Experimental Courses 2016-2017, P-Z


PHIL 312X. Medieval Philosophy. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (cross-listed with RELIG 312X) Prereqs: PHIL 201. Survey of medieval philosophy. Readings from authors like Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Ockham. Questions of philosophical and religious importance concerning universals, free will, eternity, God's existence, and ethics are treated in depth.

PHIL 353X . Buddhist Philosophy. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: PHIL 201 or PHIL 230. Examination of central Buddhist positions and arguments on topics such as personal and social ethics, moral psychology, metaphysics, and the relationship between Buddhist thought and the sciences. Differences between Buddhist and Western approaches to philosophy will be explored.

PHYS 050X. Preparation for Introductory Physics. (3-0) Cr. 0. F. Prereq: 1 year high school algebra. An in‐depth active learning experience designed to impart the fundamental concepts and principles of physics, with an emphasis on applied mathematical techniques and logical thinking. For students intending to enroll in classical physics (PHYS 221/222) who have not taken high school physics, who have not had a high school college preparatory physics course, or who need a review of physics problem solving and physics concepts. Credit for Phys 50X does not count toward graduation.

PL P 540X. Principles of Integrated Disease Management. (2-0) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: PL P 408 or equivalent. Exploration of five disease management principles: exclusion, avoidance, eradication, protection, and therapy; and how they can be used to develop successful integrated disease management programs.

POL S 341X. Canadian Politics and Foreign Policy. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: Pol S 241 or Pol S 251. Governmental structure of Canada, domestic sources of Canadian foreign policy, current Canadian foreign policy issues.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

POL S 342X. Chinese Politics. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Legacies of Imperial China, the origins of the Chinese Civil War, and the causes and consequences of the reform era. Issues of contemporary China, including economic transformation, the structure of the Party/state, the environment, the media and other topics.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

POL S 348X. British Government and Politics. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: POL S 215 or POL S 241. Political institutions and processes in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; emphasis on Parliament, executive and monarchy, and public policies, including devolution.

POL S 355X. War and Politics. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Analysis of the theoretical relationship among politics, strategy, and war. Examination of the evolution of war, the relationship between technology and conflict, and the changing causes and nature of global violence.

POL S 403X . Legal Research and Writing Skills. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 9 credits in Political Science; junior classification. Developing skills for critical thinking, specialized research, and analytical writing essential for the legal profession. Use of an interactive law office simulation package to enhance competency levels for law school and the legal profession. Assignments range from business correspondence and complaints to depositions and pleadings. Offered on-line.

POL S 457X. International Terrorism and Insurgency. (2-1) Cr. 3. S. (Dual-listed with POL S 557X) Prereqs: 6 credits in social science; junior classification. Scientific explanations for the causes and consequences of non-state political violence, such as terrorism, insurgencies, political protests, and civil war.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

POL S 530X. Foundations of Western Political Thought. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. (Dual-listed with POL S 430) (Cross-listed with CL ST 430.) Prereqs: 6 credits in political science, philosophy, or European history. Study of original texts in political thought ranging from the classical period to the renaissance. Topics such as justice, freedom, virtue, the allocation of political power, the meaning of democracy, human nature, and natural law.

POL S 557X. International Terrorism and Insurgency. (2-1) Cr. 3. S. (Dual-listed with POL S 457X) Prereqs: 6 credits in social science; junior classification. Scientific explanations for the causes and consequences of non-state political violence, such as terrorism, insurgencies, political protests, and civil war.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

PORT 375X. Brazil Today. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. A survey of social, political, economic, and cultural topics relevant to contemporary Brazil. Includes an introduction to Portuguese language.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

P R 322X . Strategic Counseling in Public Relations. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: JLMC 110, JLMC 201, PR/ADVRT 301. Aspects of strategic counseling within the public relations industry. Strategic communication expectations, issues and reputation management, budgeting, staff management, message development and media training for executives, speech writing and coaching executives, aligning public relations with marketing, advertising, or digital marketing.

P R 420X. Crisis Communication. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereqs: P R 220. Public relations strategies and tactics for crisis situations to protect and recover an organization's reputation including public behavior in crisis, crisis assessment, crisis communication plan across all platforms, media training for leaders and spokespersons, apology strategy, corporate social responsibility and ethics, rumor in social media and reputation.

