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Valencia Courses – 2020 Summer Session II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to five credits per session. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

Spanish Language and Culture Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to five credits of Spanish taught in each session. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills is highly recommended to complement Intermediate Spanish I through Advanced Spanish II.

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to express plans and describe future events.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Intermediate Spanish II is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed three semesters of college Spanish or their equivalent. In this course, the students will learn how to use the language with increasing complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Composition I is a third year course for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Composition II is a third year course for students who have completed five semesters of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish
    Summer Session II
    300-level1 creditTaught in Spanish

    A course that complements the development of linguistic skills emphasizing the oral mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    SpanishWorld Languages and Literatures200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Barcelona tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Spanish language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the tour of Barcelona and surroundings.

    This course may be taken in addition to the session's 5-credit maximum.

    Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Barcelona Tour.

  • Summer Session I
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    Recreation / Physical Education100-level1 creditTaught in English

    The objective of this course is to teach students the rudiments of windsurfing. Students from all backgrounds and levels of experience are invited to participate in the exhilarating experience of manipulating a sail and standing up on the board.

    This course has an additional fee.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

    This course is designed to teach typical Spanish and Mediterranean recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations. In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes. Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

    This course has an additional fee for ingredients and materials.

    Science, Engineering, Math and Business Electives

    Taught in English

    The following courses offer a wide range of subject matter to provide a multidisciplinary perspective to your studies.

    Session I

    • Summer Session I
      Mathematics200-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mathematics200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      Theory and solving techniques for: constant and variable coefficient linear equations, a variety of non-linear equations. Emphasis on those differential equations arising from real-world phenomena.

    • Summer Session I
      BiologyGeneral Health Sciences300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course will explore how naturally occurring and anthropogenic chemicals lead to pathology and disease in humans. Concepts that will be covered include the dose-response relationships of toxicants, the metabolism and action of toxicants, and the diseases associated with environmental toxicants in different organ systems. Students will use case studies and laboratory techniques to understand how chemicals from Spain’s environment can lead to disease in humans. Significant environmental health issues facing Spain, such as water and air pollution will be discussed. Students will quantify bacterial concentrations from contaminated waterway and identify methods to measure levels of particulate matter from the air.

    • Summer Session I
      International BusinessManagement400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course examines the challenges facing managers that are competing in a global economy. In particular, we will devote our attention to strategic management in a globally competitive environment and the role of culture in motivation, leadership, communication, negotiation, decision making, HRM practices, and the management of a multicultural workforce abroad or at home. We will cover the process of management based on both the macro (organizational) level of environment and strategy and the micro (interpersonal) level of culture and human resources. Some of the critical topics to be explored include:the international envirment; managing international strategic planning and implementation; managing people and processes across borders and cultures; and ethical dilemmas in international management.

    • Summer Session I
      EnglishSpeech Communications300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      Principles and practices that develop writing and communication skills for professional writing and document design for traditional and new media (letters of inquiry and application, resumes, email practices, social media PowerPoint etc.)

    • Summer Session I
      Mechanical Engineering200-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mechanical Engineering200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The engineering of mankind’s superstructure marvels all started with the basic statics of equilibrium (Newton’s First Law). This introductory course on statics (required of most engineering and architecture programs) includes topics of force decomposition, equilibrium of force systems, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, cables, beams, fluid statics, and work.

    Session II

    • Summer Session I
      Mathematics200-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mathematics200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      Theory and solving techniques for: constant and variable coefficient linear equations, a variety of non-linear equations. Emphasis on those differential equations arising from real-world phenomena.

    • Summer Session II
      Chemistry400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      As defined by the EPA, green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Such sustainable technologies provide benefits, including safer products, reduced use of energy, resources and waste, and improved competitiveness within the market. In this course we will discuss how green chemistry and sustainability ideas can impact society. We will discuss the philosophy of green chemistry and how these ideas have revolutionized how society views products and chemical technology. “Green chemistry differs from previous approaches to many environmental issues. Rather than using regulatory restrictions, it unleashes the creativity and innovation of our scientists and engineers in designing and discovering the next generation of chemicals and materials so that they provide increased performance and increased value while meeting all goals to protect and enhance human health and the environment.” (ACS Green Chemistry Institute®) The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth introduction to Green Chemistry. Topics to be covered include:

      •History of Green Chemistry

      • Environmental Protection Agency

      • major environmental laws

      • The Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry

      •The Fundamentals/Principles of Green Chemistry

      • Atom Economy/E-factor and other metrics

      • Life Cycle Assessment

      • Use of Renewable Resources

      •Catalysts for Green Chemistry

      • Topics chosen from General, Inorganic, Organic, and Polymer chemistry

      • Alternative solvents and reaction media

      •Energy and the Environment

      • Global Warming (Climate Change)

      • Renewable energy

      •Industrial Chemistry

      • Reactor design

      • Inherently safer design

      Prerequisites: One year of general chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry (year preferred)

    • Summer Session II
      Supply Chain Management300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      To introduce students to the decision making concepts of operations planning, implementation, and control; to aid in the understanding of these concepts, and to provide a forum for written communication concerning operations management topics. The topics to be covered in this course include forecasting, customer service and inventory management, just-in-time production, supply chain management, and quality assessment and improvement in both services and manufacturing.

    • Summer Session I
      Mechanical Engineering200-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Summer Session II
      Mechanical Engineering200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The engineering of mankind’s superstructure marvels all started with the basic statics of equilibrium (Newton’s First Law). This introductory course on statics (required of most engineering and architecture programs) includes topics of force decomposition, equilibrium of force systems, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, cables, beams, fluid statics, and work.

    To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

    Field Studies

    Deepen your academic experience through the optional Barcelona Field Study, where you will explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the field study, and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.

    Quick Details

    2020-21 App. Cycle

    Fall: Open

    Spring: Open

    2021-22 App. Cycle

    Summer programs: Opens 9/1

    Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1

    Spring: Opens 9/1

    Eligibility

    Minimum GPA: 2.5

    Program Type

    Specialty

    Credits

    US Credit

    Program Capacity

    Summer: 60 students

    Semester: 65 students

    Instruction

    English | Spanish

    Member

    APUNE--Associación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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