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.
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.
Adoption of the Agenda
Approved by all present. (M.A. Mavrinac /R. Baker)
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.
Business Arising from the Minutes
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
c) Prof. R. Cummins – Forensic Science (Sciences/Social
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
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
Motion by W. Thompson to adopt the curriculum report for CCIT. Seconded
by M.A. Mavrinac. The report was approved.
The next meeting of the Academic Affairs Committee will be on January
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. (M. Baker / S. Munro)