2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

University Courses

Coordinator: Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson
Office: Sherman Hall 211
Telephone: (309) 298-1066
Fax: (309) 298-2021

The courses listed below are designed to support graduation requirements, study abroad, and other opportunities for study not associated with academic departments.

Course Descriptions

LIBRARY (LIB)

201 Using Libraries Today I—Information Access and Evaluation. (3) Introduces concepts and techniques required to determine information need, develop search strategies, and access and evaluate print and online resources effectively and efficiently. The course provides hands-on experience with a focus on WIU Libraries information resources.

UNIVERSITY (UNIV)

099 BGS Prior Learning Portfolio Tutorial. (0) An online introduction to the development of a Prior Learning Portfolio. This is a required tutorial to be completed before creating a Prior Learning Portfolio. Prerequisite: admission to the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies degree program. Graded S/U only.

100 Personal Growth in Higher Education. (1) Exploration of the role of higher education in personal growth. Consideration of critical thinking, problem solving, and information gathering skills. Credit cannot be given for both UNIV 100 and CSP 110. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

390 Pre-Employment Preparation. (1) Study of multiple factors which influence the occupational search process and employment selection. Study to focus on self-awareness, resume preparation, business communications, and interviewing processes. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor. Graded S/U only.

420, 421, 422, 423 Telecourses. (1–6) (Specific titles to be assigned as needed). Independent Study Program telecourse using prepackaged materials including televised segments, textbook(s), student study guide, and instructor manual.

490 Career Internship. (2–12, repeatable to 12) Appropriate, supervised practical work experience in a career related setting. BGS online writing course. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing, 2.00 GPA, and permission of instructor. Graded S/U only.

495 Renewable Energy Capstone. (2) Capstone course for the Renewable Energy concentrations in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will participate in a senior project which will present an interdisciplinary solution to an industrial problem in the field of renewable energy. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of program coordinator.

WESL INSTITUTE (WESL)

010 Foundation in English as a Second Language. (0, repeatable) Basic language and academic skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading strategies; sentence to paragraph writing; guided notetaking; conversation and simple discussion; computer skills. Orientation to American life and culture. 19 hours per week. Prerequisite: admission to WESL Institute. Graded S/U only.

020 Intermediate English as a Second Language. (0, repeatable) Continued development of intermediate language and academic skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Reading strategies; paragraph to essay writing; note-taking and lecture comprehension; discussion and speeches; computer skills. Orientation to American life and culture. 19 hours per week. Prerequisite: admission to WESL Institute. Graded S/U only.

030 University Preparation in English as a Second Language. (0, repeatable) Continued development of advanced academic and language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking; test taking; library and Internet research, essays and research paper; lecture comprehension and note-taking; interpersonal and intercultural communication; public speaking; computer skills. 19 hours per week. Prerequisite: admission to WESL Institute. Graded S/U only.

040 Dual Program in Listening/Speaking or Reading/Writing. (0) For students with advanced skills in English who need additional instruction in either listening/speaking or reading/writing as determined by the WESL Placement Test. Students enroll in University Preparation class 10 hours a week and up to 6 hours of graduate courses or 8 hours of undergraduate courses in the university. Prerequisite: admission to WESL Institute and WIU. Graded S/U only.

045 Advanced Spoken and Written Grammar. (0) A multi-skilled approach to advanced grammatical competencies for matriculated students who are nonnative speakers of English and for University Preparation and Dual Program students enrolled in the WESL Institute. Prerequisite: non-native speaker of English at University Preparation or Dual level at WESL or fullymatriculated in WIU. Graded S/U only.

050 Advanced English for Academic Purposes. (0) An English for Academic Purposes support course for matriculated non-native speakers with advanced skills in English. Students who place into the WESL Institute Advanced Dual Program may take up to 8 hours of graduate or 10 hours of undergraduate credit hours. Prerequisite: fully matriculated non-native speaker of English or Advanced Dual Program students enrolled in WESL. Graded S/U only.

055 Advanced Pronunciation for Non-Native Speakers (of English). (0) An advanced course in pronunciation designed to help non-native speakers improve their comprehensibility in formal academic presentations. Open to faculty and matriculated students who are non-native speakers of English as well as Dual Program students enrolled in the WESL Institute. Prerequisite: Non-native speaker of English, enrolled in the Dual Program at WESL, fully-matriculated university student, or faculty member. Graded S/U only.

060 TOEFL Preparation. (0) Intensive preparation and practice for the TOEFL, test of English as a foreign language, for matriculated non-native speakers of English and University Preparation and Dual Program students enrolled in WESL Institute. Prerequisite: Fully matriculated non-native speaker of English, University Preparation student enrolled in WESL, or Dual Program student enrolled in WESL. Graded S/U only.

065 American Culture ESL. (0) This course will provide non-native English speakers a better understanding of many aspects of American culture. Prerequisite: fully matriculated non-native speaker of English or Dual Program students enrolled in WESL. Graded S/U only.

070 Business ESL. (0) This course will provide nonnative English speakers a better understanding of business-related vocabulary, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: Fully matriculated non-native speaker of English or Advanced Dual Program student enrolled in WESL. Graded S/U only.

Experimental Studies Program

Western Illinois University offers students and faculty the opportunity to explore experiments in learning which lie outside the existing traditional curriculum structure. Under the framework of the Experimental Studies Program, students may design courses (298/498) to fit their specific interests and needs and receive academic credit through sponsorship by a faculty coordinator. Faculty, in turn, may propose new and innovative courses (275/475) for presentation to students on a trial basis with a minimum of the regular approval procedure, thereby permitting an experimental period for refinement before the course is proposed through regular channels for approval. The appropriate department chairperson should be contacted for additional information about the Experimental Studies Program.

University Courses

275–475 (Title to Be Assigned By Department) (1–3 each) Students should consult the department to determine which experimental courses, if any, are being offered under this number during the current academic year. May not be counted in the General Education Curriculum. Students pursuing undergraduate degree programs may take a maximum of 3 s.h. of 275 and 3 s.h. of 475 from one department for credit toward graduation. A student pursuing the B.A.in General Studies degree may take up to 12 hours of 275/475 courses from one department for credit toward graduation.

298–498 Individualized Studies. (1–3 each) This course is available to students who are interested in the study of topics which are not currently a part of the curriculum. Students should consult their adviser or the department chairperson about procedures. May not be counted in the General Education Curriculum.

Overseas Study

The following courses facilitate the registration and tracking of students who enroll for study outside the U.S.

OVERSEAS STUDY (All)

279 Overseas Study*. (repeatable to a maximum of 18 s.h.) Coursework undertaken as part of an approved university overseas study program. Prerequisite: approval of study abroad coordinator and department chair. Graded S/U only.

379 Overseas Study*. (repeatable to a maximum of 18 s.h.) Coursework undertaken as a part of an approved university overseas study program. Prerequisite: approval of study abroad coordinator and department chair. Graded S/U only. *Title is flexible as approved by department chair.

279 Overseas Study. (0–18) Participation in an approved overseas study for up to one year at another approved university. Prerequisite: approval of study abroad coordinator.

379 Overseas Study. (0–18) Participation in an approved overseas study for up to one year at another approved university. Prerequisite: approval of study abroad coordinator.