Experimental Courses 2012-2013, G-L


GEN 111X. Genetics Research Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereqs: none. An introduction to the principles and practices of scientific research in Genetics, the exploration of the undergraduate research opportunities at ISU, and the review of career opportunities in Genetics. A significant component is faculty and student presentations on current research projects. For students majoring in Genetics or considering this major.

GEN 349X The Genome Perspective in Biology. (2-0) Cr.2. S. (Same as MICRO 349X, BIOL 349X, V PTH 349X) Prereq: GEN 313 or GEN 320. How genome, RNA, and protein data are analyzed using computer technology to answer biological questions on topics ranging from microbial diversity to human health. An introduction for students in the life sciences to the fields of genomics, bioinformatics and systems.

GEOL 103X. Age of Dinosaurs. (1-0) Cr. 1. SS. Introduction to the diversity of dinosaur species. Discussion of basic evolutionary theory and interpreting fossil evidence. Overview of Mesozoic Earth history including paleogeographic and paleoclimate reconstructions. Course available via the World Wide Web.

GERON 415X. Gerontechnology in Smart Home Environments. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. (Cross-listed with COM S 415X). Prereq: Com S 227 or (Com S 207 or Geron 377) An interdisciplinary course designed for students who are interested in assistive technology, pervasive computing, mobile computing and principles of universal software design for end users, in particular the elderly population.  Students will have the chance to learn both about the theories and principles about aging and assistive technology, as well as to engage in the practical semester-long project while working with students from other disciplines. Nonmajor graduate credit.

GLOBE 320X. Global Resource Systems Internship Preparation.(1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Permission of Instructor. Students enrolled in this course intend to enroll in GLOBE 321 or GLOBE 322 in the following term. Topics provide a pre-departure orientation, including logistical, academic, and personal requirements for completion of an experiential supervised work experience.

GLOBE 441X. International Animal Agriculture.(3-0) Cr. 3. (Cross-listed with AN S 441X). Prereq: Two courses from AN S 223, AN S 225, AN S 226, AN S 229, AN S 235. An overview of animal agriculture with emphasis on animal agriculture in developing countries. Historical, economic, environmental; and political considerations will be assessed and evaluated. Issues related to gender, resilience and sustainability for different production systems will be investigated.

GLOBE 494X. Cr. arr. Repeatable. F.S.SS Prereq: Permission of instructor. Selected projects that result in outcomes benefiting a non-Iowa State University entity while instilling professional ethics and accomplishing student learning goals. Course expenses paid by student.

A. International
B. Domestic


HCI 570X. UX Lab Studies: Eyetracking and Other UX Tools. (1-0) Cr. 1. Practical introduction to User Experience (UX) tools and how to use them for research: designing a UX study; developing meaningful user tasks; how to plan a research study that integrates eyetracking measures, UX measures, behavioral measures, surveys, interviews and IRB applications; analyzing UX data; and presenting UX study results. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

HCI 571X. Augmented Reality. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: M E/CPR E/COM S 557. Fundamental technologies enabling augmented reality (AR) application development. Implementation of AR via Graphics Processing Units (GPU) will be emphasized to enable high performance interactive applications. Topics include GPU programming in general as well as image processing, tracking, and rendering methods on GPUs. Students will implement several AR applications.

HCI 573X. User Interface Implementation for Web Applications. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Development of web-based interfaces for web applications. User-centered design of interaction patterns. Dynamic queries using user feedback. Usability within complex web applications. Making appropriate choices in system security and user management. Students will learn to use PHP, MySQL, and Javascript as the implementation tools for assignments.

HCI 587X. Models and Theories in Human Computer Interaction. (5-0) Cr. 3. SS13.  Survey of the multidisciplinary models and theories that form the foundation of the science of Human Computer Interaction. Application of the scientific method to solve practical problems by using analysis or approaches from the behavioral and social sciences, and information and computer technology.

HCI 589X. Design and Ethics. (3-0) Cr. 3 S. (Cross-listed with ARTGR 589X). Prereq: Permission of instructor or graduate classification. This course will introduce the ethnical decisions and the social and policy challenges associated with technology and design as they apply to design research and the design industry.  The course covers areas of ethics, ethical reasoning, technology policy decisions and their social impacts, and ethical research practices in human-computer based design. This course will be offered both online and offline.  Online class will be limited to distance learning student.

HD FS 103X. Professional Principles and Ethics. Cr. 0.5. Introduction to professional principles and ethics, understanding of child abuse reporting, universal precautions. Completion of criminal background checks for ISU practica. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

HD FS 105X. Professional Principles and Ethics-Secondary Education. Cr. 0.5. Introduction to professional principles and ethics, understanding of child abuse reporting, universal precautions. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

HD FS 418X. Student Teaching Discussion and Reflection. (0-0.5) Cr. 0.5. F. Offered concurrently with HD FS 417. Repeatable. Supervision and discussion of HD FS 417 student teaching field experience. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

HD FS 484X. Estate Planning for Families. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: HD FS 283, ACCT 284. Study of estate planning focusing on efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with client's goals. Legal, tax, financial and non-financial aspects of estate planning process; trusts, wills, probate, advanced directives, charitable giving, wealth transfers and related taxes.

