Course Descriptions

Track A course descriptions and list of available Track B credit electives

Required Course

All students in the Program for Visiting College Students will take:

SVSFY010: Narrowing the Gap - Becoming a Strategic College Student
Credits: 0.00 - Landmark College understands how bright students struggle or fail in college because of executive function difficulties or learning disabilities. This required, non-credit course is key to Landmark College's summer program, teaching visiting college students how to function better in school and improve everyday self-management. Through this structured, stimulating, and supportive course, students learn strategies and resources for improving executive function, working memory, study skills, and ability to meet commitments. Students become self-advocates in identifying and experimenting with the kinds of support needed for success.

Students will:

  • Narrow the gap between their academic potential and their ability to realize that potential
  • Improve executive function: planning, setting priorities, organizing, and following through on commitments
  • Develop insight into the ways in which they learn and function best
  • Manage writing and homework assignments
  • Engage in effective approaches to research
  • Develop a mindset toward college work that is confident and realistic
  • Sample, experiment with, and adopt specific strategies for becoming a more strategic college student
  • Produce a final project, synthesizing the knowledge and skills gained

Track A: Developmental Focus
Non-Credit Courses (Choose one)

SVSEN0111: Structure, Style and Strategies--Demystifying Academic Writing
Credits: 0.00 

Do you want to return to college this fall with a renewed passion for and confidence in writing? Do you sometimes have difficulty understanding how to organize your thoughts for writing or how to find support for your ideas from course readings? Does the idea of doing a research paper seem daunting? Students in this non-credit course will learn individualized strategies that will improve their college-level writing. Seminar discussions and individual conferencing will help students understand their own gifts and challenges as learners. Students will gain confidence by applying newly learned strategies through reading, writing, interaction with peers, and hands-on activities.

Students will:

  • Identify individual writing process steps that work, with a particular emphasis on those steps that have proven to be difficult in the past
  • Develop a better understanding of the demands of academic writing and the strategies that can make writing more efficient
  • Distinguish between types of secondary sources and practice effectively integrating source material into drafts
  • Set goals for an individual plan for success for future writing challenges, particularly during the next semester

SVSEN0112: Establishing an Effective Writing Process--Improving Your Executive Function
Credits: 0.00

Students will:

  • Generate daily writing
  • Learn how to improve executive function, including planning, setting priorities, organizing and following through on process steps for writing
  • Explore impediments to improving efficiency in the writing process
  • Manage larger writing assignments
  • Set goals for an individual plan for success for future writing challenges, particularly during the next semester
  • Identify individual writing process steps that work, with a particular emphasis on those steps that have proven to be difficult in the past

The following credit courses will be offered in 2016. 

Track B: Developmental/Academic
Credit Courses (choose one)

AT1611, Acting I
Credits: 3.0

A beginning course focusing on the fundamentals of acting, including action, objective, character, physical life, listening, and language. Students will act in exercises, monologues, and short scenes that will encourage them to explore the actor's craft. Students will also read plays to begin fostering a knowledge of both scene study and interpretation. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class and to keep an acting journal during the semester.

CO2066, Journalism in the Digital Age I
Credits: 3.0

This course provides students with a direct engagement with journalism as it is practiced in the current age and from the perspective of its origins, development, and purposes. The course will combine theoretical knowledge and skills development in the service of an ongoing news organization. It will create a newsroom for a digital newsletter at a minimum of five times during the semester with the intent to disseminate news relevant to the Landmark College community. The newsletter will primarily present written content, but may incorporate mixed media elements as suitable for the "digital age." Every student will produce writing each week and work both individually and collegially toward completing an established number of publishable written articles. This course will also include visiting speakers who practice in the field.

CO2166, Journalism in the Digital Age II
Credits: 3.0

This second course in a two-course sequence builds on the basics of reporting and writing the news to engage students in learning and practicing more complex journalistic skills. Students take on the role of seasoned journalists within a newsroom populated mainly by new journalists, serving as lead reporters and writers on feature projects involving teams of reporters, and managing and editing sections of the student newspaper. Students will build on the basic knowledge of key topics in contemporary journalism acquired in the introductory course to demonstrate through writing and through class leadership a more complex and nuanced understanding of the complex status of journalism in the current period. In addition to the substantially expanded expectations for individual work, in terms of feature stories and the integration of alternative media, students who take this course serve as newsroom leaders, acquiring the skills that will enable them to play important roles in other college or professional newsroom organizations.

