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HONORS COLLEGE

Spring 2014 Courses

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Presession Courses 

Digital Scientific Imaging | Honors 310G | Martin Ratcliffe | 1 credit
Days: MTWF (1/13-1/17) | Time: MTWF 9:00-12:00PM; W 6:00-10:00PM | Room: Neff 116
CRN: 26253

Leadership in Self and Society | HCMD 308H/PSY 413H | Peter Cohen | 3 credits
Days: MTWRF (1/6-1/10) | Time: 8:00-5:00PM | Room: AH 302
CRN: 25646

Semester Courses

The Dynamic Universe | HNRS 153B | Martin Ratcliffe | 3 credits
Days: M | Time: 12:30-3:00PM | Room: Neff 116
CRN: 20048

The Arts in Wichita | HNRS 304E | Mark Porcaro | 3 credits
Days: R | Time: 7:05-9:45PM | Room: Neff 116
CRN: 25245
Special Note: This course is a hybrid course. You will be required to purchase some tickets and provide your own transportation to the venues.

Models and Analogies in Science | HNRS 305D | Susan Sterrett | 3 credits
Days: W | Time: 1:30-4:00PM | Room: Neff 116
CRN: 26252

Environmental Sustainability | HNRS 405A | William Vanderburgh | 3 credits
Days: TR | Time: 11:00-12:15PM | Room: Neff 116
CRN: 26250

Honors Research Seminar | HNRS 485 | Douglas Parham | 3 credits
Days: M | Time: 3:30-4:20PM | Room: Neff 116
CRN: 24245

Independent Study | HNRS 410 | 1-4 credits 

Cooperative Education | HNRS 481 | 1-4 credits

Honors Internships | HNRS 481N | 1-4 credits

Honors Team-Based Internships at CCSR | HNRS 481N | 3 credits


Course Descriptions

Digital Scientific Imaging [HNRS 310G]
This short course will introduce you to the basics of scientific imaging using CCD cameras. Scientific imaging is used in many walks of life, such as medicine, astronomy, engineering, meteorology, and Earth Resources/land management. Understanding how an image is created electronically, and how images can be processed, is a valuable tool for your career. During this course, you will understand how CCD devices work, how to process images in black and white and color, and what scientific information can be acquired. You will get a copy of a comprehensive image processing software package for astronomical imaging that has applications to many other subjects, and have the opportunity to acquire your own image through the large 16” telescope at Lake Afton Public Observatory.  The class meets for 3 hours per day for 4 days on Jan 13, 14, 15, 17 and one evening at Lake Afton for 4 hours.

Leadership in Self and Society [HCMD 308H/PSY 413H]
This course is cross listed with 5 Honors seats reserved under the PSY 413H number and 5 Honors seats reserved under the HCMD 308H number.  Examine factors influencing the effectiveness of individuals leading change, including values, conflict and power. Studies the human side of organizational change focusing on understanding how and why people react to change, and identifying opportunities for enhancing the effective implementation of change. Students reflect on their own leadership development and work in teams to recommend public health strategies for change in a project, community setting, or organization.
General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Issues and Perspectives Course. Inquire about fulfilling your Engineering 2020 requirement through this course.

The Dynamic Universe [HNRS 153B]
This course is designed to introduce you to the fascinating subject of astronomy.  With a dozen press releases a week arriving, often with spectacular images, the course will focus heavily on current space missions and astronomical events. This course will cover a variety of topics, including the solar system, the sun, the stars, stellar evolution (birth, life, and death of stars), galaxies, and cosmology (the origin and fate of the universe). General Education Introductory Course in Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The Arts in Wichita [HNRS 304E]
Special Note: This course is a hybrid course. You will be required to purchase some tickets and provide your own transportation to the venues.
In this experiential course, we will look at the role of the arts (Music, Dance, Art, Architecture, and Theatre) in the Wichita community. The course will explore the role of the audience and patronage, the impact of the arts in the local community, arts management, and marketing by meeting at various art events or venues in Wichita and meeting with local arts managers and artists. In addition, course members will be expected to participate in online discussions and presentations about the art work, architecture, music, and plays we will see. We will also participate in an Honors-wide outing to Kansas City to explore the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, meet with the center's management, and performing artists and attend an arts event. General Education Issues and Perspectives Course (Fine Arts).

