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Fall 2017 Preference Form  

First-Year Seminar (BAC 101) Registration Instructions:

In addition to taking courses to fulfill the Baccalaureate Experience, your first semester at The University of Tampa will include a First-Year Seminar (BAC or HON 101 for students in the Honors Program). In this course you will be paired with an instructor and a peer mentor. The fundamental goal of this course is to help students make their college experience more meaningful and successful, as well as to integrate students into the UT community.

Registration Preference Form: Please complete page four of the Registration Preference Form in SpartanWeb carefully using the following information:

Step One – Rank Your Top Three Themed BAC/HON 101 Courses: On the preference form, place the Preference Form Course Code on the space provided using the descriptions below. 

Step Two Select a College: If all the themed BAC/HON 101 courses are filled, you will be placed in a BAC/HON 101 course by your major. If you haven’t declared your major, you may select to be placed in a BAC/HON 101 course in the college with majors of most interest to you. On the Registration Preference Form, choose two colleges from the following list. Undeclared (NTI) is considered a major.

  • College of Arts and Letters: Advertising and Public Relations; Art; Communication; English and Writing; Film and Media Arts; Journalism; Languages and Linguistics; Music; Philosophy and Religion; Speech, Theatre and Dance; Women’s and Gender Studies  
  • College of Business: Accounting; Business Information Technology; Cybersecurity; Economics; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Financial Enterprise Systems; International Business; Management; Management Information Systems; Marketing 
  • College of Natural Health and Health Sciences: Allied Health; Athletic Training; Biology and Environmental Science; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Human Performance; Marine Science; Nursing; Physics; Public Health; Sport Management
  • College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education: Criminology and Criminal Justice; Education; History; International Studies; Law, Justice and Advocacy; Mathematics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology

BAC/HON 101 Themed Course Descriptions

Inquiry-Based: Sections indicated as inquiry theme-based will have an enhanced experience for those who are passionate about the theme topic and will introduce students to the instructor’s research through hands-on experience in the theme.

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A Freshman Year of Civic Discourse: A Themed BAC Experience

Preference Form Course Code: BAC18
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Civic discourse is defined as engaging in discussion to enhance understanding. While all of college is designed to enhance understanding, this themed seminar led by a speech professor and researcher will evaluate more modes of civic discourse related to the first-year experience in order for students to enhance their lives and those around them through service, inquiry, enrichment, leadership and self-learning. In the first semester students will study professional, civic and important discourse through analysis of social media, real (and fake) news outlets and traditional conversation. Assignments will relate to the mission of the course as it studies university acclimation of research, time management, academic skills and more. For example, when studying diversity students will analyze the demographic profile of their social media outlets and compare them to the existing demographics of their own hometowns. Working with their findings will bring about discussion of diversity and inquiry as to why.

Students will do Creswell’s thematic analysis of social media discourse to better understand current and common themes among the messages we send. The goal of this research will help prepare the students to be academic citizens, community members and scholars. Students’ final project will be a literature review of selected artifacts. The second semester course will continue this work.

Digital Communications Technologies, Learning and Your First-Year Experience

Preference Form Course Code: BAC17
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: Yes

From critically examining Tweets, Snapchat, WhatsApp and social media to delving into academic databases and archives, this course provides hands-on, in and out of the classroom activities to help you discover how digital communications technologies are both freeing and limiting, can be used to navigate through the first-year experience and can prepare you to conduct research projects in your major and other courses. The first semester includes an evaluation report of UT’s digital communications tools and how effectively or not administrators, faculty, staff and students use them. In the second semester, you will explore a topic of personal, academic or career interest and write a short proposal for future research.

Exploring Self-Expression via Freedom of Speech

Preference Form Course Code: BAC05
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: Yes

This course studies freedom of speech while helping students become familiar with a career in law. After completing this course students will know how to analyze and critically evaluate legal issues as well as understand the limits to freedom of expression. Course activities include the following: how to study the laws regarding expression, becoming familiar with how the legal system works, learning how to research and analyze case law, brief cases, construct arguments and critically evaluate opposing arguments. Further, students will improve their public speaking and argumentation skills in this course.

First-Year Experience through the Eyes of Theatre

Preference Form Course Code: BAC19
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: No

This course is designed to connect the first-year student to the institution, faculty and ultimately to each other. Theatre is the most collaborative of the art forms; as such, it requires each student to engage and be involved form the very start of their fall semester. Each student will experience the active learning needed to be involved in their own education. Along with a student mentor, they will learn the in's and out's of UT life from registration, to Greek Life and even to their new life adjustment periods through theatrical critiques, acting performances, backstage experiences and lively weekly instruction. 