EC2112, Introduction to Microeconomics
Credits: 3.0

This course introduces students to the basic market forces of supply and demand, price mechanism, utility maximization by consumers, and profit maximization by firms. Several market structures are presented including pure competition, oligopoly, monopolistic competition and monopoly. There is an emphasis on the application of these market models to real-world markets. Prerequisite: EC2111, or Level 5 Math Placement, or concurrent enrollment in MA0598 or MA1501.

EN3102,  Studies in the Novel:  Jane Austen in Print and Film
Credits: 3.0

In this 3000-level course students will gain an understanding of the novel as a literary genre while studying novels that represent a particular moment in history or a particular sub-genre or theme. A period-based version of the course will include an examination of the historical and cultural influences on the novels of a specific time period (example: post-9/11 novels). A theme-based version of the course will examine a specific theme or sub-genre of the novel that is not necessarily tied to one time period (example: crime fiction, from Poe to Paretsky). While analyzing individual novels, students will investigate how they are connected by common elements, such as historical/cultural context, literary movement, narrative technique, sub-genre, or theme. Students will participate in a seminar setting consisting of class discussions and presentations, with an emphasis on critical reading and writing. Written assignments will include short informal responses as well as several formal essays of literary analysis and synthesis. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, one of which is a 2000 level literature course, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course.

HU2011, Western World Views
Credits: 3.0

This course introduces students to questions relating to human nature, good and evil and ways of knowing. These topics are discussed within the framework of five world views: Christian theism, deism, naturalism, nihilism and existentialism. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry are studied as vehicles to understanding the various perspectives, and students are encouraged to begin formulating their own world views.

MA1421, Statistics
Credits: 3.0

This course examines frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and the normal distribution curve. Students explore confidence intervals and sample size. The structure of hypothesis testing is introduced and applied to a variety of situations. Studies in correlation of data and sampling techniques are introduced. Placement test and/or prerequisite of MA0295 with grade of C- or higher required. Not open to students with credit in MA 2621. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

NS1011, Introduction to Biology: Cells and Organisms 
Credits: 4.0

This course examines the key concepts of modern biology with an emphasis on the cellular aspects of life, traditional and contemporary genetics, and an overview of the diversity of life through the study of evolution. Lab included.

Track B: Academic/Developmental Credit Electives- Course Descriptions

2016 Physical Education (PE) Courses
One Credit (choose one)

PE1130, Hiking
Credit: 1.0

This course will use on- and off-campus trails to teach students skills related to hiking. Course may not be repeated.

PE1010, Vinyasa Yoga
Credit: 1.0

This course supports students interested in exploring mind/body integration and offers an appealing option for balancing academic work with a healthy lifestyle. Conditioning, breathing techniques and self-awareness are covered. Assessment based on a willingness to explore yoga practice through regular attendance and participation. Course may not be repeated.

PE1540, Level 1 Japanese Long Sword
Credit: 1.0

Slow-paced and emphasizing movement meditation, Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) was developed as an art form to increase participants’ states of awareness. Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) will introduce students to the basic skills practiced in Iaido: cutting, thrusting, forms, controlling the breath and movement meditation. Classes will include an overview of Iaido skills, followed by an introduction to forms and drills. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.

PE1590, Gentle Flow Yoga
Credit: 1.0

Gentle Flow Yoga will introduce students basic yoga poses, body alignment, attention to breathing and mindfulness. Students will be encouraged to challenge their flexibility in mostly seated positions and will be guided through exercises to facilitate a connection between the body and breath. Gentle Flow Yoga deemphasizes the push-ups (chaturanga) commonly found in Vinyasa Yoga and instead focuses on range of motion in the hips, balance and flow. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated.


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