Models and Analogies in Science [HNRS 305D]
In this small seminar-style course, we’ll look at the history, philosophy (and even a little sociology) of the use of models and analogies in various sciences.  We’ll be very inclusive both in what we call models and in what we call science.  We’ll include mathematical models as well as physical models, and we’ll include not only physics and biology, but social sciences, such as political science, economics, and psychology. 

In the first part of the course, we’ll read and discuss philosophical works about how models and analogies are involved in science, sometimes implicitly, and consider how it is that they can often extend our knowledge and understanding, yet how they can sometimes mislead.  In the second part of the course, we’ll take an in-depth look at examples of the use of models in various fields; the choice of topics will be based on student interest. General Education Issues and Perspectives (Humanities)

Environmental Sustainability [HNRS 405A]
General Education Issues and Perspectives (Humanities)

Honors Research Seminar [HNRS 485]
Students majoring in various disciplines meet together one hour per week to discuss best practices in academic research, differences in research expectations in different subject areas, the research process (grant writing to publication), research ethics, project management, and other issues related to academic research.  Guest lecturers from the libraries and various academic disciplines teach students high-level skills needed for successful research.  Each student is responsible for finding a faculty member on campus to supervise a research project during the semester.  One-third of the grade is determined by participation in the class, including written assignments, presentations to the class, and other work.  The remainder of the grade is based on the research project completed.  The course is meant to supplement, not replace, the research methods course found in many disciplines.  Students who complete this course will have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of academic research, exposure to research practices in a variety of disciplines, and experience conducting independent research.  The course will help students be prepared for graduate school and/or careers that involve research. Required course for all Honors students admitted Fall 2010 or after. Inquire about fulfilling your Engineering 2020 Research requirement through this course

Independent Study | Cooperative Education | Honors Internships
Students wishing to earn Honors independent study, cooperative education or internship credit must make an appointment to see the director of Honors regarding appropriate placements prior to enrolling to earn co-op or internship credit.  You cannot earn “retroactive” Honors credit for previously completed co-op/internship experiences.  In general, Honors cooperative education and internship placements differ from traditional co-op/internship placements in that they are:

  • Interdisciplinary
  • Graduate student level
  • Project-based involving multiple agencies or employers
  • Opportunities that lead to publications or professional presentations.

Honors Team-Based Internships at CCSR [HNRS 481N]
This experience-based internship is designed to promote multi-disciplinary understanding and real-world skills.  Students will be required to work as a team to achieve a common goal and contribute to the work of WSU’s Center for Community Support and Research (CCSR).  CCSR will host the internship in its offices located at 3rd & Main.  CCSR works with over 100 nonprofits, coalitions, and government entities each year, providing leadership development, organizational capacity building, and evaluation services.   Students working in this CCSR internship will be asked to consider how work and civic environments are defined by groups, including task groups, committees, work groups, boards, coalitions, collaborations, and partnerships.  They will explore the many dynamics of group work: leadership, project management, communication, and budgets.  Example projects and programs are described below, with more to be developed: 

Advanced Training for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS):  Students will partner with CCSR’s CPS Training Team to research and address the advanced training needs of Certified Peer Specialists (CPSs) in Kansas’s public mental health system. The project would involve assessing the current gaps in knowledge and training in the CPS workforce, researching resources and means to fill those gaps, and helping design and support the delivery of advanced training for Kansas’s CPSs.

Support Groups through Social Media:  Students will determine the extent to which social media is used formally and informally to help people with similar life challenges connect, support and share information with each other. A focus of the project will be to understand the extent this form of self-help support is evident in the university community and what opportunities exist to develop such a support network using social media outlets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call or E-mail Teresa Strausz, CCSR, at (316) 978-3327 or teresa.strausz@wichita.edu