Experimental Courses 2012-2013, S-Z


S E 419X. Software Tools for Large Scale Data Analysis. (3-3) Cr. 4. (Cross-listed with S E 419X). Prereq: CPR E 308 or COM S 352, COM S 309. Software tools for managing and manipulating large volumes of data, external memory processing, large scale parallelism, and stream processing, data interchange formats. Weekly programming labs that involve the use of a parallel computing cluster.

SCM 450X. Enterprise Resource Planning Systems in Supply Chain. (Same as MIS 450X) Cr. 3. Prereq: SCM 301, MIS 330 or I E 148, I E 341. The role of enterprise resource planning systems (ERP) in the supply chain. Hands-on experience with a major software application in use by many corporations to manage and improve the efficiency of their supply chains and operations. Students will develop a more process-centric perspective about how a supply chain operates and how ERP enables and supports such operations. Nonmajor graduate credit.

SP CM 216X. Great Speakers and Speeches. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Survey of great speeches examined within their political and cultural contexts. Analysis of the rhetorical strategies of diverse speakers with an emphasis on texts from social movements in the United States.

STAT 444X. Bayesian Data Analysis. Cr. 3. S.Prereq: Stat 401 and either Stat 447 or registration in Stat 342. Probability models and prior distributions; updating priors through the likelihood function. Computational and simulation-based methods for deriving posterior distributions and for estimating parameters. Basic statistical and hierarchical models. Model adequacy and posterior predictive checks. Markov chain Monte Carlo methods and introduction to WinBUGS or simliar software. Emphasis on applications and examples using the social, biological, and physical sciences.

STAT 602X. Modern Multivariate Statistical Learning. Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Stat 511, Stat 543, Stat 579. This course will cover statistical theory and methods for modern data mining, inference, and prediction. Among the topics considered will be linear methods of prediction and classification, basis expansions and regularization, kernel smoothing methods, variance-bias trade-offs, inference and model averaging, additive models and trees, boosting, neural nets, support vector machines, prototype methods, unsupervised learning, random forests, and ensemble learning.


T C 565X. Sustainability: Theory and Practical Application. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt F. Offered 2012. Prereq: 3 credits in research methods; basic knowledge of apparel industry and product development. Overview of current sustainability theory, research, and methodology. Emphasis on the evaluation and discussion of current sustainability literature and sustainable practice of apparel, textiles, and related products and services through people, processes, and the environment. Development and presentation of original scholarly and creative design work under various sustainability frameworks.

TOX 689X. Current Topics in Toxicology. Cr. R. Repeatable. Lecture and discussion participation on current topics in toxicology. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.


U ST 207X. Science Bound Pre-professional Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 0.5. F.S. Repeatable for maximum of 4 times. Prereq: U ST 102B or instructor permission. Seminar topics prepare sophomore and upprclass students to pursue research and internship experiences in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Satisfactory - Fail grading.

U St 315X. Cyclone Aide Leaders Seminar. (1-2) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Selection as Cyclone Aide Student Leader.Development of public speaking, group facilitation, and peer leadership skills. Exploration of issues associated with student transition to college, university organizational structures, and processes associated wtih student matriculation. Satisfactory - Fail grading.


V PTH 349X. The Genome Perspective in Biology. (2-0) Cr.2. S. (Same as MICRO 349x, BIOL 349X, GEN 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.

V PTH 402X. Introduction to Pathology. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (Same as BIOL 402X). Prereq: BIOL 211 and BIOL 212 with labs. Haynes. Introductory exploration of pathology as a medical discipline. This includes study of disease mechanisms via an introduction to general pathology topics (cell degeneration, necrosis, disturbances of growth, disturbances of blood flow, inflammation, neoplasia) and organ system-specific response to injury.

V PTH 661X Comparative Immunology and Infectious Disease (2-0) Cr. 2. S. (Same as IMBIO 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.

V C S 420X. Practicum. Cr. R. Arr. Prereq: VM4 classification, permission of instructor. Repeatable. External practical experiences in the fourth year curriculum for additional professional development of the veterinary student. Satisfactory/fail grading only.

