Minutes: AAC, November 27, 2012

REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MISSISSAUGA ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE of Erindale College Council meeting held on Tuesday, November 275, 2012, at 11:10 a.m. in Room 3129, W. G. Davis Building.

Present:  N. Woolridge (in the Chair), D. Saini, A. Mullin, K. Hannah-Moffat, G. Anderson, D. Crocker, D. McMillen, C. Chambers, D. Francis Taylor, M. Lettieri, E. Levy, J. Simalchik, B. Yi, D. Smith, X. Shi, M. Havelka, N. Lacetera, R. Day, D. Brownfield, T. Bowen, S. Elborno, S. Sumra, V. Shahani, C. Elkabas, P. Maurutto, S. Stefanovic
Regrets: D. Kreuger, B. Katz, U. Krull, S. Kamenetsky,
In attendance:  J. Parker, J. Goodman, H. Gunz, S. Virani, M. Berger, L. Brooks, A. Rosenbloom

1.  Minutes of the previous meeting (October 30, 2012)

The report of the previous meeting was approved.

2. Reports of Committees and Officers

a) Proposal for an EDU: C:  Centre for South Asian Civilizations (CSAC) - Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean - For Approval

Professor Mullin explained that the Centre for South Asian Civilizations has dimensions connected both to research and to teaching. It will serve as a hub to encourage interdisciplinary research on South Asian civilizations and the South Asian diaspora, drawing upon the strengths of UTM faculty, and providing enhanced ways to involve undergraduate students in that research. It will serve UTM’s educational mission by providing co-curricular experiential learning opportunities to students and support for the proposed Minor program in South Asian Civilizations.  As an EDU-C it will neither appoint its own faculty nor offer its own programs, so it will not offer the new freestanding Minor program to be discussed shortly. It will provide enhanced opportunities for experiential learning by bringing academics, cultural performers, and community groups on campus to engage both with students and with interested members of surrounding communities.

The university is grateful to have received a donation that will fund many of the activities of the Centre, such as its Talent on Campus program and Undergraduate Research bursaries. While the donation accumulates over a ten-year period, the Office of the Dean will provide start up support. The Centre’s distinctiveness includes its use of the UN Geoscheme definition of South Asia to include the Persianate connection, and major representation of the humanities in the faculty who will be connected with it. As a result of academic planning, new hires in South Asian are underway in Historical Studies and Political Science. They will add to existing hires in Anthropology (2), Historical Studies (7, divided into History, Religion, and Women’s/Gender Studies), Language Studies (1) and Visual Studies (1). In addition to the many UTM faculty members with research and teaching interests in South Asia, there is significant student interest in the study of South Asia. This proposal has been shared with the Centre for South Asian Studies at UTSG, and the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC and has their support.

It was duly moved and seconded,
the Academic Affairs Committee recommend to Erindale College Council the establishment of the Centre for South Asian Civilizations (CSAC), an EDU: C, as described in the attached proposal, effective July 1, 2013.   (A. Mullin/D. Saini)

The Chair opened the floor to discussion.

A member commented that co-curricular activities could connect well with this new Centre.  Professor Virani noted that the Centre will have community outreach components. 

The motion was carried.

b) Major Modification stemming from the 2013-14 Curriculum Reports - For Approval

Proposal for a New Freestanding Minor in South Asian Civilizations – Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-Dean Undergraduate

The proposed minor focuses on the history, cultures, religions, languages, and socio-political developments of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Professor Mullin reported that there is significant student interest in the study of South Asia, evidenced by increase in UTM course enrolments and active and numerous student clubs. People of South Asian descent form a sizable minority of the GTA population, and the political, economic and cultural influence of South Asian countries is growing; this makes the minor a very valuable opportunity for our students to increase their global fluency.

A Minor in South Asian Studies is offered at the UTSG campus through the Centre for South Asian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs.   However, the UTSG program differs from our proposed Minor in the broader UTM definition of South Asia, discussed above with respect to the proposal for C-SAC, and the UTM program will have a more significant focus on scholarship in the Humanities, including Languages. The Department of Humanities at UTSC offers a Minor program in Global Asia Studies, which is geographically much broader than the program proposed here.  The preponderance of courses in UTSC’s program is focused on East Asia. These programs are sufficiently distinct. UTM will be the only university in Canada where students can study both Sikhism and Zoroastrianism.

The proposed new Minor will allow students to draw upon a broad range of disciplines and relevant language courses will be electives within it. In order to complete the program, students will be required to take a total of 4.0 FCEs in at least two distinct disciplines: History (HIS), Religion (RLG), Women and Gender Studies (WGS), Diaspora and Transnational Studies (DTS), Political Science (POL), Language Studies (LAN), Visual Studies (VCC, CIN, FAH), Sociology (SOC), and Anthropology (ANT). The program has a list of core courses that will count towards it, along with secondary courses that may count towards it depending on the focus of the individual course or the nature of the students’ program of study. UTM has a significant number of faculty teaching courses in the area across a wide range of departments, and is currently hiring two more tenure stream faculty members, as mentioned with respect to the C-SAC proposal. The program will be housed in the Department of Historical Studies and associated with abovementioned new Centre for South Asian Civilizations (C-SAC), with administrative support from the Department of Historical Studies.

