Experimental Courses 2023-2024, P-Z
PL P 496X. Plant Pathology Travel Course. Cr. 1-3. SS. Prereq: PL P 495X. Agricultural production in unique regions of the world. Visit farms, industries and educational institutions for hands-on classes, tours, food tasting, and social interactions with students, researchers , farmers and business people. Location and duration of the travel will vary.
POL S 222X. Global Engagement. (Cross-listed with
GLOBE 222X). (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Engagement with social and political
issues on a global scale. Contributions of individual action,
non-governmental organizations, and governments to changing societal and
international outcomes. Techniques for identifying and addressing
problems around the world.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.
POL S 232X. Politics of Business. (3-0). Cr. 3. S. Characteristics of American political economy and its comparison to other countries. Wealth, power, and the market in politics; the relationship between capitalism and democracy. The regulation of corporations, and the relationship between governments and business.
POL S 308X. Video Games and Politics. (3-0). Cr. 3. Interactions between video games and politics from the perspective of both state and society. History and regulation of video games; games' connection with war and with authoritarian regimes; representation, race, and gender in games and game communities; games' influence on social and political attitudes.
POL S 337X. Health Politics and Policy. (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Alternate odd years. Analysis of the evolution of the American system of healthcare. Financing, regulation, delivery, and the policy process related to healthcare policymaking by political institutions including Congress, the presidency and executive branch, federal courts, and state and local governments. Exploration of factors leading to disparities in healthcare service delivery and outcomes.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.
POL S 404X. Proseminar in International Politics. (Dual-listed with POL S 504).(3-0). Cr. 3. F. Alternate odd years. Prereq: 6 credits in Political Science. Overview of major theoretical and empirical works in the study of international politics and foreign policy. Realism, liberalism, and constructivism; conflict, alliances, and international economic relations.
POL S 405X. Proseminar in Comparative Politics. (Dual-listed with POL S 505).(3-0). Cr. 3. F. Alternate odd years. Prereq: 6 credits in Political Science. Foundations of comparative politics, the study of different political regimes. Political behavior, development, causes and consequences of democracy and authoritarianism. Contrasting research methods and designs.
POL S 410X. State Government and Politics. (Dual-listed with POL S 510).(3-0). Cr. 3. Prereq: 6 credits in Political Science. Comparative analysis of state political systems. Role of interest groups, political parties, legislatures, courts, and governors in state politics. Possible determinants of public policy outputs at the state level.
POL S 425X. Mass Political Behavior. (Dual-listed with POL S 525).(3-0). Cr. 3. F. Alternate odd years. Prereq: 6 credits in Political Science. An in-depth survey of the theoretical, empirical, and methodological works concerning mass political behavior in the United States. Substantive topics include political attitudes and ideologies, public opinion and voting behavior, and political psychology. Methods for studying mass behavior include survey research and experimental approaches.
POL S 471X. Organizational Theory in the Public Sector. (Dual-listed with POL S 571). (3-0). Cr. 3. S. Alternate odd years. Major theories of administrative organization, including motivations of administrators and organizations, comparisons of organizational arrangements, factors affecting organizational arrangements, and formal and informal decision-making structures.
PSYCH 349X. Psychology of Sexual Orientation . (Cross-listed with WGS 349X). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: PSYCH 101, 3 additional credits in PSYCH . Development of major human sexual orientation identities (e.g., bisexual, gay, heterosexual, and lesbian) from a research perspective. How persons navigate life contexts (e.g., family, work, relationships) in connection with their sexual identity. Factors that enhance positive sexual orientation identity development.
RELIG 361X. Religion, Health, and Medicine. (3-0). Cr. 3. Irr. F.S. A broad overview of the relationship between religion, health, and medicine for students interested in religion and those interested in entering healthcare fields. Exploration of physical and mental health and healing throughout history and among practitioners of Western, Eastern, and Indigenous religious traditions. Examination of religion and public health crises and the role of religion in culturally competent healthcare today.
S E 439X. Applied Software Design: Theory and Practice. (3-0). Cr. 3. Prereq: S E 309 or S E 319. Software design from an objective viewpoint. Focus on design principles, processes, activities and deliverables. Multiple design challenges are given. Students will learn design as an “optimization” problem with several human and technical factors. Topics include code-, architecture-, and user-level design as well as intelligent and autonomous software design.
SCM 526X. Lean Operations in Healthcare. (3-0). Cr 3. SS. Prereq: SCM 503. Now more than ever, the healthcare industry is committed to providing better but cheaper care services, often characterized by increasing efficiency and reducing costs. Toward that goal, the identification and elimination of waste in health care delivery processes are necessary. Lean could be the answer. The course educates on the Lean tools and techniques, enabling the students to look for ways to heal health care from within. The course aims to combine rigor with relevance that prepares practitioners to identify waste in their health care delivery processes and then fabricate processes to reduce or eliminate that waste. Lean methodology has already helped health care organizations to realize many benefits, including reduced patient wait times, shorter hospital stays, decreased risk of medication errors, less inventory, and more patient-focused processes.