PSYCH 320X. Sleep and Dreams. (2-1) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: PSYCH 101. Scientific study of sleep and dreams including basic biological and psychological aspects of sleep-wake cycles, the nature and function of dreams, and the role of sleep in human behavior, performance, and well-being. Sleep problems and their social consequences.

PSYCH 589X. Systems Neuroscience: Brain, Behavior, and Nutrition-Related Integrative Physiology. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. (Cross-listed with NUTRS 589X, NEURO 589X, FS HN 589X, GERON 589X.) Prereqs: Graduate standing, or undergraduate with consent of instructor. Structural, functional, and biochemical aspects of brain and non-motor behavior across the human lifespan. Types of neuroimaging used to assess the brain. Current research is leveraged to gauge how nutrition, diseases related to nutrition, and associated physiological processes influence the brain, particularly for common developmental, psychological, and neurological disorders.


RELIG 312X. Medieval Philosophy. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (cross-listed with PHIL 312X) Prereqs: PHIL 201. Survey of medieval philosophy. Readings from authors like Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Ockham. Questions of philosophical and religious importance concerning universals, free will, eternity, God's existence, and ethics are treated in depth.

RELIG 344X. Religions of Latin America and the Caribbean. (3-0) Cr.3. F. Prereqs: RELIG 205 Recommended. Religious traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean in their diverse historical and cultural contexts: Indigenous religions, Catholicism, Protestantism, and African-based religions.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

RELIG 368X. Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (Cross-listed with CL ST 368X.) Nature, origins and development of religious beliefs and practices in ancient Greece and Rome from earliest times up to the rise of Christianity. Roles of divinities and rituals in lives of individuals and families and the governing of city-states and empires. Emphasis on historical contexts of the Graeco-Roman world and influences of neighboring cultures in Africa and Asia.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

RESEV 603X. Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry in Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: C I 601. Focus on the nature of qualitative research, including the ways in which knowledge is produced through qualitative methodologies, the theoretical and epistemological underpinnings of qualitative research, the importance of theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks in qualitative research, and the various methodological approaches to qualitative research.


SCM 434X. Implementing Process Improvement. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: SCM 424. Provides hands-on opportunity to practice process improvement drawing on the most frequently used tools from Six Sigma and Lean. Students apply tool in local firms and use them in a final project. Emphasis on the practical application of Six Sigma and Lean techniques.

SCM 453X.Supply Chain Planning and Control. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: SCM 301. Supply chain planning and control is the process which synchronizes demand with manufacturing and distribution. This course will cover sales and operations planning with emphasis on forecasting, master scheduling, materials requirements planning, inventory management and demand planning. Linking business plans and information systems for integration and distribution channels are also covered.

SCM 491X. International Live Case and Study Tour. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: SCM 301. Students follow supply chain of major firm from overseas manufacturer to domestic point-of-sale. Students are expected to complete projects and present findings to senior leadership.

SCM 492X. Supply Chain Management Live Case. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: SCM 301. Students follow supply chain of major firm. Students are expected to complete projects and present findings to senior leadership. Some offerings of the course may involve travel around the United States and an appropriate course fee will be required for those offerings.

SCM 495X. SCM Case Competition. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: SCM 301. Students explore different practical scenarios related supply chain projects and cases. Students acquire necessary skills and knowledge to solve practical issues associated with presented cases and problems. Students compete at different venues around the country. Repeatable for a total of six credits.

SCM 513X. Biorenewables Supply Chain Management.  Cr.3. S. (Cross-listed with BRT 513X). Prereqs: Graduate standing or qualified undergraduates with instructor permission. Evaluation of supply chain logistics related the field of biorenewables. The unique challenges associated with biorenewables supply chain are emphasized and examined: cost analysis, market demand & prices, life cycle analysis, environmental impacts, as well as, the technological, social, and political factors related to society.

SCM 540X. Enterprise Supply Chain Information Systems. (3-0) Cr. 3. 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 chain. Utilization of an ERP system to help students develop a more process-centric perspective about how a supply chain operates. Students will have the opportunity to use the SAP ERP software package on key processes that most ERP systems utilize (i.e., purchasing, MRP, forecasting, order fulfillment and pricing). Understanding the tactical and operational management of supply chains. Discussion of issues related to the creation of end-user value through supply chain cost reductions, service improvements, or both.

