On-Campus and Online Courses
URI is proud to announce the on-campus courses for the 2016 Winter J Term – URI’s affordable academic mini-semester offered during winter break from January 4 – 22nd. Register online through eCampus now!
The following is the course listing as of November 20th, 2015 and is subject to change. Remember, eCampus will always reflect the most up-to-date information. If you have specific questions, please call John Olerio at 401-874-2540.
Note: Many Winter J Term courses will have an online component in addition to the listed classroom time. There will not be any Winter J Term courses delivered fully online. Due to the intensive nature of these courses, students are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 4 credits.
General Education Offerings
- AST 108: Introductory Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
- COM 100: Communication Fundamentals
- COM 108: Spaceship Earth- An Intro to Systems
- ENG 110: Introduction to Literature
- ENG 160: Literatures of the World
- ENG 243: The Short Story
- FLM 101: Intro to Film Media
- HPR 112: Honors Seminar in Writing
- JOR 110: Introduction to Mass Media
- KIN 123: Foundations of Health
- MTH 108: Topics in Mathematics
- MUS 106: History of Jazz
- PHL 212: Ethics
- SOC 100: General Sociology
- STA 220: Statistics In Modern Society
Special Topics and Major-Specific Course Offerings
- BIO 396: Biology And Society
- BUS 140: Introduction To Business
- BUS 359: Management Systems Analysis
- BUS 365: Marketing Principles
- BUS 449: Entrepreneurship
- BUS 468: Global Marketing
- COM 221: Interpersonal Communication
- COM 310: The Business of Digital Media
- COM 310: Chinese Hollywood: Through The Lens of Visual Literacy
- CSV 302: Community Service at URI
- CSV 302: URI Community Service
- CVE 220: Mechanics of Materials
- EGR 326: Engineering Entrepreneurship II
- FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: Promotional Video Production
- FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: The Business of Film
- JOR 211: History of Broadcasting
- MCE 262: Statics
- NUR 485X: National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) RN Review
- PSC 303: The Politics of the Vietnam War
- PSY 442: Psychology of Exceptionality
- PSY 489: Problems in Psychology
- UCS 270: Academic and Career Decisions
- WRT 353: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy
Graduate Course Offerings
General Education Offerings
AST 108: Introductory Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies
Celestial sphere, constellations. Constitution of sun, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Planetarium used freely for lectures and demonstrations. Gen. Ed. Category: Natural Sciences (N).
Doug Gobeille, East Hall Auditorium, T-F, 4pm-8pm, 3 credits
COM 100: Communication Fundamentals
Integrates basic theory and experience in a variety of communication contexts including public speaking, small groups, and interpersonal communication. Examines human differences in order to develop more effective communication skills. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (EC)
Mark August, Swan Hall 204, M-F, 10am-2pm, 3 credits
Crystal Fonseca, Swan Hall 202, M-F, 11am-3pm, 3 credits
Martha Waitkun, Swan Hall 203, M-F, 10am-1:30pm, 3 credits
COM 108: Spaceship Earth- An Intro to Systems
Through in-depth study of films, readings, and Web sites, students will explore the economic and ecological principles of sustainability and the rhetorical strands linking scientific evidence, public policies, and individual behavior. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. (EC) or Social Science (S)
Norbert Mundorf, Swan Hall 306, M, W, 9am-1pm plus blended online, 4 credits
ENG 110: Introduction to Literature
Analy sis of literature through reading and discussion of a number of genres derived from a variety of literary cultures. Not available for English major credit. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L)
Ken Jolicoeur, Providence Campus, M-F, 1pm-4pm, 4 credits
ENG 160: Literatures of the World
Introduction to significant works of world literature. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L)
Diane Quaglia Beltran, Washburn Hall 219, M-TH, 10am-1:30pm plus blended online, 4 credits
ENG 243: The Short Story
Critical study of the short story from the early 19th century to the present. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts and Literature (A) or Letters (L)
Elisabeth Bell, Swan Hall 209, M-F, 10am-1pm, 4 credits – Full!
FLM 101: Intro to Film Media
Introduction to techniques of film practice, film history, genres, analysis of film texts, and reading of film images in their aesthetic, cultural, and literary context. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A).
Rebecca Kanost, Swan Hall 201, M-F, 12pm-4:30pm, 3 credits – Full!
HPR 112: Honors Seminar in Writing
An exploration of techniques for generating and delivering polished, cogent, and thoughtful work. We will focus on the importance of point of view, context, individual experience and bias, and clarity of language and grammar. Writing exercises will be both creative and academic and will reflect the interests and areas of study of course participants. Gen. Ed. Category: Eng. Comm. Writing (ECw).