SCM 530X. Applied Supply Chain Analytics. (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate student in business. Supply chain analytics course showcasing real life applications of analytics (prescriptive, predictive, and descriptive) in various fields of supply chain management, including demand forecasting for supply chain planning, multi-echelon inventory management, and capacity planning for service and manufacturing operations. Students will be using various free software, such as R and AnyLogic, to learn key concepts and techniques in analytics. These learnt skills will then be applied to examples of supply chain decision making.
SCM 566X. Global Trade Management. (3-0). Cr. 3. S. Evaluation of the physical, informational, and behavioral flows involved in global trade. The analysis of international logistics as a vital part of the supply chain includes the study of the environment, structure, and management of international logistics systems and their application to channel management. Instruction will be delivered using online resources and assessments along with in-class lectures and activities.
SCM 571X. (3-0). Cr. 3 F.S. 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 234X. Conservation Values & Ethics. (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Experiential course learning about conservation values, beliefs, ethics, practices, and policies through classical and contemporary readings in the field of conservation ethics. Exploration of wilderness areas, national parks, forest, and monuments, and the rural communities near these conservation areas, meeting with stakeholders in the conservation ecosystem, and engaging in service learning to gain a first-hand knowledge of the conservation landscape. Travel component to the ISU Montana campus prior to the start of the semester. 8-week course.
SOC 470X. Agricultural and Rural Policy Internship. Cr. 3-9. F.S.SS. Prereq: Junior or Senior classification; major in Agricultural and Rural Policy Studies. Study of the agricultural and rural policy in applied settings. Supervised placement in state and local government agencies, agricultural associations, conservation groups, rural development agencies, or related organizations. Assessed experiential learning component.
SOC 480X. Special Topics in Sociology. (3-0). Cr. 3. Repeatable. S. Alt. Prereq: 6 credits in SOC. Seminar on special topics, research, methods, or theory in Sociology. Students must register for a different topic each time.
SOC 482X. Issues in Agricultural and Rural Policy. (3-0). Cr 3. Repeatable. Prereq: 6 credits in SOC, POL S, or ECON. Seminar on current issues in agriculture and food, natural resources and the environment, and rural communities and economies from a social science perspective.
SP ED 210X. Disability in a Diverse Society. (3-0). Cr. 3. F.S. Disability does not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, SES, religion, or sexual preferences. Disability is the only group anyone can join at any time. This course is designed to increase awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of the individual, social-cultural, policies, and legal aspects of disability in our society. During the course, students will explore and analyze personal, historical, political, economic, and societal perspectives on individuals with disabilities in our society.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.
SPAN 377X. Latina/o/x Life Stories: Memoirs and Oral History. (Cross-listed with ENGL 377X and US LS 377X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: US LS 211 or ENGL 250. Study and archive Latinx life stories through traditional coursework, digital humanities and community outreach with local schools. Analysis of the extensive realities of Latinx communities in Iowa through the study, writing, tutorial work, and production of memoirs and oral histories.
STAT 261X. Statistics in Sports. (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Prereq: STAT 101 or STAT 104 or STAT 201 or STAT 226 or STAT 231 or STAT 305 or STAT 322 or STAT 330. Introduction the use of statistical, quantitative, and graphical techniques for analysis of sports data. Focus on understanding the types of data that arise in sports and the probability distributions associated with those data types including binomial, Poisson, and normal. Introduction to regression techniques that incorporate variables that affect these distributions. Discussion of head-to-head competitions and the inherent complexities in analyzing data of this type.
STAT 461X. Sports Analytics. (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Prereq: STAT 301 or STAT 326 or STAT 401 or STAT 587. Sports analytics refers to the use of statistical, quantitative, and graphical techniques for analysis of sports data. Focus on head-to-head sports and the calculation of relevant statistics, e.g., plus-minus and adjusted plus-minus statistics that attempt to quantify individual contributions to a team’s performance. Rating and ranking systems and their relationship to statistical models and estimation of these ratings will be described.
THTRE 155X. Introduction to Theatrical Drafting. (1-0). Cr. 1. F. Repeatable. An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques utilized in Computer-Aided (CAD) Drafting. Students will learn a variety of techniques utilizing the Vectorworks and/or other drafting software through a series of in-class training and workbook exercises designed to build a foundation of skills that students will require in future theatrical design courses.
US LS 333X. Latinos/as/x in the Criminal Justice Complex. (Cross-listed with C J 333X). (3-0). Cr. 3. Prereqs: US LS 211 or C J 240. Intersections of ethnicity, culture, assimilation, immigration/migration, crime, and the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include: criminality among Latinos/as and the challenges they face within the CJ complex (cops, courts, corrections, as well as immigration and border control) situated within mass incarceration; the use of criminalization as a form of social control; and Latino/as' human and civil rights and the role that race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration status play in the criminal justice system and border control enforcement.
US LS 377X. Latina/o/x Life Stories: Memoirs and Oral History. (Cross-listed with ENGL 377X and SPAN 377X). (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: US LS 211 or ENGL 250. Study and archive Latinx life stories through traditional coursework, digital humanities and community outreach with local schools. Analysis of the extensive realities of Latinx communities in Iowa through the study, writing, tutorial work, and production of memoirs and oral histories.
