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Plan: Science Department

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Mission Statement: The mission of the Great Basin College Science Department is to provide quality science education to all students thus expanding their understanding of the world in which they live and preparing them for technological, environmental and economic challenges of the twenty first century.
GOALS
1.  Goal: Provide a comprehensive curriculum that supports the mission of Great Basin College, all its departments and programs (through our service classes)and the community we serve. (Theme 1)

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

  OBJECTIVES
  1.1  Objective: Examine existing curriculum, develop a list of course amendments, create new programs (AS programs, certificate programs, etc.), additional course work, and delete or modify existing program as needed to support our stated goal.

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.1.1  Task: Subdivide department into discipline specific groups, including, agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics. Each group will compare and contrast our curriculum offerings with other institutions.
Other comments about how to proceed with the project might be useful here.??

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Completed

    1.1.2  Task: Study the needs of our community with respect to science education.

Last changed on 04/09/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Completed

    1.1.3  Task: Interface with each department and or program within Great Basin and examine our effectiveness in meeting the needs of our students.

Last changed on 04/09/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Ongoing

    1.1.4  Task: Eliminated

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

    1.1.5  Task: Create a AS in Geological Sciences. The program will be botha terminal degree and a pre-BS in Geology. Should include an advising plan that is distributed to the department and kept with the department admin.

Last changed on 05/16/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Completed

    1.1.6  Task: Create an AS in Biological Sciences. This degree will NOT be a terminal degree. It is pre biology Bachelor, pre-med, pre-vet, etc. Should include an advising plan that is distributed to the department and kept with the department admin.

Last changed on 04/09/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Ongoing

    1.1.7  Task: Create an AS in Natural Resources, or Environmental Studies (name to be determined). This degree should interface seamlessly with BAIS-Resources. Should include an advising plan that is distributed to the department and kept with the department admin.

Last changed on 04/09/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Completed

    1.1.8  Task: Reform the AS Science square in the general ed grid. All students should take a lab class and a physical science class.

Last changed on 04/09/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Completed

    1.1.9  Task: Create a Minor in Biological Sciences primarily to serve Secondary Education majors and BAIS majors. Should include an advising plan that is distributed to the department and kept with the department admin of the department that will have control over the program (Science or Education???).

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.1.10  Task: Create a Minor in Physical Sciences primarily to serve Secondary Education majors and BAIS majors. Should include an advising plan that is distributed to the department and kept with the department admin of the department that will have control over the program (Science or Education???).

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.1.11  Task: Create an upper division certificate program that is contains BAIS-Resources science courses but NO general education. This is patterned on other programs around the state and would allow for BLM and Forest Serve employees to remain gainfully employed as 401 classification biologists. Should include an advising plan that is distributed to the department and kept with the department admin.

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.1.12  Task: Make BAIS course additions, substitutions, deletions. Deletion of courses that are no longer taught, etc. This is under the science department because the BAIS committee itself no longer wants to make curricular decisions.

Added on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.1.13  Task: Create course in Comparative Animal Physiology to serve BAIS-R and Secondary Ed. Biology. Delete Cell Biology (BIOL 315) from above catalog copy for these degrees.

Added on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.1.14  Task: Create two new courses in organic chemistry (CHEM 241, 242 an probably separate labs) to serve Secondary Ed. Biology. Delete CHEM 220 - Survey of Organic Chemistry from Secondary Ed. Biology.

Last changed on 05/16/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Completed

    1.1.15  Task: Create survey course in physical chemistry to support upper division part of the physical sciences minor (see above).

Added on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.1.16  Task: Make sure that the numerous catalog changes we are attempting are factually correct and submitted for print in a timely fashion.

Added on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 03 of 2012

  1.2  Objective: Continue to explore methods of course delivery (IAV, online, hybrid, live) with respect to quality of education, and accessibility.

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.2.1  Task: Eliminated

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

  1.3  Objective: Eliminated

  1.4  Objective: Support laboratory and field classes with appropriate facilities and equipment.

Added on 12/21/2010 by David Freistroffer

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    1.4.1  Task: Acquire an additional HUMAN ANATOMY MODEL.
We are no longer able to obtain a cadaver and enrollments are increasing in anatomy and physiology classes.

