Lewiston-Auburn College

Course Descriptions

Lewiston-Auburn College: Learning Assistance and Tutoring

The University's learning assistance program includes developmental coursework in mathematics, learning strategy courses, and the Learning (tutoring) Centers. The developmental course (MAT 9) provides students with instruction to help them achieve college level readiness in mathematics. The Learning Center offers tutoring in writing, and mathematics. Programs for English for Speakers of Other Languages are offered on USM's Portland campus. The Academic Self-Management course (LAC 180) offers learning strategies to assist students with study skills and the transition into higher education and the information course (LAC 197) offers students the opportunity to go beyond Google.

LAC 180 Academic Self Management
This learning strategy course explores the six major control components that usually contribute to high academic achievement: motivation, methods of learning, use of time, monitoring of performance factors, and relationships to both physical and social environment. Presentations and readings involving learning research and theory are interconnected to student participation, assessment, and self-monitoring activities. Students will engage in the self-management and self-prescriptive process to determine what specific academic behaviors will best assist individual academic performance. Students must be registered in at least one other college course in order to provide an application-practice field. Cr 3.

LAC 197 Information Power Unleashed
This course unleashes the power of information, channeling students into a veiled world in which they will explore how to recognize when information is needed and how to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. Topics will include basic computing skills, Web evaluation, locating and using books, articles and other media, critical thinking, plagiarism, citation style, primary and secondary sources, Boolean searching, and basic considerations in the writing process. Students will use USM library resources and those of other U.S. libraries and will be given a glimpse into the shadowy world of librarianship. Cr 1.

LAC 200 Community Learning Groups: Planning for Academic Success
This specially designed course for TRiO Student Support Services participants serves as the first module in a series which will enhance the learning experience at USM and prepare the student to focus on personal and academic goals. Topics will vary, but will include self-assessments for career and learning, study strategies, making the most of academic advising, taking full advantage of university offerings, financial literacy, leadership and diversity development, and planning for careers or graduate school. The instructor’s role will be to serve as advisor and guide, and in addition, there will be guest speaker experts in some classes. Students will normally take this course in their first semester of SSS participation as it is an important anchor to the program. Cr. 1.

MAT 9 Developmental Mathematics
A review of fundamental topics of arithmetic needed for a study of algebra. This course will cover the following topics: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions; use of decimals and percent; estimation; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of real numbers; exponents; order of arithmetic operations; distributive property; combining like terms; substitution to evaluate expressions and formulas; grouping symbols; addition and multiplication principle; formulas; sets; solving equations with fractions; translating English phrases into algebraic expressions; and solving word problems using geometric formulas. Successful completion of the course and the course exit exam at a C level (75%) or higher is required. Credit earned in MAT 009 does not apply or accumulate toward any degree program nor contribute to the GPA at the University of Southern Maine. After successful completion of MAT 9, students must then complete MAT 101B (College Readiness Mathematics) to fully meet college readiness in mathematics or place out of the math college readiness courses via a retake of the math placement exam. Cr 3.

Lewiston Auburn College: Career Development Courses

HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369 Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles
In this mid-level course in the career development series, students relate self-knowledge to career and life roles, with an emphasis on gaining and managing career information; learning various career and life decision-making strategies; and communicating formative academic, co-curricular, and professional experiences in such formats as accomplishment statements and informal interviews. Prerequisite: LCC 123 or LCC 345. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5.

HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413 Job Search Skills for the 21st Century
In this final course in the career development series, students assume active agency in career planning through learning how to market themselves to prospective employers. They learn to create and use the tools needed for career placement, such as cover letters, resumes, and interviews. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 369. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5.

HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 447 Internship
This online course provides students the opportunity to work in their chosen field to evaluate their interest and acquire basic skills needed to market themselves effectively. Students participate in an online seminar in which they learn about and reflect on workplace issues. Students wishing to take more than 3 credit hours must have permission from their faculty advisors. Prerequisite: HUM/LOS/SBS/SCI 413. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3-6.

Lewiston-Auburn College: General Courses

LAC 112 Microsoft Excel
This course uses a problem-solving approach to electronic spreadsheets. It satisfies the LOS major's requirement and should follow the LAC 150 introductory course. Students will learn advanced data analysis, formulas, and create graphs to interpret the data. This course should be completed prior to taking a financial management, economics, or budgeting course. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent. Cr 1.

LAC 114 PowerPoint
This computer program allows users an electronic means of giving presentations to groups of people. Students will learn how to create electronic slides using written, graphic, and sound materials. The slides can then be formatted in several different ways: 35 mm slides, overhead transparencies, and handouts. Students who have to give presentations to classes or who are considering careers in teaching, marketing, or public relations fields should consider this course. Cr 1.

LAC 150 Microcomputers and Applications
An introductory lecture and laboratory course designed to introduce students to basic microcomputer concepts and their application to education, business, and home management. This course will cover: Windows, e-mail, Internet, and Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 305 Programming with Visual Basics
This course is an introduction to modern structured programming on a microcomputer using a state-of-the-art object-oriented programming language. It covers all standard control and logic structures, arrays, functions, sub-routines, and data files. Major emphasis is given to an ongoing consideration of problem-solving techniques as they apply to simple and complex programming situations. Programming objects are studied extensively, along with events, properties, and methods. Prerequisite: ABU 190, or permission of instructor. Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 307 Web Design
This course will present in-depth Web page design for non-programmers. This will be accomplished primarily through learning a full-featured Web design application. The course also includes an exploration of HTML, DHTML, and some experience with Web scripting languages. Finally, server-side Web strategies will be studied. Students will be expected to design and implement Web pages containing many of the features learned in class. Prerequisites: ABU 180/181 and/or ABU 190, LAC 150, or significant Windows and Windows application experience, along with experience on the Internet using a Web browser. Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 318 Database Management
This course introduces skills and builds proficiency in database management. It is taught on PC computers using the latest version of Microsoft Access and is designed to help students develop competencies in a variety of database processing functions. Students become proficient in setting up databases, managing data, creating reports, using report enhancements, and manipulating data. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent. Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 319 Networks I
This course is an introduction to the installation, maintenance, and repair of personal computer networks. It provides students with an elementary understanding of network systems including communication components, LAN protocols, standards (de facto/de juri), system architecture, network software, and the fundamentals of network installation and repair. Offered at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 320 Networks II
This advanced course addresses the installation, maintenance, and repair of personal computer networks. It provides students with an advanced understanding of network systems including software configuration, troubleshooting, security, tools, design strategies, and employee training. Offered at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 321 Introduction to Personal Computer Repair/Operating Systems
This course is an introduction to the installation, maintenance, and repair of personal computers and related equipment. It provides students with an elementary understanding of PC environments including system components, peripherals, operating systems, component/card interface, and the fundamentals of repair. Offered at Central Maine Community College (CMCC). Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 331 Advanced Personal Computer Repair
This is an advanced course in personal computer installation, maintenance, and repair. It provides students with an in-depth study of PC system components, peripherals, and hardware interfaces and will emphasize problem solving, analysis, connectivity, and cabling difficulties. Cr 3.

LAC/LOS 334 Integrated Software Packages
This is a course in the use of integrated software packages for report, document, presentation, and information development activities. A variety of instructional activities stress file and data integration and explore intra- and inter-package communications. Integration of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics software is featured using linking and other tools. Students are expected to produce documents, spreadsheets, database reports, and presentations which take full advantage of inter-operability, communication, translating, linking, and sharing functions. Prerequisite: LAC 150 or equivalent. Cr 3.

LAC/SBS 340 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
This course provides students with opportunities to apply knowledge of fundamental principles and means of investigation used in the study and explanation of language acquisition and literacy development. It plays a foundational role in fostering students' understanding of literacy, which is key to their development as professionals charged with fostering children's literacy development. Cr 3.

Lewiston Auburn College: Professional Education Courses

LAE 200 Education in the U.S. with Field Experience
This introductory course combines the study of education in the United States with an examination of its historical perspectives. The course introduces the student to the relationship between schools and society while developing the student’s personal philosophy of education. A two-and-a-half hour per week field experience component allows the student to acquire a better understanding of the teaching profession in a school setting. This is an excellent course for those who wish to explore an interest in teaching. Cr. 4.

LAE 320 Applied Skills of Teaching & Learning
This course introduces students to current research in the field of learning theory and practice and presents various ways of knowing and teaching including neurological brain based learning theories, multiple intelligence theory, perceptual perspectives, emotional and social intelligence theories, and differentiated instruction.  Students will learn how to motivate students and structure learning experiences with best practices.  A major focus is how students develop concepts and build knowledge through exemplary lesson and unit planning and delivery, including the curricular, instructional, and assessment choices educators make.  Other foci will include classroom management and teacher-student interactions. The overall goal of the course is to help create educational leaders with a basic knowledge of educational theory and related best practices, who have the potential to transform educational practice in the field of learning and teaching. Cr. 4.

