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  1. 1. Central Michigan University College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral SciencesCollege of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences College Curriculum CommitteeCollege Curriculum Committee Date: February 18, 2008 MINUTES REVISED 3-10-08 Corrections Made: Removed Keith Palka listed as Acting Curriculum Chair and added Roger Hatch as Acting Curriculum Chair and added Gary Dunbar to the Guests list. Location: Anspach 113 Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Acting Curriculum Chair: Roger Hatch Curriculum Secretary: Suzanne Sova website: www.chsbs.cmich.edu E-Mail: chsbscur@cmich.edu Phone: 989-774-3342 Committee Representatives Present: Jeffrey Weinstock (ENG), Keith Palka (FLLC), Mick Kolinski (MSC), Neil Christiansen (PSY), Roger Hatch (PHL & REL) (Acting Chair), Mary Senter (SASW), Cherie Strachan (PSC). Absent: Pamela Gates (Chair), Doina Harsanyi (HST) Guests: Marcia Mackey, Tera Albrecht, Gary Dunbar I. ITEMS TO THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE - None II. ITEMS TO THE GRADUATE COUNCIL A. Course Requests 1. Items for Publication a. New Courses (1) NSC 601 Title: Principles of Neuroscience I 4 (4-0) Bulletin Description: First of two core neuroscience graduate courses providing comprehensive coverage of neuroscience fundamentals. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: None CCC Approved New Course 02/18/08 (2) NSC 602 Title: Principles of Neuroscience II 4 (4-0) Bulletin Description: Second of two core neuroscience graduate courses providing comprehensive coverage of neuroscience fundamentals. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Prerequisites: NSC 601 CCC Approved New Course 02/18/08 (3) PSY 509 Title: Behavioral Pharmacology 3 (3-0) Bulletin Description: This course covers basic principles of pharmacology, receptor theory, drug classes, methods in basic pharmacology and behavioral pharmacology, and research and theory in behavioral pharmacology. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Prerequisites: For undergraduate only: PSY 100; PSY 383 or PSY 384 or PSY 387 or permission of instructor.
  2. 2. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued CCC Approved New Course 02/18/08 (4) PSY 538 Title: Occupational Health Psychology 3 (3-0) Bulletin Description: The study of health and stress in organizations as a complex process, with analyses of resources, stressors, coping, stress-responses and consequences. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Prerequisites: PSY 336 and PSY 379, or graduate standing or permission of instructor. CCC Approved New Course 02/18/08 b. Course Deletions – None c. Course Changes (1) PSY 818 Change Prerequisites/Co-requisites/Recommended MCS Review From: Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Prerequisites: Matriculation in professional psychology doctoral program, PSY 612, or permission of instructor. To: Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Prerequisites: Matriculation in a graduate program, PSY 612; or permission of instructor. CCC Approved Course Change 02/18/08 (2) PSC 585 Change Title, Change Bulletin Description, Change Prerequisites/Co-requisites/Recommended From: Title: Computer Applications for Public Administrators Bulletin Description: To teach public administrators applied public sector information systems, and the role that computers play in the management of information in a democracy. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Undergraduate computer skills, such as CPS/BIS 106 and CPS/BIS 107; PSC 210; or permission of instructor To: Title: Public Sector Information Technology Management Bulletin Description: To teach public administrators applied management techniques for public sector information systems, and the computers’ role in the management of the information in a democracy. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites/Recommended: Prerequisites: PSC 210; 56 semester hours completed or graduate status. Co-Requisites: None Recommended: None CCC Approved Course Change 02/18/08 2
  3. 3. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued B. Curricular Requests 1. Items for Action a. Curricular Requests (1) NS PhD Program NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAM REQUEST DATE 11-16-07 Department or Unit: College: Neuroscience Council HSBS Potentially affected departments: PSY, BIO, CHM, CDO, HSC, Notified? Yes New Program*: (check all that apply) Title: Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience Degree**Ph.D. Major (Indicate concentration, if any)**       Minor**      Interdisciplinary *** Home Unit for program (College, Dept, etc)_Neuroscience, CHSBS___ Graduate Program       Option:       Concentration      Certificate      Proposed Semester for Implementation: Fall, 2008   Spring, 20   Other_____, 20   I. General description of proposed program, including its objectives and activities. (Include objectives stated in terms of student learning.) The proposed Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience at Central Michigan University represents an interdisciplinary