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Content outline:


Introduction to loads, codes, and specifications

Steel design:

Introduction to steel design and Steel Manual specification

Tension member design and tension connections

Beam design and composite members

Column design, and combined bending and axial loads

Concrete design:

Introduction to reinforced concrete design and the Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, ACI 318

Beam design: flexure and shear

One-way slab design

Anchorage and development length of rebar

Column design

Timber design:

Introduction to timber design and the Manual for Engineered Wood Construction

Beam design

Connections

Masonry design:

Introduction to masonry design and the Masonry Standards Joint Committee Code, Specification and Commentaries, ACI 530

Beam design

Column design

Design of masonry walls


Student expectations and requirements:


Grades will be based on homework assignments and in-class exams.


Tentative texts and course materials:


Manual of Steel Construction, 13th ed., American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), ISBN: 1-56424-055-X, (2005).


Handouts covering steel design will be provided to students.


4. Resources:

Library resources: See attached Library Resources form and Bibliography.

Computer resources: Student computer resources are adequate.


5. Budget implications:

Proposed method of staffing: This is not a new course to the curriculum, so there is no net change in staffing requirements.

Special equipment needed: None

Expendable materials needed: None other than normal materials

Laboratory materials needed: NA


6. Effective Catalog Year: Fall 2008


7. Dates of prior committee approvals:


Department of Engineering: ____12/07/2007_______


Ogden College Curriculum Committee ____2/07/2008________


University Curriculum Committee ___2/28/08________________


University Senate ___________________


Attachment: Bibliography, Library Resources Form, Course Inventory Form


Bibliography of Sources

CE 483 UK-Elementary Structural Design


Leonard Spiegel and George F. Limbrunner (1998). Reinforced Concrete Design. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Bogdan Kuzmanovic and Nicholas Willems (1983). Steel Design for Structural Engineers. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Amon Rene, Bruce Knobloch, and Atanu Mazumder (1982). Steel Design for Engineers and Architects. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY.

Donald Willcox (1968). Wood Design. Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, NY.

Christine Beall (2004). Masonry Design and Detailing for Architects and Contractors. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.

Proposal Date: 1/29/2008


Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Department of Agriculture

Proposal to Create a New Course

(Action Item)


Contact Person: Dr. Paul Woosley, 745-5965, EST 237


1. Identification of proposed course:


Course prefix (subject area) and number: AGRO 111

Course title: Plant Science Laboratory

Abbreviated course title: Plant Science Laboratory

1.4 Credit hours and contact hours: one credit hour

1.5 Type of course: B (Lab)

1.6 Corequisites: AGRO 110

1.7 Course catalog listing:

A laboratory course correlated with AGRO 110. Laboratories coincide with lecture topics. Lab is strongly encouraged for students in the plant sciences. Lab fee required.


2. Rationale:


Reason for developing the proposed course:

This course is being developed as part of restructuring the agriculture curriculum. Western Kentucky University is putting greater importance upon critical thinking and student engagement. This course will help achieve goals set forth in the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Through the laboratory setting, students will be able to apply plant growth and development concepts discussed in AGRO 110 while being introduced to the scientific method.

Projected enrollment in the proposed course:

30-40 students based upon previous enrollment in AGRO 110.

Relationship of the proposed course to courses now offered by the department:

The department does not currently offer an introductory laboratory related to plant science. This laboratory will introduce all agriculture students to basic plant growth, development, and physiology. In addition, this laboratory will prepare students wishing to concentrate in plant sciences for future courses. Necessary skills will be acquired for future plant related laboratories including: Weed Science Laboratory (AGRO 410), Forage Crops Laboratory (AGRO 421), Soils Laboratory (AGRO 351), Nursery Management Laboratory (HORT 405), and Plant Propagation Laboratory (HORT 408).

Relationship of the proposed course to courses offered in other departments:

While they are several laboratories that touch on plant science, WKU does not offer an introductory plant science laboratory covering agronomic and horticulture techniques and principals.

Relationship of the proposed course to courses offered in other institutions:

The proposed course is comparable to courses taught at EKU (AGR 131), UK (PLS 220), and Morehead (AGR 180) and many other land grant universities across the country.


3. Discussion of proposed course:


Course objectives:

Students will apply plant growth and development concepts related to agriculture. This course will expose agriculture students focusing on animal science, agriculture education, and agriculture economics to plant science, while providing a conceptual base for agriculture students pursuing agronomy and horticulture related fields.

Content outline:

Plant anatomy

Plant hormones and growth regulators

Photosynthesis: C4 vs. C3 plants

Photosynthesis: light quality

Asexual plant propagation

Nitrogen fixation and plant nutrition

Forage quality

Student expectations and requirements:

Performance will be evaluated based upon laboratory reports and exams.

Tentative texts and course materials:

A course pack will be developed by the faculty.



