Course Descriptions - General Education

General Education Departments Course Descriptions
2015-2016 College Catalog

EN090 - Academic Language Skills (6 Credits)
This Academic Development course is designed for English speakers of other languages who have a foundation in English structures and vocabulary that enables them to participate in social settings. The purpose of the course is to further develop language skills in order to facilitate the students’ participation in an academic environment by using an integrated skills approach that focuses on: effective strategies for critical reading, rhetorical patterns, grammatical structures that often prove troublesome to students learning English as another language, academic listening and comprehension and note-taking. In addition, the course will provide opportunities for students to develop effective discussion skills for the college classroom. (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)

EN091 - Reading and Writing for Academic Success (4 Credits)
This Academic Development course integrates the development of both critical reading strategies and academic writing skills. Students are introduced to the writing process and a deeper understanding and application of academic writing conventions. In order to enhance their participation in an academic environment, students will develop critical reading, thinking, note taking and writing skills by working through high-interest readings. (Offered in fall, spring, and summer)

EN110 - Oral Communications (3 Credits)
This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the communication process and to enable them to develop their communication competence in various contexts. We will study the styles of speech used in these contexts, and will explore issues of audience, purpose, and tone. The course aim is to develop an awareness of the many ways in which we communicate with one another, and to promote confidence and overall speaking skills. The course will provide numerous and varied opportunities for students to practice communication techniques. At the conclusion of the course, all students should be knowledgeable of the elements of effective communication and capable of recognizing and participating in varied contexts.  (Offered in the fall and spring)

EN112 - Introduction to Professional Communication (3 Credits)
This course is intended as an introduction to provide students with a basic understanding of the communication process and to consider their competence as workplace communicators.  The course focuses on gathering, organizing, and presenting written, oral, and visual information.  Team-building skills are developed through collaborative learning environments.  Technical communication skills are emphasized.  (Offered in the fall and spring)

EN130 - College Composition I (3 Credits)
This course invites students to investigate the ways in which language is used in various settings. By examining how language is connected to issues of identity, students see the importance of using spoken and written communications appropriate to particular contexts. The course is structured around three main projects: a memoir where students explore their own experiences with language and identity, and two ethnographic studies where they look closely at two distinct communities, one informal and one professional, to see how people interact in those settings. The course calls for frequent informal written responses that build toward larger formal texts. Students are invited to become reflective of their writing processes as they are involved in a constant process of revising. They receive feedback from their instructor and classmates, and discuss many ideas and concepts in groups. (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)

EN140 - College Composition II (3 Credits)
A continuation of College Composition I, this class considers many written genres while focusing on such issues as work, social class, culture, and identity. By examining these issues through the genres of journal articles, oral history, narrative, short story, poetry, drama, and film, students will build on their abilities to work reflectively, develop their responses, and incorporate the voices of others into their own texts through the use of quotations. Students will have the opportunity to write texts similar to the ones they are reading, as well as academic essays. Through the practice of close reading and expository writing, students will develop the ability to comment on not only specific genres, but also on the world around them. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the kinds of group and presentational work that might be practiced in a professional setting. Prerequisite: EN130 (Offered in the spring and summer)

EN320 - Technical Communication (3 Credits)
Principles of effective communication on both the employee and organizational levels are emphasized in this course. Students create professional written documents and there is a strong emphasis on oral communications. Through class discussions, working groups, and formal presentations, students will consider and present on various workplace scenarios. These situations will provide students the opportunity to practice negotiation, conflict management, ethical decision-making, leadership roles, and presentation skills. Professionalism in all forms of communication will be expected. (Offered in the fall and spring)

MA080 - Fundamental Mathematics (3 Credits)
MA090 Fundamental Mathematics (6 Credits)
This course is designed to reinforce the foundations of mathematics and prepare students for success in future math courses.  Topics covered include fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, fraction to decimal conversion, basic rules of algebra, real numbers and operations, order of operations, linear equations.  To help develop students number sense and mental arithmetic, the use of calculators will not be allowed in most instances. (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)