V C S 481X. Advanced Equine Dentistry. Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Fourth year classification in Veterinary Medicine.Two-week elective clinical assignment in equine medicine or surgery.

VDPAM 365X. Animal Welfare Judging and Assessment. Cr. 2. F,SS. Prereq: For 565: 365, enrollment in a graduate program or competed in Animal Welfare Judging. Preparation for competetition in the Intercollegiate Animal Welfare Judging Contest. Development of critical appraisal and oral communication skills in regard to animal welfare. Animal behavior, physiology, health and performance parameters, basic husbandry, housing and preventive care will be explored for select farmed, companion and exotic species. Optional field trips.

VDPAM 424X. Preceptorship in Diagnostic Pathology. Cr. 1-6. F, S. Prereq: VDPAM 310 and VDPAM 455. Advanced course in production animal medicine with emphasis on gross and diagnostic pathology. Forty hours clinical experience per week. Assignments will be preceptorships with a diagnostic laboratory, veterinary pathologist, governmental agency and/or production unit. Biosecurity policies require documentation of student's presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class.

VDPAM 463X. Feedlot Production Medicine. Cr. 1. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310: concurrent enrollment in VDPAM 421D. One-week VM4 elective focusing on Midwestern feedlot production. Addresses feedlot production practices common to Iowa and surrounding states, including feeding cattle on concrete or under roofs. Activities include participation and visitation to representative feedlots in Iowa.

VDPAM 465X. Animal Welfare Clinical Rotation (elective). Cr. 2 F. Prereq: Final year of the DVM program. Two-week course for senior veterinary students to gain skills for collecting and interpreting animal welfare data, aid clients with identifying and achieving welfare goals, and assisting law enforcement with animal cruelty response. Field trips to food animal and companion animal facilities are mandatory.

VDPAM 466X. Preceptorship in Animal Welfare. Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Final year of DVM program. Advanced course in animal welfare with emphasis on animal welfare assessment, policy and problem solving. Forty hours practical experience per week. Assignments will include preceptorships with a practicing veterinarian, and animal welfare researcher or an animal welfare organization.

VDPAM 521X. Risk, Benefits, Science and Policy of Food. Cr. 3. S. (3-0) Prereq: Statistics 104 or equivalent. Introduction to risk analysis principles applied to food safety issues. Introduction to quantitative methods for risk assessment using epidemiological tools. Methods for framing the risk management questions. Risk communication introduction. Overview of risk/benefit or tradeoff analysis. Topics will be conveyed in the context of real world food policy issues and debates.

VDPAM 560X. Risk Assessment in Food Safety and Animal Health. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: STAT 401 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Five week online introduction to risk assessment with emphasis on current food safety policies and issues such as Salmonella, E. coli, and antibiotic resistance. Divided into fifteen lectures on risk assessment.

VDPAM 561X.Decision Analysis in Food Safety and Animal Health. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: STAT 401 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Five week online introduction decision analysis with emphasis on systems thinking skills. Divided into fifteen lectures on systems thinking, decision making, and stochastic modeling. Real-world food safety and animal health examples will be discussed.


WLC 105X. American Sign Language I. Cr. 4.Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) Development of expressive and receptive skills including vocabulary, grammar, usage, and cultural information. Note: Distinct from “Signed English”. ASL is a natural language with its own rules of grammar and usage.

WLC 106X American Sign Language II. Cr. 4. Prereq: WLC 105X. Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) II continues development of expressive and receptive skills introduced in American Sign Language I, including vocabulary, grammar, usage, and cultural information. Distinct from “Signed English”. ASL is a natural language with its own rules of grammar and usage.

WLC 275X. Topics in Deaf Culture. Cr. 3. Focus on contemporary topics in Deaf Culture, Communities, and History. Readings and discussion from a wide range of sources. Topics vary according to faculty interest.