LAE 401 Teaching Science in Grades 7-12
This course has an interactive laboratory and field-based approach that models the depth, breadth, and sophistication in the teaching and learning of science at the secondary level. The emphasis is on content, process, and methodology needed to become a 7-12 science teacher. The course framework is built on the CCSSO’s Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T), and the next Generation Science Standards with specific attention to the 7-12 grade level strands. Students will know how to promote diverse learners’ proficiency in state and national standards by implementing multiple strategies to support scientific understanding of patterns, systems and cause and effect events in the natural and designed world.  Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 402 Teaching English in Grades 7-12
This course focuses on ways to organize and teach English classes at the middle school and high school levels based upon current research in literacy and national and state standards in English Language Arts. Various strategies involved in designing and managing a student centered literacy program will be presented. Different theories for teaching English will serve as a backdrop for creating classroom activities that connect the literature to the students' lives. The writing process and the reading-writing connection will be emphasized to assess and enhance both literacy and learning. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 404 Teaching Social Studies in Grades 7-12
This course is designed to prepare students for best practices in 7-12 social studies instruction. Students will understand the goals of secondary social studies education, as well as the guiding principles and strands of the discipline. The course framework is built on the CCSSO’s Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards and the 7-12 strands of the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies. Students will learn how to promote diverse children’s proficiency in state standards by implementing multiple strategies. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 405 Teaching Mathematics in Grades K-8
This course, intended for those preparing to be K-8 teachers, provides experiences to develop, critique, and apply knowledge, skills, and research findings in mathematics, pedagogy, and mathematical learning theory in elementary and middle school classrooms. Major areas of focus include learning and assessment of all children, instruction to support all students’ mathematical understanding, reasoning, communication, and collaboration; standards (national, state, and local); content integration; resources; issues; and the discipline’s philosophical framework. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 410 Internship in Science in Grades 7-12
This internship is in conjunction with LAE 401 and allows the student to complete assignments graded in class. These include: videotaped teaching and reflection lessons, professional stance, and final exhibition review: portfolio development.  Cr. 3.

LAE 411 Internship in English in Grades 7-12
This internship is in conjunction with LAE 402 and allows the student to complete assignments graded in class. These include: videotaped teaching and reflection lessons, professional stance, and final exhibition review: portfolio development.  Cr. 3.

LAE 412 Internship in Social Studies in Grades 7-12
This internship is in conjunction with LAE 404 and allows the student to complete assignments graded in class. These include: videotaped teaching and reflection lessons, professional stance, and final exhibition review: portfolio development.  Cr. 3.

LAE 451 Teaching Social Studies in Grades K-8
This course is designed to prepare students for best practices in K-8 social studies instruction. Students will understand the goals of elementary and middle level social studies education, as well as the guiding principles and strands of the discipline. The course framework is built on the CCSSO’s Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards and the K-8 strands of the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies. Students will learn how to promote diverse children’s proficiency in state standards by implementing multiple strategies. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 452 Teaching Science in Grades K-8
This course has an interactive laboratory and field-based approach that models the teaching and learning of science at the elementary and middle school levels. The emphasis is on content, process, and methodology. The course framework is built on the CCSSO’s Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards, the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T), and the Maine State Standards for Science and Technology with specific attention to the K-8 grade level strands. Students will learn how to promote diverse children’s proficiency in state standards by implementing multiple strategies to support scientific understanding of systems in the natural and designed world. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 465 Teaching Reading in Grades K-8
In this course students will learn to use evidence-based instruction to teach reading in grades K-8. Students will examine theories and current research on reading development and process in order to effectively instruct and assess all readers, including students with special needs and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students will learn how to implement multiple strategies to support reading development and promote children’s proficiency in state standards. Additionally, digital literacies, reading across the curriculum, and ways to engage and motivate readers will be emphasized.  Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 466 Teaching Writing in Grades K-8
In this course students will learn to use evidence-based instruction to teach writing in grades K-8. Students will examine theories and current research on writing development and process in order to effectively instruct and assess all writers, including students with special needs and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students will learn how to implement multiple writing strategies across various genres to support writing development and promote children’s proficiency in state standards. Additionally, students will explore the use of technology and participate in writing sessions to develop as writers and teachers of writing. Cr. 3.

LAE 480 Portfolio Seminar
This course is designed to integrate content area study, educational pedagogy, and school field experiences. This course builds upon the principles of learning to teach all subjects and supports students in reflecting upon the related internship, curriculum design and developing appropriate portfolio exhibits. LAE 480 is an intensive supervised internship experience in applying knowledge and skills to the practice of teaching. This course is taught in conjunction with LAE 490, Student Teaching.  Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr 3.

LAE 490 Student Teaching
This internship experience is supported by a 3-credit co-requirement (LAE 480: Portfolio Seminar) and activities completed in the internship placements allow the student to complete assignments graded in seminar. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Praxis I and II and completion of applicable methods courses with at least a B average. Prerequisites: Open to matriculated students in USM’s teacher education programs. Cr. 3