MA105 - Technical Mathematics I (3 Credits)
This course is designed as an overview of the math topics most often encountered in a technical environment.  Practical examples of the math as it is used in the various technical fields are employed as much as possible. Topics covered include: a review of fractions and decimals, unit conversions, ratios and proportions, percentages, exponents and polynomials, graphing and geometric formulas. Prerequisite:  MA090 (grade of C or higher) or Placement Exam (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)

MA106 - Technical Mathematics II (3 Credits)
This course, the second in the technical math sequence, continues to develop the students’ mathematics knowledge through the use of practical examples.  Topics covered include ratio and proportion, geometry, and right angle trigonometry. An emphasis is placed on practical examples from the automotive field and project assignments are used to refine problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills. Prerequisite: MA105 (Offered in the spring and summer)

MA107 - Optical Math (3 Credits)
Optical Math provides the Opticianry student with an opportunity to become familiarized with mathematical concepts and formulae that are commonly used in ophthalmic science. The student will be introduced to optical formulae that contain mathematical concepts involving positive and negative integers, definition of infinity, algebra, trigonometry and approximations. In addition, students will learn how to solve complex optical formulae using a scientific calculator.  (Offered in the spring)

MA 115 - Plane and Solid Geometry (4 Credits)
This course introduces the study of Euclidean geometry, focusing on lines and angles, measurement and units, triangle properties, parallelograms, trapezoids, polygons, circles, spheres, conic sections, pyramids, areas and volumes.  Applications to the field of building technology will be stressed.  Prerequisite:  MA105 (Offered in the fall)

MA120 - College Algebra and Trigonometry (3 Credits)
This course begins with a review of the metric system, order of operations, exponents, and polynomials. Students’ understanding of algebra is developed through methods of solving algebraic fractions, systems of linear equations, quadratic equations, other types of equations, and word problems. The introduction to the basics of functions and their graphs leads into the study of composite and inverse functions. The course concludes with an introduction to angles and radian measure, followed by problem solving involving right triangles and an introduction to trigonometric functions. Applications from various technical fields will be used when possible. Prerequisite: MA105 (grade of C- or higher) or MA115 or Placement Exam (Offered in the fall, spring, and summer)

MA130 - Precalculus (3 Credits)
This course begins with a review of basic functions, continuing on to prepare the students for calculus by studying the properties and graphs of polynomial and rational functions. This leads into the study of exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs, properties, and equations. Extending the student’s knowledge of trigonometry, the trigonometric functions are further explored, including developing their graphs. The course continues by solving trigonometric equations and investigating applications of trigonometry. Polar coordinates and complex numbers (in both rectangular and polar form) are covered, concluding with an introduction to vectors. Prerequisite: MA120 (Offered in the spring, and summer)

MA240 - Calculus I (4 Credits)
This course introduces differential and integral calculus.  It begins with the study of limits and continuity, which naturally leads to the development of the derivative.  Topics covered include, the rules of differentiation for exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse-trigonometric, and polynomial functions, rates of change, implicit differentiation, maximization/minimization problems, and an introduction to integration. Prerequisite: MA130 (Offered in the fall)

MA250 - Calculus II (4 Credits)
This course builds and expands upon the techniques and applications covered in Calculus I. Topics include the indefinite and definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, integration by substitution, an introduction to differential equations, advanced integration techniques, area of region between two curves, parametric equations, improper integrals, applications of integration to volumes. Prerequisite:  MA 240 (Offered in the spring)

MA 265 - Finite Mathematics (3 Credits)
This course serves as a broad overview of topics in finite math and a brief introduction to topics in statistics. Topics covered include linear equations, linear systems, linear programming, mathematics of finance, matrix math, probability, and an introduction to statistics. Prerequisite: MA 106 (Offered in the fall)

