Catalog Addendum

New Courses

Biology

BIOL 107
Microbes and Society
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures per week; 3 hrs credit
This course focuses on microorganisms and introduces students to scientific inquiry by examining such biological concepts as organization, heredity, evolution, and ecology. It emphasizes the role of microorganisms on health and disease and their relevance to biotechnology and industry. The course also addresses the social and economic impact of microorganisms and their effect on health, sanitation, and agriculture.

BIOL 252
Molecular Genetics
Prerequisites: BIOL 111 with a C or better within the past 5 years; MATH 095 with a C or better or qualifying score on placement exam; placement into ENG 099 or higher.
3 lectures per week; 3 hrs credit
This course provides an introduction to the principles of genetics including Mendelian genetics, population genetics, evolutionary genetics, and mechanisms of gene regulation. There is an emphasis on use of molecular biology and genetics in biotechnology including: comparative genomics, drug development, microarray analysis, RNAi, and use of computer prediction and modeling tools.

Criminal Justice

CJ 207
Street Law: Understanding Law and Legal Issues
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures per week; 3 hrs credit
This course will cover the evaluation, debate, and critical analysis of law and legal issues that affect individuals, their families, and their communities. Students will learn about practical aspects of civil, criminal, constitutional, family, immigration, and consumer law in a diverse society with an orientation toward civic involvement in the community.

Early Childhood Education

ECED 150
Introduction to Early Childhood Center Administration – Legal Requirements
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
1 lecture per week; 1 hr credit
This course addresses the legal responsibilities of a director of an early childhood center. Its focus is on the legal and licensing requirements of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

ECED 151
Introduction to Early Childhood Center Administration – Program Operations
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
1 lecture per week; 1 hr credit
This course provides an introduction to the daily operations of a child care center. It focuses on current early childhood administrative practices including child attendance, staff supervision, fiscal responsibilities such as report development and cash flow management, and mechanisms for communicating with parents.

ECED 152
Introduction to Early Childhood Center Administration – Facilities Management
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
1 lecture per week; 1 hr credit
This course provides an introduction to the daily management of child care center facilities. It focuses on current early childhood administrative practices including maintenance of a health facility, food service supervision, and organization of educational materials.

ECED 217
Administration of Early Childhood Education Centers –  Personnel, Families and Children
Prerequisite:  Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures per week: 3 hrs credit
This course is for teachers or directors of early childhood  centers who wish to improve skills in center administration and for those who  want to become directors.  It focuses on  the knowledge and skills needed to manage and provide mentoring and supervision  for personnel and work effectively with diverse families and children.  Early childhood leadership skills and child  advocacy are an important part of the course.

ECED 218
Administration of Early Childhood Education Centers –  Practices and Procedures
Prerequisite:  Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures per week: 3 hrs credit
This course is for teachers or directors of early childhood  centers who wish to improve their skills in center administration and for those  who want to become directors.  This  course covers the management of early childhood centers, center fiscal and  legal structures, space planning and development, and marketing.

ECED 219
Applied Early Childhood Center Administration
Prerequisites: ECED 217 with a grade of C or better and ECED 218 with a grade of C or better
3 lectures per week; 3 hrs credit
This course focuses on the management and leadership responsibilities of an early childhood administrator. Students are expected to apply knowledge and skills gained in prerequisite courses. Inquiry-based projects will allow students to find realistic solutions for meeting the challenges of an administrative position. Students will work closely with local child care centers.

ECED 298
Administration of an Early Childhood Center Internship
Prerequisites: ECED 217 with a grade of C or better and ECED 218 with a grade of C or better
20 lab hrs per week; 3 hrs credit
Students participate in an approved early childhood education center where they gain knowledge and skills through hands-on participation with the center’s administrative team. Students spend 20 hours per week at the internship site, and their work is evaluated by a faculty supervisor.

Geology

GEOL 201
Earth Science Research
Prerequisite: Instructor consent; completion of at least one college-level science course; placement intoENG 099 or higher
10 lab hours per week; 1 hr credit (variable credit)
This course will allow students to conduct independent research in a variety of Earth Science fields including geology climatology, meteorology and environmental science. Students will make field observations and develop and test related hypotheses. The course includes field work, writing professional reports and presenting results at appropriate venues.

