Course and Program Approval Committee

May 3, 2004


Chairperson, Deb Parziale called the meeting to order at 3:02 p.m.


Approval of Minutes:

Motion to approve the minutes for April 19, 2004. Chris Warden/second/Jeffrey Dean. Motion Carried.


Members Present:

Janice Jones, Deb Parziale, K.G. Greenstein, Jeffrey Dean, Rick Arellano, Carrie Dameron, Adam Peck, Bill Parks, Chris Warden, Rachel Sherman, Alyce Lentz, Chieko Honma, Maria Ramirez


Managers Present:

Walt Birkedahl, Dr. Jim Wright, Dr. Ron Quinta,


Others Present:

Heidi Barkow, Tom McMahon, Sheldon Helms, Xisheng Fang, Pilar Lewis, Regy Burdett, Ann Fuller, Brenda Ahntholz, Teresa Sutowski, Jeffrey Basham


Chair’s Report:

®     SLOPE Goal Accomplishments for 2003-2004


  1. Develop a glossary of terms for the College to use for consistency in approach in addressing Student Learning Outcomes.

§         Standardized definitions were developed and approved for student learning outcome, goal, objective, assessment, and evaluation with input from CAPAC, Faculty Senate, and Administration.


  1. Participate in the development of the Ohlone College goals.

SLOPE reviewed and provided feedback on the District-Wide Vision, Values, and Goals.


  1. Act as a campus resource to assist faculty in developing and assessing learning outcomes at the course and program level.


  1. Develop standards for identifying and assessing learning outcomes at the course and program levels. These standards will be implemented by CAPAC.

§         CAPAC has implemented the SLOPE recommendation of each course having a maximum of 8 to 10 student learning outcomes.

§         SLOPE is working on a template to be used by faculty to develop and assess student learning outcomes. This will be available for use Fall 2004.


  1. Propose recommendations for Program Review, Strategic Planning and campus support services.

§         Some SLOPE members were involved in writing the Title III Grant. Recommendations for Strategic Planning, Program Review, and campus support services were made primarily through that methodology.


  1. Promote a course and program improvement focus through the use of the Appreciative Inquiry model.

§         Appreciative Inquiry was used within the SLOPE meetings to acknowledge and support the process of definition development, learning outcome refinement and a beginning dialogue on the development of new assessment strategies.


®     CAPAC and CAPAC Subcommittee Accomplishments 2003-2004


1.      CurricUNET:

§         The customization of the (1) help boxes for courses and programs, (2) approval processes for new courses, course revision major and reactivation, course revision minor, course deactivation, selected topics, and (3) messages are ready for piloting. Note: SLOPE definitions on Student Learning Outcomes, Goals, Objectives, Assessment and Evaluation have been incorporated into the CurricUNET help boxes.

§         A CurricUNET User’s Guide was developed and has undergone one revision.

§         Many mock pilot tests of the new course approval process and electronic messaging have occurred with multiple refinements in the process.

§         Adam Peck developed an XML word conversion process to convert the word course outlines to the CurricUNET database. Dr Wright is in the process of negotiating a revenue-sharing formula that can benefit Ohlone.

§         More than ¾ of the 2000 word course outlines have been entered into the CurricUNET database.

§         All Ohlone faculty and appropriate staff are entered into the CurricUNET database.

§         Four faculty/staff training workshops have been held. The CAPAC Chair and CAPAC members along with the Curriculum Office staff will provide department orientations and teaching sessions in the Fall.

§         One new course was piloted using the CurricUNET approval system with volunteer CAPAC members at the end of Spring Semester, 2004.

§         Plan: Pilot CurricUNET with CS and CAOT Fall 2004 and be fully functioning spring 2005.



  1. A joint CAPAC/Faculty Senate task force was established (SLOPE) to develop a process, which includes dialog that results in the assessment of learning outcomes at the course, program, and college level and to begin a dialogue to analyze the new accreditation standards. (See SLOPE Accomplishments)


  1. Learning outcomes for reading and writing across the curriculum.

§         The GE Committee, SLOPE, and CAPAC researched and shared student-learning outcomes, some of which was directed at reading and writing across the curriculum. CAPAC began the year with a dialogue on student learning assessment based on the article “Implementing Outcome Assessment on Your Campus” by J. Fredericks Volkwein and continued discussions through out the year. Sample GE outcomes for Ohlone College were developed and discussed.