program, integrating courses, research, and clinical opportunities from three Colleges and several departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Communication Disorders, and Psychology. The core curriculum of the proposed program will be a combination of foundation courses, including a two-semester core course in the principles of neuroscience, a seminar course in neuroscience during each of the first four semesters, an advanced seminar course to be taken in the last two years of the program, a two semester-long statistics/research design courses, specialized electives (which are to be chosen in close consultation with the student’s advisor), a Master’s thesis (with oral defense), a major paper and qualifying exam, and a dissertation (with oral defense). The Program is a spin- off program of the existing Ph.D. Program in Applied Experimental Psychology, and uses their successful mentorship model. The advantage of the new proposed Program is that it will allow a greater focus on neuroscience-related 3
  4. 4. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued courses and give neuroscience students more flexibility in choosing electives (see Appendix A for a list of potential electives) from various departments, thereby enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of the Program’s curricula. The Program is designed to meet these objectives by providing all students with a solid core curriculum, along with sufficient flexibility to allow each student to tailor his or her coursework to meet his or her individual objectives. Most of the course work in the proposed Program will be done during the first two years, which will comprise all of the required coursework for the M.S. in Neuroscience. Students who have obtained their M.S. degree will become candidates for the Ph.D. in Neuroscience after they have completed 30 credits beyond the M.S. degree and have successfully passed an oral defense of a major paper (a publication-quality research project). All Ph.D. candidates are required to complete an empirical dissertation project and pass an oral defense of the dissertation) in order to obtain the Ph.D. In terms of learning outcomes, students earning this degree will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a comprehension of neuroscience principles at a graduate-school level; 2. Utilize advanced statistical techniques to analyze research data; 3. Produce written and oral critiques which analyze, synthesize, and integrate information from various perspectives in the neuroscience literature; 4. Formulate hypotheses and craft a research proposal that addresses an important question in neuroscience in a manner consistent with current ethical guidelines; 5. Produce a high-quality thesis and provide an oral defense of it; 6. Write a publishable-quality major paper and provide an oral defense of it; 7. Present his or her research at a national or international meeting; 8. Craft a publishable-quality dissertation and provide an oral defense of it. In summary, the major objective of the proposed Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience is to provide students with the requisite academic background, technical skills, and hands-on research experience that will allow them to successfully compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors. Students in the proposed program will receive a solid theoretical foundation, as well as attaining high-level technical skills and extensive research experience. Students who complete this program will receive excellent training for technical and/or research positions in either the private or public sectors, including jobs in academia, or as researchers in pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and biotechnology firms, including the newly emerging ‘neurotechnology’ industry. 4
  5. 5. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued ACADEMIC PLANNING COUNCIL APPROVAL DATE: 12-20-06 *University Planning approval required for new programs (except graduate options). **Appropriate State Agency approval needed for new degrees, majors and teaching majors and minors. *** See Curricular Authority Document, Appendix E, Interdisciplinary Guidelines DATES OF ACTION DEPT./INTER- DISCIPLINARY COUNCIL COLLEGE UCC GC PECC SENATE BOARD OTHER Approved: 11-30-07 02/18/08                                     Denied:                                                 Referred:                                                 II. New courses to be incorporated in the proposed new program (if any) NSC 601 (Principles of Neuroscience I) NSC 602 (Principles of Neuroscience II) NSC 600 (Special Issues) NSC 690 (Research Seminar in Neuroscience) NSC 696 (Directed Research) NSC 697 (Independent Study) NSC 789 (Advanced Seminar in Neuroscience) NSC 798 (Thesis: Design) NSC 799 (Thesis: Implementation) NSC 800 (Research in Neuroscience) NSC 898 (Dissertation: Proposal) NSC 899 (Dissertation: Implementation, with oral defense) III. Requested Bulletin copy (Show as requested to appear in the Bulletin.) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience: 90 hours Minimum Totals for Graduation: The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University is designed to give each student a comprehensive understanding of the core principles in neuroscience and the requisite training that will prepare students for positions in academics, industry, or government that utilize highly trained 5