WLC 278X. Introduction to Global Film. (3-0) Cr. 3 F. Prereqs: none Introduction to the cinema of non-English speaking regions and cultures of the world through representative subtitled films, lectures, and readings. Topics vary according to faculty interest. Emphasis on selected national cinemas and film as a mode of cultural expression as well as on diverse cultural contexts of cinema.

WLC 370X. Topics in World Languages and Cultures in English Translation. (3-0) Cr. 3 F. Prereqs: none Topics vary according to faculty interest. Author, genre and period study, women's writing, cinema, or cultural studies of non-English speaking world culture and cultures. Reading, discussion, and written work in English. May be taken more than once for a limit of 9 credits. Non-major graduate credit.



YTH 501X. Foundations in Youth Development. (1-0) Cr. 1.  Examination of fundamentals of youth development and the youth development profession. Through this introduction to the field, students will explore the ethical, professional, and historical elements of youth development as it has evolved toward professionalization.

YTH 510X. Adolescents and Their Families. (3-0) Cr. 3. Adolescent development, particularly in the context of the family. The reciprocal influences between adolescents and their families will be examined. Implications for professionals working with youth and families will be explored and highlighted.

YTH 530X. Youth in Cultural Context. (3-0) Cr. 3. The cultural context factors that affect youth from a holistic perspective within and outside the family unit. An understanding of the cultural heritage of differing family structures and types.

YTH 540X. Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research. (3-0) Cr. 3.  Youth development professionals understand and evaluate research reports to reduce anxiety about applying research results and theories to practice. Specific emphasis will be on research and theory reports related to youth development.

YTH 550X. Youth Policy. (3-0) Cr. 3. This course Examines various federal and state policies designed specifically for youth. Students will examine how and why policies for youth are constructed. A guiding question that will be used to evaluate existing state and national policies is whether they contribute to, or act as, barriers to designed developmental outcomes.  WWW only.

YTH 570X. ContemporaryYouth Issues. (3-0) Cr. 3.  Contemporary youth issues, including personal, social, psychological, biological, financial, and or environmental topics. Issues discussed within a positive youth development framework. Research, evaluation, and application.

YTH 570A. Contemporary Youth Issues: Life Skills

YTH 570B. Contemporary Youth Issues: Violence

YTH 570C. Contemporary Youth Issues: Youth and Appearance

YTH 570D. Contemporary Youth Issues: Volunteerism

YTH 570E. Contemporary Youth Issues: Youth from a Global Perspective

YTH 570F. Contemporary Youth Issues: Substance Abuse

YTH 570G. Contemporary Youth Issues: Improving Adolescent Health

YTH 570H. Contemporary Youth Issues: Working with Immigrant Youth and their Families

YTH 570I. Contemporary Youth Issues: Contexts & Settings of Youth Development

YTH 570J. Contemporary Youth Issues: Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy & Parenthood

YTH 570K. Contemporary Youth Issues: Mentoring

YTH 570L. Contemporary Youth Issues: Mental Health

YTH 580X. Administration and Program Management. (3-0) Cr. 3.  Development, administration and management of youth serving organizations, and focuses on the youth development professional’s administrator/program manager responsibilities.

YTH 585X. Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation. (3-0) Cr. 3.  Principles and methods of program design, implementation, and outcome evaluation of children and family programs. This course will focus on hands-on tools of conducting strategic planning, designing program logic model, and evaluating the performance of a program in delivery of services.

YTH 589X. Grant Development and Management. (3-0) Cr. 3. Grant-getting process and an overview of what happens after a project is funded. The following topics will be covered: researching funding sources, generating cutting edge ideas, assessing needs, planning a project, establishing credibility, formulating a sustainable budget, designing an evaluation plan, managing the funded project, and disseminating project results.

YTH 634X. Youth Development. (3-0) Cr. 3. The development period of adolescence. The theory and research of positive youth development will be the lens through which this developmental period is examined. The course will emphasize how the development tasks of this life stage are influenced by (and influence) family and home school, peers, and other contextual forces.