Texas A&M University-Kingsville

New A&M-Kingsville Courses Emphasize Student Engagement

KINGSVILLE - June 18, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Ever dreamed of getting into the recording industry, visiting Paris or experiencing Lincolnesque history? Students at Texas A&M University-Kingsville can do all this and more as several new courses have been approved for inclusion in the course schedule at that are part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). The purpose of these courses is to enhance learning by increasing student engagement in research, civic service and professional activities.

New or redesigned courses that provide exceptional opportunities for student engagement can be designated as a QEP course. Any faculty member can propose a course, and the course can be a modification of an existing course, a Special Topics course or an entirely new course.

Jennifer Sholtis, associate music professor, will teach two new QEP courses. The first, MUSI 3132, will allow students to experience the recording industry when they record and sell horn music for use by high school and junior high school music instructors. In MUSI 4399, students will teach beginning horn to sixth graders in the Kingsville ISD.

Dr. Jacqueline Thomas, Regents professor in language and literature, will offer FREN 2312 and 4310 for the first time in the new year. Students in those classes will visit Paris to create a video, write a blog and create a web site – all in French – for presentation to and use by various groups.

Dr. Roger Tuller, associate professor of history, will teach HIST 4380 during which students will study Abraham Lincoln through various activities, including participating in a scholarly symposium, visiting a tribute to be held at Lincoln’s tomb and touring the Lincoln Presidential Library.

Dr. Muhittin Yilmaz, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will offer EEEN 2340. Students enrolling in this new course will work on small group projects that aim to synthesize theoretical and engineering concepts. Each project will involve analysis, design and practical applications of digital logic design.

Two existing QEP courses will continue, MUSI 1123 symphony orchestra, taught by Yutaka Kono, assistant professor of music, and ENGL 2314 technical writing, taught by Jackie Acuff, lecturer in language and literature.

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