HD FS 485X. Family Financial Planning Capstone. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: HD FS 283, HD FS 378, HD FS 484, HD FS 488, ACCT 284, ACCT 485, FIN 361. Development and refinement of competencies required by personal financial planners to work with individuals and families in meeting financial objectives. Utilization of skills obtained in financial planning emphasis to complete one or more financial planning narratives.

HD FS 520X. Community Youth Development. (3-0) Cr. 3.WWW only. National emphasis of a strength-based or asset approach to community youth development, encompassing individual development (i.e., positive youth development) and adolescent interrelationships with environments. Emphasis is placed upon research, theory, and practice applied in communities throughout the U.S. Students.

HD FS 608X. Grant Writing for Research. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.SS. Prereq: HD FS 503/505 and HD FS 504; or equivalent. Understand how to identify funding sources as well as the fundamental components of a federal research grant proposal such as the abstract or summary, background and significance, specific aims/goals and objectives, project design and methods, sustainability, assessment, broader impacts, dissemination, budget, budget justification, and cover letter.

HIST 195X. Introduction to History. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: For History majors only. Introduction to the discipline of history and how historians think and work. Focus on research methodologies, writing and analytical practices of historians, and specialization in the discipline. 

HORT 131X. Floral Design. (0-2) Cr.1. S. Introduces basic geometric design of fresh arrangements, corsages, and holiday arrangements. Includes use of tools and supplies.

HORT 276X. Understanding Grape and Wine Science. Cr. 3. S. Prereq: High school biology and chemistry. A scientific introduction to viticulture (grape-growing) and enology (wine-making). Topics include grape species and varieties, viticulture practices, fruit quality, geography, history, principles of fermentation and aging, wine classification, appreciation, evaluation, storage and service, regulations, wine as food. No wine tasting.

HRI 320X. Attractions and Amusement Park Administration. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: HRI 101 or permission of instructor. An examination of current issues in the attractions and amusement park industry. Emphasis placed on development and design along with the functional departments of modern amusement parks and themed attractions.

HSCI 110X. Orientation and Human Sciences Career Exploration. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereqs: Declared as Open Option (HSCI) in the College of Human Sciences. Orientation and adjustment to the university and college; policies and procedures; academic resources; and development of a long-term curriculum plan. Comprehensive approach to career development; intensive self-analysis; and in-depth examination of majors in Human Sciences. Required for all students declared as Open Option in the College of Human Sciences.


I E 222X. Design & Analysis Methods for System Improvements. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq:: IE 248; credit or enrollment in IE 271. Study of system improvement methods and strategies. Analysis of data from ERP systems to support improvement decision making. Specific areas of lean system improvements include continuous improvement, setup reduction, workplace organization, inventory and waste minimization. Methods and strategies to analyze and quantify the impact of changes.

I E 432X. Industrial Automation. (2-3) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Phys 222 Overview of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic components used for the control of industrial automation. Overview of analog and digital interfaces, and corresponding logic for shop floor systems, involving back-end PC and PLC logic controllers, with special emphasis on Bar-coding and RFID systems.

I E 502X. M.S. Research Conduct. Cr. R. Prereq: Enrollment in M.S. program in Industrial Engineering. Responsible conduct of research at the PhD level, including ethnical issues in peer review, conflicts of interest, mentoring, human subjects and live animals, data management, and collaboration. May be taken more than once for credit. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.

I E 547X. Biomedical Design and Manufacturing. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: Undergraduate engineering degree. Introduction to concepts and issues in biomedical design and manufacturing, including materials, medical devices, body mechanics, design requirements, manufacturing, quality control, and ethics.

I E 564X. Decision Analysis in System Design. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: STAT 231, I E 305. Application of decision theory principles and tools to evaluate alternative hardware/software system architectures based on technical design requirements such as mass, reliability, power and life cycles costs. Systems engineering methods are presented with application in defense, aerospace, energy and related domains. Methods for dealing with technical data risk and uncertainty are presented.

I E 602X. Ph.D. Research Conduct. Cr. R. Prereq: Enrollment in PhD program in Industrial Engineering. Responsible conduct of research at the PhD level, including ethnical issues in peer review, conflicts of interest, mentoring, human subjects and live animals, data management, and collaboration. May be taken more than once for credit. Offered on a satisfactory-fail grading basis only.

I E 633X. Stochastic Programming. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: I E 513 or STAT 447, I E 534 or equivalent. Mathematical programming with uncertain parameters; modeling risk within optimization; multi-stage recourse and probabilistically constrained modes; solution and approximation algorithms including dual decomposition and progressive hedging; and applications to planning, allocation and design problems.

IND D 334X. Materials and Processes for Industrial Design. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. F. Prereqs: IND D 201X and IND D 231. In the field of industrial design, material choice has an important impact on a product's look, feel, and function. This course explores the relationship between material choice and aesthetics, or a product's sensory-emotional appeal. Through readings, lectures, projects and exercises, students will learn about this relationship and discover ways to manipulate it. Typical materials used in product design include wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, glass and fibers.