Sarah Feeley Toatley, Lippitt 402, M-TH, 10am-1pm, 3 credits
JOR 110: Introduction to Mass Media
Surveys newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, television, advertising, and emerging technologies. Examines economic and news functions of each. Considers First Amendment, legal and ethical problems, restrictions, and social consequences of media. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S) or Letters (L).
John Pantalone, Swan Hall 205, M-TH, 9am-12pm, 3 credits – Full!
KIN 123: Foundations of Health
Development of attitudes and practices that lead to more healthful living. Personal and community health problems studied. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Science (S).
Rick Armstrong, Independence Hall 194, M-TH, 9am-12pm, 3 credits
MTH 108: Topics in Mathematics
Introduces the non-math majors to the spirit of mathematics and its applications. Presupposes no mathematical background beyond University admission requirements. Emphasis is on development of reasoning ability as well as manipulative techniques. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ).
James Baglama, Lippitt Hall 204, MWF, 9am-11am plus blended online, 3 credits
MUS 106: History of Jazz
The nature and origin of jazz and its development as an American folk idiom: European and African heritages, blues, ragtime, dixieland, boogie-woogie, swing, bop, cool, funky, gospel, jazz-rock, free-form, and progressive. Gen. Ed. Category: Fine Arts (A).
Jared Sims, Swan Hall 313, M-TH, 10am-2pm, 3 credits
PHL 212: Ethics
Evaluation of major ethical theories. Application of moral reasoning to topics such as virtues and vices, human dignity, conscience, responsibility, moral dilemmas, and reasons to be moral. Gen. Ed. Category: Letters (L).
Charles Chaves, Swan Hall 215, M-TH, 10am-1pm, 3 credits – Full!
SOC 100: General Sociology
Introductory description and analysis of the structure and dynamics of human society. Social norms, groups, intergroup relations, social change, stratification, and institutions. Gen. Ed. Category: Social Sciences (S).
Jill Doerner, Swan Hall 309, M-TH, 11am-2pm, 3 credits – Full!
Andrew Savchenko, Providence Campus, M-TH, 6pm-9pm, 3 credits
STA 220: Statistics In Modern Society
Elementary concepts in sampling, polls, surveys, random samples. Foundations of statistical inference; estimation, comparison prediction. Statistics for the consumer, quality of data, credibility of statistical evidence. Environmental measurements and experiments. Gen. Ed. Category: Math & Quant: (MQ).
Catherine Robinson, Swan Hall 201, M-F, 8:30am-11:30am, 3 credits
Special Topics and Major-Specific Course Offerings
BIO 396: Biology And Society
A seminar course dealing with the impact of biological discoveries on societal questions and with the social influences that affect biological discovery. Discussion of original papers, magazines, newspaper articles, and books about various discoveries. Prerequisite: three courses in biology (including current enrollment) or permission of instructor.
Scott Ruhren, Swan Hall 202, M-TH, 6pm-8:30pm plus blended online, 2 credits
BUS 140: Introduction To Business
Nature, philosophy, objectives, and scope of the American business system. Emphasis on the interrelations of the functional areas. Not open to juniors and seniors in the College of Business Administration.
John Dunn, Swan Hall 305, M-F, 10am-2pm, 3 credits
BUS 359: Management Systems Analysis
Analysis, concepts, methods, and techniques used in the evaluation of business processes leading to the design strategies for developing management information systems. Prerequisite: Junior standing in a degree granting college.
Doug Hales, Ballentine Hall 240, M-F, 9am-4pm, 3 credits
BUS 365: Marketing Principles
An introduction to marketing from a managerial viewpoint. Examines social, economic, technological, legal, ethical, and other environmental factors and their impact on product, price, promotion, and distribution decisions in a worldwide market. This Winter J Term section of BUS 365 is offered for non-marketing majors only. Registration by permission only. Email email@example.com for a permission number.
David Mitchell, Ballentine 111, M-TH, 8:30am-11:30am, 3 credits – Full!
BUS 449: Entrepreneurship
Procedures for starting one’s own business including business plans, financial data analysis, legal issues, and assessing feasibility of business ideas. Also addresses evaluating career interests and skills in entrepreneurship. Prerequisite: BUS 201 or 201H and senior standing in the College of Business Administration or permission of instructor; not open to students with credit in EEC 325. This Winter J Term section of BUS 449 is open to non-BUS majors only and counts toward the BUS Minor! Registration by permission only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a permission number.
