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Selected Topic Courses

Selected topic courses are academic credit-bearing courses in the Cal Poly catalog that provide a generic course vehicle to offer special topics on an "as needed basis." The most common selected topic courses, 270, 470, 471, 570, 571, are available to all academic programs, and have the same generic course description. The specific topic title appears in the Class Schedule and on the students' transcripts.

 

Selected Topic Course descriptions

 

AEPS 470 Advances in Plant Pathology (3) Effective Fall 2019
Discussions of molecular methods for disease diagnostics, parasitism and disease development, effect of pathogens on plant function, pathogen and host plant genetics, infection processes, plant defense mechanisms, epidemiology and disease management, and career opportunities in the field of Plant Pathology.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: AEPS/BOT 323.

AEPS 470 Nut Crops Production (4) Effective Spring 2018
California nut crop production, focusing on almond, walnut and pistachio. Orchard establishment and management techniques. Environmental, physiological and biological factors affecting growth and production. Field trips required.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: AEPS 132 or AEPS 250.

AERO 470/471 Composites Manufacturing and Lab (4) Effective Spring 2019
Composites manufacturing methods, thermoset and thermoplastics composites, metal matrix composites, ceramic matrix composites, sandwich structures, destructive and non-destructive testing methods of composites.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AERO 470 Introduction to Human Spaceflight (4) Effective Spring 2018
Requirements and considerations for human spaceflight design operations. Effects of the spaceflight environment on the human body and countermeasures to mitigate those effects. Designing a spacecraft for the human payload focusing on space operations.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: AERO 351; AERO 353; and senior or graduate standing.

AERO 470 Plasma Applications in Aerospace (4) Effective Fall 2017
Plasma applications in aerospace technology and operations including communications, power systems, hypersonic vehicles, space weather, shielding, stealth technology and aerodynamics. Charged particle behavior, adiabatic invariants, multi-fluid and statistical approaches. Computational modelling of plasma.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Complexity in Engineered Systems (4) Effective Spring 2018
Relationship of systems engineering to complexity in the design and development of modern large engineered systems, with emphasis on aerospace applications. Current methods for addressing complexity, including systems thinking, model based systems engineering and life cycle governance.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Electric and Advanced Propulsion (4) Effective Spring 2017
Use of ionized gases in electric and nuclear propulsion. Electric propulsion operation, performance, selection and integration. Nuclear propulsion concepts, performance, and political and environmental concerns. Propellant-less propulsion techniques. Current state-of-the-art and developing technologies.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Fundamentals of Linear Elasticity (4) Effective Spring 2019
Index notation and cartesian tensors. Analysis of strains. Mathematical description of stress. Equilibrium equations for deformable solids. Constituitive equations with emphasis on isotropic linear elastic behavior. Solutions to selected problems using Airy stress function, complex variable, and energy methods.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Model-Based Systems Engineering (4) Effective Spring 2020
Hands-on training on software to model systems engineering: SysML language, structure diagram, behavior diagram, requirements diagram, block definition diagram, internal block diagram, parametric diagram, sequence diagram, activity diagram, state machine diagram, use case diagram. Autocoding and Model validation tools.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Sandwich Composites (4) Effective Spring 2018
Cellular materials, honeycombs, foams, biomimicking, sandwich beams, shear deformation analysis, elasticity solutions, global buckling, wrinkling and local instabilities, face/core debond buckling.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AGB 470 Economics, Society, and Beer (4) Effective Fall 2017
Examination of the economic and social influence of beer. From man's first settlement to current trends. Topics covered include historical significance, global and local policy, social equity, market structure, and new trends.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AGC 270 AgCircle Publication (2) Effective Winter 2020
Application of communication skills to tell stories of food, agriculture and environmental sciences for digital and print editions of AgCircle magazine. Experience building skills including interviewing, writing, editing, layout, design and publication process, and project management. Publication of student work in AgCircle.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

AGC 270 Digital Communications in Agriculture (4) Effective Spring 2020
Development of digital multimedia skills and techniques to produce content focusing on agriculture, science and technology topics. Emphasis on creating compelling digital video and audio stories to communicate critical agriculture and science issues.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