History

HIST 240 (IAI: H2 909D)
African American History
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures per week: 3 hrs credit
This course will focus on African American history from its pre-slavery roots in Africa through the present. Using primary and secondary sources, we will examine the political, economic, social, and cultural contributions of African Americans to the history of the United States from 1619 to the present, as well as the changing definition of freedom in America.

Physics

PHYSI 105 (IAI: P1 901)
Physics and Society
Prerequisite: Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures per week; 3 hrs credit
This course will introduce students to the scientific and technological challenges posed by such issues as climate change, nuclear energy, communication and satellite technology, space exploration, alternative energy, and the medical applications of electromagnetic imaging and nuclear radiation. Acoustics and music, quantum mechanics, and Einstein’s theory of relativity will also be addressed.

Spanish

SPAN 120 Latin American Culture & Civilization
Prerequisite:  Placement into ENG 099 or higher
3 lectures; 3 hrs credit
This course introduces students to the cultures, geography,  history, literature, music and arts of present-day Latin America.  This course is conducted in English.

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New Program

Web Technician
Certificate

This program provides students the opportunity to learn Web technician skills. A Web technician is an Information Technology specialist that works alongside with editors and graphic designers to create websites that are visually pleasing and easy to navigate.  The duties have a technical focus that includes knowledge of web coding languages, authoring tools, design principles, digital media, and Internet technology. Web technicians create the front-end of websites that meet the preferences of the owner and attract customers. Web technicians are expected to be creative, have an awareness of website usability, and be up to date with web accessibility guidelines.

 

Program Requirements

ART 115 or GC 115 Introduction to Computer Art (3) 

IT 140 Introduction to Operating Systems (3)

ITAPP 109 Introduction to the Internet (1)

ITWEB 101 Web Page Fundamentals (3)

ITWEB 103 Web Site Design - Level 1 (3)

ITWEB 105 Multimedia Writing (3)

ITWEB 203 Web Site Design - Level 2 (3)

ITWEB 205 Web Languages (3)

Program Total: 22 credits


   

Dropped Courses

Business

BUS 287 E-Business

CJ 202 Civil and Criminal Laws/Procedures

GC 182 Digital Video

HIST 230 African American History

ITPRG 248 COBOL Programming I

ITPRG 249 COBOL Programming II

ITWEB 225 Web Workshop: Advanced Topics

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Course Modifications

Early Childhood Education

ECED 110 Care and Education: Infants, Toddlers and 2-Year  Olds

Prerequisite: ED 101
3 lectures per week: 3 hrs credit
This course provides an overview of developmentally appropriate infant, toddler, and 2-year old programs. Students focus on practices that foster children's well-being, and on creating a curriculum and environment that supports physical and social growth and good communication with parents. Ten hours of supervised experience in a  classroom for infants, toddlers or two year old children is required.

ECED 251 Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Programs
This course examines the principles that  guide the planning, implementation, and evaluation of developmentally  appropriate curriculum.  It addresses  goals and lesson plans; emerging curricula; scheduling; room arrangement and  learning centers; materials and equipment; individual, small, and large group  activities; and the teacher's role in developing curricula for an inclusive  program that promotes cultural diversity.   Ten hours of supervised experience in a program for young children is  required.

ECED 251 – change prerequisite to ECED 104 and ED 101, or consent of instructor

History

HIST 240 African American History (Previously HIST 230 African American History)
This course will focus on African American history from its pre-slavery  roots in Africa through the present.   Using primary and secondary sources, we will examine the political,  economic, social, and cultural contributions of African Americans to the  history of the United States from 1619 to the present, as well as the changing  definition of freedom in America.    

Nursing

NURS 101 – change hours to:

4 lectures, 2 college labs, 6 clinical labs per week; 7 hrs credit

NURS 102 – change hours to:

5 lectures, 2 college labs, 6 clinical labs per week: 8 hrs credit

NURS 201 – change hours to:

6 lectures, 2 college labs, 12 clinical labs per week: 11 hrs credit

NURS 202 – change hours to:

6 lectures, 2 college labs, 12 clinical labs per week: 11 hrs credit

NURS 211

This course is designed to prepare the graduate for the professional  practice of nursing. The nursing roles and the legal implications for the  graduate nurse are discussed along with the recent developments and realities  as they affect the everyday practice of nursing.  Submission of a research paper is utilized to  enhance written communication skills.