Allan Tear and Melissa Withers, Ballentine Hall 102, M-TH, 10am-1:30pm, 3 credits
BUS 468: Global Marketing
Focus on understanding how cultural, political, economic, legal and other macro factors affect market strategies. Application of these factors in dealing with planning and organizing for global marketing operations. This Winter J Term section of BUS 468 counts toward the BUS minor and is offered for non-marketing majors only! Prerequisite: BUS 365 or 365H or equivalent. Cannot be taken for M.B.A. graduate credit. Registration by permission only. Email email@example.com for a permission number.
James Blair, Swan Hall 206, M-F, 10am-12:30pm, 3 credits
COM 221: Interpersonal Communication
Examines basic theory and skills, including impart of perception, self-concept, listening, nonverbal messages, and language on interpersonal communication, including conflict, relationship development, friendship, family and romantic relationships. Prerequisite: COM 100 or 100H or 110.
Tracy Proulx, Swan Hall 207, MWF, 9am-1pm, 3 credits
COM 310: The Business of Digital Media
Television has long been an experience that is easily defined and understood. But today, the content consumption experience is redefining and disrupting every aspect of television. Is it “Television” or is it “Media and The Internet”? This course will outline the technology, business models, and the intricate relationships between content owners, service providers, and consumers. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
Tom Ohanian, Swan Hall 205, M-TH, 6pm-10pm plus blended online, 3 credits
COM 310: Chinese Hollywood: Through The Lens of Visual Literacy
An intensive, interdisciplinary capstone course; exploring literature and research about Chinese Hollywood through visual literacy; and training students how to read Chinese film. Prerequisite: junior standing in a degree-granting college or permission of instructor.
Yan Ma, Swan Hall 304, MWF, 10am-2pm plus blended online, 3 credits
CSV 302: Community Service at URI
Learning through a community service project that addresses a specific community need at the University. Project proposed and supervised by an instructor, and varies each semester. Includes mandatory seminar. Service learning. Prerequisite: junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
Sarah Miller, Roosevelt Hall Great Room, M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm, 3 credits
CSV 302: URI Community Service
Nationally, student loan debt, college affordability, and financial literacy are hot topics and challenging our society. We will identify and examine the size, scope, and nature of student loan management and financial illiteracy. We will collect, organize, and present information, resources, and best practices addressing the issues. We will analyze the problem and develop specific URI suggestions and solutions to help our community members become more educated on these topics. We will present and market your plan to URI students, faculty, and staff with the potential of your plan actually being implemented at URI. Prerequisite: junior standing or above, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.
John Rooney, Swan Hall 213, T-TH, 3pm-6:45pm plus blended online, 3 credits
CVE 220: Mechanics of Materials
Mechanical properties of materials; analysis of members under axial, torsional, and transverse loads; stress and strain; beam deflections, and introduction to statically-indeterminate beams and buckling of columns. Prerequisite: MCE 262.
George Tsiatas, Swan Hall 311, M-TH, 9am-12pm, 3 credits
EGR 326: Engineering Entrepreneurship II
Advanced concepts in engineering entrepreneurship including metrics development and utilization, negotiating, business simulation and continuous improvement. Prerequisite: EGR 325.
James Miller, Gilbreth Hall 128, M-F, 8am-5pm, 3 credits
FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: Promotional Video Production
Covers the different forms of promotional videos and the production details that go into each one. Students will oversee the production of promotional videos for causes of their choosing from development of the initial concept, to creation, through the final edit. Non-linear editing skills are helpful, but not required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. FLM 110 or video or filmmaking course from ART, COM, or JOR recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of the director and change of topic.
Don Coyne, Swan Hall, M-F, 9:30am-11:30am, 4 credits
FLM 351: Topics in Film Media Production: The Business of Film
Explores the production and business dimensions of film media, film production technologies and aesthetics, and the funding of films from commercial, private, or non-profit sources. The course follows the trajectory of a film from concept to creation to distribution. Students will gain a basic understanding of how the processes of thinking, developing and financing a film all correlate. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor. FLM 110 or video or filmmaking course from ART, COM, or JOR recommended. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of the director and change of topic.
Reshad Kulenovic, Swan Hall 304, M-TH, 2pm-6pm, 4 credits
JOR 211: History of Broadcasting
Survey of broadcasting. Examines its pioneers and the impact of significant historical events as covered by radio and television. Considers the origins of modern news shows, talk-show formats, magazine broadcasts, and quiz shows. Prerequisite: JOR 110 or JOR 115.