First-Year Seminar to Music

Preference Form Course Code: BAC20
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: No

This course will prepare music students for academic success and guide them in their professional development towards a variety of music career specializations. The course will emphasize critical thinking, writing skills and academic integrity with discipline-specific content. As a music major, students will learn strategies for time management, techniques for effective practicing, and acquire habits for health and well-being. Additionally, students will begin to develop arts advocacy and networking skills that are essential for contemporary musicians. Campus and community resources will be discussed and presented to assist music majors in their academic and professional pursuits. Students will interact with music faculty as well as other music professionals, and have the opportunity to attend performances, rehearsals and other events in the Tampa Bay area. Through shared experiences, observation and knowledge, music majors will develop strong relationships with peers.

Looking at You Looking at Me: Developing Intercultural Competence

Preference Form Course Code: BAC16
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: Yes

In this course, students will be introduced to the concept and study of intercultural learning. They will work toward developing a deeper understanding of American culture by examining cultural differences between the host culture and their own culture through their participation in activities both on and off campus that stimulate their reflection on and analysis of cultural difference. Students will complete an inquiry project related to the theme of cultural difference, culminating in a reflective paper as well as an oral presentation on the topic.

Tampa Spaces and Places

Preference Form Course Code: BAC15
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: Yes

In this course, students will learn about Tampa spaces and places. The course will begin with an introduction to the concept of space and place right here in Tampa, which we will get to know through various field trips in and around the city. We will tour Tampa's waterways, take guided tours of Ybor, visit the Tampa Bay History Museum and see many other exciting sites. Students will then select a research project based on their own field of study, electing to write about any space or place in Tampa that interests them. Some ideas might include the economics of the Ybor cigar factories, the role of Lectores in Cuban culture, Tampa's immigrant foodways or the cultural history of Plant Hall, just to name a few.

This course is divided into two parts. In the first part, students will gather information about Tampa’s culture and history so they can begin drafting research questions. 101 will culminate in a research presentation. The second half will show students how to begin researching those questions. BAC 102 will culminate in a research paper/proposal.

The Fourth Estate: How Free is the Free Press in the United States?

Preference Form Course Code: HON01
College of Arts and Letters
Inquiry-Based: Yes

While the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits Congress from making any laws abridging freedom of speech or of the press, news organizations are nonetheless beholden to the whims of advertisers that fund their operations. So, while some of our best journalists act as a fourth estate, providing important checks and balances on the power of the three estates (or executive, legislative and judicial branches) of government, they nonetheless must do so within a commercially driven system. In this course, students will conduct a two-part inquiry into the problem of profit-motive and the press. The first part will frame the problem through a cross-cultural comparison of the United States’ market-driven media system and the Cuban state-run model, culminating in a series of in-class debates. The second part will take students on data-gathering trips to local news organizations and culminate in small group presentations proposing potential improvements to the fourth estate in the United States.

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Conducting Business-Focused Empirical Research

Preference Form Course Code: HON03
College of Business
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Managing an organization by applying an empirically focused approach means that you refuse to make decisions based upon assumptions and untested statements. We start by discussing research methods. Then, you choose a method and start investigating a business-related issue that you find interesting. Next, you will learn how to design your own empirical study, and then begin collecting data. Finally, after analyzing your study’s results, you inform the class of your findings. You will obtain a basic understanding of empirical research and gain experience conducting your own business-related empirical study.

Economics through Film

Preference Form Course Code: BAC04
College of Business
Inquiry-Based: Yes

This course uses the deliberate and captivating nature of film to illustrate a number of economic concepts, to help students develop their critical and abstract thinking skills and to begin to think like researchers in the social sciences. The course will touch on a number of subfields of economics such as economic history, labor economics and the economics of crime. Students will learn how research in these subfields is undertaken and will be able to relate it to the movies discussed in class. The course will make use of clips and entire films to motivate in-class discussion, to promote interest in economics research, to increase retention of the concepts and theories discussed, and to illustrate the significance of economics in the “real” world. Movies featured will include The Grapes of Wrath, Scarface, The Wizard of Oz, Boyz n the Hood, Friday and October Sky.  