SCM 553X. Supply Chain Planning and Control. (3-0) Cr. 3 F. Supply chain planning and control is the process which synchronizes demand with manufacturing and distribution. Sales and operations planning with emphasis on forecasting, master scheduling, materials requirements planning, inventory management and demand planning. Linking business plans and information systems for integration and distribution channels are also covered. Emphasis on the strategic advantages of linking business plans and demand forecasts.

SCM 571X. Sustainable Supply Chain Management. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: SCM 501. The global nature of a supply chain causes many sustainability issues. This course will consider how supply chain design and execution affect sustainability. Some discussion of governmental policy will be included.

SOC 414X. Survey Research Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: STAT 101 or STAT 104; SOC 302. Theoretical and practical issues in survey methods including sources of error, sampling, question development, questionnaire format, human subjects protections, survey implementation, tracking and response rates, data verification, and weighting. Practical experience working on existing polls (Iowa Farm Poll and Iowa Small Town Poll) and current software (Qualtrics).

SP CM 270X. Science in Public: Communication, Controversy & Understanding. Cr. 3. S. (Cross-listed with ENGL 270X, JL MC 270X). Prereq: ENGL 250. Models of communication between scientists, engineers and other professionals and the public. Approaches to public engagement with science and technology including analysis of science communication on controversial topics such as climate change, evolution, and genetically modified organisms.

STAT 202X . Career Development in Math and Statistics. Cr. 1. S. (Cross-listed with MATH 202X). Career development in the mathematics and statistics disciplines with an emphasis on contemporary social issues. Presentations by professionals in STEM fields about occupations, decision-making strategies, and career goal implementation; development of job searching, resume writing, negotiating, and interviewing techniques.

STAT 526X. Applied Statistical Modeling. (3-0 approx., online only) Cr. 3. F. Prereq:Admission to Master of Business Analytics program. Probability concepts and distributions used in statistical decision-making for business applications. Least-squares and maximum likelihood estimation, sampling distributions of estimators, formal statistical inference, analysis of variance, multiple regression models and strategies for model selection, logistic regression, and Poisson regression. Applications implemented with the R statistical package. Simulations used to investigate properties of inferential procedures and to assist in data analysis.

STAT 528X. Visual Business Analytics. (3-0 approx., online only) Cr. 3. F. Prereqs: Admission to the Master of Business Analytics Program. Types of data displays; numerical and visual summaries of data; data structures for data displays; data vs info graphics; good practices of displaying data; human perception and cognition in data displays; graphics as tools of data exploration; graphical diagnostics of statistical models and machine learning procedures; strategies and techniques for data visualizations; basics of reproducibility and repeatability; web-based interactive applets for visual presentation of data and results; programming in R. May not be used for graduate credit in the Statistics program.

STAT 559X. Item Response Theory. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., even numbered years. Prereqs: STAT 401 or STAT 500. Statistical methods for analysis of binary and polytomous data using latent trait models from item response theory. Application and theory of model selection and fit, equating, dimensionality, differential item functioning and test development. Use of appropriate statistical software.

STAT 585X. Data Technologies for Statistical Analysis. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: STAT 579. Introduction to computational methods for data analysis. Accessing and managing data formats: flat files, databases, web technologies based on mark-up languages (SML, KML, HTML), netCDF. Elements of text processing: regular expressions for cleaning data. Working with massive data, handling missing data, scaled computing. Efficient programming, reproducible code.

STB 596X. Innovation Management in the Seed Biotechnology Industry. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: Admission to Seed Technology and Business Graduate Program or consent of Instructor.  Biotechnology implementation in crop variety development, testing, and production; organizational structure and Total Quality Management principles applied to seed production and research laboratories; policies, laws, regulations, and Intellectual Property Rights impacting seed biotechnology Research & Development (R&D); relationships between R&D and other parts of biotechnology companies.

SUS E 513X. Sustainable Environments Colloquium III. Cr. 3. S.S. Prereqs: SUS E 502, SUS E 540.Research expands and integrates findings from the Sustainable Environments design exploration pursued in SUS E 540 and SUS E 502. Students develop an independently-defined research to produce a comprehensive and conclusive written document.

SUS E 540X. Methods for Sustainable Design. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereqs: senior or graduate standing. Overview of qualitative, quantitative and design research methods. In-depth application of methods relevant to capstone project proposal development (Sus E 502). Proposal must address research question, articulation of research methods and preliminary findings grounded within contemporary theoretical discourse on Sustainable Environments.