Photographic Studies

PHOTO 291 Survey of Contemporary Photography
This course gives students the opportunity to visit exhibitions at  museums and galleries and become familiar with current trends in  photography.  Some classes will meet at  the exhibition sites while others will be held on campus.

Spanish

SPAN 102 – change prerequisite to:
SPAN 101; or two years high school Spanish within the past five years; or qualifying score on Spanish placement test; or instructor consent

SPAN 201
SPAN 102; or three years high school Spanish within the past five years; or qualifying score on Spanish placement test; or instructor consent

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Program Modifications

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Services A.A.S.
In Area of Concentration/Program Requirements: 
Add CJ 207 Street Law Understanding Law and Legal Issues (3)
Drop CJ 202 Civil and Criminal Laws/Procedures (3)

Criminal Justice Services Certificate
In Program Requirements, last line:
Select from CJ 106, 110, 203, 207, 270 (6)

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Center Director (Previously Early Childhood Director)
This program prepares students to meet  Illinois Department of Children and Family Services requirements to be an Early  Childhood Education Center Director.  Students  must also have completed two years of college credit.  Since PSC is an entitled institution, these  courses can be used to meet Gateways Director Credential requirements.

Additional program requirements:     ECED 217, ECED  218

Child and Family Studies A.A.S.
Under “Select 6 credit hours from the following…”
Add: ECED 150 Introduction to Early Childhood Administration – Legal Requirements (1)
ECED 151 Introduction to Early Childhood Administration – Program Operations (1)
ECED 152 Introduction to Early Childhood Administration – Facilities Management (1)
ECED 217 Administration of Early Childhood Education Centers – Personnel, Families and Children (3)
ECED 218 Administration of Early Childhood Education Centers – Practices and Procedures (3)
ECED 219 Applied Early Childhood Center Administration (3)
ECED 298 Administration of an Early Childhood Center Internship (3)

Delete: ECED 214

Early Childhood Education Center Director Certificate

Under Program Requirements:
Add: ECED 213 Multicultural Education (3)
Delete: ECED 299
Add: “Choose 3 credits from the following based on the recommendation of the Coordinator:”
ECED 150 Introduction to Early Childhood Administration – Legal Requirements (1)
ECED 151 Introduction to Early Childhood Administration – Program Operations (1)
ECED 152 Introduction to Early Childhood Administration – Facilities Management (1)
ECED 219 Applied Early Childhood Center Administration (3)
ECED 298 Administration of an Early Childhood Center Internship (3)

Education – Paraprofessional

Paraprofessional Educator A.A.S.

Delete: EDU 216

Fitness

Fitness and Exercise AAS
Add as an option:   PSYCH 102 Human Growth and Development: Life Span (3) OR PSYCH 212  Theories of Personality (3)

Health Professions

Nursing A.A.S.

Change credit hours: NURS 101 to 7; NURS 102 to 8; Program Total to 70

Information Technology

Information Technology A.A.S. – Networking Option
In Networking Concentration Courses, last line:
Select from ITAPP 109, 121, 125, 128, 133; ITNET 260, 280; ITPRG 103, 142, 144, 147

Information Technology A.A.S. – Programming Option
In “Select 17 credits from the following:”
Delete ITPRG 248, 249 (no replacements)

Programming Certificate

In “Select from the following:”
Delete ITPRG 248, 249 (no replacements)

Information Technology A.A.S. – Webmaster Option
Change title to: Web Option
In Program Requirements:
Delete BUS 131; replace with BUS 107 Bookkeeping and Procedural Accounting (4)

In Web Concentration Courses:
Delete BUS 261, ITWEB 225; replace with IT 201 Systems Design and Development (3)
ITWEB 205 Web Languages (3)

Web Developer Certificate
Change description: This program provides students with skills needed for creating websites and coding web pages. A web developer is more focused on the way a website works than how it looks. Web developers are required to have strong programming and database administration skills for building and maintaining websites that function well. Once a website is up and running, web developers ensure that the site is cross-functional on all web browsers, periodically testing and updating as needed.

