Lewiston-Auburn College

Course Descriptions

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Lewiston-Auburn College Courses (back to top)

The following courses are offered by Lewiston-Auburn College in addition to those within specific programs linked above.

Lewiston-Auburn College: Learning Assistance and Career Development Courses (back to top)

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 and the Writing Center at Lewiston Auburn College offers tutoring in writing, science, and mathematics. Programs for English for Speakers of Other Languages are offered on USM's Portland campus. The Academic Self-Management course (LAC 188 - College and Career Success) offers learning strategies to assist students with study skills and the transition into higher education.

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 188 College & Career Success
The focus of the course is on self, learning and career exploration and the critical role of personal decision making in identifying and pursuing strengths, interests, and areas for growth. Students will learn to understand their own decision making process and the factors that influence that process. Course activities will include assessments of self, assessments of interest, and explorations of academic life and career. This course provides students with the opportunity and tools for taking enhanced control of their academic learning process. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to resources and support systems to help maximize the University experience and create an intentional career path. This is a 3-credit course used as elective credit toward graduation. Cr 3.

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.

LAC 269 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: None. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5.

LAC 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: LAC 269. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 1.5.

LAC 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: LAC 413. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3-6.

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 Courses Satisfying USM Core Requirements (back to top)

Students matriculated in a major offered at Lewiston-Auburn College for Fall 2015 and beyond will complete the USM Core curriculum requirements. Please see the Core Curriculum section of the current catalog for these requirements.

EYE 123/SBS 199 Our Brains at Play (EYE)
This course will explore how play and interpersonal experiences forge key connections in the brain. By examining "our brains at play" student devote equal time to the fields of interpersonal neurobiology and play studies. The course will build communicative competence through experiential and cooperative learning, community engagement opportunities, class discussion on topics of ethical and social importance and oral and written assignments. Several times throughout the course, students will utilize a modification of the Lego® Serious Play® method, a kinesthetic and storytelling methodology for understanding how and why the interpersonal neurobiology of play contributes to the well-being of individuals, relationships, and society. Cr 3.

HUM 105 Basic Photography (CE)
This course is an introduction to black and white photography, designed to help students gain understanding through "hands-on" photographic work. Lectures include classroom discussions concerning the history and aesthetics of photography, and techniques include camera and lens functions, exposure methods, basic black and white film processing, printmaking, print finishing, and presentation techniques. Cr. 3

HUM 325 World History and Geography I (SCA)
This is the first in a series of two courses that are designed to help students develop an understanding of and an appreciation for world history and geography. The course's goal is to provide students with a humanistic background from which to better comprehend global complexities. This course will cover the period from prehistory to the age of modern expansion, from about 50,000 to 500 years ago. Prerequisite: Only students with more than 45 credits are permitted to take this course. Cr.3

HUM 326 World History and Geography II (SCA)
This is the second in a series of two courses that are designed to help students become more knowledgeable participants in today's rapidly changing world. Its goal is to make links between global history and modern world situations, as well as find the locations on a map. In other words, it is a primer in "global citizenship." This course covers the period from the Age of Modern Exploration (ca. 1500) to the present. Prerequisite: Only students with more than 45 credits are permitted to take this course. Cr. 3

HUM 385 Global Past, Global Present (CI)
This course is a thematic survey of global history from its origins to the present. Its aim is to provide a wide contextualized understanding of human existence in a new format that is called “Big History,” a concept that integrates knowledge from the natural and social sciences with the humanities. The result is a more realistic understanding of how humans fit into the vast expanse of the universe. As a part of this survey, students will consider some of the challenges of modern globalization, with an important theme being the quest to develop sustainable and ethical lifestyles. The overall focus of this course will be on what such knowledge might mean in everyday life and how we as responsible individuals and a responsible species should conduct ourselves in this world. Cr. 3

LAC 110 College Writing: Language and Literacies (CW)
This first-tier writing instruction course introduces students to one or more themes of the Core curriculum. It emphasizes the connections between reading and writing, and students learn how thinking and the language that conveys it develop and change through the process of drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading. The course introduces students to the conventions of expository academic writing and links to co-curricular activities of the Core. (Note that some students are also required to concurrently take the 1-credit companion course, LAC 111) This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3.

LAC 123 College and Community I (EYE & DIV)
This course is required of all entering students with less than 24 credit hours. The course introduces students to the promise and possibilities of USM LAC's interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, and student-centered culture. Students will consider the relevance the four themes of the Lewiston Common Core (justice, sustainability, democracy and difference) have to their future lives. Students link their own "stories" -- what has brought them to this point in their personal, academic, and professional lives -- with the habits of mind needed for success in college, career, and global citizenship. Cr. 3.

LAC 120 Statistics for Informed Decision Making (QR)
This course introduces and applies quantitative analyses to address real world questions. It applies descriptive statistics, sampling and significance testing, correlation, and regression analysis to issues related to the four themes of the Common Core. The course provides the opportunity to interpret and analyze statistical decision making, and identifies data misconceptions and misuses. Prerequisite: math proficiency. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3.

