Module 4 MDC Curriculum Pathways

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Module 4 MDC Curriculum Pathways

  1. 1. Curriculum Pathways 1
  2. 2. Curriculum Pathways  Students with clear curriculum pathways stay motivated, take fewer excess credits and complete their programs of study quicker and more effectively.  This is even more important as financial aid eligibility is decreased by federal and state governments  MDC teams developed 4 initial curriculum pathways in Biological Sciences, Business, Criminal Justice and Psychology  Additional pathways developed in 2013-4 academic year  Many disciplines also have program sheets that can be used in the interim—but may need to be standardized across campuses 2
  3. 3. What is a Curriculum Pathway? Focused and integrated set of courses and sequences designed to increase transfer success and degree completion A.A. pathway includes all pre-requisites for transfer as a junior to baccalaureate program at MDC or another institution A.S. pathway includes all requirements to enter occupation of transfer with junior status to a B.A.S. or other work-related baccalaureate program
  4. 4. Characteristics of Effective Curriculum Pathways • Map student academic goals and progress • Guides course planning, course selection and sequencing, semester by semester • Provide for continuity and consistency in advising, coaching and mentoring • Prompt students to complete math, English and other general education requirements early on—in sequence (ideally in first year at MDC). • Prompt students who fail a course to take it again immediately in the next semester.
  5. 5. Each pathway contains: • Course requirements and sequences for full-time and part-time study – 36 credits of general education – 24 credits of program-specific study • Notes that explain Florida common core requirements that articulate to state- approved B.A. or B.A.S degrees • Interdisciplinary recommendations that identify general education courses recommended by the corresponding discipline • Learning Outcomes that identify which MDC learning outcome(s) met upon completion of course
  6. 6. Curriculum Pathways: Semester 1 A.A. Pathway to a Major in Business Administration My Academic Plan (MAP) - Two-Year Plan for Full-time Students Semester 1 - First Year Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Notes Interdisciplinary Recommendations Learning Outcomes Addressed ENC 1101 **English Composition 1 3 This course fulfills the Communications General Education requirement. 1, 3, 4 (CNet) MAC 1105 **College Algebra 3 MAC1105 is a lower level course requirement for the State Approved BAS in Supervision and Management at MDC. This course fulfills the Mathematics General Education requirement. 1, 2, 3 (MM) GEB 1011 Principles of Business 3 GEB1011 as a key introductory course to help students determine whether they should pursue a major in Business Administration. GEB1011 at MDC is equivalent to GEB 2011 in the State University System. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 (CNet) CGS1060 Introduction to Microcomputer Usage 4 This course fulfills the General Education elective requirement. CGS1060 at MDC is equivalent to CG 2060 at State University System. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 (MM) Total Credit Hours 13
  7. 7. Curriculum Pathway (with choices) Summer - First Year Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Notes Interdisciplinary Recommendations Learning Outcomes Addressed SPC 1017 **Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3 SPC1017 is a lower level course requirement for the State Approved BAS in Supervision and Management at MDC. This course fulfills the Oral Communications General Education requirement. Either SPC1017 or ENC1102 may be taken this semester. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 (CNet) Humanities 3 PHI2604 is a lower level course requirement for the State Approved BAS in Supervision and Management at MDC, students pursuing the BAS should take PHI2604. Any Humanities elective course may be selected based on the student's professional or academic interests. If the student selects a Group A course during this semester, a course from Group B must be taken during a subsequent semester, and vice versa. 3, 7 (MM) Business Elective 3 The student should complete business electives related to his/her Bachelor's degree concentration. Possible electives include transferable classes in GEB, ECO, MAN, MAR, FIN, ACG, BUL, SBM, PUR, TAX. Any transferrable Business elective course may be selected based on the student's professional or academic interests. Consult with your School of Business Advisor for recommendations based on career / transfer interest. Total Credit Hours 9
  8. 8. Curriculum Pathways: Florida Virtual College For programs with no MDC pathway yet 1. Go to the Florida Virtual Campus at http://www.flvc.org 2. Click on Student Services 3. Select Common Prerequisites Manual 4. Select the most current academic year 5. Select program listing by Alphabetic Order 6. Select the student’s degree/major 7. Print the page 8. Identify ALL courses that are required; they are listed at the ampersand “&”  using MDC catalog, verify which 1000 or 2000 level courses are on the required list  for courses not offered MDC, there are alternatives listed at “OR”  students can take either 1000/2000 courses or the alternatives Key is to complete both Gen Ed courses and program requirements in the sequence listed 8
  9. 9. Curriculum Pathways: Using the FLVC Maps This extract shows common core prerequisites for the environmental studies degree. These program sheets each show: • Major • Transfer institutions(s) • Program length • Required courses • Alternative courses • Additional notes 9
  10. 10. Curriculum Pathways: Sample FLVC Common Core 10 Select equivalent MDC course, or select the next course listed below. “OR” courses are alternatives that can be used as preferences or when the main course is not offered at MDC Each course listed as “&” MUST be taken In some cases, two courses are necessary to meet the requirements of the first course that is listed
  11. 11. Curriculum Pathways: Transfer Institutions For programs without MDC pathway or where completion of the A.A. or A.S. is the only requirement 1. Go to website of likely transfer institution – select student’s likely degree, program of study or major – select program sheet or MAP for student’s degree/major 2. Select “four year freshman” option because it includes both – General Education courses (36 credits) and – Program requirements (24 credits) 3. Use ONLY those courses to build the IEP 11
  12. 12. 2 EXCELLENT RESOURCES FROM FIU MDC Transfer Guides https://ugrad.fiu.edu/transfer/Pages/MD CTransferGuide.aspx 12 MyMajorMatch http://mymajor.fiu.edu/

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