MA270 - Statistics (3 Credits)
This course studies the collection, analysis and presentation of data, frequency distributions, probability and probability distributions.  Making inferences from statistical data and the techniques used for making business and management decisions will be discussed.  Applications to various technical fields will also be included.  Data analysis and presentation make use of statistical software.   Prerequisite:  MA265 or MA 120 (Offered in the fall, spring and summer)

PH102 - Physics (3 Credits)
This course is an introduction to the physics of mechanics and basic concepts in chemistry, including the study of motion, Newton’s Laws, energy, conservation laws, physics of matter, temperature, heat transfer, the atom, the periodic table, chemical bonding, the Mole, and balancing chemical equations. (Offered in the spring and summer)

PH212 - Physics I (3 Credits)
This course is an algebra-based introduction to the physics of mechanics that includes, a math review (algebra, geometry and trigonometry), scalars and vectors, force, mass, equilibrium, torque, acceleration, gravity, Newton’s Laws, work, energy, power, impulse, momentum, circular motion and rotation of rigid bodies. Prerequisite: MA115 or MA120.  Co-requisite: PH215 (Offered in the fall and spring)

PH215 - Physics Lab I (1 Credit)
This lab focuses on supporting the topics in the physics lectures, PH212 and PH222. This lab offers the opportunity to practice laboratory techniques, data collection, and written reports. Topics include kinematics and mechanics.  (Offered in the fall and spring)

PH222 - University Physics I (3 Credits)
This course is a calculus-based approach to the physics of mechanics.  The topics include scalars, vectors, and up to vector calculus; the kinematics of translation; force, mass and dynamics of translation; static’s, equilibrium, and torque; angular quantities and dynamics of rotation; friction, work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; simple harmonic motion and oscillations; Universal Law of Gravitation; the mechanics of solids and fluids; wave motion and wave equations; sound including Doppler Effect; superposition principle. A math review is not included. Co-requisite: MA240 and PH215 (Offered in the fall)

PH223 - University Physics II (3 Credits)
This course is a calculus-based approach to the physics of thermodynamics, waves, electricity and magnetism.  The topics include the study of fluids and fluid dynamics, harmonic motion and wave phenomenon, thermodynamics and heat, and electricity and magnetism. Prerequisite: PH222, Co-requisite: PH225 (Offered in the spring)

PH225  - Physics Lab II (1 Credit)
This lab focuses on supporting the topics in the physics lectures for PH223.  This lab offers the opportunity to practice laboratory techniques, data collection, and written reports. Topics include: mechanics, thermodynamics, harmonic motion, electric charge, and optics. Prerequisite: PH215 (Offered in the spring)

SK095  - Franklin Seminar (1 Credit)
The Franklin Seminar is designed to enhance your college experience at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.  This course will assist students in the transition from high school to college by using critical thinking skills and developing the capability to take ownership of their academic path through small group activity, hands on guidance and support, and peer-to-peer interaction.  Students will learn about campus resources, academic success strategies, and lifelong learning techniques to help students succeed in the remainder of their academic career and beyond.  In addition, students will be given individualized tutoring support to guide students in maneuvering college level course work. (Offered fall and spring)

SK096 - Franklin Seminar II (1 Credit)
The Franklin Seminar II is designed to assist students in the transition from the Department of Academic Development into major.  Students will use the critical thinking skills, campus resources, academic success strategies, and lifelong learning techniques developed in the Franklin Seminar to continue academic learning.  Students will utilize individualized tutoring support to maintain sound study habits and work towards successful academic achievement. (Offered fall and spring)