Delete: ITWEB 225

Add:  ITWEB 205 Web Languages (3); ITAPP 109 Introduction to the Internet (1)

Change credit hours:  from 20 to new total of 22

Webmaster Certificate

Change description: This program provides students with skills needed for building, maintaining and monitoring the performance of websites. A webmaster oversees a website to assure it stays online, optimizing the website. Knowledge of Linux or UNIX operating systems is important, because the server is usually hosted on Linux or Solaris. Students are offered hands-on activities in networking and operating systems in addition to Web programming. The webmaster’s position includes making sure that the website links are working properly, tracking the traffic going to a website and studying the web analytics of the website.

Add:  ITAPP 109 Introduction to the Internet (1)

Change credit hours:  from 21 to new total of 22

Music

Music Production AAS
Deleted:  CET  101 Fundamentals of Electricity (2)
Added:  ELECT 101  Fundamentals of Electricity 1 (2)
Electives – Multimedia:  GC 185

Music Technology Certificate
Deleted:  CET  101 Fundamentals of Electricity (2)
Added:  ELECT 101  Fundamentals of Electricity 1 (2)

Photographic Studies

Photographic Studies AAS
Add courses to Specialization Option:  PHOTO 267 Video Production (4), PHOTO 268  Event and Wedding Photography (4)

Under Specialization Option:

Add: PHOTO 267 Video Production (4); PHOTO 268 Event and Wedding Photography (4)

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Dropped Program

Communication Disorders A.A.

Health Administration A.A.

Industrial Technology A.S.

Photography A.A.

Physical Science

Physical Science A.S. degree – no longer offered

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Changed Course Prerequisites

Early Childhood Education

ECED 251 Curriculum Design for Early Childhood Programs
Prerequisites:   ED 101 and ECED 104 or consent of instructor

Biology

BIOL 100, BIOL 103, BIOL 105, BIOL 106, BIOL 112
Prerequisites:   Placement into ENG 099 or higher; placement into MATH 090 or higher or  completion of MATH 085 with a C or better

BIOL 111
Prerequisites:   High school biology or BIOL 100 or BIOL 108 or BIOL 112 within the past  5 years with a C or better; placement into ENG 099 or higher; placement into  MATH 090 or higher or completion of MATH 085 with a C or better

BIOL 211, BIOL 221
Prerequisites:   BIOL 111 or CHEM 105 in the past 5 years with a C or better

BIOL 222
Prerequisite:   BIOL 221 within the past 5 years with a C or better

Nursing

NURS 211
Prerequisite:   Placement into ENG 099 or higher; NURS 102

   

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Additional Accreditations

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

(CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting
(ARCSTSA)
6 Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
Phone: (303) 694-9262
www.artstsa.org

Religious Observance

Prairie State College is required to excuse students who need to be absent from class, examinations, study, or work
requirements because of their religious beliefs, and provide students with a make-up opportunity, unless to do so would unreasonably burden the institution. Students must notify their instructor during the first week of the term of any anticipated absence for religious reasons.

Grade Appeal Process

A student has the right to express concern about his or her final grade, keeping in mind that faculty members have sole responsibility for assigning grades.  The right to appeal a grade assumes a corresponding responsibility on the part of the student to act with integrity.  Students may not appeal a grade for an individual assignment or examination.  Only the final course grade may be appealed, and that appeal must be filed within the first 30 days of the following fall or spring semester.  An appeal will be considered only with strong, supporting documentation.  It is the student's responsibility to prove the grade is incorrect.  Students may request a grade appeal form from the office of their division dean.

The grounds for appealing a final course grade are as follows:

  • The grade is based on an error in calculation.
  • The grade assigned did not follow the grading criteria stated on the course syllabus.
  • The grade for a writing intensive class is based on inadequate criteria.

When the final grade is based on portfolio assessment, the Vice President of Academic Affairs reserves the right to assign the grade appeal to the department chair and the portfolio committee of that discipline.