  6. 6. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued research skills in specific areas of neuroscience. The foundation of the Program is provided during the first two years, which encompasses all the requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Neuroscience. Throughout the program, all students are expected to be actively involved in research with a Program faculty member, who serves as a mentor. Upon receiving the M.S. degree in Neuroscience (or its equivalent, for students who enter the Ph.D. Program after their second year), students will work closely with their mentor to establish a line of research that will lead to a publishable-quality major paper and dissertation. As such, the focus of the Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience is to build upon the student’s broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of neuroscience and develop a strong background for applied research in some specific area of neuroscience. Current areas of specific research training include studying the causes and potential treatments for respiratory disorders and for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases. Admission, Retention, and Termination Standards Application Deadline for all Materials: March 1 The application deadline for receipt of all materials will be March 1. When applying for the Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience, applicants must send three letters of reference, official transcripts, and official GRE scores directly to the Program Director. Applicants are expected to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, have at least 15 hours of courses in neuroscience, chemistry, and/or biology (including biologically-based psychology courses), have at least 3 hours of statistics, and have a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to gain admittance to the program. Preference will be given to students with prior research experience, especially in the area of neuroscience. Students who are deficient in certain subject areas, such as statistics or chemistry, will be expected to make up these deficiencies in addition to the normally prescribed graduate coursework for the degree. A maximum of 9 credit hours earned during non-degree status may be applied toward the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Neuroscience is based upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate work, including the successful completion of the Principles of Neuroscience courses and successful completion of a thesis (with oral defense). Students who are unable to pass the comprehensive examination for the Principles of Neuroscience courses after three attempts will be dismissed from the program. Students who complete the required coursework for the first two years and successfully defend their thesis will attain the Master of Science in Neuroscience degree. Thus, each Ph.D. student must complete the equivalent of all the requirements for the M.S. degree in Neuroscience. Upon completion of the requirements for the M.S. degree in Neuroscience, students will be required to complete NSC 800 (a major paper with oral defense) for their qualifying exam. Upon satisfactory completion of their qualifying exam, the student is an official Ph.D. candidate in the Program. 6
  7. 7. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued Students who do not successfully defend their major paper by the third attempt will be dismissed from the Program. Upon completion of the remaining course requirements and following the successful oral defense of the dissertation, the student will receive the Ph.D. in Neuroscience degree. All other retention and termination standards for the program follow University policy as specified in the Graduate Bulletin. Program Requirements Admission to doctoral candidacy is based upon satisfactory grades (i.e., maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average), completion of thesis requirements, and completion of both semesters of the Principles of Neuroscience (NSC 601 and NSC 602) or passing the comprehensive examination for these courses, and successfully completing NSC 800. The doctoral degree is awarded upon the successful defense of the doctoral dissertation. _________________________________________________________________ _ Degree Requirements Required Courses (54-72 hours) NSC 601 - Principles of Neuroscience I 4(4-0) NSC 602 - Principles of Neuroscience II 4(4-0) PSY 511 – Statistics in Psychology 3(3-1) –OR- BIO 500 –Biological Statistics 3(2-2) PSY 611 – Research Design 3(3-0) –OR- BIO 600 -Biological Research Design and Analysis 3(3-0) NSC 690 – Research Seminar in Neuroscience 1-4(Spec) NSC 789 – Graduate Seminar in Neuroscience 1-12(Spec) NSC 798 – Thesis: Design 1-3(Spec) NSC 799 – Thesis: Implementation 1-3(Spec) NSC 800 – Research in Neuroscience 1-12(Spec) NSC 898 – Doctoral Dissertation: Design 1-12(Spec) NSC 899 – Doctoral Dissertation: Implementation 1-12(Spec) Note: A minimum of 4 hours of NSC 690, 6 hours of NSC 789, 6 hours from a combination of NSC 798 and NSC 799, 6 hours of NSC 800, and 18 credit hours from the combination of PSY 898 and PSY 899 is required. In addition to course work, a student must complete an oral examination over the thesis, major paper (NSC 800), and the dissertation. Electives (18-36 hours) To be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Total: 90 semester hours 7