IND D 388X. History of Industrial Design. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Study of cultural context of industrial design activity from the late 19th century to the present. Significant theories, movements, and designers.

IND D 534X. Product Realization for Industrial Design. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: admission into the Industrial Design Intensive Track, IND D 301 or permission of instructor. Essential materials and manufacturing processes regularly considered and appropriately applied to successful product design. Materials include metals, plastics, ceramics, glass, wood and composites and processes such as casting, extrusion, injection molding, and various types of fabrication. Also covered will be the topics of vendor relations, sourcing, the interaction of design with marketing and engineering.

IND D 595X. Industrial Design Study Abroad. (0-12) Cr. 6. SS. Prereqs: Ind D 501 and permission of instructor. International industrial design, off-campus experience.

INFAS 332X. Cyber Defense Competition. (2-0) Cr. 1. S. (Cross-listed with CPR E 332X) Repeatable. Participation in cyber defense competition. Scenario based computer system setup, risk assessment and design of security systems. Defense of computer and network systems against trained attackers. Team based. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

INTST 295X. International Experience Abroad. Cr. 1-8. S.Prereqs: 12 college-level credits. Supervised instruction in an international setting, augmented by practical living experience.

IMBIO 661X Comparative Immunology and Infectious Disease (2-0) Cr. 2. S. (Cross-listed with V PTH 661X). Prereq: Graduate level Immunology or permission of instructor. Discuss and define similarities and differences of varied host responses to infectious challenge. Learning will focus on comparative aspects of the host response and the unique aspects of immunity from different organisms, while highlighting molecular and mechanistic similarities of pathogen recognition, response and resolution.


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KIN 165X Running for Fitness. (0-2) Cr. 1. F.S. SS. Running as a physical activity to improve health, fitness, and endurance; values this type of activity as a lifetime endeavor. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

KIN 168X Judo. (0-2) Cr. 1. Fundamentals of self defense, focusing on throwing with the hands, hips and feet as well as applying pins, chokes and arm-bars. The physical skills will be taught focused on training through development of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, and indomitable spirit. Emphasis on learning a way of life that promotes personal development, physical health and citizenship. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

KIN 210X. Concepts of Fitness and Wellness. (2-0) Cr. 2. Coverage of behavioral skills needed to adopt and maintain lifestyles conducive to fitness and wellness users. Provides students with knowledge and skills needed to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Includes self-assessments and content on physical activity, nutrition, weight control, stress management and other lifestyle behaviors related to health. For non-kinesiology majors.

KIN 218X. Orientation to Athletic Training Clinical Experience. (0-2) Cr. 0.5. Pre-athletic training clinical experience designed to orientate students to the athletic training profession prior to enrolling in athletic training course sequence. Students will observe athletic trainers in various athletic training clinical sites. Open to pre-athletic training students only. Offered on a satisfactory - fail grading basis only.

KIN 363X. Basic Electrocardiography. Cr. 2. Alt. F. Offered 2010.Understanding of human electrocardiography, including normal and abnormal 12-lead ECGs and arrhythmia identification. Nonmajor graduate credit.

KIN 391X. Service Learning Leadership Experience. Cr. 1-3. Applied service learning experiences designed to provide students with opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to real world applications. Students will gain professional skills and programming experience while supporting health, education and wellness programming in school, work site or community settings. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.


L A 454X. Fundamentals of Remote Sensing. Cr. 3. S. (Dual-listed with NREM 554X. Cross-listed with
C R P, NREM). Introduction to remote sensing techniques needed for basic analysis of satellite images, including: filtering and conflation techniques, stacking, pan sharpening, image rectification, image enhancement, unsupervised and supervised classification. Practical applications in a variety of topics to understand how to interpret images.

L A 504X. Landworks: Advanced Landscape Architecture. (15-1) Cr. 6. Prereq: Graduate classification. Graduate studio in landscape architectural design working on complex sites involving multiple scales of design. Course emphasizes advanced skills in design research and representation and application of theory, as well as technical competency and teamwork. Development of original ideas, experimentation, and innovation.

L A 522X. Landworks: Advanced Plant Technologies. (1-4) Cr. 3. Prereq: L A 301 or graduate classification. Planting design and emergent technologies for design performance in the urban built environment. Emphasis on innovative strategies for planting design and plant technology in building design, sustainable streetscapes, and urban systems integrating storm water and urban "hardscape" design. Interviews with practitioners, technical experts and agency program leaders will complement readings, lecture and site visits to exemplary project sites.

L A 554X. Fundamentals of Remote Sensing. Cr. 3. S. (Dual-listed with NREM 454X. Cross-listed with
C R P, NREM). Introduction to remote sensing techniques needed for basic analysis of satellite images, including: filtering and conflation techniques, stacking, pan sharpening, image rectification, image enhancement, unsupervised and supervised classification. Practical applications in a variety of topics to understand how to interpret images.