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Iowa City IA 52242
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UI offers courses over Iowa Public Television beginning in January
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People interested in working on their college degrees
or who want to explore new ideas and concepts can get academic credit through
the spring 1998 series of educational videos from the University of Iowa and
The programs, known as "telecourses," provide a convenient form
of course work to earn UI academic credit without attending classes on campus.
Weekly broadcasts of an educational video series carried by Iowa Public Television
provide the backbone for the courses.
Students' work, including materials, assignments, and tests, is supervised
by UI faculty. The courses are coordinated by Off-Campus Courses and Programs
of the UI Division of Continuing Education.
The spring catalog includes courses on geology, physics and astronomy, political
science, psychology, anthropology and wellness. All have official university
course numbers and titles and are approved by academic departments.
Here's the spring 1997 selections:
-- Geology. "The Earth Revealed," taught by Robert Carmichael,
professor in the department of geology. The course will explore geology's
relevance to modern issues of resource needs, global diversity and environmental
problems as well as the dynamic processes that shape the earth. Broadcasts
include 26 half-hour programs beginning Monday, Jan. 5.
-- Physics and Astronomy. "Universe: The Infinite Frontier," taught
by Jack Fix, professor in the department of physics and astronomy. The course
will explore a range of astronomy topics, concepts and principles, including
motions of the visible sky, dark matter, Earth, stars and galaxies. Broadcasts
include 26 half-hour programs beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6.
-- Political Science. "Government by Consent," taught by Russell
Ross, professor emeritus in the department of political science. The course
is an examination of the federal, state and local forms of government in the
United States. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning Monday,
-- Psychology. "The World of Abnormal Psychology," taught by Don
Fowles, professor in the department of psychology. The course will examine
common behavior and psychiatric disorders and look at types of therapies and
strategies for preventing disorders. Broadcasts include 13 one-hour programs
beginning Thursday, Jan. 8.
-- Anthropology. "Faces of Culture," taught by Alfrieta Monagan,
visiting associate professor in the department of anthropology. The course
is a broad study of the nature and diversity of human cultures, exploring
such issues as the nature of culture, language and communication, marriage
and family, and others. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs beginning
Monday, Jan. 5
-- Wellness. "Living Well," taught by Michael Teague, professor
in the department of sport, health, leisure and physical studies. The course
looks at health issues of continuing concern, such as sexually transmitted
diseases, anorexia and substance abuse, but also examines newer concerns such
as youth violence, violence in the workplace, surviving trauma and assisted
reproduction. Broadcasts include 26 half-hour programs, beginning Mondays,
A toll-free telephone is available to consult with the instructor at any
time. Tests are given in communities under the supervision of an approved
proctor at one of the 19 learning centers located throughout Iowa. Learning
center sites include (see list of local sites).
Individual proctors at other sites may also be arranged.
Tuition is $107 per semester hour for undergraduates and $170 per semester
hour for graduate students.
For more information, contact Off-Campus Courses and Programs, The University
of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free:
1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; World
Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ccp
EDITOR'S NOTE: Learning center locations for UI telecourses include:
Ankeny, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Carroll, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Creston,
Decorah, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Harlan, Iowa City, Mason City, Mt. Pleasant,
Ottumwa, Rock Rapids, Sioux City, Storm Lake and Waterloo.