Erindale College Council

REPORT OF THE ACADEMIC AFFARS COMMITTEE of Erindale College Council held on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 3:10 p.m., in Room 3129.

PRESENT: A. Lange (in the Chair), I. Graham, M. Lettieri, G. White, D. Schulze, K. Blankstein, Y. Karshon, N. Copeland, J. Van Biesenbroeck, R. Day, S. Munro, A. Mirza, M.A. Mavrinac, B. Thompson
REGRETS: S. Aster, I. Orchard, C. Misak, M. Lord, M. Glanzberg, Y. Li, R. McMillan, J. Kervin, J. McCurdy-Myers, M. Rennie, G. Anderson

Note: Copies of the curriculum reports summarized here are posted on the Erindale College Council website and are treated as Appendices to this report.

1. Adoption of the Agenda
Item c), the Social Sciences Curriculum Report, under New Business was moved to item a). The amended agenda was approved by all present. (G. White / M. Lettieri)

2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved. (M. Lettieri / K. Blankstein)

3. Business Arising from the Minutes
None.

4. New Business: Reports of Divisional Curriculum Committees

a) Social Sciences – Professor Graham White

Prof. White presented the Social Sciences Curriculum report and noted that there were no major changes in the curriculum. The addition of new courses reflects new hires and their areas of interest and expertise. There has also been a re-focusing and expansion of program requirements. He noted that the largest number of changes was made in the Communication, Culture and Information Technology program as it expands into new areas, and obsolete courses are eliminated. As well, the range of course options that students are required to take within a set of categories in CCIT is being widened. This change reflects new courses, as well as an attempt at clarifying the requirements and offering flexibility to students. Within various categories of Geography courses, students will be given more flexibility in course options. Political Science students are offered greater breadth of choice, by changing the program requirement in several fields in both the Major and the Specialist programs. This change reflects two new hires and a series of new courses.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Social Sciences Curriculum report be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee. (G. White / M. Lettieri)

The Chair opened the floor to questions.

In response to a member’s question about the deletion of the course “Canadian Political Parties,” Prof. White explained that the course has had the lowest enrolment in the discipline.

The Motion was called to question. The Motion was approved.

b) Humanities – Professor Michael Lettieri

Prof. Michael Lettieri presented the Humanities Curriculum report. He explained that most changes were minor and included the addition of new courses, the renumbering of courses, and minor changes in course titles and description. These changes primarily reflect student demand and recent hires. He highlighted some curriculum changes in more detail. In Women and Gender studies, courses are being renamed in order to help draw attention to them. The Program also has a new coordinator, Prof. Jan Noel, on a permanent basis. The Program’s course offerings are being expanded and more flexibility is being introduced in order to meet increasing student demand. There are new courses in Cinema Studies, French, German and Italian, Linguistics, English and Drama, History and Classics, Philosophy, and Visual Media Culture. The department is trying to enhance Cinema Studies courses, in response to high demand in this area. In addition, there are more courses being added in Business German because the highest concentration of German businesses in Canada exist in Mississauga. Additional courses in History and Classics reflect four new hires in the area.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Humanities Curriculum report be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee. (M. Lettieri / M.A. Mavrinac)

The Chair opened the floor to questions. The Director of the CCIT program pointed out that the correct name of the program is Visual Culture and Communication, as opposed to Visual and Media Culture. A member pointed out that VCC 390 and VCC 490 have the same title and description; after some discussion, it was agreed that the Humanities curriculum committee would address this problem.

The Motion was called to question. The Motion was approved, pending the above change proposed in the CCIT program.

c) Sciences – Professor Ian Graham

Prof. Graham presented the Sciences Curriculum Report. He noted that requirements for first year science students were changed to one instead of two grade 12 Mathematics courses. This change was based on the belief that previous requirements were too rigorous. In Biology, new courses have been added and existing courses reorganized to make the program more flexible in its offerings. In Chemistry, course exclusions and prerequisites have been updated. In the Forensic Science Program, changes have been made to meet professional accreditation requirements. In addition, organic chemistry courses have been added to the Major program and requirements for transfer credit students have been formalized. Because of these changes, in addition to applying directly through the Forensic Sciences Program, students must also apply through the Office of Admissions and Awards. In the department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, several new courses have been added to reflect new hires. Psychology courses have seen minor changes in course title descriptions, while in the Exceptionality in Human Learning Program, minor changes have been made in the program’s optional courses.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Sciences Curriculum report be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee contingent on the approval of relevant resources related to the Forensics Science Program. (I. Graham / B. Thompson)

A member commented that there was an error in the GGR 377 course description. Another member pointed out an error in the name of Molecular Biology Specialist program.

The Motion was called to question. The Motion was approved with the above minor amendments.

5. Other Business
None.

6. Next Meeting
The next meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee will be on January 6, 2004.

7. Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 4:05 p.m. (M. Lettieri / K. Blankstein)