Global Marketing and Culture

Preference Form Course Code: BAC12
College of Business
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Students will learn about global marketing and how culture affects marketing and marketing impacts local culture. Students will learn about inquiry skills such as how to ask questions, get information, problem solve and use critical thinking. They will apply these skills onto a research/inquiry activity of their own choosing. Students will also learn about Pennington's research in this area including published work on human trafficking systems and current research on the illegal trafficking of rhino horn in southern Africa. They will learn the process of academic and scholarly writing and communication of ideas. Students will be encouraged to consider personalized research questions and then be guided as they try to get answers and solutions to their inquiry-based ideas.

Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Preference Form Course Code: BAC07
College of Business
Inquiry-Based: Yes

This course is highly recommended for students that have their own business, work for themselves or intend to do either in the future. This course engages you to develop an entrepreneurial approach to creating innovative solutions to modern problems. You will spend the first semester vetting out business ideas, forming teams and creating business presentations for a set of business mentors in a Shark Tank format. The most promising businesses will be provided capital to launch their business in the second semester. The businesses will compete against each other for two quarters. The first quarter ends before spring break and the second quarter ends in week 12. Peer mentors from UT Entrepreneurs will be paired with each team to help launch and operate the business. Revenues and expenses will be tracked and collected throughout the competition. Profits from the competition will be used to fund the award ceremony and make the course sustainable.

New Product Development: From Concept to Execution

Preference Form Course Code: BAC10
College of Business
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Students working in teams of four to five will develop, test and write a marketing plan for a new product of their choosing. The new product can be a good, a service or an idea. In the first semester, teams will first conduct a literature review including competitor analysis. Each team will then do a concept test of their idea. In the second semester, teams will test their concept with other UT students by developing and analyzing a survey. After analyzing the survey results using Qualtrics, teams will write a marketing plan covering the product, distribution, price and promotion of their new product.

You, College and the World Economy

Preference Form Course Code: BAC06
College of Business
Inquiry-Based: Yes

This course is designed to offer you a brief introduction to current economic events in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Throughout the semester, you will choose a country from the regions of Latin America, East Asia or Africa, and together we will discover the current economic conditions of the country and the factors affecting its development. We will go through the different steps on how to complete a college research project, starting with a literature review and data collection. You will be exposed to the basic tools to find economic data, to evaluate the information and most important, to make inferences about the economic outlook of a country. You will be introduced to the concepts of gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment and trade so you gain familiarity with the most recent current economic events, mainly those related to international trade, economic policies and business environments in the world. In general, this course will expose you to several reading materials, models, graphs and data. The combination of these tools offers excellent preparation to understand the economic, business and organizational cultures that frame our world.

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A Gut Feeling: Developing Nurses’ Intuition

Preference Form Course Code: BAC21
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Inquiry-Based: Yes


Students will learn about the development, use and strengthening of the gut intuition used in nursing practice. We will learn about our own methods of "knowing" as it relates to continual experience to certain situations that help develop nursing intuition. Students will learn about faculty’s research in the area of gut intuition and the importance of following your gut to prevent medication errors and respond quickly to critical situations and develop critical thinking skills.

Current Issues in Health

Preference Form Course Code: BAC14
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Information on current health topics is constantly changing. This purpose of this themed course is to provide students with accurate information and resources for current issues in health as they relate to college age individuals. These current issues in health include physical activity and nutrition, alcohol and substance abuse, common illnesses and diseases and mental health. Using inquiry skills, students will learn how to systematically evaluate information on current health topics. Students will learn to identify and locate valid resources of health information including but not limited to online resources, scholarly journal articles and other forms of health information. Students will learn the process of reading and interpreting peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles related to current health topics. Through this course, students will be asked to question, analyze and evaluate current information related to health in today’s society. Communication skills will be woven throughout the course in the form of presentations, discussions and group assignments.

Do You Trust or Believe Science?

Preference Form Course Code: HON04
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Science and the application of the scientific method in experiments usually involves making the invisible, visible. A central tenet of the method is repeatability of experiments, where individuals who are curious, skeptical or wish to corroborate the results of others do so. In this course, we will read about and discuss the origins and development of science, explore the mind of the only Nobel laureate who believes he was abducted by space aliens and consider the profound and controversial sociological issues that transcend race, poverty and ethics in the creation of HeLa cells that are the basis for lines of research whose outcomes have included finding the cure for polio and other important scientific discoveries.

For a summary: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458465/.

The rigors of repeatability and embracing skeptical inquiry means scientists learn from each other not from repeating the experiments of others, but rather, ultimately, inquiring within the peer reviewed and accepted literature in journals, as well as factually accurate representations/summaries of this work in a variety of reputable sources. It is primarily through inquiry of this type that scientists learn about the science of others. Students may explore whether current science is redundant enough to ensure that its standards and rigor are being maintained, as well as discuss interests, either overt or hidden, that could influence reporting of scientific ideas.