It was duly moved and seconded,
The Academic Affairs Committee recommend to Erindale College Council the New Freestanding Minor in South Asian Civilizations as described in the attached proposal, effective September 1, 2013. (K. Hannah-Moffat/S. Sumra)

The motion was carried.

c) Curriculum Reports: For Approval

i)  2013-14 Humanities Curriculum Report – Professor Charles Elkabas

Professor Elkabas thanked all of his colleagues who were involved in developing the Humanities curriculum report.

Highlights of the Humanities Curriculum report:
  • The Humanities report involved regular and annual “housekeeping” to ensure that the quality of UTM Humanities programs will be maintained. Particular attention was paid to proper guidance (clarifications, course description content, subject matter progression) in order to help students better understand their course selection.
  • Notable is the introduction of a freestanding minor in South Asian Studies housed in the Department of Historical Studies
  • To enhance the learning experience of students, three engaging utmONE theme-based seminars were introduced. These include utmONE: Power and Danger of Art (UTM112), utmONE Scholars: The Drama of Politics (UTM190), and utmONE Scholars: Language, Culture, and Mind (UTM192)
  • Added: 5 full courses, 34 half-courses
  • Deleted: 0 full courses; 9 half-courses
  • Changes: 14 full courses; 45 half-courses

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the 2013-14 Humanities Curriculum Report be approved. (C. Elkabas/K. Hannah-Moffat)

The Chair opened the floor to discussion.

A member raised the of the apparent similarity of a newly proposed Classics course (CLA235H5 Ancient Visual Culture) to two existing Art History courses (FAH203H5 Greek Art and Architecture and FAH204H5 Roman Art and Architecture).  The Chair asked that the two departments in question discuss the issue and come to an agreement before the meeting of Erindale College Council to which the curriculum reports will be submitted.  

With respect to a member’s question on the resource implications of the utmONE program, Professor Elkabas explained the program will be taught by full-time faculty.

The motion was carried.

ii)  2013-14 Sciences Curriculum Report – Professor Sasa Stefanovic

Professor Stefanovic reported that the sub-committee met on three occasions.

SCI Curriculum Committee did not propose any major changes for the school year 2013-14 and there were no program additions and deletions.  Rather, a number of relatively small modifications were done in the category of “other program changes”.  In Anthropology, there was a change in course guideline for students on page 9.  New guidelines have been put in place for students interested in the fields of forensic anthropology and/or bioarchaeology, biological and/or evoluntionary anthropology to ensure that students are aware early on of what sort courses are necessary to pursue certain paths in anthropology.  These guidelines are meant to assist students in building a coherent program of study.

In Geography, course numbers and additional program requirements were updated (p. 13).  Fieldwork has traditionally been important to geographers and for many it is a defining feature of the subject, a vital teaching and learning strategy and essential to an undergraduate geography curriculum.  The department offers a number of field opportunities through its current suite of courses but as fieldwork is not an explicit program requirement most of our students graduate with limited field experience.  In comparison, many other geography departments across Canada have an explicit field requirement, especially in the physical geography stream.  By requiring our students to complete field days our physical geography program will align with those of most of our competitors and our human geography program will have an obvious distinction.

No resource implications stemmed from these program changes.

Professor Stefanovic reported that additions or deletions of courses across the Science departments were largely the result of changes in faculty composition in the departments.  A number of new courses were added to reflect new expertise to the departments provided by new hires or to reflect updates in the content of the field.  All resource implications stemming from these additions have been addressed with the Dean’s Office and resolved.

Forensic Sciences added two new courses: Forensic Chemistry  (FSC311) and Forensic Biology (FSC315).  The former course focuses on the analysis of physical evidence based on the principles of analytical chemistry while the latter focuses on the analysis and interpretation of biological evidence in a forensic context.  Both are required for accreditation of our Forensics Program through the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).

Geography added two courses as well: Introduction to Geomorphology (GGR201) and Water Quality and Stream Ecosystems (GGR374).  Geomorphology is one of the central sub-disciplines of physical hydrology.  An understanding of geomorphology is crucial to students concentrating in other areas of physical geography, as well as the environmental and earth sciences.  The role of the stream ecosystem, including the floodplain, represents the conduit for the transfer of terrestrial-derived solutes to lakes and oceans. The focus on water quality and stream ecosystems also complements existing geography and biology courses on other ecosystems (wetlands and lakes).

