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1. Division:

  Sciences & Mathematics

2. Course Discipline:


3. Course Number:


4. Course Title:


5. First semester this new version/new course will be offered: Fall 2013




General Course Information


1. Units: N/A                 Variable units 1-3

2. This Course is:

Degree-Applicable Credit - Transferable


3A.  Cross-List: 


3B.  Formerly:




Course Format and Duration


4. Standard Term Hrs per Wk


5. Standard Term Total Semester Hrs
















By Arrangement:

         3 - 9


By Arrangement:

    54 - 162

Total Hrs per Wk

         3 - 9


Total Hrs

    54 - 162


6. Minimum hours per week of independent work done outside of class:    0


Course Preparation – (Supplemental form B required)


7a. Prerequisite(s): (Course and/or other preparation/experience that is REQUIRED to be completed previous to enrollment in this course.)


7b. Co-requisite(s):  (Courses and/or other preparation that is REQUIRED to be taken concurrently with this course.)


7c. Advisory: (Minimum preparation RECOMMENDED in order to be successful in this course.  Also known as “Course Advisory”.)




Catalog Description And Other Catalog Information


8. Repeatability:

Not Repeatable

Please Note: 8. (Repeatability) does not refer to repeating courses because of substandard grades or a lapse of time since the student took the course. A course may be repeated only if the course content differs each time it is offered and the student who repeats it is gaining an expanded educational experience as stipulated in Title 5.


Skills or proficiencies are enhanced by supervised repetition and practice within class periods.

Active participatory experience in individual study or group assignments is the basic means by which course objectives are attained.

Course content differs each time it is offered.


Explanation for above repeatability selection:


9a. Grading Option:

Standard Grade

9b. Catalog Description:

Designed for students interested in furthering their knowledge at an independent study level in an area where no specific curriculum offering is currently available. Independent study might include, but is not limited to, research papers, special subject area projects, and research projects. See Independent Study page in catalog.




Course Outline Information


10. Course Objectives: (Course objectives for all credit courses must indicate that students will learn critical thinking and will be able to apply concepts at college level.  Course objectives must be related to items listed in Section 11.)

1. Develop an independent study project with written goals and objectives which include critical thinking;
2. complete the proposed project independently;
3. demonstrate through the submission of research projects, increased knowledge and skills related to the subject area; and
4. evaluate project success with the instructor.


11. Course Content Outline: (Provides a comprehensive, sequential outline of the course content, including all major subject matter and the specific body of knowledge covered.)

I. Description of proposed project
A. Goals and objectives
B. Methods and format
C. Evaluation methods
D. Establishment of contact hours with instructor of record
E. Development of time-line for execution
F. Project approval
II. Execution of project
A. Gather research and resources as needed
B. Development of project
C. Completion of project
III. Evaluation of project
A. Submission of project to instructor
B. Student evaluation of project
C. Faculty evaluation of project


12. Typical Out-of-Class Assignments: Credit courses require two hours of independent work outside of class per unit of credit for each lecture hour, less for lab/activity classes.  List types of assignments, including library assignments.)


a. Reading Assignments: (Submit at least 2 examples)

1. Create a reading list of articles and/or books related to the project topic.
2. Summarize and critique articles from list.


b. Writing, Problem Solving or Performance: (Submit at least 2 examples)

1. Write an outline of the proposed project including methods of completing the project.
2. Summarize the activities of the project in journal format.


c. Other (Term projects, research papers, portfolios, etc.)

1. Submit project report at end of semester.


13. Required Materials:

a. All Textbooks, resources and other materials used in this course are College Level?




b. Representative college-level textbooks (for degree-applicable courses) or other print materials.

Book 1:







Date of Publication:




Book 2:







Date of Publication:




Book 3:







Date of Publication:




Book 4:







Date of Publication:




Book 5:







Date of Publication:




c. Other materials and/or supplies required of students:

Determined on basis of individual project. Instructor will
evaluate educational materials at time of submission of initial project proposal.


Methods of Instruction


14a. Check all instructional methods used to present course content.


Laboratory and/or Activity

Distance Learning (requires supplemental form)




14b. Provide specific examples for each method of instruction checked above; include a minimum of two examples total. Reference the course objective(s) addressed by instructional method(s). Explain both what the instructor and students are expected to be doing and experiencing.

The independent study project is purposely geared to require elements of reading (e.g., research and ideas related to the project), writing (e.g., the final project report), and critical thinking (e.g., acquired data must be put in the context of a model).




15. Methods of Assessing Student Learning  


15a.  Methods of Evaluation:


Essay Examinations

Objective Examinations

Problem Solving Examinations

Skill Demonstrations



Classroom Discussions




Other (explain below)







15b. Based upon course objectives, give examples of how student performance will be evaluated. Provide examples for each method checked above; include a minimum of two examples total.




Specific measurements for student performance will be established by the instructor at the beginning of the independent study project.












1. Program Information:  

In an approved program.  

Part of a new program.

Not part of an approved program.  

2. Course TOP Code:

   Program title - TOP Code:  

Mathematics, General- 170100


3. Course SAM Code:

 A  Apprenticeship

 B  Advanced Occupational

 C  Clearly Occupational

 D  Possibly Occupational

 E  Non-Occupational


4. Faculty Discipline Assignment(s):










General Education Information:  

1.  College Associate Degree GE Applicability:    

2.  CSU GE Applicability (Recommended-requires CSU approval):

3.  IGETC Applicability (Recommended-requires CSU/UC approval):  

4. C-ID:  






Articulation Information:  (Required for Transferable courses only)



CSU Transferable.  

UC Transferable.

CSU/UC major requirement.  


If CSU/UC major requirement, list campus and major. (Note: Must be lower division)




List at least one community college and its comparable course.  If requesting CSU and/or UC transferability also list a CSU/UC campus and comparable lower division course.






Planning and Resources - Please address the areas below:  

1. Evidence of Planning: connection to existing or planned degrees/certificates, place in general education; relationship to mission (basic skills, transfer, career technical education, lifelong learning); transfer university requirements; advisory/regional/national needs; or other planning considerations.

This course creates the opportunity for individual self-directed study that is beyond or in addition to regular curricula.
Continued work in area of interest enhances student skills through more complex projects and critical thinking.
Allows student to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills, building on knowledge required in subject area classes.

2. Potential Impact on Resources: faculty, facilities, computer support/lab, library, transportation, equipment, or other needs.
Student works with full time faculty who meet min quals for the program.
Use of college internet and library for research.





1.  Maximum Class Size (recommended):                 

2.  If recommended class size is not standard, then provide rationale: