Valencia, Spain
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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

    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

    Session II

    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.

    US Professors

    Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

    Session I:

    Dr. David Blake | Fort Lewis College

    Course offered:

    Dr. Blake received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. He teaches and conducts research in microbiology, immunology, toxicology and aging. He supervises undergraduates in diverse research topics and mentors students in order to prepare them for graduate school. In 2012, he received the Young Investigator Award in Immunotoxicology from the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute.

    Session II:

    Dr. Sarah Cummings | University of Nevada, Reno

    Dr. Brian J. Frost | University of Nevada, Reno

    Course offered:

    Dr. Sarah Cummings (Ph.D. Columbia University) has received numerous teaching awards at the University and state levels. She is passionate about increasing student success in chemistry through an active-learning approach.

    Dr. Frost is a chemistry professor with research interests focused on green chemistry and aqueous phase catalysis. He enjoys teaching and is particularly passionate for his courses in green chemistry and sustainability and scientific ethics.

    Course Descriptions

    Advanced Spanish I

    Summer Session I (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (Spanish; 400-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Barcelona Field Study

    Summer Session I (200-level; 1 credit)

    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.

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    Differential Equations

    Summer Session I (Mathematics; 200-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (Mathematics; 200-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Environmental Health and Disease in Spain

    Summer Session I (Community Health Sciences; 300-level; 3 credits)

    Description not available at this time.

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    Green Chemistry and Sustainability

    Summer Session II (Chemistry, Environmental Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

    Description not available at this time.

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    Intermediate Spanish I

    Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Intermediate Spanish II

    Summer Session I (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (Spanish; 200-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    International Business

    Summer Session I (International Business, Management; 400-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Operations Management

    Summer Session II (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Professional Communication

    Summer Session I (English, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

    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.)

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    Spanish Composition I

    Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Spanish Composition II

    Summer Session I (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (Spanish; 300-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills

    Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)
    Summer Session II (300-level; 1 credit)

    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.

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    Spanish Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

    Summer Session I (200-level; 1 credit)
    Summer Session II (200-level; 1 credit)

    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).

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    Statics

    Summer Session I (200-level; 3 credits)
    Summer Session II (200-level; 3 credits)

    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.

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    Windsurfing in the Mediterranean Sea

    Summer Session I (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)
    Summer Session II (Recreation / Physical Education; 100-level; 1 credit)

    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.

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