AGC 470 Ag, Food, Environment and Media (4) Effective Winter 2019
Examination of agriculture, food, and environmental sciences  topics and media coverage. Using critical thinking and media literacy concepts, exploration of how and why media messages represent certain perspectives, analysis of messages, and engagement in dialog through participation on digital and social media platforms.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AGC 470 Communicating Ag to Public Audiences (4) Effective Winter 2020
Examination of effective communication methods of complex agricultural, food, and environmental sciences research topics. Exploration and implementation of digital communication practices to translate and communicate science topics to public audiences. Focus on communication of current campus-related scientific research endeavors.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AGC 470 Crisis Communication in Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences (4) Effective Summer 2019
Examination of agriculture, food, and environmental crises and emphasis on effective communication of complex science. Using crisis communication theory and issues management strategies, exploration of how effective communication can prevent and/or decrease negative effects, and how digital tools can aid in crisis solutions.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AGED 570 Agricultural Mechanics Curriculum Development (3) Effective Spring 2019
Strategies for the development of student skills in agricultural mechanics. Project design and wood construction. Shop safety and management of learning facilities.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AGED 570 Mastering High School Ag Economic Principles (3) Effective Spring 2019
Development of Learn by Doing teaching strategies for high school teachers who teach an agricultural economics course. Topics include, Teaching Strategies for Principles for Agricultural Economics, Consumer Economics, Producer Economics, Farm and Agribusiness Management Principles, Macroeconomics, and Agricultural Policy.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AGED 570 Teaching Food Science In High School (3) Effective Spring 2018
Instructional teaching methods for food science including, food safety, food microbiology, food chemistry, food processing, sensory evaluation and product development.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AGED 570 Teaching Methods in Agricultural Robotics (3) Effective Spring 2019
Instructional teaching methods for agricultural robotics including: sensors, data acquisition system, basic computer programming, data processing, control system, wheeled and aerial robots for agricultural applications.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AGED 570 Teaching Natural Resources (3) Effective Spring 2018
Instructional teaching methods for environmental science and natural resources will include the following, plant and animal identification, current environmental management issues, safety and equipment needed for exploration of wilderness areas, age and condition of trees, and use of GPS equipment.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

ARCE 570/571 Advanced Structural Design and Lab (3) Effective Winter 2020
Design principles for advanced structural systems in buildings. Exploration and integration of structural materials, framing schemes, and foundations for buildings, including section strategies. Analysis, design, and construction of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry structures. Design and construction issues related to foundation systems.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in ARCE 570 and ARCE 571 required.

ARCE 570/571 Experimental Structural Dynamics and Lab (3) Effective Spring 2018
Emphasis on experimental evaluation of dynamic properties for building structures, such as natural frequencies, mode shapes and damping. Development of computational models using commercial finite element software. Advanced modal analysis concepts based on ambient vibration, forced vibration and shake table testing. System identification.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in ARCE 570 and ARCE 571 required. Recommended: ARCE 354 and ARCE 412; or CE 407 and CE 501.

ARCE 570/571 Soil-Structure Interaction and Lab (3) Effective Winter 2020
Introduction to analysis techniques for seismic soil-structure interaction, inertial and kinematic interaction, impedance functions and transfer functions for shallow and deep foundations. Implementation in standards and design guidelines. Field and laboratory tests. Analysis procedures. Emphasis on analytical and experimental procedures.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in ARCE 570 and ARCE 571 required.

ARCH 270 Architectural Geometry: Design, Fabrication, and Representation (3) Effective Spring 2020
Introduction to geometry as a basis for architectural design, with implications of constructability, structural rigidity, material economy, and environmental performance. Role of geometry in the design and construction of key buildings throughout history. Introduction to parametric design and computer-aided manufacturing workflows.

ART 470 Video Art and Expanded Cinema (4) Effective Spring 2018
Comprehensive exploration of historical and contemporary issues in film/video art and expanded cinema through screenings, lectures, discussions, and readings.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: ART 383.

ART 470 Conceptual Art and Storytelling (4) Effective Winter 2019
Critical thinking and technical skills in the making of concepts and stories for animation and games. Thumbnail sketching, character design, story-boarding, reels, digital color and contrast to convey emotions, tonal sketches, transitions, camera moves and cinematic events.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: ART 182.

ASCI 270 Gear Up for Food Safety (3) Effective Spring 2019
Microbial origin, evolution, and discovery. Interpretation of microbial cellular structure and function. Presence of pathogenic microorganisms, such as, Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Listeria, yeasts and molds in food matrices and different methods of detection.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

ASCI 270 Global One Health (3) Effective Spring 2019
Introduction to One Health topics at the interface between human, animal, and environmental health. Students will read scientific literature, participate  in interactive group discussions, and practice science communication about emerging infectious diseases, land-sea connection, environmental pollution, and global climate change.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

ASCI 270 Global One Health Topics (1) Effective Spring 2018
Introduction to global One Health topics at the interface between human, animal, and environmental health. Students will read current scientific literature and participate in interactive group discussion to learn about emerging infectious disease, land-sea connection, environmental pollution, and climate change.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

ASCI 470 Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management (4) Effective Summer 2017
Students will develop skills in evaluating vegetation, water quality, and wildlife habitat conditions, learn methods of manipulating vegetation, and develop experience in monitoring progress towards ecological and enterprise objectives over time. Discussion of specific California rangeland management practices.

BIO 470 Gastrointestinal Physiology and Microbiology (4) Effective Spring 2019
Anatomy and physiology of digestive systems in humans and other vertebrates. Emphasis on structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract and interactions with the immune system and the microbiome.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: BIO 361 and MCRO 224.

BIO 470 Gastrointestinal Physiology and Microbiology (3) Effective Winter 2018
Anatomy and physiology of digestive systems in humans and other vertebrates. Emphasis on structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract and interactions with the immune system and the microbiome.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: BIO 361 and MCRO 224.

BIO 471 Human Gross Anatomy (2) Effective Summer 2019
Human gross anatomy study using human cadaver dissection from a regional perspective. Dissection of the musculo-skeletal and nervous tissues, vasculature, and viscera of body regions including: head, neck, torso, extremities and body cavities.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: One of the following anatomy or physiology courses with a grade of B- or better: BIO 231, BIO 232, BIO 361, BIO 406, BIO 407, BIO 408, or BIO 409.

BIO 470/471 Plant Anatomy and Lab (3) Effective Summer 2017
Comparative structure and growth of meristems. Development and structure of important cell types, tissues, tissue systems. Comparative anatomy of stem, root, leaf. Anatomy of gymnosperms, angiosperms.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 470 and BIO 471 required. Recommended: BIO 114 or BIO 162 or BOT 121.

BIO 570 Graduate Professional Development in Biology (2) Effective Winter 2018
Development of skills for a successful career path in biology within or outside of academia through training in the following areas: professional communication and presentation, the peer-review process, mentorship, scientific ethics.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biological Sciences or consent of instructor.

BRAE 470/471 Aquaculture Engineering and Lab (3) Effective Winter 2018
Application of aquacultural engineering principles for freshwater and marine food production systems. Examination of system design constraints for maximizing productivity and minimizing environmental impacts, nutrient management, gas exchange and animal husbandry.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in BRAE 470 and BRAE 471 required.

BUS 470 Entrepreneurship Through Disruptive Technologies (4) Effective Spring 2019
Theory of disruptive innovation; creating business and entrepreneurial opportunity based upon disruptive technologies; basic technical underpinnings of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things, AR/VR, machine learning, and genetic engineering.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: BUS 310.

BUS 470 From Idea to Launch (4) Effective Spring 2019
Addressing an unmet need, specific to a customer group. Achieving revenue-generating impact through innovative and potentially disruptive business models.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

BUS 470 People Analytics (4) Effective Winter 2020
Data-driven approach to human resource practices with emphasis on the strategic use of analytics to drive effective practice and support decision-making. Use of appropriate data sources and techniques for testing HR-related questions. Considerations for collection and use of human data.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CE 570 Surface Water Quality Modeling (4) Effective Spring 2019
Surface water quality modeling focusing on the effects of various pollutants on the water systems and modeling of water quality variables. Synthesis of the chemical, physical, and biological processes that control water quality in rivers and lakes. Software and spreadsheets to derive and apply the equations that describe the chemical, physical, and biological transformations.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

CHEM 470 Physical Biochemistry (3) Effective Fall 2018
Principles of physical chemistry applied to structure and function of biomacromolecules. Emphasis on the techniques used in the study of protein/ligand binding, macromolecular structure and dynamics, and on understanding current literature.
Prerequisite: CHEM 351, CHEM 217 or CHEM 317.

CHEM 470 Survey of Nutritional Biochemistry (3) Effective Spring 2018
Nutritional aspects of biochemistry. Topics include vitamins and minerals, essential and energy-providing nutrients, deficiencies, degenerative and genetic diseases of metabolism, hormones and brain chemistry.
Prerequisite: CHEM 351, CHEM 217 or CHEM 317. Recommended: CHEM 371.

CRP 470 Transportation Policy and Planning (4) Effective Spring 2019
Key issues that drive transportation policy and planning and illustrate how transportation technology and land use are intertwined, including: variations in transportation choices; dependency between transportation technology and land use patterns; financing of transportation; emerging transport technologies; policies to control impacts of transportation; and changing paradigms in how we plan for transportation.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CRP 471 Resilience by Design: San Francisco-Lisbon (2) Effective Fall 2017
Climate change, sea level rise, and resilience by design. Interdisciplinary approaches in planning and designing resilient cities. The cases of San Francisco and Lisbon, Portugal. International collaborative studio within the scope of the ACSA/AIA National Resilience Initiative (NRI) and CAED's MOU with the School of Architecture, University of Lisbon.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CSC 490/496 Deep Learning Neural Networks and Lab (4) Effective Spring 2018
Project-oriented overview of current deep learning neural network algorithms, including optimal backpropagation methods, convolutional neural networks, recursive neural networks, and deep-belief networks.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in CSC 490 and CSC 469 required. Recommended: MATH 206 or MATH 244; STAT 312.

CSC 570 Artificial Intelligence in Games (4) Effective Fall 2018
Research based study of contemporary topics in artificial intelligence (AI) and games: AI in non-player character design, simulations, procedural content generation, narrative design and procedural narrative experiences, drama management, adaptive/reactive games. Evaluation based on research presentation and project delivery.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and evidence of satisfactory preparation in computer science.

CSC 570 Advanced Algorithmic Graph Theory (4) Effective Winter 2019
Exact and approximate algorithms related to classic and current graph problems, including selections from graph coloring, matchings, graph packagings and coverings, subgraph finding, improved network flows, small world networks, and epidemiological networks.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and evidence of satisfactory preparation in computer science.

CSC 570 Graduate Hardware Security (4) Effective Winter 2020
In-depth exploration of hardware security from embedded systems to secure VHDL design. Digital rights management, hardware-based trojans, hardware implementation of cryptography, side-channel attacks, secure communication protocols, hardware-based overflow detection, physical device verification, physical device attestation, and physically unclonable functions.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and evidence of satisfactory preparation in computer science.

EDUC 470 Developing Teachers of Color (4) Effective Spring 2020
Developing and supporting teachers of Color in elementary and secondary (K-12) education. Focus on structural factors associated with underrepresentation of teachers of Color, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and resources to support teachers of Color.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EDUC 570 Action Research Communities (2) Effective Spring 2018
Examination of issues that affect educational leaders implementing and managing large scale collaborative action research projects. Application of interventions based on action research findings.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

EE 270 Circuit Analysis I and Manufacturing (3) Effective Spring 2019
Basic circuit analysis and basic electronics manufacturing. Resistive circuits , voltage and current sources, op-amps, network theorems. Practical electronics manufacturing expanded through concepts such as CAD/CAM design, Design for Manufacture (DFM), documentation requirements, deposition and etching processes, protoyping and production planning. PCB design and assembly.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor. Concurrent: EE 271, Electronics Manufacturing  and Circuit Analysis Lab.

EE 271 Electronics Manufacturing and Circuit Analysis Lab (1) Effective Spring 2019
Use of electrical and electronic test equipment. Introduction to engineering design flow (design, simulate, build test). PCB design and manufacturing.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent: EE 270, Circuit Analysis I and Manufacturing.

EE 271 Introduction to C Programming with a Hardware Emphasis (1) Effective Winter 2020
Introduction to the C programming language with an emphasis on microprocessor implementation and applications.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EE 271 Introduction to C++ Programming with a Hardware Emphasis (1) Effective Winter 2020
Introduction to the C++ object-oriented programming language with an emphasis on microprocessor implementation and applications.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EE 470/471 Design of Fault-Tolerant Digital Systems and Lab (4) Effective Winter 2019
Hardware and software fault tolerance concepts; fault models, coding in computer systems, module and system level fault detection mechanisms, reconfiguration techniques for general purpose processors and ASICs, and software fault tolerance techniques such as recovery blocks, N-version programming, checkpointing, and recovery.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent: EE 471.