Last changed on 05/16/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Completed

    1.4.2  Task: Acquire a gas chromatograph (GC) for organic chemistry labs.

Last changed on 05/16/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Completed

    1.4.3  Task: FUND and GET A NEW BUILDING for science labs. Lundberg Hall has poor ventilation and the structure of the floor as designed is not sufficiently stable to allow for the operation of sensitive scientific equipment. There are numerous other problems with LUND.

Added on 12/21/2010 by David Freistroffer

Status: Ongoing

    1.4.4  Task: Acquire a 60MHz FT-NMR stable magnet spectrophotometer for organic chemistry. This is an absolutely necessary piece of equipment to support biology, chemistry, and pre-health professions students.

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2015

    1.4.5  Task: Meet with faculty groups and drum up support for a new building (Facilities and Budget Committee especially). Apparently this is the first step in getting a new building.

Added on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2011

    1.4.6  Task: Obtain probeware (ala Vernier) in order to run a variety of labs in physiology, biology, chemistry, and physics. The first probes we will try are for anatomy and physiology (EKG) because our outdated EKG probe/computer system broke last semester.

Added on 12/20/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Due 06 of 2012

    1.4.7  Task: Replace and upgrade dissecting microscopes for Lundberg 129. Current dissecting scopes are few in number, and of a variety of ancient designs. Replacement with a single modern version will directly improve instruction in BIOL 191 and BIOL 331, with spill over into other science and agriculture classes.

Last changed on 09/30/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Completed

    1.4.8  Task: Obtain a Davis Weather station to gather meteorological data for comparison to models predicting climatic change.

Added on 09/26/2013 by Doug Hogan

Status: Ongoing

    1.4.9  Task: Obtain high quality, high resolution microscopes for use by Winnemucca Center Microbiology students

Added on 09/26/2013 by Doug Hogan

Status: Ongoing

    1.4.10  Task: Improve delivery of Science courses in Pahrump Valley Center. PVC Science is currently under-equipped, even though we have a full time Faculty member there. Particular courses with dire equipment needs include the A&P sequence, Microbiology, BIOL 191, and Chemistry.

Added on 09/30/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Ongoing

    1.4.11  Task: Support teaching of Ecology and Environmental Science by acquiring water quality probe equipment, specifically a Hydrolab MS% multiprobe. Courses served would include BIOL 341, BIOL 191,Geology courses, and a potential Ecology Lab course.

Added on 09/30/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Due 02 of 2014

    1.4.12  Task: Replace inoperative culture incubator in BIOL 251

Last changed on 09/30/2013 by Peter Bagley

Status: Due 01 of 2014

2.  Goal: Further develop adjunct faculty (Theme 1)
  OBJECTIVES
  2.1  Objective: Establish a screening procedure and hiring criteria for adjunct instructors

Last changed on 08/20/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN (None on file)  
  2.2  Objective: Assign each adjunct faculty member a supervising faculty member to assist in the instructional process helping to insure quality of instruction, maintenance of academic standards.

Last changed on 08/20/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN (None on file)  
  2.3  Objective: Evaluate adjunct faculty during their first semester of instruction. After the initial evaluation, adjunct faculty will be evaluated every three years or more frequently depending on student evaluations or departmental concerns.

Last changed on 08/20/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN (None on file)  
  2.4  Objective: Eliminated

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

3.  Goal: Develop Effective and Efficient Department Operations (Theme 3)
  OBJECTIVES
  3.1  Objective: Eliminated

  3.2  Objective: Develop an organizational hierarchy of responsibilities within the department with respect to specific task better distributing the work load.

Last changed on 08/20/2010 by Cliff Ferry

Status: Ongoing

    ACTION PLAN  
    3.2.1  Task: Establish liaisons to other programs such as Secondary Education.

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Completed

    3.2.2  Task: The chair appoints (or suggests) who should do a particular task in consultation with faculty. This could be teams or individuals.

Last changed on 01/18/2011 by David Freistroffer

Status: Ongoing





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