LAC 210 Creative Critical Inquiry into Modern Life (CI)
This writing instruction course introduces students to criteria for identifying and constructing well-reasoned arguments, fosters the discovery and the use of students’ critical/analytical voice in their writing, and develops skills for incorporating, interpreting and integrating the views of others. It provides the opportunity to refine critical thinking abilities by analyzing everyday life experience, including how culture shapes our sense of reality and ourselves. The course highlights the importance of generating good questions and tolerating ambiguity when seeking to understand complex issues. Prerequisite: College Writing. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 4.

LAC 220 U.S. Democracy: Origins and Development (SCA)
In this course, students consider the convergence of cultures, events, and ideas that led to the founding of the United States as a republic up to 1877. The course explores the basic structure of the U.S. system of government, the primary political philosophies that undergird it, and past efforts made to remedy injustices that ran counter to the ideals of democracy. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary Social Studies. Offered fall. Cr 3.

LAC 250 Thinking about the Arts, Thinking through the Arts (CE)
This course explores the tools and strategies important in the interpretation of literature and the arts and encourages an appreciation of the role of literature and the arts in social, political, and cultural life. It promotes an understanding of and an appreciation for the creative expression of shared cultural beliefs in various historical periods of cultures around the world and examines literature and the arts as potential critiques of culture. Co-curricular opportunities are included, especially in connection with the Atrium Gallery. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 3.

LAC/SBS 340 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development (SCA)
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.

LAC 370 Toward a Global Ethics (EISRC)
This writing instruction course assists students in articulating and assessing their own values. It examines the range of ethical theories and positions and explores the influence of particular cultural ideologies on ethical beliefs. The course considers the ethical principles implied by democracy, sustainability, justice, and difference. It examines ethical issues and dilemmas faced by individuals, organizations, and nations while exploring personal and collective decision-making processes in a global context. Prerequisite: College Writing. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 4.

LAC 480 Senior Seminar (Capstone)
This course provides writing instruction experience for students from LAC's three degree programs. Students complete a major research and writing project addressing one of the four themes of the Common Core from an interdisciplinary approach. Prerequisite: CW; CI or EISRC; LOS 300, or SBS 300, or SCI 315. Offered every semester. Cr 3.

LOS 310 Science, Technology, and Society (SCA)
This course examines the history of science and technology, and the social changes related to them. It examines the impact of science and technology on ethical and religious beliefs, social institutions such as education, family, and work, and on larger sociopolitical entities and relations. The course also explores the effects of science and technology on natural and human-made environments. Cr 3.

SBS/HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development (SCA)
This course introduces developmental theory and research that encompasses the entire lifespan. Emphasis will be on prenatal development through adolescence, with an overview of adult development. A multi-disciplinary and multicultural view of human development will be taken by examining theories from a socio-cultural context and in consideration of change as well as stability throughout the life cycle. The interaction of hereditary, environmental, and socio-cultural factors will be considered in studying physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development. Prerequisites: Second semester freshmen or above; must have completed College Writing and an EYE course. This course is cross-listed with HRD 200 . Cr 3.

SBS 300 Deviance and Social Control (DIV)
This course provides a forum to examine deviance and social control from sociological, psychological, ecological, environmental and cross-cultural perspectives, examining contested definitions of deviance, and different theories about deviance and social control. The course investigates the interrelationships of culture, power, identity formation and social change. Portrayals of deviance and social control in literature, film and popular culture will also be explored. Students challenge their critical thinking skills and will achieve a higher level of understanding about the relative notion of deviance, including how it relates to population size, and the nature(s) and type(s) of social control. Cr 3.

SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices (DIV)
This course examines the impact of various markers of diversity including race, class, and gender on individual and social experiences in the United States. Students will analyze issues of diversity concerning inequality, power, privilege, and social justice. Students will explore their own place in a diverse society and develop opportunities for building strength through diversity in organizations and communities. Cr 3. *This course takes the place of the former SBS 345 Race, Class and Gender and also meets the USM Core Diversity Requirement.

SCI 130 The Biology of Human Health with Lab (SE)
This course introduces basic concepts of biology and explores how these concepts relate to human health. It also explores natural scientific methods of inquiry and applies these methods to complex issues involving the creation and maintenance of human health. Further, the course explores the importance of societal factors in health maintenance. Prerequisite: QR. Offered fall, spring, summer. Cr 4.

SCI 170 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (SE)
This is the first course in a two-semester sequence in human anatomy and physiology. It introduces basic principles of physiology and anatomy through chemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics, and embryology. This course discusses several physiologic systems including the muscular, skeletal, nervous and integumentary systems. Prerequisites: students should have an understanding of basic biology and chemistry from high school courses or GED. SCI 170 must be taken concurrently with SCI 171. Cr 3.

