2018-19 Catalogs

Course Descriptions

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Lewiston-Auburn College Courses (back to top)

The following courses are offered by Lewiston-Auburn College.

LAC 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

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. This course has been approved by the State Department of Education for content area in secondary English. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.  Cr 3

LAC 112 Microsoft Excel

This course uses a problem-solving approach to electronic spreadsheets. It satisfies the LOS major's requirement. 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. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer. 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. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer. Cr 1

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 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. Offered in the Fall. 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 210 Creative Critical Inquiry (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 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. Offered in the Spring. 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. Offered Fall and Spring.  Cr 3

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 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. Offered in the Spring. Cr 3

LAC 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

LAC 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

LAC 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. Offered Fall and Spring.  Cr 1

LAC 336 Intermediate/Advanced Academic Writing for Non-Native English Speakers

This course has been specifically designed for non-native speakers of English who need to produce more natural, sophisticated, and accurate writing for academic purposes. By reviewing approaches to and processes of academic reading and writing, students will hone their abilities to understand and produce writing in a variety of academic forms. This course is a higher level writing course and assumes substantial background in English as a second language. This course may be required as part of an academic plan. This course begins two weeks into the semester and meets for two hours twice a week. Prerequisite: College Writing. Cr 3.

LAC 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.  May be taken three times.  Cr 1

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. Core prerequisites: any three of Creative Expression, Cultural Interpretation, Science Exploration, Socio-Cultural Analysis. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.  Cr 4

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. Prerequisites: LAC 269 and LAC 413. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.  Cr 3-6

LAC 480 Senior Seminar (Capstone)

Seminars are organized around one of four interdisciplinary themes: Justice, Sustainability, Democracy, or Difference. As a capstone experience, this course is intended to give students the opportunity to pursue independent scholarly research on a topic of their choosing within the given theme, and to integrate their learning, interests, and questions from core courses with those in their degree program. Prerequisite: College Writing and LAC 370. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.  Cr 3