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Fall 2018

CAS 100A (GWS) - Effective Speech

Information for the CAS 100A course.
Section Seats Day/Time Classroom Credits
090-LEC 26 M,W,F 1:25 - 2:15 p.m. 220 Willard 3

This general education course studies the purposeful use of oral communication as a means of addressing practical problems, both professional and civic. It is designed to introduce students to principles of effective public speaking, implemented through the design and presentation of individual speeches and through practice in message analysis and evaluation. Class size is limited and class meetings involve considerable attention to developing public speaking skills through in-class activities, collaborative learning, peer critiques, and analysis of public speeches and other messages. At least three individual, graded speeches are required in this course. Additional presentations (graded or non-graded) may be required by some instructors. Course work may also include instruction and practice in group decision making. Assessment includes evaluation by examination (one or two; no final exam is given in the course) and by occasional quizzes and other activities, all of which emphasize the mastery and application of the conceptual content of the course. Public presentations are evaluated for content, organization, and presentation.

ECON 102 (GS) - Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy

Information for the ECON 102 course.
Section Seats Day/Time Classroom Credits
010-LEC 30 M,W,F 10:10- 11:00 a.m. 121 Sparks 3

Economics is the study of how people satisfy their wants in the face of limited resources. One way to think about economics is that it is a consistent set of methods and tools that is valuable in analyzing certain types of problems related to decision-making, resource allocation, and the production and distribution of goods and services. There are two main branches of economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. Macroeconomics is concerned with economy-wide factors such as inflation, unemployment, and overall economic growth. Microeconomics deals with the behavior of individual households and firms and how government influences that behavior; it is the subject of this course. More specifically, ECON 102 is an introduction to microeconomic analysis and policy. The principal objective of the course is to enable students to analyze major microeconomic issues clearly and critically. Students will be introduced to the methods and tools of economic analysis, and these analytical tools will be applied to questions of current policy interest. Learning these methods and tools and applying them to interesting policy questions and issues is sometimes called "thinking like an economist." An important goal of this course is to take each student as far down the road of "thinking like an economist" as possible.

ENGL 15S (GWS) - Rhetoric and Composition

Information for the ENGL 15S course.
Section Seats Day/Time Classroom Credits
001-LEC 24 M,W,F 9:05 - 9:55 a.m. 012 Huck Life Sciences Bldg 3

This general education course involves instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. It also meets the University requirement for a first-year seminar.

Do you believe almost everything you read? Do you have trouble articulating why you believe what you believe? You are probably expecting English 15S to be an introductory writing class, and it is. However, its goal is much more extensive than simply improving your writing. The goal of English 15S is to help you to become more involved in your communities by critically evaluating others' arguments and constructing effective arguments yourself.

LST 83 - The Twenty-First Century Researcher

Information for the LST 83 course.
Section Seats Day/Time Classroom Credits
001-LEC 5 M,W, 1:25 - 2:15 p.m. W013 Pattee Library 1

Students learn to use technology and Libraries resources to access and cite relevant information into academic research projects.

This course will equip students with research skills for academic success at Penn State. The class will investigate the Libraries' physical facility and scholarly, academic online resources as a single, holistic learning lab, and engage students by providing hands-on experience in how to conduct research across the disciplines and in all formats. Students will develop and use several cutting-edge communications tools, including blogs, podcasts, and personal portals. By the end of the course, students will be able to create and conduct research projects, and integrate their findings into outstanding papers and presentations in a variety of media.

PSYCH 100 (GS) - Introductory Psychology

Information for the PSYCH 100 course.
Section Seats Day/Time Classroom Credits
001-LEC 12 M,W,F 9:05 - 9:55 a.m. 111 Forum 3

Psychology is a scholarly discipline, a scientific field, and a professional activity. Its overall focus is the scientific study of behavior and experience, and of associated mental and physiological processes. As a scholarly discipline, psychology represents a major field of study in academic settings, with an emphasis on theories and principles of behavior and experience. As a science, psychology is a domain of research in which investigators analytically and systematically study behavior and experience to develop theories and principles and to understand their application to real-world situations. As a profession, psychology involves the practical application of knowledge, skills, and techniques for enhancing well-being and quality of life, as well as solving or preventing individual and social problems. This course provides an overview of the field of psychology, including research, theory, and application. Specific topics include the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion, development, social cognition and social influence, personality and individual differences, and mental disorders and therapy. Content is presented through a combination of lectures, readings, and demonstrations. Evaluation is primarily on the basis of objective exams given in class. A major goal of the course is to show how questions within these areas are addressed through empirical research. The course introduces students to theories, research, and procedures used in psychological research and practice. It also promotes thinking about how students can apply this knowledge to enhance their lives. After taking this course students should be able to make more informed decisions about participating in future psychology courses and have a better understanding of psychology as a science and of human behavior. This course serves as a prerequisite for most upper-level psychology courses. It introduces basic concepts covered in more depth in those courses.

THEA 102 (GA) - Fundamentals of Acting

Information for the THEA 102 course.
Section Seats Day/Time Classroom Credits
001-LEC 20 T,R 9:05 - 10:20 a.m. 127 Moore Bldg 3

Introduction to the art and craft of acting for non-theatre majors.

THEA 102 is not an acting course designed to develop fine actors; it is a course about acting. It aims to introduce the student to basic principles of the art and craft of acting, focusing on how and why actors do what they do to prepare for a performance less than on the attainment of performance skills themselves. Students in this course will tap their own powers of concentration, observation, creativity, and imagination. A major focus in the course is the development of the ability to analyze one's own work and the work of peers in the class. Problem-solving in solo, paired, and/or large group contexts is a daily requirement in class. This course is excellent for those interested in developing stronger communication/presentational skills and becoming aware of the potential of their verbal and nonverbal communication. These skills are important for everyone and may be especially helpful for students with an interest in education, advertising/public relations, marketing, law, language studies (e.g., English, communication arts and sciences, communication sciences and disorders, foreign languages) or politics, to name a few.