V C S 319X. Veterinary Military Practicum. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. F.S. SS. Prereq: Veterinary Medicine classification; enrollment in Iowa State veterinary curriculum; documented military obligation following graduation. Allows students to gain veterinary experience through military service.
V C S 425X. Rotation in Exotic Pet & Wildlife Medicine Clinical and Surgical Skills. Cr. 2. S. Irr. Prereq: V C S 405. Opportunity for 4th year veterinary students to learn appropriate restraint techniques, radiographic positioning and interpretation, emergency triage, physical examination, and surgical skills for exotic companion animals (birds, rodents, rabbits, ferrets and pet reptiles) and wildlife. The course will also include rabbit dentistry techniques. The purpose of this course is to give students the tools to be more comfortable in the handling, diagnostics, and treatment of exotic animals and native wildlife species.
V C S 484X. Clinical Practice in Diverse Communities. Cr. 2. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in Veterinary Medicine. Two week rotation for fourth year veterinary students working with equine patients both in the hospital and field settings. This rotation includes a community service component, which will include lecture time on relevant topics and a veterinary service trip to the Crow Creek Tribal Reservation in Fort Thompson, SD. Five-day trip, providing experience in preparing, setting up, and running an equine and small animal veterinary clinic to serve the tribal community.
V MPM 450X. Introduction to a Research Career in Industry. (Dual-listed with V MPM 550X). (Cross-listed with B M S 450X). (2-0). Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Junior Classification or higher. Explores research career paths in industry. Course will discuss ways students can prepare competitive applications and skill sets necessary for success. Concepts of regulatory constraints, quality management systems and intellectual property will also be introduced. Material will be presented by industry associates and leaders. Satisfactory-Fail only.
V MPM 550X. Introduction to a Research Career in Industry. (Dual-listed with V MPM 450X). (Cross-listed with B M S 550X). (2-0). Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Junior Classification or higher. Explores research career paths in industry. Course will discuss ways students can prepare competitive applications and skill sets necessary for success. Concepts of regulatory constraints, quality management systems and intellectual property will also be introduced. Material will be presented by industry associates and leaders. Satisfactory-Fail only.
V PTH 403X. Inroduction to Pathology II. (Cross-listed with BIOL 403X). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: V PTH 402/BIOL 402. Continuation of pathology topics begun in V PTH/BIOL VPTH 402. How specific organ systems respond to injury using principles and information covered in VPTH 402/ BIOL 402. Study of a set of prototypical diseases that affect humans and animals.
V PTH 476X. Clinical Veterinary Parasitology. Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. S.SS. Irr. Prereqs: V PTH 376, 4th year classification in Vet Med. Two week clinical rotation in clinical veterinary parasitology. Students will investigate parasitic disease with supervision of the instructors. Variable amount of travel to farm or sites will be required. Biosecurity: All students must follow current College policies regarding animal contact following foreign travel.
VDPAM 466X. Preceptorship in Animal Welfare. Cr. 1-6. F.S.SS. Repeatable. Prereq: Fourth year classification in veterinary medicine; permission of instructor. Preceptorship in animal welfare with emphasis on animal welfare assessment, policy and problem solving. Mentors include practicing veterinarians, researchers, and/or animal welfare organizations.
VDPAM 567X. Design, Implementation and Analysis of Field Studies in Food Animals. (3-0). Cr. 3. F. Prereqs: Students are highly encouraged to take this course after completing basic statistics or biostatistics (STAT 587 or equivalent; VDPAM 527 or VDPAM 529 or equivalent.) Design of field trials to test hypotheses related to biological outcomes in food animal production. Topics include field trial designs and how-to implement these trials under field/commercial conditions; and how to calculate sample size given different type of outcomes and covers the proper statistical analyses, interpretation, and communication of the results. Invited speakers will share how they use field trials in their daily practice. Work on case studies to apply the concepts learned.
WGS 349X. Psychology of Sexual Orientation . (Cross-listed with PSYCH 349X). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: PSYCH 101, 3 additional credits in PSYCH . Development of major human sexual orientation identities (e.g., bisexual, gay, heterosexual, and lesbian) from a research perspective. How persons navigate life contexts (e.g., family, work, relationships) in connection with their sexual identity. Factors that enhance positive sexual orientation identity development.
WISE 401X. (0-2) cr 1. F.S. Overview of financial and professional skills that will prepare you for success in your postgraduate STEM journey. Exploring opportunities that may lead to your life and career purpose in STEM. Establishing a diverse professional network, identifying mentors, and navigating STEM work environments. Learn about intergenerational communication, maintaining health in your personal and work life, and cultivating your authenticity as a professional. Satifactory-Fail only.
WLC 371X. The Arabian Nights. (Cross-listed with ARABC 371X). (3-0). Cr. 3. Focus on the tales of the famous ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ book. Discussions of the narrative tools, supernatural elements, and the culture of the Medieval Middle East. Readings, discussions, and papers in English. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.