  8. 8. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued (2) NS MS Program NEW ACADEMIC PROGRAM REQUEST DATE 11-16-07 Department or Unit: College: Neuroscience Council HSBS Potentially affected departments: PSY, BIO, CHM, CDO, HSC, Notified? Yes New Program*: (check all that apply) Title: Master of Science in Neuroscience Degree**M.S. Major (Indicate concentration, if any)**       Minor**      Interdisciplinary *** Home Unit for program (College, Dept, etc)_Neuroscience, CHSBS___ Graduate Program       Option:       Concentration      Certificate      Proposed Semester for Implementation: Fall, 2008   Spring, 20   Other_____, 20   I. General description of proposed program, including its objectives and activities. (Include objectives stated in terms of student learning.) The proposed M.S. Program in Neuroscience at Central Michigan University represents an interdisciplinary program, integrating courses, research and clinical opportunities from three Colleges and several departments, including Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Communication Disorders, and Psychology. The core curriculum of the proposed program will be a combination of foundation courses, including a year-long core course in the principles of neuroscience, a seminar course in neuroscience during each semester of the two years, two semester-long statistics/research design courses, specialized electives (which are to be chosen in close consultation with the student’s advisor), and a Master’s thesis (with oral defense). The Program is a spin-off program of the existing M.S. Program in Experimental Psychology, and uses their successful mentorship model. The advantage of the new proposed Program is that it will allow a greater focus on neuroscience-related courses and give neuroscience students more flexibility in choosing electives (see Appendix A for a list of potential electives) from other departments, thereby enhancing the interdisciplinary nature of the Program’s curricula. The Program is designed to meet these objectives by providing all students with a solid core 8
  9. 9. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued curriculum, along with sufficient flexibility to allow each student to tailor his or her coursework to meet his or her individual objectives. In terms of learning outcomes, students earning this degree will be able to: 1. Demonstrate a comprehension of neuroscience principles at a graduate-school level; 2. Utilize advanced statistical techniques to analyze research data; 3. Produce written and oral critiques which analyze, synthesize, and integrate information from various perspectives in the neuroscience literature; 4. Formulate hypotheses and craft a research proposal that addresses an important question in neuroscience in a manner consistent with current ethical guidelines; 5. Produce a high-quality thesis and provide an oral defense of it. In summary, the major objective of the proposed M.S. Program in Neuroscience is to provide students with the requisite academic background, technical skills, and hands-on research experience that will allow them to successfully compete for doctoral programs in neuroscience or for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors. Students in the proposed program will receive a solid theoretical foundation, as well as attaining high-level technical skills and research experience. Students who complete this program will receive excellent training for doctoral programs in neuroscience or technical and/or research positions in either the private or public sectors, including some jobs in academia, or as researchers in pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and biotechnology firms, including the newly emerging ‘neurotechnology’ industry. ACADEMIC PLANNING COUNCIL APPROVAL DATE: 12-20-06 *University Planning approval required for new programs (except graduate options). **Appropriate State Agency approval needed for new degrees, majors and teaching majors and minors. *** See Curricular Authority Document, Appendix E, Interdisciplinary Guidelines DATES OF ACTION DEPT./INTER- DISCIPLINARY COUNCIL COLLEGE UCC GC PECC SENATE BOARD OTHER Approved: 11-30-07 02/18/08                                     Denied:                                                 Referred:                                                 9