Chemical and Physical Sciences also added two new courses: Sedimentology (ERS313) and What’s Physics Got To Do With It (PHY100).  Sedimentology will build on course in Rock-forming Processes by expanding the coverage of sedimentary processes, allowing students to expand their understanding of one of the major subdivisions of geology (e.g., sedimentary rocks are the hosts of fossil fuel deposits).  Introductory Physics course is designed specifically for non-science students to give them a taste of what physics is about, allowing them to have some insight and intuition about physical topics without requiring them to take multiple specialized courses.

The departments of Biology and Mathematical and Computational Sciences each added one course.  Those are: Ecology of Communities (BIO331) and Introduction to Applied Statistics (STA215), respectively.  Also, two joint courses were added, one by GGR and ENV (Joint Environmental Science/Physical Geography Internship; JEG400) and one by GGR and ERS (Natural Hazards; JGE378).  Descriptions as well as rationales for all of these courses are provided in the Scienes Curriculum report.

As part of UTM’s commitment to enhancing the first-year experience, the Dean is proposing changes to utmONE, UTM’s first-year academic transition initiative as well as the introduction of a new set of seminars, entitled utmONE Scholars’ Seminars. The proposal is to replace the existing series of workshops with a theme-based, graded, half-credit course in three fields (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities). This change is consistent with a broader University of Toronto initiative to offer foundational year support to first-year students.  For SCI division, proposed courses are entitled Tools of the Trade (UTM111) and Thinking Like a Scientist (UTM191).


Courses were deleted because of lack of faculty to teach them, due to retirements, or due to lack of interest/further need for those courses.

Across departments, numerous other changes, including renumbering, reweighting, description, renaming, were implemented to make program and course requirements clearer to students and in response to the departments receiving repeated questions on certain issues from students.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the 2013-14 Sciences Curriculum Report be approved. (S. Stefanovic/M. Lettieri)

The motion was carried.

iii) 2013-14 Social Sciences Curriculum Report – Professor Paula Maurutto

Professor Maurutto reported that the Social Sciences Curriculum (SSC) Committee met on three occasions.  There were no new programs or deletion of programs.  Several minor changes were proposed.  CCIT is proposing a ‘Program Area Name Change’ from ‘Communications, Culture and Information Technology’ to ‘Communications, Culture, Information and Technology.’  Instead of ‘Information Technology’ the program will read ‘Information and Technology.’  The title better reflects the domain areas within the program, and it avoids the misrepresentation of the program as primarily one concerned with computing technologies. Students and faculty are supportive of this change.

In the Summary of Course Changes listed on Page 1, there are several minor changes to various programs.  For example, there are 14 changes to the courses in the CCIT program.  These primarily reflect changes to course descriptions and titles to better reflect course content, as well as modification in course pre-requisites and exclusions

The high number of course changes to the Economics and the Management Departments are primarily the result of the renumbering of two statistics courses that have resulted in implications for several major and specialist programs in these departments.  Also, the Department of Management is renaming its three ‘Commerce and Finance’ specialist programs.  They are proposing that these programs remove ‘and Finance’ and simply be referred to as ‘Commerce’ programs.  This is in keeping with how students refer to these programs. The removal of the term “and Finance” will reduce the currently redundancy present in several of the commerce specialist programs, in particular, the “Commerce and Finance – Finance” specialist.

The majority of changes Geography courses were due to modifications in the description of courses, which now specify the number of field days included in each course. Additional changes are the result of new course titles, course codes and changes to pre-requisites. 

The high number of course changes in the Department of Sociology are predominately a result of new pre-requisites and exclusions.  The current 3rd year required ‘Theories in Criminology’ (SOC305H) course is being moved to the second year to provide an earlier theoretical foundation. This has implications for several courses.

In the category of “Other Program Changes”, there were changes to approximately 13 major and specialist programs, some of which have been already mentioned. 

The Economics Department, on page 8, is changing its entry requirement for MAT133Y.  Last year, a requirement of 63% in MAT133 was approved for the ECO Minor Program.  This year, this requirement is being extended to the Major program to provide consistency across program requirements.

Geography, as specified at the bottom of page 8, now requires all students in the Major Arts program to complete six field days over their course of their program.    Field days may be accumulated through a geography field course and/or through geography courses that include field days.

Human Resources and Industrial Relations, listed on the top of page 9, is a program that is being phased out and will include a statement that it is “no longer accepting new students.”

Several new courses were added to reflect the expertise of new hires or to reflect new developments in the field.  The Political Science Department is introducing two courses to accommodate interest in the area of South Asian Studies.  These include Politics of South Asia (POL304Y) and Politics of the South Asian Diaspora in Comparative Perspective (POL446H).  The Department of Sociology is proposing 8 new courses; four in the criminology and Socio-legal studies program and 4 in the sociology program. These courses are being supported by the hire of 3 new faculty in the department. 