SK100 - Academic Achievement Seminar (1 Credit)
The Academic Achievement Seminar is designed to support and enhance academic endeavors as students reenter courses at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.  This course will teach students how to claim their education.  Students will learn how to utilize campus resources, academic success strategies, and lifelong learning techniques that will prepare you to achieve success in your present and future academic career.  The elements of professionalism: time management, accountability, teamwork, workplace ethics, and active participation in learning, will be strongly emphasized and put into practice. This course will also provide individualized tutoring support to reestablish strong study habits. (Offered fall and spring)

SK200 - Sophomore Seminar: Next Steps and Beyond (1 Credit)
The Sophomore Seminar: Next Steps and Beyond is designed to support your transition out of BFIT and prepare you for life after graduation. This seminar will provide you with guidance on how to conduct a successful job search and will assist you in learning how to navigate a professional environment while refining the skills needed to be a successful college graduate. The seminar will provide guest speakers, group activities, and individual guidance on personal goals. You can expect to review topics such as resume writing, job search techniques, interviewing skills, and post graduation finances.

SS105 - Twentieth Century History (3 Credits)
A concentration on major world events including significant social, economic and political shifts and changes viewed through various media including film, fiction, historical articles and non-fiction essays. Through discussions, written responses, presentations and creative projects, students will not only engage in historical studies, but will also use analytical and critical thinking skills to consider the ethical implications of historical events and to determine how accurately history is recorded, taught and represented in education, art, politics, the media and society.

SS109 - Technology and Society (3 Credits)
This course examines the role of technology in contemporary social life. An overview of technological evolution and its impact on society from the Industrial Revolution to the present is explored, with emphasis on current technologies and the debates surrounding them. Through discussion, papers, projects, and presentations, students explore the impact of particular technologies on various aspects of human life, including society’s increasing reliance on technology and the consequences on human existence.

SS115 - Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
A basic course introducing the major content areas of psychology as a scientific study of human behavior and mental processes through an acquaintance with the fundamental process of human behavior. Topics include: the nature of psychology, biological processes, human development, individual differences, personality and mental health.

SS135 - Introduction to Anthropology (3 Credits)
An introductory course that studies human cultures across time and place in their various environmental and historical contexts. The majority of the course focuses on cultural anthropology, and the evolution and development of human societies. Some topics explored might be community, kinship, religion, economic structure, and political order. In addition, the ways in which culture shapes experience is discussed, and students will be called to recognize their role as both creators and byproducts of culture.

SS205/SS405 - Contemporary Social Issues (3 Credits)
This course analyzes, in both empirical and theoretical terms, many of the social problems currently facing Americans. Among these are deepening inequality and poverty among working and middle-class Americans, particularly racial minorities, women, and youth; related problems of racism and sexism; growing unemployment; deterioration of the health system; crime; and war and militarism. Strategies and political options for solving these problems are considered. Through additional coursework, BS students learn to practice enhanced critical thinking, especially through analyzing arguments, and to produce research-driven writing and projects to help understand the importance of awareness in addressing social issues.

SS215 - Race, Class, and Gender (3 Credits)
This course will provide an analysis of society based on the interrelationships between these three factors and their influence on our social structure and behavior. There will be special focus on the ways in which any type of minority status impacts the social experience and the definition of personal and cultural roles. Both historical and contemporary perspectives will be explored through selected articles and films. Prepared and thoughtful discussion will be integral to the student’s experience.

SS233 - Film and Society (3 Credits)
Through the analysis of film and television as a text, this course explores social issues such as race, class, gender, politics, education, religion, social and historical change, and considers the ways film affects and is affected by society and social behavior. Students will reflect on the connections between film and society through in-depth discussions, presentations, readings, written responses, and research.

SS235 - Financial Planning and Principles (3 Credits)
This course provides a framework for personal financial planning through the study of economic principles including emphasis on the current economy and its effects on the individual and society as a whole.  Through discussions, projects, and presentations students will gain an understanding of principles such as budgeting, credit and debt, and processes such as mortgages and retirement planning.