EE 470/471 Introduction to Computer Forensics and Lab (4) Effective Winter 2020
Basic computer disk and computer network forensics. Overview of the structure of popular file systems and file system metadata analysis. Overview of current encryption and decryption techniques. File storage formats. Exercises in adversarial thinking. Design and analysis of mock digital forensics scenarios. Ethical issues of computer security and privacy.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in EE 470 and EE 471 required.
Recommended: Familiarity with Linux operating system.

EE 470 Sensors in the Age of IoT (3) Effective Spring 2018
Examination of the convergence of transducer, processing, and communication technologies that fuels the Internet of Things (IoT). Discussion of key technical solutions seen in state-of-art sensors and wireless communication devices and included in standards such as IEEE1451, IEEE802.15.4, and Zigbee.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor: Recommended: EE 228; EE 307 or EE 347; and CPE/EE 329.

EE 471 Networked Sensors (1) Effective Spring 2018
Hands-on experience with modern sensor technology emphasizing health-related applications such as integrated circuits for human temperature measurement, EKG and PPG. Programing of state-of-art sensor platforms addressing issues of wireless connectivity of sensors, physical security and authentication.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: EE 228, EE 307 or EE 347; and CPE/EE 329.

ENGL 470 Queer Life Writing (4) Effective Spring 2018
Advanced study of life writing genres as they pertain to gender and sexuality. Investigation of how writers make narrative sense of gender, sexuality, and intimacy utilizing memoir, autobiography, and autotheory.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ERSC 470/471 Applied Contaminant Transport and Lab (4) Effective Spring 2018
Applied study of mechanisms of fate and transport of contaminants in soils and groundwater. Field methods and technologies of soil and groundwater remediation. Representative conceptual/mathematical models, case studies, and laboratory study of breakthrough behavior and factors controlling remediation technology effectiveness.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in ERSC 470 and ERSC 471 required.

ES 470 Migration, Human Rights, and Imagined Communities (4) Effective Spring 2019
Advanced interdisciplinary study of contemporary migration and border crossing as counter-narrative to media representation of migrant "illegality." Focus on immigrant stories, through analysis of culture production, to understand the forces that expand and constrain membership rights in the newly formed transnational communities.
Prerequisite: At least one course in Ethnic Studies and consent of instructor.

ES 470 Social Justice and Public Policy (4) Effective Spring 2020
Identification of a local or state-wide issue with a focus in public policy and social justice. Work in teams. Development of a policy brief to be submitted to the appropriate organization.
Prerequisite: At least one course in Ethnic Studies and consent of instructor.

FSN 470 Senior Project: Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (2) Effective Fall 2017
Advanced topics in sports nutrition including classic and recent findings related to mechanisms of nutrient effects on exercise performance, metabolism, muscle physiology, body composition, and health.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended: FSN 329, FSN 420 and STAT 218.

FSN 470 Senior Project: Writing (1) Effective Fall 2017
Scientific writing for advanced students, including finding relevant research articles and conducting a literature review.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A, FSN 329, FSN 420 and STAT 218.

FSN 471 Senior Project: Research Experience (2) Effective Fall 2017
Guided research on advanced topics in nutrition. Implementation of methods, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Individual and group work. Completion of formal report findings. Results of findings will be used for synthesizing a senior standing report in FSN 470 Senior Project: Writing in Winter 2018.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended: STAT 218.

FSN 571 Food Safety Modernization Act: Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (1) Effective Fall 2018
Regulations related to certain food safety activities being completed by a "preventive controls qualified individual", under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

GSA 570 Introduction to Tableau (1) Effective Winter 2018
Use of Tableau Desktop software for data visualization. Navigating the Tableau software infrastructure; making connections to data; reorganizing different data types; employing a wide variety of data views; creating dashboards storyboards.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 Cloud Computing Fundamentals (2) Effective Spring 2019
Fundamentals of cloud computing technologies in the context of business data analytics, including data acquisition, storage, retrieval, cleansing, analysis and visualization using modern cloud technologies. Preparation for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval  from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 Data Ethics for Analytics (2) Effective Spring 2020
Examination of ethical risks raised by data analysis, including data collection, ownership, and usage. Philosophical examination of topics raised by data analysis, including consent, privacy, transparency, bias, and potential harms from data collection and use.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 Marketing Analytics Management (2) Effective Spring 2019
Best practices for leveraging data and advanced analytics tools, to design and optimize data-driven digital marketing campaigns over the full lifecycle; including customer insights, targeting, segmentation, personalization, cross-channel orchestration, and performance reporting.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval  from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 Marketing Analytics Management (4) Effective Spring 2018
Best practices for leveraging data and advanced analytics tools, to design and optimize data-driven digital marketing campaigns over the full lifecycle; including customer insights, targeting, segmentation, personalization, cross-channel orchestration, and performance reporting.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval  from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 People Analytics (2) Effective Spring 2019
Data-driven approach to human resource practices with emphasis on the strategic use of analytics to drive effective practice and support decision-making: Use of appropriate data sources and techniques for testing HR-related questions: Considerations for collection and use of human data.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 Prescriptive Analytics (4) Effective Spring 2020
Principles and techniques of applied mathematical modeling for managerial decision-making; use of analytic methods (optimization, Monte Carlo simulation, and spreadsheet modeling) and understanding their assumptions and limitations in decision-making. Emphasis on model formulation and interpretation of results.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean.

GSB 570 Python Fundamentals for Analytics (2) Effective Spring 2020
Introduction to programming with Python; including common functions, arrays and data frames; identifying and understanding different data structures, how to read data files in Python, organizing and visualizing data and creating interactive charts.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean.

HNRS 470 Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (2) Effective Spring 2018
Dialogue-based course for students from Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Discussion of the criminal justice system, gender, class, poverty, and restorative justice. Includes a service-learning component.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

IME 470/471 Power Applications and Lab (2) Effective Winter 2020
Introduction to Microsoft Power products. Collect, analyze and visualize data using Microsoft Products: Power Bi, PowerApps, Flows, Forms, and Teams.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in IME 470 and IME 471 required.

IME 470/471 Predictive Enterprise Analytics and Lab (4) Effective Spring 2019
Facilitate enterprise decision-making. Clustering, classification, prediction, and association rules algorithms. Applications of regression-based prediction and decision making. Model-fitting and overgeneralization. Machine learning, neural networks, and Bayesian analysis.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in IME 470 and IME 471 required.

IME 470 Senior Design Project II (1) Effective Fall 2019
Continuation of IME 481. Involves research methodology: problem statement, method, results, analysis, synthesis, project design, construction (when feasible), and evaluation/conclusions. Project results presented in thesis-like formal reports suitable for reference library and formal oral presentations. Professional ethics.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in IME 470 and IME 471 required.

IME 471 Senior Design Project II Lab (2) Effective Fall 2019
Continuation of IME 481. Involves research methodology: problem statement, method, results, analysis, synthesis, project design, construction (when feasible), and evaluation/conclusions. Project results presented in thesis-like formal reports suitable for reference library and formal oral presentations. Professional ethics.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in IME 470 and IME 471 required.

IME 470 Storytelling with Data: Analytics Fundamentals for Industrial Engineers (2) Effective Fall 2018
Introduction to data analysis computing theory appropriate for informing design and control decisions for processes and systems. Internet of Things, cloud computing, data formatting, cleaning, analysis, management, visualization and communications.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent: IME 471.

IME 471 Storytelling with Data: Analytics Fundamentals for Industrial Engineers (2) Effective Winter 2018
Introduction to data analysis computing tools and resources appropriate for informing design and control decisions for processes and systems. Students will become proficient in several operating systems, programming tools, micro-controllers, cloud computing, data analysis and visualization.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ITP 270 Personal Leadership - 7 Habits (4) Effective Summer 2019
Learn and practice the what, why, and how of personal leadership. Uses the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People framework to provide students with skills they will use repeatedly in their careers and life. Includes lecture, video, peer-to-peer coaching, and reflective assignments to reinforce concepts. Course offered online only. Weekly 2-hour synchronous webinar meetings required, plus online study.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

JOUR 470 Digital and Social Media Strategy (4) Effective Fall 2018
Introduction to different types and practices of social and digital advertising and public relations strategies. Evaluation of these strategies, their role and uses, audience targeting, message design, and assessment.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; junior standing.

KINE 290 Gender and Power-Based Violence Prevention (3) Effective Winter 2020
Introduction to the public health epidemic of gender and power-based violence with focus on societal power dynamics. Emphasis on considerations for prevention on each level of the social ecological model, and self-development of understanding, skills, and behavior.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

KINE 470 Physical Activity & Public Health (3) Effective Spring 2019
Evaluation of recent scientific evidence supporting current physical activity guidelines for physical and mental well-being. Strategies for applying evidence based programs promoting physical activity in public health policies, clinical care, and exercise is medicine initiatives.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: HLTH 298 or KINE 319.

