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Course Descriptions

PHILOSOPHY

PHO6447 - INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY (H) (3 hrs)
This course provides students with critical thinking skills and analytical tools, to be applied to questions of knowledge, free will, metaphysics, ethics, the mind-body problem, and others.

PHO6460 - ETHICS (H) (3 hrs)
This course provides a practical approach to recognizing, understanding, and solving ethical problems confronting individuals in today’s society. Basic concepts of applied ethical theories in moral philosophy and reasoning are examined using critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills. Back to Index

PHYSICS / PHYSICAL SCIENCE

PHS4511 - PHYSICAL SCIENCE (N) (5 hrs)
A non-technical course intended for students who are majoring in fields other than science. The application of scientific knowledge to daily life activities is emphasized by examining the fundamental principles in physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy utilizing the scientific method.

PHS4530 - INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY (N) (5 hrs)
Introduction to Astronomy topics include fundamental concepts (planetary, stellar, and lunar motion; gravitation; light and telescopes); solar system 1 (Earth, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars); solar system 2 (Jupiter and satellites, Saturn and satellites, outer planets); stars (nature of stars, birth, evolution and death of stars, neutron stars, black holes); universe (galaxies, quasars, blazars, cosmology). Prerequisites: Basic computer skills, campus, or personal Internet access, and some Algebra would be helpful.

PHS4545 - INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING (2 hrs)
An introduction to engineering concepts and design. Graphing, problem solving, metric units, engineering calculations, and computers are included. Problems involving the basic concepts of engineering science are considered. Prerequisites: Either MTH4420 College Algebra and MTH4425 Trigonometry with a B average or high school mathematics through Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry with a B average.

PHS4550 - GENERAL PHYSICS I (N) (5 hrs)
Topics include mechanics—linear motion, rotational motion, force, work, energy, momentum, and conservation principles; heat-temperature, ideal gas, heat as a form of energy, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics, and entropy; wave motion-simple harmonic motion, elasticity, and the wave equation. This class is designed for students needing five hours of physics without calculus. Prerequisites: MTH4420 College Algebra, high school, or MTH4425 Trigonometry, and basic computer skills.

PHS4551 - GENERAL PHYSICS II (N) (5 hrs)
A continuation of PHS4550 General Physics I. Topics include electricity and magnetism—electric field, electric potential, current electric power, magnetic field, and induction; optics—nature of light and wave optics; modern physics—special relativity, atomic structure, quantum mechanics and radioactivity. Prerequisite: PHS4550 General Physics I.

PHS4560 - ENGINEERING PHYSICS I (N) (5 hrs)
This class is designed for students needing five hours of physics with calculus applications. Topics include mechanics—linear motion, rotational motion, force, work, energy, momentum, and conservation principles; heat—temperature, ideal gas, thermodynamic systems, heat as a form of energy, first law of energy, first law of thermodynamics, second law of thermodynamics and entropy; wave motion—simple harmonic motion, elasticity, and the wave equation. Prerequisite: MTH4435 Calculus I.

PHS4561 - ENGINEERING PHYSICS II (N) (5 hrs)
A continuation of PHS4560 Engineering Physics I. Topics include: electricity and magnetism—electric field, electric potential, current, electrical power, magnetic field, induction, and Maxwell’s equations; optics—nature of light and wave optics; modern physics—special relativity, atomic structure, Schrodinger equation, quantum mechanics, and radioactivity. Prerequisites: MTH4440 Calculus II and PHS4560 Engineering Physics I.

PHS4570 - STATICS (3 hrs)
The vector study of the composition and resolution of forces, equilibrium of force systems, friction, gravity, moment of inertia, and virtual work. Prerequisite: MTH4440 Calculus II and PHS4560 Engineering Physics I. Back to Index

POLITICAL SCIENCE

POL6445 - CURRENT WORLD AFFAIRS (3 hrs)
A study of the most significant events, forces, and trends in national and international affairs, with emphasis upon fact-finding and interpretations of current events.

POL6611 - AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT (S) (3 hrs)
A general study of the development, structure, and functions of the American national government. Topics include an introduction to government, principles of constitutionalism and federalism, political parties and political behavior, the Presidency, Congress, the judiciary, and the federal bureaucracy. Specific emphasis on an analysis of decision-making in government, public participation, and influence in government and the study of specific problems concerning the operation of the federal government.

