UNBC Senate Update for February 28

Trevor Ritchie | Contributor

As we near the end of the academic year, Senate continues to focus on preparations for the next school year. This month, Senate will be receiving initial information about the university budget, and will have further deliberations at the March 28 meeting. Students should be aware that a UNBC town hall will be hosted on March 29 where they can provide input into the university budget for the upcoming year.

The Senate Committee on Academic Affairs presented an abundance of changes to various courses.

Courses to be considered for deletion: NURS 652-6 (Chronic Disease Management), NURS 653-3 (Nursing Practice with Older Persons), NURS 656-3 (Mental Health and Addictions), NURS 702-6 (Continuing Community Care), HIST 749-12 (Graduate Project), INTS 798-9 (MA Project), and POLS 205-3 (Philosophy of Science). Many of the courses being considered for deletion are being brought back in a different form as part of the Senate meeting, and other courses have not been offered in many years. These deletions will create a more accurate showing of what is available at UNBC.

Proposed new courses: WMST 298-3 (Special Topics in Women’s Studies), NURS 328-1,2 (Nursing Laboratory), ENGL 298-3 (Special Topics in Literature or Visual Media), HIST 760-12 (History Master’s Major Research Paper), HIST 545-3 (Historical Methods and Approaches), INTS 702-0.5 (Graduate Colloquia), INTS 797-3 (Research Paper), POLS 230-3 (International Relations), ENVS 230-3 (Introduction to Environmental Policy), ENVS 339-3 (Carbon and Energy Management), and ENVS 431-3 (Environmental and Sustainability Politics).

Courses with changed course descriptions: NURS 412-3 (Women and Health), NURS 435-6,8 (Pediatric Nursing), NURS 606-3 (Developing Nursing Knowledge), NURS 610-3 (Quantitative Research in Nursing and Health), NURS 612-3 (Women and Health), NURS 703-3 (Health Program Planning, Community Development and Evaluation), POLS 298-3 (Special Topics in Political Science), POLS 405-3 (Topics in Society and Democracy), POLS 472-3 (Seminar in Political Philosophy), POLS 499-3 (Independent Study), POLS 600-3 (Classics in Political Philosophy), POLS 605-3 (Topics in Society and Democracy), POLS 672-3 (Seminar in Political Philosophy), POLS 698-3 (Special Topics in Political Science), and POLS 704-3 (Independent Study). The rationale for most of the changes is to clarify the wording and reduce student confusion of what is required to take the courses. Changes also reflect some differences in the material being presented in the courses.

Courses with changed course title and descriptions: NURS 329-1 (Third Year Objective Structured Clinical Examination), NURS 607-3 (Applying Research and Evidence to Practice), NURS 680-3,6 (Special Topics in Nursing), NURS 701-6 (Advanced Clinical Practice in Community Health Nursing), and ENVS 225-3 (Global Environmental Change: Science and Policy). Similarly to the last section, these changes are mainly for clarity and to reflect the changes in what is being taught within the course.

Courses with changed to credit hours: NURS 317-5.5 (Nursing Theory and Practice: Maternity), NURS 318-5.5 (Nursing Theory and Practice, Pediatrics), NURS 323-5.5 (Nursing Theory and Practice, Older Adult), and NURS 326-5.5 (Nursing Theory and Practice: Mental Health). Each of these courses is being changed to be five credits, instead of five and a half credits.

Changes to Course Prerequisites: HHSC 301-3 (Pathophysiology), HHSC 490-6 (Honours Thesis), HHSC 497-3 (Senior Seminar), and HIST 750-15 (MA Thesis). INTS 700-3 is a unique case where only the course title was changed, while PSYC 202-3 (Philosophy of Mind) has been changed to note that PHIL 210-3 is precluded from taking the course.

The Honours Computer Science Program requirements are being changed to make clearer the overall GPA requirements to enter and stay in the program, specifically the requirement to maintain the 3.3 GPA throughout the degree.

The third year of the Nursing program is being changed to reduce credit hours for four of the theory and practice courses, as well as the inclusion of an additional two credits of lab work, while the Master of Science in Nursing program academic calendar entry is being changed to reflect the change in the name of NURS 701-6. The admissions section of the Family Nurse Practitioner Stream is also being revised to include new course requirements and program recommendations.  

The Master of History program requirements are being changed to address changes in courses also being considered by Senate and to clarify the meaning of the academic calendar, and the Bachelor of Arts Honours in History academic calendar entry is being amended to be clearer for students.

The Master of International Studies program calendar entry has been changed to reflect the changing programming of the degree and the resources available for students in that degree program.

Three programs related to Environmental Studies are being changed. The standard BA in Environmental Studies is being changed to reflect the new name of the degree being offered, the new courses being offered by the degree and a change in the course requirements for graduation. These changes are being made because of the long period since the last major update for the program. The Joint Major in English and Environmental Studies program and the Joint Major in Environmental Studies and Political Science are being updated to reflect the new course offerings in the department.

The last major program change being considered are the course requirements for the BA in Nature-Based Tourism Management, and the Honours in Nature-Based Tourism Management. These changes are meant to address the change in course offerings provided by the department, based on revisions to the BSc in Outdoor Recreation and Conservation.

Finally, five new scholarships have been approved by the Senate Committee on Scholarships and Bursaries, and these scholarships will be active for the 2018-2019 academic year. Details can be found on the scholarship website.