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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of  June 2010.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu  to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

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Courses in "GEMS-Gemstone"

GEMS - Gemstone

GEMS 100 Freshman Honors Colloquium: Introduction to Gemstone (1) Restriction: Freshman standing; and must be in the Gemstone program. Orienting new Gemstone students to the university and to the program through a variety of team building activities, resources, and skill exploration exercises. Students will also examine and discuss areas such as liberal education, diversity, service, arts, current events, academic integrity, and leadership style.

GEMS 102 Research Topic Exploration and Team Formation (1) Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program. Under the guidance of staff and visiting speakers, students will develop research topics that they will pursue for the remainder of their participation in the Gemstone program, and form into interdisciplinary teams around these topics.

GEMS 104 Topics in Science, Technology and Society (STS) (3) Prerequisite: GEMS100. An examination of how cultural, economic, political and social forces shape scientific and technological systems and, conversely, how scientific and technological systems have affected the culture, economies, organization and politics of societies. Students in the course will form small teams to carry out semester-long research on socio/technical topics related to the course theme chosen for that specific semester.

GEMS 202 Team Dynamics and Research Methodology (2) Prerequisite: GEMS100, GEMS102, and GEMS104. Corequisite: GEMS296. Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program; and sophomore standing or higher. This experiential course is designed to foster an understanding of effective team dynamics and basic research methodology. It will teach skills applicable to Gemstone team research and the writing of a team thesis. Upperclass Gemstone students serve as discussion facilitators. Students participate in their Gemstone teams and develop a draft of their team thesis proposal.

GEMS 208 Special Topics in Leadership and Team Development (1-3) Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program. Principles, methods and types of leadership and team development with an emphasis on group discussion and decision making. Reading, discussion and exploration of the basic team concept, communications for winning scenarios, goal setting, problem solving, conflict resolution and research methods.

GEMS 296 Team Project Seminar I (1) Prerequisite: GEMS100, GEMS102, and GEMS104. Corequisite: GEMS202. Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program with sophomore standing in a research team. This is the first of six seminars during which Gemstone students carry out multidisciplinary research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The teams develop their working relationship, start their literature search, define their research question, and set short & long term goals.

GEMS 297 Team Project Seminar II (2-3) Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program with sophomore standing in a research team. This is the second of six seminars during which Gemstone students carry out interdisciplinary research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The team develops its website, prepares and presents its research proposal and beegins its research project.

GEMS 396 Team Project Seminar III (2) Prerequisite: GEMS297. Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program with junior standing in a research team. This is the third of six seminars during which Gemstone students carry out interdisciplinary research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The team presents its progress at the Gemstone Colloquia.

GEMS 397 Team Project Seminar IV (2) Prerequisite: GEMS396. Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program with junior standing in a research team. This is the fourth of six seminars during which Gemstone students carry out interdisciplinary research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The team further develops its website. Also they will prepare and present the team project in the poster session of Undergraduate Research Day.

GEMS 496 Project Writing Seminar (2) Prerequisite: GEMS397. Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program. This is the fifth of six seminars during which Gemstone students carry out research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. The team finishes the analysis of their data and writes and edits its team thesis.

GEMS 497 Team Thesis Defense (2) Prerequisite: GEMS396. Restriction: Must be in the Gemstone program. Gemstone teams will complete the team research project and thesis. The team will formally present the thesis to experts in the area of interest at a Team Thesis Conference before final submission.

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