4. Resources:

Library resources: none required

Computer resources: none required


5. Budget implications:

Proposed method of staffing: current staffing

Special equipment needed: none

Expendable materials needed: none

Laboratory materials needed: standard glassware, pots, electronic balance


6. Effective Catalog Year: Fall 2008


7. Dates of prior committee approvals:


Department of Agriculture: ___1/15/2008_______



OCSE Curriculum Committee ___2/7/2008_________


University Curriculum Committee ____2/28/08_______________


University Senate ___________________


Attachment: Bibliography, Library Resources Form, Course Inventory Form


Bibliography: none

Library Resources: none

Proposal Date: 1/31/2008


Ogden College of Science and Engineering

Department of Geography and Geology

Proposal to Create a New Course

(Action Item)


Contact Person: Aaron J. Celestian e-mail: aaron.celestian@wku.edu Phone: 5-5977


Identification of proposed course:


Prefix and number: GEOL 432

Title: Crystallography

Abbreviated title: Crystallography

Credit: 4

Type of course: C (Lecture and Laboratory)

Prerequisites: GEOL 330 or PHYS 266 or CHEM 222

Catalog course listing:

An introduction to the theory and experimental practices of modern crystallography. Focuses on the study of symmetry and crystal structures and their physical and chemical properties in environmentally important Earth materials. Laboratory fee required.


Rationale:


Reason for developing the proposed course:


This crystallography course is being developed to help initiate a multi-disciplinary Mineralogical and Material Science emphasis at Western Kentucky University. In an effort to propel our students to the forefront of Earth and energy sciences, a fundamental understanding of crystalline matter is an essential component of their education. Atomic structure determination is a key practical skill in the geological, chemical, materials, and life sciences; thus crystallography is an important part of the education of every scientist working in those fields. However, a dedicated crystallography course is absent from many undergraduate curricula throughout the United States, including WKU. This is unfortunate, as the majority of scientists relying on crystal structures do not understand the basic methods well enough to evaluate the results of X-ray diffraction data and are unable to draw their own conclusions from crystallographic data.


This crystallography class augments and enhances what is already in place at WKU. The association of the Materials Characterization Center and the Applied Physics Institute makes WKU a leading American university in many materials sciences disciplines. The facilities necessary to provide hands-on application experience to students are already available at WKU. This course work will provide our students with aptitude in and appreciation for, the growing number of environmental and industrial Earth and materials science careers.

Projected enrollment in the proposed course:


During the pilot launch of this course during Fall 2007 (GEOL 475/475g), one graduate and six undergraduate students enrolled. I believe that once this course is available for student review across various disciplines the enrollment should increase and is projected to be approximately ten to fifteen students per year.


Relationship of the proposed course to courses now offered by the department:


The Department of Geography and Geology offers courses in mineralogy (GEOL 330), petrology (GEOL 350), and optical mineralogy (GEOL 430/475g). The addition of crystallography will serve to complete an emphasis in Earth materials for the Bachelors of Science degree in geology.


Relationship of the proposed course to courses offered in other departments:


The crystallography (GEOL 432) course will complement existing courses in mathematics (Linear Algebra MATH 307), physics (Solid State Physics PHYS 460), engineering (Materials and Methods of Manufacturing ME 240) and chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 420 and Materials Chemistry CHEM 490) and serve to complete WKU’s strength in a multi-disciplinary and well-rounded study of materials.


Relationship of the proposed course to courses offered in other institutions:


In the United States, academic institutions such as the University of Northern Iowa (GEOL 870), the University of Southern Alabama (GY 341), University of Southern Mississippi (GEO 406/506 and GEO 407/507), the University of New Mexico (EOSC 520), the University of Arizona (GEOS 418 and 460), Virginia Tech (GEOS 5535–5536) all offer undergraduate levels of crystallography.


Beyond the United States, all the major Canadian universities (Univ. of British Columbia, Univ. of Toronto, McMaster, Univ. of Windsor, and the Univ. Manitoba) offer undergraduate crystallography courses. In Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, the number of institutions that offer crystallography as a required or elective course quickly increases (such institutions as ETH, Univ. of Edinburgh, Liverpool, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bremen, Yonsei University in Korea, Technical University of the Middle East, University of Kirikkale in Turkey, and many others).


Within Kentucky, only the University of Kentucky (CHE 580) offers a dedicated crystallography course. This absence of crystallography from undergraduate programs in Kentucky opens an opportunity for WKU to become a materials science magnet for undergraduate and graduate students.


Discussion of proposed course:


Course objectives:


Students will gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of symmetry as related to crystal structures and the natural world. Through the use of theory and application, the students will grasp the relationships between physical properties of minerals as they are directly related to their symmetric atomic makeup. Students will be given practical experience with crystal structure refinements and crystal structure analysis with the use of modern crystallographic equipment and software.


Lecture Content outline:


Introduction to the mathematic tools to be used in the course

Introduction to linear algebra

Matrix manipulations

Geometrical aspects of crystals

Calculation of bond lengths and angles

Generation of atomic coordinates based on symmetry operations

Point Groups

Introduction to group symmetry

Derivation of the 32 point groups

Subgroup and Supergroup relationships

Crystallographic projections

Applying symmetry to atoms

Generation of atomic positions revisited

Space Groups

Introduction to translational symmetry

Reduction of infinite crystal structures and the asymmetric unit

The international tables of crystallography

Crystals, Light, and Diffraction Theory

Crystals as a diffraction grating, the key for determining their atomic arrangement

Introduction to reciprocal space

In depth dissection of the diffraction pattern

Disorder in crystalline materials

Structure Transitions

Crystallography relationships of space symmetry

Determining phase transition type and representative transformation matrix

Introduction to Landau Theory
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