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«Vermont Technical College Catalog 2009-2010 Bachelor of Science Architectural Engineering Technology Business Technology and Management Computer ...»

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ELT 3050 Microprocessor Techniques II (4) spring This third course in digital electronics focuses on implementing an embedded system. Topics include a review of programmable peripherals; interfacing standard i/o devices and sensors found in embedded systems; standard communication interfaces; battery-based operation; ROMable code; mixed language programming (assembly language and C); real time programming issues; and hardware based debugging techniques (in-circuit emulation). The students work with a single board computer and build a complete, stand-alone embedded system; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELT 2050 and 3010 ELT 3060 Electrical Circuit Analyses (3) fall This course reviews and extends the circuit analysis capabilities of students who have only had an introductory electrical circuits course. Topics include passive components (resistor, capacitor, inductor, transformers), Kirchhoff’s laws, network theorems (mesh, nodal, Thevenin, Norton, superposition), dependent sources, two port models, and transient response. This course emphasizes alternating current concepts and makes use of computer simulation software; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1520 and ELT 2072 or 1031 and junior standing in the BS.ELM program ELT 4010 Computer Architecture (3) fall This course discusses the architecture of computer systems, both inside the CPU as well as outside. Topics include pipelines, cache, floating-point unit, RISC vs. CISC architecture, and so forth. Issues such as branch prediction, pipeline interlocks, and coordinating SMP machines are discussed. Additional topics cover the system at large (busses of various types, memory architecture, disk controllers, NICs, etc.) The emphasis is on real systems and characteristics of current technology; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ELT ELT 4020 Digital Signal Processing (4) spring Digital Signal Processing (DSP) theory and applications are covered from an introductory to an intermediate level. Throughout the course, the implementation of DSP algorithms and mathematical functions such as Infinite Impulse Response (IIR) filters, Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filters, correlation routines, Discrete Fourier Transforms (DFT), and Inverse Discrete Fourier Transforms (IDFT) are examined. The student also gains familiarity with DSP hardware system design and peripheral interface techniques; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ELT 2050 and MAT 2532 [Course fee: $25.00] English (ENG) ENG 1041 Basic College Writing (4) fall This integrated course helps students develop basic reading and writing skills. Comprehension and vocabulary skills are taught through analysis of technical reading selections. Students write regularly and improve their grammar skills through systematic review; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Placement level 1

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ENG 1043 Research Writing (4) fall/spring This course is a continuation of ENG 1042 and completes the English composition sequence. Students develop their expository and argumentative writing skills through writing exercises, essays, a research paper, and an optional oral presentation. Research skills are developed through library assignments and research exercises. The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: ENG 1042 ENG 1060 Freshman Composition (4) fall/spring This course teaches the same writing concepts as ENG1042 and 1043. Successful completion of this course prepares students for ENG 2080. All students are introduced to composing on the word processor and the use of rhetorical strategies. They complete a variety of writing exercises, essays, a research paper, and an optional oral presentation. The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course; 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Placement level 3 or higher ENG 1061 English Composition (3) fall Students are expected to read and think critically, to write effectively, and to understand the fundamentals of literary analysis and written composition. Classroom discussion of assigned readings and the construction of related essays are stressed. A required research paper demonstrates the student’s use of resources in locating, organizing, and presenting materials in an accepted format. The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Placement level 4 ENG 1070 Effective Speaking (3) fall/spring Students study various theories of effective oral communication with the focus on public speaking.

Students develop their abilities to listen, analyze audiences, and use visual aids. For some majors, the Oral Communication Graduation Standard is assessed in this course; consult with your advisor about your major;

3 hours of lecture per week. (General Ed: AH) Prerequisite: None ENG 2080 Technical Communication (3) fall/spring/summer This course is a comprehensive study of the principles, methods, and forms needed to produce clear and effective technical reports, proposals, instructions, graphic aids, and correspondence. Students are prepared for employment interviews through their study of principles of oral communication and their writing of job application letters and resumes. A major technical report written on a topic in the student’s area of interest is required. The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course; 3 hours of lecture per week.





Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 2101 Introduction to Creative Writing (3) as required

This course encourages students to explore themselves and the world around them with a writer’s eye. Along with writing their own stories, students will read stories and essays by other writers and will workshop each other’s stories; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent ENG 2320 Themes in American Literature (3) as required Students read and discuss selected works of recent and earlier American literature focusing on themes such as growing up American, the immigrant experience, country life vs. city life, alienation, the pioneer experience, the impact of the western hero, and work ethic. Understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and continuity of these themes and of the methods used by fiction writers will enhance the students’ reading experience; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

Course Descriptions

ENG 2485 Literature of Peace and Pacifism (3) as required This course introduces students to the themes of peace, pacifism, and nonviolence in literature from the United States and around the world. Students will read and discuss classic and contemporary novels, short stories, and poetry, responding critically to war and suggesting peaceful alternatives; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: None ENG 3485 The Tradition of Anti-War Literature (3) as required This course studies, in depth, the tradition of anti-war literature from the United States and around the world.

