteenth century.  With new technology and inventions, controversial issues often arise about copyright and piracy, coupled with ethical dilemmas for composers, performers, and audiences.  This course will explore American popular music with a view toward its innovative evolution of technological development and related issues.  The emphasis will be on contemporary trends and a look toward the future of music in America.


FAS 202  Textiles (3 hours)

Instructor: Amy Meyers

Course Descripton:

In this course we will analyze the physical and chemical properties of textile products.  Content includes the study of fibers, yarns, fabric structures, textile design, coloration, and finishing; Identification, use, care, performance, and storage of textile products are studied along with the examination of legislation and standards.  Laboratory experiences are integral to the course.  


FAS 309  Fashion Merchandising Strategy I: Visual Merchandising and Store Planning (4 hours)

Instructor: TBD

Course Description:

Study of the concepts and techniques used in visual merchandising including store planning, layout and fixture configuration options.  Practical experience in creative problem solving using product, props, fixtures, mannequins, display showcases, and/or marketing is emphasized.  Off campus experiences include store analysis, display and observations.  


FAS 305  Advanced Product Development (4 hours)

Instructor: TBD

Course Description:

In this course we will analyze the processes required to create a garment and provide a thorough examination of the creative and technical processes that are relevant in today’s apparel business environment.  Laboratory experiences involving product lifecycle management (PLM) software are integral to the course.  


BIO 102D/293D  The Future of Science (3 hours)


Instructor: Libby Rayel & Colleagues

Course Description:

A topical course designed to expose students to current trends in science, and explore possible near-future outcomes of those trends.  Topics to be considered will include:  climate change, genetic manipulations, sustainability with respect to fuel, diseases and the likelihood of an apocalyptic epidemic, time travel, and other science-based futuristic concepts.


GS 293/494  Looking Toward the Future: UN Millennium Development Goals Post 2015 (3 hours)

Instructor: Peggy Ridlen

Course Description:

Students will review the eight Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2000 to be met by the world in 2015. These goals were designed to develop a global partnership that would eradicate extreme poverty; reduce child and maternal mortality; promote gender equality and universal primary education; combat disease and ensure sustainability. What should the world focus on for the next 15 years? Students will explore answers to this question as they evaluate the impact of each goal and discuss the challenges of building a better world for the future.


BUS 293/494  Introduction to Transportation (3 hours)

Instructor: Jill Bernard & Mark Alexander

Course Description:

An introduction to the transportation industry, with focus on history, foundation, importance, and the future.  This course will examine the operational nature of rail, marine, pipeline, motor, air and intermodal transport now and in the future.


BUS 293/494  Pop Culture & Business Innovation: Reflecting on the Past to Prepare for the Future (3 hours)

Instructor: Joel Hermann

Course Description:

Through research, discussion, and assessment, students enrolled in this course will examine the factors that help define success, failure, and the cyclical nature of popular outcomes in business, marketing, and product development.  Moreover, various mediums – including texts, film, music, and television – will be utilized to gain understanding of the impact that popular culture can have on consumer behavior. 

Students will utilize fellow classmates as members of a focus group to pitch product or service plans based on self-guided research and development in an effort to effectively prepare for the future.  Throughout the course, marketing techniques and trends will be scrutinized as a means of strategic communication; noting the ever-changing methods of delivery that impact daily life.


PHL 293/494  The Future of Technology and Ethics (3 hours)

Instructor: Daryl Wennemann

Course Description:

This course will undertake a philosophical reflection on ethical challenges arising from of various technological developments including, computers, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, as well as the movement toward globalization and global climate change. We will take up various historical perspectives on these developments, review social and political perspectives on technology and their ethical implications.  The course is designed as a discussion and lecture class based on readings from two assigned texts.  We will first study the meaning of personhood in a posthuman age in Posthuman Personhood.  We will then move on to a consideration of issues through the study of significant readings in Society, Ethics and Society.


HST 293/494  The History of the Future (3 hours)

Instructor: Jack Luzkow

Course Description:

The History of the Future will explore the following themes: the challenges, past, present and future, to sustainability; preventing financial and economic meltdown, emerging international conflicts and their management; social policies, social justice, and democracy today and tomorrow; and the ethical implications of advances in technology and science.