TSM 214X. Managing technology projects. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereqs: TSM /ABE 201; major in AST, ITEC, AE or BSE. Introduction to project management principles as outlined by the Project Management Institute; use in technology-based projects for academic, industry, and personal use.

TSM 533X. Precision Agriculture. (2-2) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: MATH 140 or higher. Geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). Hardware systems for precision farming emphasized. Auto steering and automatic implement control systems. Collection and management of yield data. Sampling strategies for precision farming. Introduction to building fertilizer prescriptions and recommendations. Economic benefits of precision farming systems. Individual project required for graduate credit.


US LS 371X. Mexican American History. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. (Cross-listed with HIST 371X) History of the Mexican American community in the U.S. from the 1820s to the present. Topics include community development, employment, social marginalization, racism/discrimination, depression and world wars, civil rights, ethnic power and politics. Meets U.S. Diversity requirement.
Meets U. S. Diversity Requirement.

U ST 110X. International First-Year Experience Seminar. (1-1) F. S. Cr. 1. Topics to help international students transition to the United States and academic culture, such as culture shock, classroom culture, campus and community resources, learning styles, study skills, basic immigration status and employment benefits, student health and wellness, and research and presentation skills.

U ST 303X. CALM Life Skills Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Junior or senior classification. CALM After the Storm is a course designed to help student-athletes successfully transition to life after Iowa State University. The CALM programming will include Career preparation, Adulthood, Life after athletics, and Money management.


VDPAM 420P. Applied Poultry Production Medicine Preceptorship. Cr. 1-6. SS. Prereqs: Fourth year classification in veterinary medicine required. VDPAM 408 and/or VDPAM 498 strongly recommended. Unique, highly relevant, hands-on veterinary experience for participating students. Development of poultry-specific practice skill sets. Documented experience that is highly valued by future poultry employers. Enhanced cultural and professional awareness for participating students through interaction with active poultry practitioners. Exposure to diverse poultry practice and production environments. Graduation restrictions: Up to 6 credits to count for graduation.

VDPAM 424X. Preceptorship in Diagnostic Pathology. Cr. 1-6. F. Prereq: 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. SS. Prereqs: 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 478A. Swine Medicine Education Center: Swine Production Management and Consultation. Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310. Swine production management and consulting skills within a progressive swine production and management system. Time will be split approximately with half in-class discussion topics of finance and business of the swine industry and half on-farm learning opportunities where students will visit a breeding farm, nursery facility, finishing facility, wean-to-finish facility, gilt developer unit, and a truck wash facility.

VDPAM 478B. Swine Medicine Education Center: Swine Clinical Pharmacology and Treatment Management. Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310. Basic and applied information on swine treatment options, strategies to maximize efficacy, and skills to pursue judicious use of antimicrobials, reproductive interventions, and the entire spectrum of drug therapies. The course emphasizes case based application and decisions and is approximately 30% web-based and 70% on-site including farms of a variety of structures and functions. During the course, students prepare a thorough evaluation of the pharmacologic interventions that may occur on farms and then implement this evaluation in active production facilities to maximize efficacy, compliance and animal welfare as part of a comprehensive judicious use objective.

VDPAM 478C. Swine Medicine Education Center: Swine Emerging Diseases Diagnosis and Management. Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310. Diagnostic tests, methods, approaches, analysis, and evaluation of emerging swine diseases and provide general knowledge of disease elimination and methods to manage herd losses and economic losses due to disease. Two-week, on-site module that combines structured site visits and classroom activities.

VDPAM 498X. Poultry Medicine. Cr.2. SS. Prereq: VM4 students or by permission of instructor. Two-week senior elective to introduce students into poultry production medicine in the Midwest. Students will participate in routine flock monitoring, biosecurity reviews, disease investigations involving outbreaks in commercial and backyard poultry operations, and have a basic understanding of the poultry industry and poultry diseases. Involves didactic lectures in the classroom, field trips to poultry farms, and necropsies. This course requires students to do out-of-state travel and overnight stays.