  10. 10. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued II. New courses to be incorporated in the proposed new program (if any) NSC 601 (Principles of Neuroscience I) NSC 602 (Principles of Neuroscience II) NSC 600 (Special Issues) NSC 690 (Research Seminar in Neuroscience) NSC 696 (Directed Research in Neuroscience) NSC 697 (Independent Study in Neuroscience) NSC 798 (Thesis: Design) NSC 799 (Thesis: Implementation) III. Requested Bulletin copy (Show as requested to appear in the Bulletin.) Masters of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience: 30 hours Minimum Totals for Graduation: The Masters of Science (M.S.) in Neuroscience Program at Central Michigan University is designed to give each student a comprehensive understanding of the core principles in neuroscience and the requisite training that will prepare students for further, doctoral-level graduate training or for positions in academics, industry, or government that utilize highly trained research skills in specific areas of neuroscience. Throughout the program, all students are expected to be actively involved in research with a Program faculty member, who serves as a mentor. The focus of the M.S. Program in Neuroscience is to build a broad-based and comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of neuroscience and develop a strong background for applied research in some specific area of neuroscience. Current areas of specific research training include studying the causes and potential treatments for respiratory disorders and for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases. Admission, Retention, and Termination Standards Application Deadline for all Materials: March 1 The application deadline for receipt of all materials will be March 1. When applying for the M.S. degree in Neuroscience, applicants must send three letters of reference, official transcripts, and official GRE scores directly to the Program Director. Applicants are expected to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, have at least 15 hours of courses in neuroscience, chemistry, and/or biology (including biologically-based psychology courses), have at least 3 hours of statistics, and have a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) to gain admittance to the program. 10
  11. 11. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued Preference will be given to students with prior research experience, especially in the area of neuroscience. Students who are deficient in certain subject areas, such as statistics or chemistry, will be expected to make up these deficiencies in addition to the normally prescribed graduate coursework for the degree. A maximum of 9 credit hours earned during non-degree status may be applied toward the M.S. degree in Neuroscience. The M.S. degree in Neuroscience is based upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work, including the successful completion of the Principles of Neuroscience courses and successful completion of a thesis (with oral defense). Students who are unable to pass the comprehensive examination for the Principles of Neuroscience courses after three attempts will be dismissed from the program. Students who complete the required coursework and successfully defend their thesis will attain the Master of Science in Neuroscience degree. All other retention and termination standards for the program follow University policy as specified in the Graduate Bulletin. Degree Requirements Required Courses (24 hours) NSC 601 - Principles of Neuroscience I 4(4-0) NSC 602 - Principles of Neuroscience II 4(4-0) PSY 511 – Statistics in Psychology 3(3-1) -OR- BIO 500 -Biological Statistics 3(2-2) PSY 611 – Research Design 3(3-0) –OR- BIO 600 -Biological Research Design and Analysis 3(3-0) NSC 690 – Research Seminar in Neuroscience 1-4(Spec) NSC 798 – Thesis: Design 1-3(Spec) NSC 799 – Thesis: Implementation 1-3(Spec) Note: A minimum of 4 hours of NSC 690 and 6 hours from a combination of NSC 798 and NSC 799 is required. Electives (6 hours) To be chosen in consultation with an advisor. Note: Students need a minimum of 2 credit hours from elective courses at the 600 level. Total: 30 semester hours III. ITEMS TO THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE - None IV. ITEMS TO THE GENERAL EDUCATION COUNCIL A. Course Requests 1. Items for Publication a. New Courses b. Course Deletions 11
  12. 12. CHSBS 2/04/08 Minutes Continued c. Course Changes V. ITEMS TO THE PLANNING COUNCIL - None VI. ABBREVIATED PROCESS VII. OTHER BUSINESS (1) WST 319 – Approved pending requested information. This item will be sent forward when the requested information is received. The committee requested to see a list of the additional readings that may be assigned (IV. Textbooks and Other Materials to be Furnished by the Student)Under II. Prerequisites/Co-requisites/Recommended: The CCC suggested adding sophomore standing as a prerequisite. If this is not changed – we will not hold up the course change – but the committee would like it to be considered. IX. Is there a writing component? (2) PSY 334 – Not Approved. This course is cross- listed with WST 334. Submit WST 334 and PSY 334 simultaneously to the CCC. The evaluation section of the MCS does not meet the writing requirement and needs to be more explicit. (3) PSC 280 1/21/08 Sent requested revised documents to the UCC. Respectfully, Suzanne Sova Recording Secretary 12

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