Course & Seminar Offerings

CIL 100 Basic Computer Skills (0)
You will learn essential computer skills needed for course work at Alverno. You’ll learn to use the Alverno network; to understand the Internet, Internet search tools and the difference between a PC and a Macintosh; to develop basic word processing skills and to use the Alverno e-mail system to communicate effectively with on-campus audiences. In a hands-on, self-paced environment that uses tutorials and a web-based course site, you will develop the necessary foundation for further work using the computer. 

CM 050 Communication Seminar: Integrating Language Practices
You will focus on developing the reading, writing, listening and speaking processes that are essential for success in the college classroom. You’ll actively practice different communication modes. Individually and with your peers, you’ll participate in a variety of receptive and expressive communication activities that build on your prior learning, add to your current understanding and incorporate important self-management strategies, all of which are designed to assist you to become a more effective analytical reader and writer.

CM 095 Integrating Reading, Writing & Quantitative Literacies
Through an integrated curriculum, you will focus on developing the reading, writing, computer and quantitative literacy (mathematics) abilities that are essential for success in the college classroom. In this theme-based course, you will be introduced to and apply the criteria for reading, writing and quantitative literacy as you explore ideas through print resources, personal experience and active learning techniques. In addition, you’ll simultaneously build your background knowledge in history, geography, economics and ecology. The primary goal of this course is to give you the opportunity to learn and practice the language and quantitative literacy abilities that are essential to the comprehension and communication of ideas.

CM 107 Communication Seminar: Exploring and Using Language Connections (4) 
You will focus on the uniqueness of reading, writing, speaking, listening and social interaction as meaning-making processes and on the connections among those communication modes. You’ll integrate information from various sources to inform and expand your understanding of complex topics and to formulate your response. In a collaborative environment, you’ll work with elements such as audience, context, focus, structure and grammar to see their impact on the meaning of the message. You will use self-assessment to evaluate your progress. You’ll also apply these language concepts to your other academic course work and assignments.

CM 107N Communication Seminar for Nurses:  Exploring and Using Language Connections (4)
This course, a specialized integrated communication seminar designed for potential nursing majors, focuses on developing reading, writing, speaking, listening, and social interaction as meaning making processes essential for the rigor of the nursing curriculum. You will learn the reading and writing abilities unique to the discipline of nursing, applying those abilities in the areas of studying, test taking and critical thinking.  You’ll explore health-related topics from a communications perspective, while developing comprehension strategies for lengthy and complex texts, increasing knowledge of non-medical vocabulary frequently used in nursing related contexts, integrating information from various sources, interpreting visually presented data and practicing analyzing and responding to multiple choice exam questions.

CM 108 Communication Seminar: Exploring Language Applications (3)
You will explore different contexts for the development of effective reading, writing, listening and speaking processes. You’ll incorporate ideas from various sources as well as your own personal experience, and you’ll use both your receptive and expressive language abilities to determine the perspectives of others and to formulate and support your own responses. You will develop an ability to understand complex ideas from varying perspectives, an awareness of your audience, and the self-assessment components to evaluate your progress. Also, you’ll apply language concepts, such as audience, context, structure and grammar, to your other academic course work and assignments.

ENG 055 Integrating English Usage
As a second language/dialect student, you will have an opportunity to develop your English writing, listening and speaking skills. You’ll focus on strategies that will help you understand your peers and instructors and to be understood by them as well. You’ll engage in various oral and written activities that include participating in conversations, writing short papers and listening to and comprehending lectures, student discussions and audiovisual materials.

ENG 056 Advanced English Usage
As an advanced second language/dialect student, you will have multiple opportunities to further develop your English reading and writing abilities. Reading and video selections provide background information and enhance your knowledge of cultural concepts. Through discussion and small group work, you’ll develop your ability to summarize ideas in both oral and written formats. By analyzing the grammatical and structural aspects of professionally written and student-written texts, you will become proficient with editing strategies.

ENG 057 Advanced English Pronunciation
This course focuses on refining the English speaking skills of the advanced second language student. Instruction enhances your previous understanding of the physical and affective factors of pronunciation. Audiovisual materials and oral exercises develop your ability to discriminate between and produce American English sounds, words, and discourse. You will also develop a method for assessing your needs and planning appropriate learning strategies.

PP 350 Logical Reasoning for High Stakes Tests (2) Prereq. ICM Level 3
You will strengthen your reasoning ability by focusing on maximizing scores on graduate school admissions tests. You’ll analyze and write arguments. Using diagrams, charts, and symbolic logic, you’ll interpret information presented as a set of conditions and relationships. Further, you will refine your objective test-taking strategies, strengthening your ability to analyze questions and responses while doing extensive test-taking practice. With instructor guidance, you’ll isolate content areas needing review and formulate a detailed study plan. Finally, you will preview the application process, identifying key elements and researching financial aid options and resources.

QL 050/110 Applying Mathematical Thinking
You will develop your ability to use mathematics through the exploration of applications using numerical information. These applications, which use whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, signed numbers, powers, roots, ratios and proportions, enable you to better understand, describe and analyze your world.

QL 051/120 Applying Algebraic Thinking (Prereq. QL 050 or equivalent)
You will integrate problem solving strategies with your development of techniques for solving linear equations, inequalities and systems of equations. You’ll use applications based on current data to highlight the power of algebra as a tool to compare and analyze meaningful information.

QL 123 Modeling Algebraic Relationships (Prereq. ALG 051 or equivalent) 
You will continue to develop your problem solving skills and techniques needed for analyzing and solving applications that can be modeled by linear and quadratic relationships. You’ll integrate technology into your process by using the graphing calculator as one tool to explore these relationships.


N 050/150/151/152 Understanding Medication Calculations 
This course is designed to help Nursing students understand the mathematical relationships involved in calculating the dosages of oral, intramuscular, IV and weight-based medications.  You will work on conceptual understanding and precise execution of all computations.  You must be referred for the course by your Nursing faculty.

N 260S Health Assessment Seminar (in conjunction with N 260) 
This course, conducted in a seminar format under the team leadership of Nursing faculty and Instructional Services instructors, focuses on preparing you for the types of assessments required in the nursing curriculum. Through discussion and practice, you will gain proficiency with different test-taking strategies and develop your abilities to read and process information from a variety of texts.  By reviewing study strategies and concept mapping, the course facilitates your movement towards becoming an independent learner.

PST 329 PRAXIS II Preparation Seminar
You will learn strategies and review content relevant to the abilities required on the PRAXIS II Subject Assessments, a state requirement for teacher certification.  Through discussion, practice and content review, you will be introduced to the multiple choice test format and appropriate strategies for addressing content specific questions.  You’ll complete practice tests, analyze your errors and develop a plan for further preparation.

PP 250 Graduate & Professional School Exam Preparation Seminar
You will learn how to prepare for graduate and professional school examinations (GRE, DAT, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT, and GMAT). Through taking the appropriate tests as practice and preparation, you will be introduced to objective test-taking strategies and provided with an overview of analytical and logical reasoning skills. Individual sessions review reading, writing, and quantitative content areas. A final session considers individual discipline areas in the sciences and in areas specific to taking the LSAT or GMAT.