V C S 403X. Clinical Cardiology II. (.5-.5) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: V C S 444. Elective course in clinical cardiology. Emphasis on common congenital and acquired cardiac diseases of companion animals. Builds on foundation of basic clinical cardiac knowledge obtained in V C S 444; expands to cover additional diseases in greater depth (e.g. infective endocarditis, systemic and pulmonary hypertension, heartworm disease, feline arterial thromboembolism, bradyarrhythmias and cardiac pacing, congenital heart diseases and interventional correction).

V C S 406X. Introduction to Captive Wild Animal Medicine. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Offered to Veterinary Students in their 3rd or 4th year of curriculum. Topics covering the health and welfare of non-domestic animals in captivity. Regulations specific to exotic animal ownership and exhibition will be covered. Students will discuss diseases which affect multiple taxon groups, and learn about interface diseases. Specific topics regarding the veterinary care of exotic canids, felids, ungulates, primates, Old-World Camelids, exotic equids and avian species will be discussed. Laboratories will introduce remote-delivery and restraint devices, dangerous animal handling techniques (including venomous snake handling techniques), contraception for non-domestic animals, and extra-label use of medications and vaccines in non-domestic species.

V C S 482X. Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery Rotation. Cr. 2. F. S. SS. Prereq: Enrollment in 4th year of the veterinary curriculum; completion of primary care rotation or familiar with the Primary Care protocol; proof of rabies prophylaxis and a protective titer. Basic principles of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. Participation in dental cleaning and scaling of the teeth in the oral cavity; positioning and interpretation of dental radiographs; administration of regional anesthesia; and patient care and animal handling, including instructions of dental procedures and dental home care. Opportunities may be available to practice oral surgery, extraction techniques and radiographic positioning on cadaver specimens. Interaction with clients during procedures and appointments. Opportunities to observe and assist with advanced dentistry and oral surgery procedures as the need arises. Experience in primary care rotation responsibilities.

V MPM 360X. Global Health. (3-0) Cr. 3. (Cross-listed with MICRO 360X and GLOBE 360X.) Prereqs: Biol 211, and either Micro 201 or Micro 302. Global Health explores health and its determinants across the world with a commitment to the many disciplines and variables that influence health. The course will stress the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the environment, with emphasis on poor countries. The course is designed to challenge the typical understanding of what impacts health and to stimulate the student to take an entrepreneurial approach to finding solutions. Current events will be a major focus of the class. Within the context of health and disease, topics will include poverty, infectious diseases, gender, social media, climate change, animal health, agriculture, and more. Each student will complete one case study on a topic related to global health. Outside reading and films will be required for each class meeting. There will be four exams. Students will also be expected to sign up for Twitter and use Black Board.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement

V MPM 503X. Safety in the Biological Laboratory. (2-0) Cr. 1. F. Laboratory safety with emphasis on hazardous biological and physical agents and materials, their safe handling and disposition, and the local and federal rules and regulations pertaining to their use.


WLC 107X. Introduction to Swahili. (1-0) Cr. 1. S. Basics of grammar and vocabulary within the context of the cultures where Swahili is spoken. For students whose native language is not Swahili. Taught in Swahili. Offered on-line.

WLC 510X. World Language Teaching Methods. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate-level classification. Study of current theory and practice of teaching a second language with emphasis on designing pedagogically sound learning activities and assessments. Taught in English. Does not fulfill the undergraduate-level methods requirement for teacher licensure.

W S 210X. Gender and Sexuality in American Pop Culture (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Analysis of the many codes that are conveyed thought popular culture texts, particularly regarding gender and sexuality. Influences on the developments of our identities that shape how we view the world. Intersectional topics include discussion of race and class.

W S 360X. Contemporary Experiences of Asian American Women. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. (Cross-listed with LAS 360X) Prereq: One of W S 201, LAS 225, or SOC 134; and ENGL 250. Interdisciplinary, transnational, and intersectional perspectives employed to understand experiences of Asian American women as they relate to racial ideology, global migration of people, resources, and culture, class status, family formation, sexuality, the military-industrial complex, geography, religion, and language.
Meets U. S. Diversity Requirement.

W S  457X. History of American Sexualities. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. (Cross-listed with HIST 457X.) Prereqs: Credit in one of HIST 221, HIST 222, WS 201, WS 203, or WS 205. The social construction of American sexualities from the colonial era to the present with particular emphasis on how ideas about sex and sexuality have shaped American public life, including education, public policy, party politics, and racial justice.


YTH 589X. Grant Development and Management. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. 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.