SS245 - Photography and the Human Condition (3 Credits)
This course provides students with a general introduction to photography as an art form and reflection of the human condition. In this course, students will study the history of photography, famous photographers and photographs, photographs as a record of their subject, and also the artistic value of photographs. Students will explore various photographs to consider not only their aesthetic value, but also the relationships between artist, subject, and audience, as well as the social, historical, and cultural significance of these images. Students will pay particular attention to the stories photographs tell, from their subject matter to the way they are composed. Students will consider these stories when viewing and also when taking photographs, telling stories of their own.

SS250 - Psychology of Leadership (3 Credits)
Drawing on psychological research at the level of the individual, group, and organization, the class focuses on how leaders think, feel, and behave. This course provides an opportunity for students to learn and discuss leadership theories, and to develop a personal leadership philosophy. Topics include visionary leadership, leadership development, goal setting, ethics, storytelling, charisma, systems thinking, and crucible experiences.

SS255 - Select Topics in Psychology (3 Credits)
An exploration of the ways in which human behavior and mental processes relate to everyday life. Basic concepts of psychology are introduced with special emphasis on their application to the students’ understanding of themselves and their interactions with others.

SS260 - Positive Psychology (3 Credits)
Psychology is the study of cognitions, emotions, and behavior. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of psychology, what we have learned about ourselves, and how psychology is applied to help improve our lives. The course focuses on the psychological aspects of a fulfilling and flourishing life. Psychology has often focused on deficits and disability. Recently, however, more focus has been placed on the more positive aspects of life. This course focuses on each person’s unique potential for positive growth and development. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, empathy, friendship, goal setting, love, achievement, creativity, mindfulness, spirituality, and humor.

SS265 - Exploring Ethical Issues (3 Credits)
This course invites students to explore specific ethical dilemmas that arise in societal and professional settings and to consider how to approach and resolve these issues. Students have the opportunity to develop their abilities to reason and debate scenarios involving ethical questions. By developing practical models for thinking and refining techniques of approaching ethical dilemmas, students will pay particular attention to issues that arise in social and industrial settings. 

SS275 - Sport and Society
This course will examine the meaning of sports and the role sports play in American culture and society.  Various sports will be studied from historical and contemporary perspectives to consider the connection between sports and such issues as race, class, gender, ethnicity, education, nationalism, health, socialization, and the role of the media.  Students will reflect on the connections between sport and society through in-depth discussions, presentations, readings, written responses, and research

SS309 - Sustainability and the Human Condition (3 Credits)
Through study of films, readings, websites and political policy, students will explore principles of sustainability with emphasis on how to meet human needs and reduce hunger and poverty while maintaining the life-support systems of the planet. Focus will be placed on discovering real ways that individuals, organizations, and governments can manage resources in a responsible manner, with minimal impact on the earth and its inhabitants. Discussion of solutions will include technological innovation, government and corporate policy, community organizations and individual advocacy.

SS315 - The Impact of the Automobile on American Culture (3 Credits)
Few inventions have redefined American life quite as dramatically as the automobile; it created new concepts of work and leisure, brought all Americans closer together, changed the shape of our cities and country, and even altered our understanding of “freedom” itself. This course will explore representations of the automobile’s role in American culture through various media, including text, film, and music, culminating in a major research project on an aspect of the automobile’s influence on American life.

SS330 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Health IT (3 Credits)
This course introduces the student to the study of legal and ethical principles related to patient care and health information; legal terminology and procedures; court systems; and liability of health care providers.  Legal requirements governing policies designed to safeguard and maintain health information, including how to appropriately respond to requests for patient specific information will be explored.  Students will explore ethical issues and apply a decision making model to selected case studies.

SS335 - Current Issues in Health Care (3 Credits)
The aim of this course is to explore current topics in health care with a focus on the U.S. health care system, its components, and the policy challenges created by the organization of this system. Special attention is given to health policy in the context of the current reform efforts, their impact on major health policy institutions and important issues that cut across these institutions.