MATE 470 Electrochemical Energy Storage (4) Effective Spring 2018
Exploration of electrochemical energy storage such as batteries, supercapacitors and hybrid systems. Fundamental principles with emphasis on electrochemistry of rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors. Advanced materials design and synthesis, nanotechnology, testing techniques, safety issues and battery systems applications will be covered.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MATE 470 Ferrous Metallurgy (4) Effective Spring 2018
Physical metallurgy principles applied to iron-based systems for steel making and thermo-mechanical processing. Mechanical properties related to microstructure of steel materials and their manipulation through chemical and physical processing. Exploration of major categories of steel, applications, surface treatment and welding.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MATE 470 Introduction to Textile Engineering (4) Effective Fall 2019
Investigation of synthetic, natural and non-polymeric fibers and their textiles. Chemical and physical structures of fibers. Methods of fiber formation and resulting properties. Yarns, woven and non-woven textile structures, processing and properties. Textiles in composites, geotextiles, medical devices, and apparel.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MATE 470 Materials and Environment (3) Effective Winter 2018
Examination of effects of materials on air, water, land, and human health. Introduction to climate change. Life cycle assessment as a means of quantifying the environmental impacts of products. Overview of renewable energy technologies. Economic and legal aspects of environmental technologies.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 271 Introduction to Composite Materials Manufacturing (2) Effective Winter 2019
Reinforcing fibers and matrix materials both synthetic and natural. Composite material molding and forming processes including hand layup, autoclave, compression molding, filament winding, and vacuum infusion molding. Mold, mandrel or tooling design. Composite component post-processing and machining.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 470/471 Building Energy Performance and Lab (4) Effective Winter 2019
Introduction and study of building energy assessment principles and protocols for existing commercial buildings. Techniques of energy measurement and verification, energy metric comparison and analysis, and energy auditing.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent: ME 471.

ME 470 Classic Problems in Flow Analysis (3) Effective Spring 2020
Classic problems in flow analysis involving streamline, steamtube, and control volume methods for bounded and unbounded flows including compressibility.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: ME 347.

ME 470 Design and Function of Automobiles (4) Effective Winter 2018
Historical retrospective. Complete vehicle analysis including requirements/emissions/test cycles, development process and packaging. Longitudinal dynamics including driving resistances, dynamic shift of axle loads and acceleration. Powertrain including topologies, energy storage, engines, clutches, transmissions and final drive.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 470/471 Fundamentals of Fire Protection Engineering and Lab (4) Effective Spring 2018
Overview of the fundamental physical and design principles of fire safety engineering. Topics revolving around the fire safety strategy include egress and human behavior, fire dynamics, smoke control, alarm and detection, suppression, structural behavior, failure analysis, and engineering ethics.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 470 Human Performance for Nuclear Plant Engineers (3) Effective Fall 2017
Human performance as it relates to employment in highly technical industries. Focus on nuclear-electric-generating stations although skills and approaches to human performance fundamentals are applicable to many other industries.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 470 Plant Engineering (4) Effective Fall 2018
Materials and design components; strength analysis of cylindrical and spherical pressurized components; support and compensation of thermal expansion of pipelines; fluid dynamical design of pipelines; selection of pumps and compressors.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 471 Senior Design Project III (1) Effective Fall 2017
Completion of Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project. Design verified through prototyping and testing. For students who began the three-course sequence in the 2016-17 academic year to substitute for ME 430. Not open to students with credit in ME 430.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

NR 470 Agricultural Law (4) Effective Spring 2018
Introduction to agricultural law and policy including the business of agriculture, agricultural legislation, and coverage of contemporary agricultural issues such as water, food safety, and labor. Examination of statutory, judicial, policy and administrative areas in agriculture.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

NR 470/471 Agroecology and Lab (4) Effective Fall 2019
Ecological concepts and principles taught in the context of agricultural systems. Laboratory exercises designed to train in the analysis of ecological processes in agricultural systems, with a focus on ecological structures (biotic and abiotic) and functions (energy flow, nutrient cycling).
Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in NR 470 and NR 471 required.

POLS 470 California Bill Project II (2) Effective Winter 2018
Second in a three-class sequence, across which a group of students will write a bill, try to get the bill introduced into the California Legislature, and work to move the bill toward becoming law. Field trip may be required.
Prerequisite: POLS 112 and junior standing.