As part of UTM’s commitment to enhancing the first-year experience, the Dean is proposing changes to utmONE, UTM’s first-year academic transition initiative as well as the introduction of a new set of seminars, entitled utmONE Scholars’ Seminars.

A total of 7 half courses were deleted across the Social Science departments due to courses being replaced with new ones, courses not being offered, or a lack of faculty to teach a particular course.   There were additional housekeeping changes that include, the renumbering of courses and changes to course descriptions, course names, prerequisites and course exclusions.  These were implemented to clarify course requirements and content to students.  All program resource implications were addressed with and approved by the Dean’s office.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the 2013-14 Social Sciences Curriculum Report be approved. (P. Maurutto/K. Hannah-Moffat)

The motion was carried.

d) Proposal for an EDU: B at the University of Toronto Mississauga: Institute for Management and Innovation – Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal Academic and Dean - For Approval

Professor Mullin explained that IMI is proposed as an EDU-B, with both a research and a teaching mission. As an EDU-B, faculty may hold budgetary cross-appointments to it, and it may offer programs. To begin, the programs that it will offer are postgraduate: the MMPA and DIFA programs, and the Master of Biotechnology program, but it will explore developing and offering interdisciplinary undergraduate programs. Its general research mission will be to facilitate and highlight research that brings together management with a particular profession, economic sector, or science (social or natural), especially that connected to innovation broadly conceived. Innovation as understood here includes innovation in social policy and the application of policy as well innovation in particular products, processes and services. She noted that what is proposed is an Institute of Management and Innovation rather than more narrowly an Institute of the Management of Innovation. Its teaching mission involves both graduate and undergraduate education, and it will offer some programs and support others, as outlined in the proposal. It is expected that it will heighten the profile of the programs under its umbrella, and may attract substantial interest from potential donors and our surrounding communities.

Professor Mullin noted that ECC members have been supplied with the text of an amendment to the original proposal presented to RPPC and AAC, an amendment that is regarded as very friendly by the Office of the Dean and which has been incorporated into the ECC proposal. The Department of Economics has been added to our list of supporting departments, and its faculty members in continuing positions have expressed unanimous interest in accepting non-budgetary cross-appointments to IMI. Many of them teach in UTM’s Commerce programs, offered jointly by Management and Economics; these are among the programs to be supported by IMI.

It is anticipated that IMI will provide a platform to bring undergraduate and graduate students in closer contact, to expose all of them to cutting edge research talks and symposia, and to allow enhanced opportunities for experiential learning.

It was duly moved and seconded,
the Academic Affairs Committee recommend to Erindale College Council the establishment of the Institute for Management and Innovation (EDU: B) as described in the attached updated proposal, effective July 1, 2013. (A. Mullin/G. Anderson)

The Chair opened the floor to discussion.

A member asked whether or not there were opportunities for experiential learning.  Professor Mullin explained that IMI will indeed offer such initiatives.

With respect to a question on space implications, Professor Mullin noted the director would require one office and further requirements would be met by accommodations for new hires per department.  She added that anyone interested in being cross-appointed to this unit should contact the director.

The Vice-President and Principal explained that this initiative, by placing the relevant programs under one umbrella, makes it easier to highlight and promote these programs.

The motion was carried.

e) Graduate Curriculum changes - Professor Amy Mullin, Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean:  For Approval

i)  BTC 1840:  Patent Law for Life Sciences

Professor Mullin explained that the Faculty of Law presently offers LAW524H1S Patent Law for the Life Sciences, however, this course only permits students registered within the Faculty of Law to enroll. In order for graduate-level Life Sciences students to register in this course they require a dedicated course code to facilitate this registration. The creation of BTC1480H Patent Law for Life Sciences will enable graduate-level Life Sciences students such as the MBiotech students, to register appropriately. In addition to enabling graduate-level life sciences students to register, BTC1480H allows the facilitation and administration of this course by MBiotech administrators.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Academic Affairs Committee recommend to Erindale College Council the approval of changes to BTC1850 Patent Law for Life Sciences as described in the attached proposal effective January 1, 2013.  (A. Mullin/M. Havelka)

The motion was carried.

ii) MGT2260H:  Management Control

Professor Mullin referred members to the detailed proposals and explained that the proposed change is a reduction in the course weight for MGT2260H from 0.75 to 0.50 as a result of a reorganization of three courses (MGT1222H & MGT2261H both of which are weighted at 0.50) within the program.

It was duly moved and seconded,
THAT the Academic Affairs Committee recommend to Erindale College Council the approval of changes to MGT2260H Management Control as described in the attached proposal effective immediately. (A. Mullin/M. Lettieri)

The motion was carried.

The Chair noted that the next meeting of committee was scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

The meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.


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