POL6612 - STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (S) (3 hrs)
A general study of the development, structure, and function of state, county, and municipal governments. Within the scope of this course is a study of the concepts of federalism and constitutionalism, public participation in government, the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of state government, and the structure and functions of local governments. Of particular importance is the study of specific problems with which state and local governments must be concerned: finances, crime, ecological concerns, education, welfare, and housing. Although this course is general in nature, Kansas government and politics are emphasized.

POL6613 – CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3 hrs)
This course examines the history and creation of the United States Constitution and illustrates how the Constitution continues to affect America’s current legal procedures. Areas covered in this class include the structure and content of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, freedom of speech, and search and seizure. Back to Index

PSYCHOLOGY

PSY6711 - GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (S) (3 hrs)
A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior as it applies to daily living. The scope of this course includes history, basic theories, biological bases of behavior, development, cognitive processes, individual awareness, motivation, emotion, personal adjustment, and social psychology.

PSY6712 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (S) (3 hrs)
A study of individual development from conception through death. This includes the general areas of biological, physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and personality development at each stage of life. Prerequisite: PSY6711 General Psychology.

PSY6716 - PEER EDUCATION CERTIFICATION (1 hr)
The Certified Peer Educator Course is a comprehensive training for students to empower them with skills to educate, intervene, listen to, and help their peers make healthy lifestyle choices.

PSY6720 - ORIENTATION TO COLLEGE LIFE (1 hr)
An introduction to the community college experience at Cowley College. The course includes campus resources (i.e. financial aid), academic requirements, study skills, time and money management, career/life planning, assessment and advising, health issues, and job search strategies.

PSY6725 - TOTALLY INTO TIGERS: TNT (1 hr)
This course is for students who have a desire to be involved in promoting school spirit at Cowley College. All activities in this course are geared toward successful event planning, personal growth, and teamwork. A combination of reflective writing, self-evaluation, and team building activities will be used for assessment purposes.

PSY6730 - COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (S) (3 hrs)
The objective of the course is to introduce a general understanding of, and appreciation for, the nature and complexity of the human mind from the perspective of cognitive psychology. This will include knowledge about the various phenomena investigated by cognitive psychologists.

PSY6750 - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 hrs)
An introductory study of abnormal behaviors. Emphasis will be on background and causes; patterns of abnormal behavior; also, modern treatment and prevention methods. Prerequisite: PSY6711 General Psychology or instructor approval. Back to Index

RELIGION

REL6430 - COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS (H) (3 hrs)
A survey of the world’s major religious systems, with an emphasis on the non-Western traditions. Provides the student an opportunity to develop an understanding of the world’s various religious texts, beliefs, and practices, to note similarities and differences among religions, and to develop an appreciation for religious diversity.

REL6432 - SURVEY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (H) (3 hrs)
An introduction to the history, literature, and culture that gave rise to the Old Testament from an objective and analytical approach.

REL6434 - SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (H) (3 hrs)
An introduction to the history, literature, and culture that gave rise to the New Testament from an objective and analytical approach.

REL6436 - LIFE AND TEACHING OF CHRIST (H) (3 hrs)
A survey of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the context of culture, history, and literature, from an objective and analytical approach.   Back to Index

SOCIOLOGY

SOC6811 - PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY (S) (3 hrs)
An introductory study to acquaint students with the influence of human social activity. Sociology studies the processes and patterns of individual and group interaction by acquainting students with the development, characteristics, and functioning of human groups, the relationships between groups, and group influences on individual behavior. It includes the study of how social relationships are created, maintained, and changed.

SOC6813 - DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARENESS AND ABUSE (3 hrs)
This course is designed to expose students to the effects of drugs and alcohol. The class also will go into a more in-depth study of their usage, legal aspects, and the rehabilitation for each.

SOC6816 - SOCIAL PROBLEMS (S) (3 hrs)
A study of contemporary social problems in American society. The principal focus is on persistent social problems of concern to the current college student rather than the dramatic aspects of natural disasters or catastrophes. Prerequisite: SOC6811 Principles of Sociology.

SOC6817 - HUMAN SEXUALITY (S) (3 hrs)
A course in human sexuality designed in developing an understanding of sexuality and contemporary sexual and social issues.

SOC6823 - MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RELATIONS (S) (3 hrs)
A study of social and personal factors of pre-marital behavior and parent-child interaction. Relationships in courtship, engagement, human sexuality and the adjustments to these, as well as family relationships, are explored with a functional approach.

SOC6826-6829 - SERVING AND LEARNING: IMPACTING COMMUNITY I-IV (1 hr)
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning community service and the impact students have on the community. Students will reflect on service done in the community and on concepts learned in the classroom to enhance their level of citizenship and commitment to the community through service work. Students must be ACES (Academic Civic Engagement through Service) scholarship students to enroll in this class.