§         Eight faculty and three deans attended a daylong workshop on the “Practice of Assessing Student Learning Outcomes” sponsored by the California Assessment Institute.

§         Two faculty participated in an online seminar on student learning outcomes sponsored by the CCC Confer Webinars

§         Two faculty and two deans attended the Bay Area Community College Consortium Instructional Programs Improvement Workshop.

§         Three faculty and staff attended the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Curriculum Colloquia on Graduation Requirements in Math and English.

§         Information from all workshops was shared and discussed.

§         The District-Wide Goals will be voted on at the May College Council. With these approved goals in mind, a final determination of the reading and writting outcomes and assessment is planned for the 2004-05 academic year.


  1. The process used to establish prerequisites, corequisites, advisories, and assessment was clarified and incorporated in the CurricUNET help boxes.


  1. Distance Learning

§         Ad Hoc Committee formed to write the 5 year Distance Education Plan renamed “Technology across the Curriculum”

§         Continued to work on Guidelines and best practices for online teaching and learning.

§         Investigated integrating WebCT and Datatel and outside hosting for courses.

§         Reviewed courses requesting online status.


  1. Tech Tools

§         Few students requested waivers this year.

§         Now offering International Drivers License for Information Competency

§         New requirement for Information Competency will take effect this fall.


  1. General Education


§         The new categories of General Education were implemented Fall 2003

·        Plan A: Ohlone College GE

·        Plan B: CSU GE

·        Plan C: IGETC – CSU/UC GE


§         New process for addition/deletion of courses to Ohlone College General Education Plan A was implemented Fall 2003. Plan A General Education requirements were revised as follows:

·        Area I Natural Science had 4 course additions and 1 course deletion

·        Area VI Cultural Diversity had 2 course added..


§         A campus wide forum on the structure of the Plan A General Education graduation requirements was held at a CAPAC meeting. The following Plan A structural revisions were approved by the GE Committee, CAPAC, and the Board of Trustees:

·        Area II Social Sciences was expanded to include the Social Science courses approved for Plan B.

·        Area VII Tech Tools was renamed “Information Competency”. Word and Excel requirements were deleted and Information Competency was reinforced. (“Information Competency is the ability to find, evaluate, use, and communicate information in all its various formats. It combines aspects of library literacy, research methods, and technological literacy. Information Competency includes consideration of the ethical and legal implications of information and requires the application of both critical thinking and communication skills.” CA Academic Senate)


  1. Advanced Placement

§         Additional Advanced Placement (AP) exams have been approved by division faculty and by CAPAC as meeting course and GE requirements at Ohlone College for 2004-2005.  Based on a new procedure and process developed by the GE Committee last year, we now have 14 new AP approved exams. It is the goal of the GE committee and CAPAC to increase in the future the current number of AP exams.

§         All appropriate CSU/UC accepted AP exams will be accepted to meet GE certification and to count toward graduation requirements under GE Plans B & C. AP credit cannot be counted for courses Ohlone does not offer (Latin, for instance). Note that for Plan A GE and for credit toward requirements within a major, only those AP exams approved by Ohlone faculty are acceptable. The minimum scores of units awarded will correspond to the guidelines for accepting AP credit as set by CSUs and UCs.


  1. The CAPAC charter was revised to reflect the most current college reorganization.


  1. A Repeatability Workshop was held regarding Chancellor’s Office guidelines.


  1. A new CAPAC Program Approval process was implemented.

` CAPAC reviewed and approved the following courses and programs:

§         New Courses: 36

§         Revised Courses: 42

§         New Certificates of Completion:

Commercial Music Certificate

Broadcasting Department Certificates:

Live Television Production

Music Video Production

Digital Video & Editing

Entertainment Television

Lighting & Video for Television

Speech Communication Certificate in Forensics

Data Base Administration Certificate and Area of Concentration for AS Degree in Networking Technology & Systems Administration

Web Infrastructure Certificate

Web Delivery Certificate

Web Content Certificate

§         Revised Certificate of Completion

Biotech Certificate

§         New Certificate of Achievement

Unix/Linux Systems Administration

§         Chancellor’s Office Approved Transfer Degrees






Speech Communication

§         CAPAC Approved Transfer Degrees

Exercise Science

Computer Science


CurricUNET: (I)

Curricunet Approval of New Course

®           A small group from CAPAC volunteered to mock pilot CurricUNET with Lesley Buehlers mock course. The volunteers are: Rick Arellano, K.G. Greenstein, and Bill Parks.