Students will read and discuss classic and contemporary novels, short stories, and poetry addressing themes of peace, pacifism, and nonviolence, responding critically to war and suggesting peaceful alternatives. 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent ENG 3590 The Films and Novels of Stephen King (3) as required This advanced writing course is designed to offer a critical inquiry into the films, novels, life and works of one of the bestselling and most popular authors of our time: Stephen King. Through the critical analysis of such films as Carrie, Stand by Me, Misery, The Shining, and Storm of the Century (among others), students

will explore their personal relationship to horror fiction while entertaining a central, pivotal question:

What does horror’s manifestation in popular culture reveal about the American psyche? This course seeks to unravel our cultural fascination with themes of horror fiction, while exploring King’s works as both a continuation of the literary Gothic canon and a driving force in the cinematic tradition of American horror films; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or junior standing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL) ESL 1041 Basic College English Skills (4) summer/fall This integrated course helps non-native English speaking students at the intermediate and high intermediate level to develop their skills in grammar, writing, reading, listening, and speaking. These basic academic skills are taught, practiced, and tested in the classroom, the writing laboratory, and the language laboratory, which has ESOL software. Students develop academic writing skills through weekly assignments. Reading comprehension and vocabulary skills are taught through analysis of general and technical reading selections.

Students must achieve at least a “B” and demonstrate improved skills in two post-course placement tests in order to take ENG 1042; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of language laboratory, 2 hours of writing laboratory per week. Placement assessment of intermediate to high intermediate level of English and the Vermont Tech writing placement test are required to determine placement level.

Environmental Studies (ENV) ENV 2070 Environmental Law (3) as required This course will analyze various aspects of environmental policy-making in both the U.S. and internationally.

It will begin with various philosophical and ideological perspectives concerning the relationship between man and nature. There will be consideration of how environmental issues interact with various other types of societal goals, particularly economic prosperity, security, and freedom. The class will study aspects of the environmental policy process and its outcomes in the U.S. through the use of a number of case studies relevant to particular policy problems (including air and water pollution, biological engineering, and energy); 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Ed: SS) Prerequisite: None

Course Descriptions

ENV 3050 Issues in Environmental Studies (3) as required Technological advances have been used to lessen or solve many of humanity’s problems. However, there seems to be one major area, the environment, where advances in technology have not accomplished that end.

What is so different about an environmental problem that leads to reluctance to use technological advances to find and implement solutions? This course uses political, economic, and sociological perspectives to look at environmental problems, proposed solutions, and the failure of society to implement effective solutions;

3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: SS) Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor permission Equine Studies (EQS)

EQS 1011/1012 Introduction to Equine Studies (2/2) fall/spring

This course introduces students to Vermont Tech and provides an overview of the Equine Studies major.

Topics to be covered include an examination of the equine industry in the US; equine safety and ethics; the equine in human history; equine psychology; fundamentals of equine behavior and training; breeds and conformation; disciplines; equine management; and career options in the equine industry; 2 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: EQS 1012 requires EQS 1011 EQS 1021, 1022, 2023, 3024, 4025, 4026 Equitation I-VI (1) fall/spring Emphasis in each course is placed on assisting each student’s development at his/her pace and introducing all students to a variety of riding and driving methods. Students will continue to learn about correct use of tack for various disciplines or purposes, as well as correct technique in their choice of dressage, jumping, hunt seat equitation, stock seat/Western, or driving. Not all topics will be covered in each course, but all topics will be addressed within the sequence, which every student must complete in the correct order. Note: all students are encouraged to take at least one semester of dressage, driving, and western horsemanship; 2 hours of riding lessons per week; graded Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: preceding equitation course in the sequence [Course fee: $500.00 for EQS 1021 and 1022, $150 for remaining classes]

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EQS 1032 Stable Management II (2) spring Students will build upon their study of stable management principles from EQS 1031 and will continue to be responsible for daily horse care under the supervision of the Equine Center Supervisor. Emphasis in this course will be on successful winter care of equines and the facility. Topics include regular health assessment; first aid; bandaging; use of restraints; facility design; saddle fit and tack care; and safe trailering;

1 hour discussion, 2 hours animal care/chores per week. Prerequisite: EQS 1031

Course Descriptions

EQS 2011 Equine Training I (3) fall Students learn safe and effective techniques for training the green or unbroken horse for various disciplines, as well as develop skills to critically analyze various trainers and strategies. The course includes discussion sessions during which students view and evaluate professional trainers. The labs include hands-on practice of groundwork, including round-penning, classical lunging, and long lining with a strong emphasis on safety and developing a positive attitude in the horse. The training horses will be introduced to harness and/ or saddle as well as desensitization training. Introduction to actual riding or driving will depend on each training horse’s rate of progress; 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: EQS 1022 [Course fee: $150.00] EQS 2020 Farrier Care & Lameness (2) fall This course is designed to teach students to recognize anatomical issues with a horse’s hoof and leg structure and to evaluate the care provided by a farrier. They will learn how to do a basic hoof trim and to provide

emergency care until the farrier can arrive; 1 hour of lecture, 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite:



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