SOC6863 - MENTORING FOR SUCCESS (1 hr)
This course provides strategies for students to become more successful in their personal, professional, and educational life.

SOC6864 - EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES (1 hr)
This course is designed to provide students with practical tools and techniques used to plan and implement an effective job search. Students will have opportunity to assess their marketability through various exercises. The goal is to help the student develop the confidence to direct his/her own job search plan.

SOC6865 - FINDING YOUR FUTURE I (1 hr)
This course will expose students to several options for discovering careers for their future. Several assessments and many hands-on activities designed to aid students in goal setting will be used throughout the course.

SOC6866 - CAREER DISCOVERY (3 hrs)
This course will enable students to assume a more active role in their academic and career planning process. Self-discovery activities will be combined with the utilization of career research tools to enable students to navigate career decisions and resources. Back to Index

THEATRE

THE2730 - THEATRE APPRECIATION (H) (3 hrs)
The goal of this course is to create an interest in and appreciation of the exciting world of theatre. No theatre background is necessary and the students are not required to perform. Units of study include theatre history, acting as a profession, the Greek, Roman and Shakespeare influences, as well as the technical and backstage aspect of theatre. Attendance and evaluation of a live theatre performance is a requirement for successfully completing the class. Emphasis is placed on appreciation of theatre as a collaborative art and will fulfill three hours of humanities credit towards graduation.

THE2735 - ACTING (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of the fundamental skills and techniques involved in acting. Major emphasis is placed on the development of one’s individual acting tools. Students will work on training the imagination, the body, and voice through exercises, and developing acting skills through performed scenes.

THE2742 - STAGECRAFT (3 hrs)
This course is designed to prepare the student with problems and practice in the designing, construction, and handling of scenery, costumes, make-up, lighting, and properties. Class work will involve lecture, practical laboratory technical work in college productions, and examinations.

THE2743-2746 - THEATRE PRACTICUM (1 hr)
This course earns one hour of college credit for students who participate in, or do support work for a major college theatrical production. Prerequisite: For students who participate in a major college theatrical production either as an actor, actress, or as a technician.
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WEB DESIGN

CWB1830 - CWB1833 WEB SITE PRODUCTION I-IV (2 hrs)
Through projects and activities, this course provides practical training in the creation, production, and maintenance of the college’s Web site. Activities may include collecting information, proofing, and editing, developing content, taking photographs, creating Web pages, creating computer-generated graphics, and writing code. Students will progress through the various stages of Web site development from preparation and design to implementation and maintenance. Prerequisite: Some Web experience or instructor approval.

CWB1835 - BEGINNING WEB DESIGN (3 hrs)
This course will introduce students to basic hypertext mark-up language (HTML). Building on the basic HTML fundamentals, the course includes tables, frames, forms, JavaScript, style sheets, and multimedia. After completion of this course, the student will be able to set up a Web site or modify one already developed; and create and modify Web pages that include the above features. Prerequisite: CAP1516 Computer Applications or CAP1517 Advanced Computer Applications.

CWB1837 - DREAMWEAVER (3 hrs)
This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Web page authoring using Adobe Dreamweaver CS4. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how to plan, design, create, modify, and publish a Web site. Students will create their own Web site throughout the course of the semester.

CWB1838 - CASCADING STYLE SHEETS (3 hrs)
This course will take an in-depth look at Cascading Styles Sheets (CSS) and their interaction with traditional HTML. Students will examine theoretical concepts that make CSS unique. This course will also adopt a practical hands-on approach when examining the technology. Along with examination of CSS coding, this course will explore the advancement of Web page design, as well as browser support and compatibility. Prerequisite: CWB1835 Beginning Web Design or CWB1837 Dreamweaver.

CWB1840 - E-COMMERCE (3 hrs)
This course covers both business and technological aspects of electrical commerce. A business case approach is used to engage the student in hands on exercises to gain an understanding of electronic commerce.

CWB1843 - WEB PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3 hrs)
Learn to manage Web projects that apply to all design and redesign projects, from the simple to complex.

CWB1846 - WEB MULTIMEDIA AND ANIMATION (3 hrs)
This course covers various multimedia including how to create and incorporate Adobe Flash, audio, video, and animation into a Web site. Prerequisite: Completion of three classes of Web Design coursework.

CWB1848 - WEB SITE PORTFOLIO (1 hr)
Students will evaluate, improve, and select work covering various areas of Web site production for an electronic portfolio. Students will develop interviewing and presentation skills to aid in job placement. Prerequisite: Four (4) credit hours of design coursework.

