Erindale College Council

The ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE met on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 at 3:10 p.m., in Room 3129.


PRESENT: S. Aster (Chair), J. Poë, M. Lettieri, R. Baker, G. Crawford, M.A. Mavrinac, S. Tenenbaum, J. Lester, P. Macdonald, B. Green, G. Anderson, S. Munro, W. Ghobriel, M.L. Smith, B. Thompson, A. Mamdani, J. McCurdy-Myers, B. Green, C. Ferencz Hammond
REGRETS: I. Orchard, M. Overton, L. MacDowell,, I. Graham, D. Dilkes, G. Allen, D. Gorski, P. Lim, M. Marji, K. Nugent/T. Mann, B. Welsh, C. Boyd
GUESTS: David Penhale, Sheridan College; E. Levy (Fine Art)

Note: Copies of each curriculum report summarized here are posted on the Erindale College Council website, under the Official Documents section.

  1. Adoption of the Agenda
    Approved by all present. (M.A. Mavrinac /R. Baker)

  2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
    M.A. Mavrinac noted that there was an error regarding the Library Advisory Committee in the previous minutes. The secretary will be informed of the changes. The minutes were approved. (M. McCurdy-Myers/S. Tenenbaum)

  3. Business Arising from the Minutes

  4. New Business: Reports of Divisional Curriculum Committees

    a) Associate Dean R. Baker – Sciences
    Associate Dean R. Baker presented the Sciences Divisional Curriculum Report and highlighted the program in Biotechnology, which is in cooperation with the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy. R. Baker noted that this new Specialist program in Biotechnology offers students a firm grounding in the science of biotechnology and a through understanding of the industry, and its social and ethical implications in a global framework. He also noted the addition of two new courses to the Biotechnology Curriculum: Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics and Seminars in Biotechnology. He observed that there have been five new courses added to the Chemistry curriculum. In Computer Sciences, R. Baker explained that several courses had been revisited, with eight courses being dropped and six new courses being added. Statistics saw the creation of a new course, with a focus on data analysis and applications.

    Motion by R. Baker to adopt the divisional curriculum report for Sciences. Seconded by G. Anderson. The report was approved.

    b) Associate Dean G. Crawford – Social Sciences
    Associate Dean G. Crawford pointed to the summary page of his report, noting that there has been a net increase in courses as a result of new faculty hiring in Anthropology, Economics, Sociology and Political Science. There is a substantial change in the first year Political Science program, with the introduction of two new 100 level half courses, which are in response to the recommendations of the Principal’s Task Force On Year One. Motion by G. Crawford to adopt the divisional curriculum report for Social Sciences. Seconded by S. Munro. The report was approved.

    c) Prof. R. Cummins – Forensic Science (Sciences/Social Sciences)
    Prof. Cummins noted the addition of three new specialist programs in Forensic Science – Anthropology, Biology and Psychology. Students in these specialist programs will be able to participate in a placement program in their fourth year.

    Motion by S. Aster to adopt the divisional curriculum report for Forensic Science – Sciences. Seconded by G. Crawford.

    It was queried whether the addition of an Organic Chemistry course to the Biology Specialist program had been considered. It was explained that at present this addition could not be accommodated.

    Motion called to question. The report was approved.

    Prof. Cummins noted the addition of three new courses to the Anthropology Specialist program. To meet employer demand and in order to accommodate the importance of court preparation, the course Forensic Investigation and the Courts was added.

    Motion by B. Green to adopt the curriculum report for Forensic Science – Social Sciences. Seconded by M. Lettieri. The report was approved.

    d) Associate Dean M. Lettieri – Humanities
    Associate Dean M. Lettieri highlighted several issues of note in the Humanities curriculum report. In the Drama curriculum, a new Major program was added for CCIT students. There were major changes made to the Fine Art curriculum, with the addition of eleven new courses and changes to the Specialist and Major program requirements. M. Lettieri pointed out that as a result of new faculty hiring, additional courses have been proposed in History, Italian and Philosophy. The Philosophy program has been made a limited enrolment program. M.A. Mavrinac talked about the creation of a new course: Introduction to Scholarly Research, which has been classified under Social Sciences and Humanities for the purposes of the Distribution Requirement, and which will introduce students to scholarly approaches to research.

    R. Baker stated that he would prefer this course to be a distribution free course. M.A. Mavrinac commented that the course was originally intended to be distribution free, but was changed in response to suggestions from faculty.

    Motion by M. Lettieri to adopt the curriculum report for Humanities. Seconded by S. Tenenbaum. The report was approved.

    e) Prof. W. Thompson – CCIT
    Prof. Thompson outlined the creation of three Specialist Programs as part of CCIT – Digital Enterprise Management (Arts), Human Communication and Technology (Science) and Visual Culture and Communication (Arts). He pointed out that these programs are multidisciplinary in nature, with an applied skills focus at Sheridan College. B. Green questioned the CGPA limits as outlined in each of the Specialist program admission requirements. Prof. Thompson commented that these requirements reflect an emphasis on the competitive nature of these specialist programs.

    Motion by W. Thompson to adopt the curriculum report for CCIT. Seconded by M.A. Mavrinac. The report was approved.

  5. Other Business

  6. Next Meeting
    The next meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee will be on January 21, 2003.

  7. Adjournment
    The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. (M. Baker / S. Munro)