Barbara Smith, CBLS 152, M-F, 9am-11:30am, 3 credits
MCE 262: Statics
Newton’s laws of force systems in equilibrium and their effects on particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Both scalar and vector methods of analysis are developed. Prerequisite: MTH 141 and credit or concurrent enrollment in EGR 106 or permission of instructor.
Musa Jouaneh, Wales Hall 225, M-T & TH-F, 9am-12:30pm, 3 credits
NUR 485X: National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) RN Review
Comprehensive review of essential nursing knowledge across content areas, according to the NCLEX-RN test plan, in preparation for taking the NCLEX-RN exam. Prerequisite: Graduate of an accredited RN nursing program, or permission of instructor.
Sandra Basley, Joan Dugas, Christine McGrane & Michelle Palmer, White Hall 205, MWF, 9am-3:30pm, 1 credit
PSC 303: The Politics of the Vietnam War
The politics of the Vietnam War addressed from a range of perspectives. Emphasis on the political, social, strategic, legal, and moral issues raised by the Vietnam War and its aftermath. *No prerequisites required*
Gerry Tyler, Swan Hall 207, M-F, 1pm-4pm, 4 credits – Full!
PSY 442: Psychology of Exceptionality
Survey of the major issues underlying the classification, institutionalization, and treatment of persons with mental, physical, psychological, and educational disabilities. Specific topics include social attitudes toward exceptionalities, past and current legislation, special education services, and transitions into community life and the workplace. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
Allyson Esposito, Providence Campus, M-T & TH, 5pm-9pm, 3 credits
PSY 489: Problems in Psychology
This course provides an opportunity for students to receive intensive training on both foundational knowledge about eating disorders and a high-intensity training on a campus-based intervention program. Students will receive training to become facilitators of The Body Project.
Lindsey Anderson, Chafee Hall 150, M-F, 10am-1pm (with 9am-5pm seminars on 1/7 & 1/8), 3 credits
UCS 270: Academic and Career Decisions
Development of skills and knowledge necessary to make educational and career decisions; utilize self-assessment inventories to identify aptitudes, values, and interests as they relate to majors and careers. Prerequisite: Not for students with more than 75 credits.
Kim White, Swan Hall 205, T, TH, 2pm-4pm, 1 credit
WRT 353: Issues and Methods in Writing Consultancy
Practice and theory of one-to-one instruction emphasizing varied situations and multiple learning styles. Covers approaches to collaboration, learning, writing, and responding. Requires sustained fieldwork. Prerequisite: permission of instructor or B or better in two WRT courses.
Heather Johnson, Swan Hall 213, M-TH, 9:30am-1:00pm plus blended online, 4 credits
“Winternships” – Exploring the Job Market in Rhode Island
Being offered during the Winter J Term for the second time in 2016, ITR 300 allows students the opportunity to engage with the professional world and gain an understanding of prospective careers outside of the classroom. This section of ITR 300 is perfect for any upperclassmen in almost any major looking to network with distinguished URI Alumni and explore the local job market.
The course is designed to increase awareness of the professional decision making process, explore career choices and expand understanding of the relationship between education and the 21st century world of work. Students will study key career development theories. Students will also travel to meet with employers at various agencies (i.e. for profit, non-profit, large and small businesses, government, etc) throughout Rhode Island.
ITR 300: Career Planning: Concepts and Skills
Identify personal strengths, interests, and professional values related to career exploration. Develop professional job and internship search skills. Prerequisite: sophomore standing; NOT for BUS or Wanting BUS students.
Kim Stack, Swan Hall 211, M-F, 9am-4pm, 3 credits
Graduate Course Offerings
AFS 531: Fisheries Stock Assessment
A quantitative approach to describing the processes of fish growth and mortality, the estimation of stock size, the prediction of stock yield, and management practices. Spreadsheets and other computer applications will be used for the analysis of data.
Kathleen Castro and Laura Skrobe, East Farm & Hillside Hall B001, M-F, 9am-12:30pm, 3 credits
EDC 586: Professional Coaching for Managers, Leaders & Helpers
Professional coaching involves a unique strengths-based trio of mindset, skill set and tools acquired at a basic level through course. It is comprised of seven major segments detailing the boundaries, approaches, evidence, and instruments used to support client decision-making and growth. Registration by permission only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a permission number.
Gene Knott, Swan Hall 201, M, TH, 4:30pm-8:30pm plus blended online, 3 credits
HDF 597: Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island Mediation Conflict Resolution Skills Training
This graduate level, three credit course will explore the theory and practice of mediation as an alternative means of resolving conflict. Students will have an opportunity to practice and apply their mediation skills in simulated role-plays and exercises.
Tonya Harris, Providence Campus, M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm, 3 credits