Fall term 2011

OSU Enews

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Published by: OSU Extended Campus
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.; Vol. 14, No. 1

Fall edition — Aug. 24, 2011

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Important dates and announcements

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The countdown to the 2011-12 school year is under way with a mere 33 days between now and the start of the fall term at OSU Ecampus. Here's a quick glance at a few dates to remember for the upcoming quarter as well as the winter term.

Fall 2011
Registration is ongoing Registration fall 2011
Term begins Sept. 26
View the fall term schedule of classes.

Winter 2012
Registration begins Nov. 13
Term begins Jan. 9
View the winter term schedule of classes.

For both terms, be sure to take advantage of the step-by-step guide for online registration for a seamless process. And the Ecampus getting-started checklist is another valuable tool you can use to ensure you are enrolled and ready to begin classes.

Order your textbooks early from the OSU Bookstore to receive them before the term starts. Go online for more registration information.

New tuition rates

OSU Ecampus slightly amended its tuition prices for the 2011-12 school year, and — as always — Ecampus courses are the same price for Oregon residents, out-of-state residents and international students. 

PAC 130A fitness regimen that fits into your life

PAC 130 – Conditioning

All the excuses we make to put off going to the gym are in serious jeopardy now that OSU is offering its first online Physical Activity Course this fall. Not only does PAC 130 provide a total-body approach to fitness on your terms, but you’ll adopt a healthier lifestyle and receive OSU credit in one fell swoop.

This course will help you understand the relationship of fitness and physical activity to overall health throughout a lifetime, and it emphasizes personal responsibility. You’ll take part in exercises related to cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength and endurance, body composition and flexibility through yoga or Pilates. Students will be asked to submit regular activity logs to measure their progress and health.

View the PAC 130 course description.

Dissecting Disney one mermaid at a time 

WS 325

WS 325 – Disney: Gender, Race, and Empire

There’s more to Disney’s animated films than just glitz, glamour and “happily ever after,” and that’s precisely what this Women’s Studies course aims to reveal. It’s a discussion-oriented class that examines the constructions of gender, class, sexuality and more in recent Disney films.

The syllabus calls for students to write weekly critical response essays after viewing films such as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Lion King,” and students also will be introduced to concepts in feminist film theory and criticism. WS 325 is one of OSU’s Difference, Power, and Discrimination courses in the baccalaureate core, focusing on unequal distribution social, economic and political power in the United States.

View the WS 325 course description.

The pros and cons of modern agricultural practicesMCB 435/535

MCB 435/535* – Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (* cross-listed as BI 435/535, FS 435/535 and TOX 435/535)

The products we consume everyday have never been under more scrutiny, and here’s a course that seeks answers to two crucial questions: Are the genes and chemicals used in food and the environment hurting or helping us, and are they safe for people, animals and the environment? A number of experts in fields such as organic agriculture and animal cloning will be brought in for this course to address the biological and social consequences of these issues.

The key goal of this class is to increase the science and social literacy of students with respect to “high technology” production methods in agriculture, particularly the use of modern genetics and chemistry. The class is an effective way to look at the bigger issue of how we can use technology to conserve and sustainably utilize the natural resources on which societies depend.

This molecular and cellular biology course is cross-listed in biology, forest sciences and toxicology.

View the course description.

Discover the reasoning behind algebraMTH 103

MTH 103 – Algebraic Reasoning

If you’re not quite ready to tackle the beast that is College Algebra, then taking MTH 103 is the perfect way to hone your mathematic skills. This four-credit course combines cooperative learning and individual instruction, focusing on the concepts of functions and rates of change as well as on the algebraic skills that relate to those concepts.

Ultimately, the goal of the course is to help you prepare to succeed in College Algebra (MTH 111) by giving you the tools to read and interpret various representations of mathematical ideas and justify your thinking, reasoning and answers.

View the MTH 103 course description.

The Deutschland lifestyle and its significant impactGER 331

GER 331 – German Culture

Introduce yourself to the concepts of German culture through this baccalaureate core course that presents and explains key dates, events, people and places in German history and culture within European and global contexts. You’ll be able to apply this knowledge to explain how it influenced German film, literature, art and music, as well as examine how these cultural events affect contemporary Germany.

In addition, this course will bolster your proficiency in reading, listening to, writing and speaking German. Students need to have achieved at least intermediate skills in German (generally the completion of GER 213 with at least a grade of B) as all readings and discussions will take place in German.

View the GER 331 course description.

Learning to appreciate poetry as literary artENG 106

ENG 106 – Introduction to Literature: Poetry

Poetry is often written in plain English, but it can nonetheless be a difficult writing form for many to comprehend. That’s why poetry’s many intricate elements will be analyzed in this literary appreciation course. The focus will be on studying and learning to appreciate poems already in existence rather than having students create new ones.

Discussions will delve into a variety of areas, including imagery, rhythm, closed and open form, symbolism and myth. Students also will be exposed to major traditions and influential kinds of lyric poetry.

View the ENG 106 course description.

Course puts ethnic theories under the lensES 451/551

ES 451/551 – Theories of Race and Ethnicity

This upper-division/graduate-level ethnic studies course examines some of the ways in which race and ethnicity are conceptualized and critically engaged by scholars over the years. Students will consider how these theoretical issues are applied to various practices in areas such as history, law, science, public policy and empirical studies in the field of race and ethnic relations.

A simultaneous goal of this course is to prompt students to think about and develop their own framework for analyzing and critically engaging race and ethnicity in their various manifestations.

View the ES 451/551 course description.

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Looking for more new Ecampus courses?

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Contact our Student Services Center at ecampus@oregonstate.edu or 800-667-1465 for assistance or more information.

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