POLS 470 California Bill Project III (2) Effective Spring 2018
Final course in a three-class sequence, across which a group of students will write a bill, try to get the bill introduced into the California Legislature, and work to move the bill toward becoming law. Field trip may be required.
Prerequisite: POLS 112 and junior standing.

POLS 570 Securing Funding for Public Policy (2) Effective Spring 2020
Skills for developing and writing a solid grant proposal to secure community and foundation funding in the area of public policy.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

PSY 470 Cognitive Neuroscience (4) Effective Winter 2019
Recent empirical and theoretical discoveries pertaining to the neural basis of cognition, including methodologies, applications, and controversies. Focus on reading and discussing research articles in the areas of perception, memory, language, decision making, executive function, neuroimaging, and more.
Prerequisite: Junior standing and consent of instructor. Recommended: PSY 340.

SOC 470 Criminological Theory (4) Effective Spring 2019
Survey and application of criminological theories that explain crime. Discussion of historical, political, and cultural contexts that shape responses of crime.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

SOC 470 Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice (4) Effective Fall 2018
Social, economic, and political forces that shape criminal justice involvement for racial and ethnic groups. Discussion of data, ideologies, and current trends regarding the overrepresentation of people of color as victims, offenders, and defendant.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

SPAN 470 Journalism Spanish for the Professions (4) Effective Spring 2019
Exploration of the rapidly evolving world of journalism in Spanish. Development of professional critical perspectives on journalism in the Latino community in the United States, specifically through production of different types of news and through cultural and linguistic evaluation of broadcast, online and print media. Taught in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

SPAN 470 Medical Spanish for the Professions (4) Effective Winter 2019
Intended for students  interested in the medical profession and with an intermediate proficiency level in Spanish. Development of critical perspectives on health care for the Latino community in the US, specifically, through medical language skills and cultural competency for health care situations in order to communicate more effectively with Spanish-speaking patients and their families.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

TH 275 Scenic Painting for Stage (4) Effective Winter 2020
Introduction to scenic painting techniques used in theatre. Color mixing and media preparation, surface sizing and preparation, finishes, pattern or stencil work, and scaled transfer. Paint shop operations and functions.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

TH 275 Technical Production for Theatre (4) Effective Fall 2019
Introduction to theatre production techniques and terminology, including elements of light hanging and programming; tools and processes required to analyze, and construct scenery; rigging practices.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

TH 470 Community-Based, Verbatim Theatre (4) Effective Winter 2018
Focus on the creation and performance of original devised work. Emphasis on theatre as a tool to promote social change and awareness within a specific community about a particular topic or event. Development of skills to research, collect, and produce content for use in performance.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

TH 470/471 Mainstage Theatre Rehearsal and Production (4) Effective Fall 2019
Rehearsal and Production of LYSISTRATA for public presentation as part of AY19/20 Theatre Production Season. Credit for participation as actor & stage management.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (by audition). Concurrent enrollment in TH 470 and TH 471 required.

TH 470 Sound for Theatre (4) Effective Winter 2020
Development and utilization of sound engineering, technical systems, critical listening, and sound design skills. Incorporation of techniques related to industry standard equipment and software.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

WVIT 270 Introduction to Viticulture and Enology (4) Effective Winter 2019
Fundamentals of viticulture and enology, overview of the primary commercial winegrape regions of the world. Grapevine biology, environmental variables affecting production and vineyard management practices. Grape processing and wine fermentation, finishing and aging, and chemical properties of wine, wine labels.
Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate students and consent of instructor.

WVIT 470 European Wine Tour: Part I (2) Effective Spring 2018
Examination of wine grape growing, wine making and wine business practices across producers in similar and different geographic regions. Topics include sustainable practices, varietals, geography, soil, climate, equipment use, business size and practices. Field trip required.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

WVIT 470 European Wine Tour: Part II (4) Effective Summer 2018
Examination of wine grape growing, wine making and wine business practices across producers in similar and different geographic regions. Topics include sustainable practices, varietals, geography, soil, climate, equipment use, business size and practices. Field trip required.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

WVIT 470 Topics in Grape and Wine Industry (4) Effective Winter 2019
Interaction with professionals in the grape and wine industry, discussion of management practices and solutions to emerging issues. Students will research and present a topic of current interest, contrasting the issue between Australia and the U.S. Not open to students with credit in WVIT 463.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

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