CWB1849 - WEB PROGRAMMING (3 hrs)
This course will provide the student with skills that are highly in demand by learning to build dynamic, data-driven Web sites using two of the most popular open source technologies available: PHP and MySQL. Students will learn essential programming concepts by designing and building a full-featured Web site powered by PHP and MySQL. Prerequisites: CWB1835 Beginning Web Design, a CNP course, and a CIS programming course.

CWB1850 - WEB SITE INTERNSHIP (1 hr)
This course is designed to give the student practical training in areas outside of working on the college Web site. The student is responsible for obtaining and maintaining employment for 45 clock hours during the semester. Prerequisite: Four (4) credit hours of Web Design coursework.

CWB1852 - WEB SERVER ADMINISTRATION (3 hrs)
This course looks at various popular server operating systems and web server software available today. Also covered will be security, scalability, and cost of web server software. Prerequisite: Four (4) credit hours of Web Design.

CWB1855 - JAVASCRIPT (3 hrs)
This course goes beyond the basics to cover such JavaScript topics as conditionals, functions, objects, properties, methods, event handlers, forms, and frames. Learn how to integrate JavaScript and HTML to make Web pages interactive. Prerequisite: CWB1835 Beginning Web Design or equivalent. Back to index

WELDING

WEL3613 - SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING/STRUCTURAL (3 hrs)
Students in this course receive instruction and gain the necessary skills to produce sound welds on ferrous structural shapes in various positions. Students will prepare a number of different joint configurations used in industry. Welds will be made with several different electrodes using the shielded metal arc welding equipment.

WEL3615 - BASIC WELDING PROCESSES (3 hrs)
This lecture course is arranged to study the basic practices of various forms of electric arc and oxy-acetylene cutting and welding. Safety is emphasized in the use and care of equipment.

WEL3620 - GAS WELDING PROCESSES (3 hrs)
This course is designed to introduce students to oxy-fuel soldering, brazing, and welding techniques used to manufacture and repair weldments. Safety precautions and the use and care of equipment are stressed in this course. This course also serves as an introduction to the gas tungsten arc welding method because of its similarities.

WEL3622 - GMAW (GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING/STRUCTURAL) (3 hrs)
This course offers the student the knowledge and necessary skills to produce code quality welds using a variety of wire and gas combinations common to industry for fabrication purposes.

WEL3623 - GTAW (GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING/STRUCTURAL) (3 hrs)
This course is designed to help the student gain the knowledge and skill to produce welds on both ferrous and non-ferrous base metals using the gas tungsten arc welding method.

WEL3632 - SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING/PIPE (3 hrs)
This course offers the student an opportunity to gain the skills required to produce code quality welds on piping materials. These welds are expected to pass guided bend tests to detect flaws. Prerequisite: WEL3613 Shielded Metal Arc Welding/Structural or equivalent.

WEL3633 - GAS METAL ARC WELDING/PIPE (3 hrs)
This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to produce code quality welds on various diameters of pipe. These welds are to be produced using the gas metal arc welding process. Welds made with these procedures will be tested using the guided bend test to detect flaws. Prerequisite: WEL3622 GMAW (Gas Metal Arc Welding/Structural) or equivalent.

WEL3635 - ARC WELDING PROCESSES (3 hrs)
This course is designed to expose the student to materials used in analyzing the equipment needs of specific processes of manufacturing. This course also deals with welding codes and standards, and cost estimating.

WEL3640 - ADVANCED WELDING PROCESSES (3 hrs)
This course is designed to allow students to gather skills necessary for repairing equipment, analyzing safety requirements in automated welding and the study of special welding processes.

WEL3642 - GAS TUNGSTEN ARC WELDING/PIPE (3 hrs)
Students in this course will be expected to pass qualification procedures in pipe welding using the gas tungsten arc welding process. Welds made in various positions will be subject to guided bend test or x-ray examination to detect flaws. Prerequisite: WEL3623 GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding/Structural) or equivalent.

WEL3644 - SPECIAL ALLOY WELDING/INSPECTION (6 hrs)
Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to successfully produce documentation of test specimens and compare that information to codes and standards to determine component usability. Students are expected to become proficient in the identification of various common alloys and apply precautions in selecting correct filler metals for welding. Students will be introduced to automated shape cutting and become familiar with working with images, designing shapes and dimensioning, editing cut paths and cutting parts using plasma arc cutting equipment. Back to Index

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