SCI 171 Practical Human Anatomy and Physiology I (SE)
Laboratory experiences illustrating topics introduced in SCI 170. Must be taken concurrently with SCI 170. Cr 1.5

SCI 230 Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability with Lab (SE)
This course presents a multidisciplinary survey of the scientific principles underlying energy utilization, nutrient cycles, global warming, population, and natural resource policy and management. The lectures will be comprised of Socratic interactions and group discussions relating regional, national, and global components that encompass ecology, economics, politics, and social endeavors. This course includes a laboratory involving field and lab work and service learning efforts. Prerequisite: QR. Offered spring. Cr 4.


 Other Lewiston-Auburn College General Courses (back to top)

HUM 201 Creative Writing: Cultivating Your Inner Muse
This course is designed to help students hone their creative strategies and inspire them to commit to the practice of writing. We will explore the practical implications of creative expression. In addition to investigating the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, students will identify and devise an approach to writing that works for them. This course is appropriate for novices and experienced writers alike and will include discussions of readings and traditional workshop response to students' writing. Cr. 3

HUM 230 Digital Photography
Working with digital cameras, students will learn to see photographically in color. They will gain a better understanding of color relationships using color as design elements and the overall artistic and aesthetic uses of color photography. Students will learn controls of their camera's software. Adobe Photoshop software will be the primary tool used for image control and manipulation. Cr. 3

HUM 275 Discovering the Past: History Close to Home

Students will delve into the study of the past through a variety of historiographical techniques, within the context of the history of Lewiston. Students will develop a variety of research skills, including discovering and interpreting public and genealogical records, archaeological field reports, physical artifacts and architecture, as well as primary and secondary texts. Students will also encounter a variety of hands-on techniques, including fieldwalking and conducting oral-history interviews. The course offers an entry-point into the study of history while giving students valuable research and analytical skills that are readily transferable to other academic disciplines or professional life. Cr. 3

HUM 295 Creative Expression in Drawing
In this course, students will study drawing as a means to enhance powers of observation, imagination and expression. The elements of line, shape, composition, value and texture will be explored in classroom drawing exercises and assignments and out of class drawing experiences.  Basic drawing techniques will be introduced in a variety of media.  Assignments will be geared to develop each individual's ability to make drawings of objects from the natural world and drawings based on the expression of ideas. Cr. 3

HUM 298 Applied Arts & Humanities: Focus on Lewiston-Auburn and the Androscoggin River Valley Communities Intersecting art, literature, history, and philosophy and using a project-based, community-centered approach, this foundational course in the major addresses the field itself. Emphasis is placed on the significant contribution of Arts & Humanities study to life-long learning as well as to expanded, digitally informed, mastery of reading and writing, critical thinking and analysis, and the principles of design—all desired by a broad range of employers. Cr. 3

HUM 300 Literary and Cultural Theory and Practice

This course explores the relationships among writers, texts, and readers, each shaping and shaped by the others. The aim of this course is to introduce key concepts and critical terms of contemporary literary and cultural theory. Students learn to put these theories into practice. Cr. 3

HUM 304 Writing Children's Literature: How to Craft Compelling Stories
An exploration of how real life stories, details, characters, and voices combine with images to create compelling children's stories. This course includes lecture, class discussion and writing workshops. Cr 3

HUM 330 International Labor, Literature, and the Arts

This course is designed to develop an appreciation for the diverse forms of work and labor-organizing around the world and their expression through literature and the arts. We will look at songs, films, murals, magazines, poetry, cartoons, novels, short stories, biographies, and more. Although we will consider work historically, our primary goal is to develop an international view of labor in the modern world. Prerequisites: Any Entry Year Experience course (or concurrent). Cr. 3

HUM 335 Working with Writers
This one-credit course provides training for Writing Assistants who work at the LAC Writing Center. Topics covered include basic composition theory, the Writing Center as a workplace, tutoring in digital formats, helping writers across the curriculum, and communication skills. The course prepares Writing Assistants for CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association) certification. The course may be taken three times (to align with the three levels of CRLA certification). Permission of instructor required. Cr. 1. HUM 335 to be offered as a seminar every Fall and Spring semester.

HUM 338 Intermediate Writing Theory and Practice

This one-credit practicum provides an intermediate level examination of writing center theory and practice. It is designed to provide content and technical training for experienced Writing Center tutors. Class meetings also provide a venue for group discussion of tutoring experiences. Upon completion of the course, students are eligible for Level 3 College Reading and Language Association (CRLA) certification. Permission of instructor required. Meets 1 hour a week. Cr. 1. May be taken three times.

HUM 498 Independent Study
Cr 1-6.

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 345 College and Community II

This middle phase course serves as the point of entry for students transferring into USM LAC with greater than 24 credit hours and is not required of students who have taken LCC 123. This course introduces students to the promise and possibilities of USM LAC's interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, and student-centered culture. The course orients students to the four themes of the Lewiston Common Core (justice, sustainability, democracy and difference). In addition, the course captures LAC's commitment to the study and enhancement of the Lewiston-Auburn community. Cr 3.