Model Systems in Biology: How do we use them to further inquiry?

Preference Form Course Code: HON02
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Inquiry-Based: Yes

This section will explore how we study processes from cellular/molecular through evolutionary using model systems. We will investigate how model systems are developed, why they are so powerful to help understand biological processes and the controversy surrounding animal model.

Science Outreach and Extension: The Final Frontier

Preference Form Course Code: BAC02
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Inquiry-Based: Yes

This course will explore the manner in which new, or widely accepted, scientific findings make it into the public arena. Scientists are great at science, but sometimes fail to make sure the appropriate persons are informed of scientific results. When scientists provide important scientific findings to the public, businesses and politicians in the appropriate format, they greatly increase the chances of their results being applied toward generating positive change. Scientists who work on making sure the public has valid scientific information have to walk a tight line between being true to their science and falling into the trap of advocacy.

Stay on Track: The Health and Fitness Connection to Student Success

Preference Form Course Code: BAC01
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Inquiry-Based: No

Your success in the first year of college sets the stage for overall academic success, graduation and progression to a chosen career. Nurses, as the largest group of health care professionals in the United States, play a critical role in health promotion and disease prevention. A healthy lifestyle is a key strategy that health care providers need to role model for their patients. The goal of this course is to provide pre-nursing students with the tools to develop healthy habits to maintain their own health and wellness at UT, and positively affect their academic success.

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All Work, No Play? The Role of Play in Children's Development

Preference Form Course Code: BAC11
College of Science Sciences, Mathematics and Education
Inquiry-Based: Yes

Students will learn about social science (primarily psychology) research on the role of play in the development of children's learning, morality and peer relationships. Students will learn about inquiry skills such as how to ask questions, get information, problem solve and use critical thinking. They will apply these skills to a research/inquiry activity of their own choosing. Students will also learn about UT Associate Professor Jeff Skowronek's research in this area including work he has been completing at local museums over the past three years. They will learn the process of academic and scholarly writing and communication of ideas. Students will be encouraged to consider personalized research questions and then be guided as they try to get answers and solutions to their inquiry-based ideas. Students will also visit museums and reflect on how inquiry can develop in these venues.

The Scientific Method Applied: What We Learn from (Mis) Translations in the Popular Press

Preference Form Course Code: BAC08
College of Science Sciences, Mathematics and Education
Inquiry-Based: Yes

The theme of this class is to critically evaluate the ways in which popular news outlets (newspapers, blogs, social media feeds) err in covering science. For example, in 2010 a team of neuroscientists first managed to record real-time neuron functions in a group of surgical patients looking at pictures; a popular blog picked up on news coverage of the science, and declared to its readers we could "read minds" and were "on the brink" of reading dreams. We will use such real examples to explore how to think critically when evaluating behavioral and social sciences (primarily psychology, medicine and epidemiology). Students will be encouraged to consider personalized research questions and then be guided as they try to get answers and solutions to their inquiry-based ideas.

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Leadership in Action

Preference Form Course Code: BAC13
All
Inquiry-Based: No

Students will discover leadership concepts and philosophy while they choose organizations that best fit their desired goals.

Mind, Body, Spirit: A Unique Approach to Student Success

Preference Form Course Code: BAC03
All
Inquiry-Based: No

This course will explore ancient yogic philosophy and ask you to apply it to your daily life in order to better succeed at UT. You will participate in mind, body and spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, journaling, breath work and nutrition.

Money Matters: Financial Literacy

Preference Form Course Code: BAC09
All
Inquiry-Based: No

The purpose of this course is for you to take the first step in order to develop into a financially literate adult. Financial literacy is defined as "the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage one's financial resources." Financial literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills for personal financial planning, the selection of financial services, budgeting and investing, developing an insurance program, credit management, consumer purchases, consumer rights and responsibilities and decision‐making skills for all aspects of life as consumers, workers and citizens. This course will help students to develop lifetime financial security skills. The understanding and management of personal finance and student loan debt are financial literacy topics of particular importance to college students. As 2014 MarketWatch article said, "But the broader lesson for me is clear: Millennials live in a world that now requires financial planning acumen. Even putting aside our generation’s cardinal financial challenges of unemployment, underemployment and student debt, we have more options than ever for managing our money, but more potential pitfalls as well. The time to become an expert is now."