®           In the fall CS/CAOT will be piloted..

®           The Speech Communications Department has been renamed. The new name is Speech and Communications Department.

®           The issue of 12B on the Course Outline – Schedule Description. Would like to discuss in the fall the reason behind the 90 character limit and to see if we could increase the number of characters allotted or do away with the character limit. (note: Curricunet was reprogrammed during summer 2004. Now there will be 110 characters allotted to Schedule Description)


Fine Arts, Business & Broadcasting: (A) Walter Birkedahl:

(N) MM 114 Textures for 3D Pilar Lewis, Neil Strudwick

#7 repeatable - zero times. Motion to Approve: Adam Peck/second/Chris Warden. Motion approved.


(R) RE 121 Real Estate Principles Rick Arellano

(R) RE 128 Real Estate Appraisal Rick Arellano


#5 check as needed; #7 repeatability zero; #11 x. Motion to approve with corrections and Distance Learning worksheet, return to Deb Parziale for approval. Motion to approve RE 121 & RE 128: K.G. Greenstein/second/Adam Peck. Motion Carried.


Math, Science & Technology: (A) Dr. Ron Quinta

(N) BIOT 122 Introduction to Bionanotechnology Xisheng Fang, Lili Shen

#2 – 2 units, 2 lecture hours; #7 repeatablity is zero; #10 Advisory is BIOL 101A; #11 CSU Baccalaureate;#14 TOPS Code 043000; SAM Code D; Trans Code 2; #17A delete “Lab Assignments and projects” Add “Internet search and survey”. Recommendation to have division send this forward to Information Competency Subcommittee for review to see if it meets the criteria, then send forward to the General Education Subcommittee to be placed in the GE Requirements. Xisheng will meet with K.G. Greenstein regarding the Information Competency.


(N) CAOT 166 2D Drafting with AutoCAD Xisheng Fang, Lili Shen

Rationale: Due to the elimination of the Drafting Department. There is a need and there is enough enrollment to support this course. #7 zero repeatability; #12a delete “the most commonly used” and insert “and” insert between create and drawings “2D”; #14 TOPS Code 051400; SAM Code C; Trans Code 1; #17 need more specifics on description of group project (Adam will look into it.).




(N) CAOT 167 3D Drafting with AutoCAD Xisheng Fang, Lili Shen

#7 zero repeatability; #12a insert between concepts “of AutoCAD for” and three; #10 Advisory should be CAOT 166; #14 TOPS Code 051400; SAM Code C; Trans Code 1; #17 need more specifics on description of group project (Adam will look into it.).


(N) CS/BIOT 131Computing Concepts and Programming Xisheng Fang, Lili Shen


Rationale: Important course to the Biotechnology Program.

#7 zero repeatability; #12b delete “the most commonly used” “algorithms” and insert “concepts”; #14 x recommended for Information Competency; TOPS Code 043000; SAM Code D; Trans Code 2; #17A need more specifics on description of group project (Adam will look into it.).


(N) CS/BIOT 132DNA Computing Xisheng Fang, Lili Shen

#2 – 1 unit, 1 Lecture Hour; #7 zero repeatability; #11 CSU Baccalaureate; Recommended for Articulation with CSU Inst./UC Inst.; #14 TOPS Code 070100; SAM Code C; Trans Code 2; #15 & 16 corrections made; #17A add “Internet search and survey”


(N) CS/BIOT 133SAS Programming Xisheng Fang, Lili Shen

Rationale: Important for Biotechs. This is the industry standard. Very few colleges off this course so students go to vocational schools for the course. #2 units 3, lecture hours 2.5, lab hours 1.5; #7 zero repeatability; #10 Advisory – MATH 159; #11 CSU Baccalaureate completed; #12b Schedule description: “Introduction to the SAS for data management, statistical analysis, and reporting.”; #14 TOPS Code 070100; SAM Code C; Trans Code 2; #17A need more specifics on description of group project (Adam will look into it.).