BUS 362  Social Entrepreneurship (3 hours)

Instructor: Mark M. Alexander

Course Description:

This course will examine the definition and characteristics of entrepreneurship and how it manifests itself in small businesses, within existing corporate structures and social movements.  In addition, the course will examine the key characteristics of entrepreneurship: including, recognizing, and creating opportunities, strategies, and markets now and in the future.


PSY 350  Environmental Psychology: Human Behavior, Sustainability, and the Future (3 hours)

Instructor: Rebecca Foushee

Course Description:

This course explores the interrelationships between humans and their natural and constructed environments. Topics covered include contextual, ecological, and dynamic systems theories; human responses to natural and constructed spaces; conservation psychology; environmental perception, cognition, and stress; personal space, privacy, territoriality, and crowding; human factors psychology; problem solving and decision making; population psychology and sustainability; and environmental design, modification, and management.


CIS 125  Cyber Crime and Security (3 hours)

Instructor: TBD

Course Description:

Introduces students to the fields of cybercrime and security.  Covers Issues associated with different types of threats, attacks, and methods employed against these threats and attacks.  Practical cryptography, securities of operating systems, computer networks, databases systems, and other types of computer systems will also be introduced.


PHY 108  Introduction to Physical Science with Lab (3 hours)

Instructor – Minh Trong

Course Description:

Introductory course in physical science covering the scientific method, basic of physics, chemistry, earth science and astronomy.  In addition, the course will explore theories and possible applications for the future.


EDU 333 (01D)  Multisensory Methods for the Elementary Classroom of the Future (3 hours)

Instructor: TBD

Course Description:

This course will allow students to understand and develop strategies for addressing the wide diversity of learning styles which they will find in contemporary classrooms.  Multiple intelligence theory will be introduced, to include best ways to meet the needs of students who might be artistically, musically, kinesthetically, or otherwise motivated.  Other theories will be addressed as well in order to allow best practice in assisting all students to access knowledge, exhibit skills, and express behaviors. 

This course is also designed to provide pre-service teachers with a philosophy, knowledge base, and study of the arts as they pertain to classroom curriculum and organization.  This course seeks to familiarize future teachers with a basic understanding of children's physical and cognitive development through activities designed in the areas of music, art, drama, and movement.  Perceptual motor, visual, and emotional development are components of each area of study.  By studying and designing age-appropriate activities in these areas, the student will develop an understanding of how curriculum content can be strengthened through the use of art, music and movement.  All instructional levels will be examined and the class members' experiences will shape the direction, the format, and the content of the instruction.

Assignments and activities for the dedicated semester course will highlight the ways these strategies and concepts can be adjusted for future classrooms.  Some examples of topics to be included are self-organized learning environments, the makerspace movement, and technical developments in other fields that may impact the school of the future.


ENG 293/381  Topics in American Literature: The Future in American Science Fiction (3 hours)

Instructor: Lisa Oliverio

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the structures of the science fiction genre and in-depth analysis of the ways in which American speculative fiction envisions the future.  The course will undertake an examination of how futuristic visions, both utopian and dystopian, reflect not only American hopes for the future but fears and anxieties of the present.  Selected texts may include: Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, science fiction radio programs of the 1950s including X-1, and films including Blade Runner.


SWK 494 (03)  Special Topics: Integrative Healthcare Case Management (3 hours)

Instructor: TBD

Course Description: 

This course will provide generalist practice knowledge, theory and skills related to integrative health care case management.  This model is designed to support positive health and mental health outcomes with a focus on prevention, education and treatment through integration of medical and social services.  This course will study the Affordable Care Act goals, objectives and impact for the future of healthcare.   Students will be placed in rural Missouri communities and work directly with physicians and patients providing services following the Integrative Healthcare Model.


CIS 103D  The Future of Technology (3 hours)

Instructor:  Mary Abkemeier (coordinator) & Colleagues

Course Description:

A topics course that will discuss current trends and envision the future of technology in our lives.  Some topics that will be considered are: information security, privacy, robotics, mobile apps, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and others.