®                 Computer Applications in Biotechnology Certificate of Completion: Motion to approve with approval of new CS/BIOT Courses: Janice Jones/second/Maria Ramirez. Motion Carried.


(R) CS 186A LAN Network Design Richard Grotegut

(Cisco Networking Academy CCNA 1)

(R) CS 186B Router Configuration and Routing Richard Grotegut

(Cisco Networking Academy CCNA 2)


Motion to approve CS 186A & CS 186B: Adam Peck/second/Janice Jones. Motion Carried.


Language Arts & Social Science: (A) Mikelyn Stacey

(N) PSY 115 Abnormal Psychology Sheldon Helms

A need for interested students of psychology. It is a necessary core course for interested psychology majors. #11 CSU Baccalaureate credit; #14 recommended as a Social Science in Area II of GE Plan A; Elective; TOPS Code 2001.00; SAM Code E; Trans Code 2.


(N) PSY 120 Biological Psychology Tom McMahon

Important in Psychology. This is a required undergrad course for psychology majors. See Mike Bowman on CAN. This is a stand alone course. #10 Advisory – Eligible for ENGL 101A; #11 CSU Baccalaureate credit; #14 recommended for Area II – Social Science under Ohlone GE Plan A, now an elective; #14 TOPS Code 2001.00; SAM Code E; Trans Code 2.


Motion to approve PSY 115 and PSY 120: Jeffrey Dean/second/Carrie Dameron. Motion Carried.


(N) SPCH 106 Critical Thinking/Argumentation and Debate Kay Harrison, Brenda Ahntholz

Teresa Sutowski

We are missing an argumentation course. This course is taught at most colleges around the nation. #5 x as needed; #11 x CSU Baccalaureate; #14 recommended for Area IVB – Analytical Thinking Area under the Ohlone GE Plan A; currently an elective; TOPS Code 1506.00; SAM Code E; Trans Code 2. Motion to approve SPCH 106: K.G. Greenstein/second/Adam Peck. Motion Carried.


(R) ECS 300 Introduction to Early Childhood Studies Michele McDowell


(R) ECS 301 Early Childhood Growth and Development Michele McDowell


(R) ECS 302 Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum Michele McDowell



(R) ECS 303 Child, Family and Community Janice Jones


(R) ECS 304 Observation and Assessment of Young Michele McDowell



(R) ECS 305 Health & Safety Practices in Programs for Janice Jones

Young Children


(R) ECS 306 Guidance and Discipline of Young ChildrenMichele McDowell


(R) ECS 307A Beginning Practicum: Working with Young Janice Jones

Children in the Child Lab


(R) ECS 307B Intermediate Practicum: Working with Young Janice Jones

Children in the Child Lab


(R) ECS 307C Advanced Practicum: Working with Young Janice Jones



(R) ECS 309 Cultural Diversity in Programs for Young Janice Jones



(R) ECS 312 The Development of Literacy in Early Childhood Janice Jones



(R) ECS 314 Literature for the Young Child Janice Jones


(R) ECS 316 Children with Special Needs in Programs for Janice Jones

Young Children


Students of the ECS Program will be getting their California Teaching Credential within the next 5 years. Thanks to Michael Bowman for getting the courses articulated. Motion to approve all of the ECS courses: Jeffrey Dean/second/Carrie Dameron. Motion Carried.


(R) SOC 107 The World of Work Dr. Bennett Oppenheim

In this questionable time of employment students are concerned with after they get their diploma will there be work for them and what will the employment climate be. This course has been requested by the students. #10 Advisory – Eligible for ENGL 101A. Recommended for the GE Area II Social Science. Motion to approve: Carrie Dameron/second/Adam Peck. Motion Carried.


Deb thanked all members for their participation and a very productive year.

Adjourn: 4:42 p.m.