2007-2008 University of Guelph-Humber Calendar

XI. Course Descriptions


SCMA*1000 Business Statistics W (3-0) [0.50]
This course provides an introduction to business and economic statistics to be used by persons employed in the fields of management, accounting, marketing, business and public administration. It examines descriptive and inferential techniques used in quantitative business research. Topics covered include sampling, data organization, hypothesis testing and measures of association to provide the student with skills needed to perform basic analyses and to understand research literature.
SCMA*1010 Calculus For Computing I F (3-4) [0.50]
This is the first half of the primary calculus curriculum for the distributed computing program. Topics include: an intuitive view of limits; the derivative from definition; derivative rules including the chain rule; derivatives of polynomials, logarithmic and exponential functions; compound angles formulas for trigonometric functions; derivatives of trigonometric functions. Background theory is covered: the four-step rule, Rolle's theorem and the mean-value theorem, the binomial theorem. Other topics include: locating local maxima and minima of a function of a single variable; curve sketching; the definite integral; indefinite integrals: polynomials, the exponential function, logarithms; the fundamental theorem of calculus with applications such as area. Students are introduced to partial derivatives and the derivatives of implicit functions; ordinary differential equations. Use of symbolic mathematics packages is emphasized.
SCMA*1090 Foundations of Social Science W (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the philosophical and historical foundations of the social sciences. Through class discussions and lectures students will be encouraged to question and analyze the "taken for granted" elements basic to the development of the social sciences. The theses of the course are that "social science" is one of many ways of "making sense" of our experience and that this "sense making" exercise must be based upon an understanding and integration of theories in all of the social sciences.
SCMA*1020 Calculus For Computing II W (3-4) [0.50]
This is the second half of the primary calculus curriculum for the distributed computing program. Topics include: inverse trigonometric functions; hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic functions; L'Hôpital's rule; integration by parts; improper integrals; polar coordinates; sequences and series; Cauchy convergence criteria; Taylor and MacLaurin expansions; Lagrange Interpolation Formulas for approximations to functions, interpolation and curve fitting; numerical integration: the trapezoidal rule and other numerical techniques; introduction to recursion and recursive functions; introduction to multiple integrals; introduction to functions of a complex variable. Use of symbolic mathematics packages is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): SCMA*1010
SCMA*1030 Biology of Aging F (3-0) [0.50]
This course familiarizes learners with basic concepts concerning the biological basis of aging and how it affects key body systems; interventions that may modify the rate of aging; developmental and treatment issues in old age; and the psychological, environmental, socio-economic, gender and cultural issues which may influence physiological aspects of aging. Included is an overview of the biological processes underlying aging at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population levels, presented in a comparative and evolutionary context. Distinctions between normal and abnormal processes are discussed using a body systems approach. Specific diseases common to advanced age are reviewed along with various treatment methods.
SCMA*1040 The Science of Everyday Life F (3-0) [0.50]
Students examine the basic sciences through presentations and demonstrations of every day items and issues. This includes familiar objects and areas of knowledge, such as automobiles, airplanes, computers, drugs, and the recently completed human genome project. The course also covers the representation of scientific issues in the mass media, and the ethical and political dimensions of forensic science, the environment, and food.
SCMA*1050 Astronomy: Discovering Our Place in the Universe W (3-0) [0.50]
Using both historical and contemporary data, students examine the planets, the life cycle of stars, the nature of galaxies, and the origin and future of the cosmos. An understanding of the scientific process, from raw data to the formulation of physical laws, provides an underlying thread to the course. Students describe and explain the evolution of astronomical knowledge, and apply their understanding through direct observation.
SCMA*2000 Quantitative Methods in Business F (3-0) [0.50]
Quantitative Methods provides a study of appropriate mathematical models that are applied to business situations including production, finance and marketing. Quantitative Methods to be examined include Decision Analysis, Linear Programming, Forecasting and Project Management. The course also provides an introduction to Statistical Process Control.
Prerequisite(s): SCMA*1000
Restriction(s): Registration in the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
SCMA*2020 Basic Concepts of Anatomy and Physiology F (3-0) [0.50]
This course introduces the student to the study of human anatomy and physiology. An integrated and systemic approach provides the student with the background concepts to understand anatomical and physiological development for children and adolescents.
Restriction(s): Registration in the Bachelor of Applied Science - Early Childhood program.
SCMA*2040 Research Methods for Social Science F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is a general introduction to the contemporary research methods that are employed in the social sciences. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the process of social research and how it relates to theory development and problem investigation. Qualitative and quantitative techniques and applications will be discussed. Other topics will include: ethics and politics of social research, the nature of causation, conceptualization, operationalization, development of hypotheses, and sampling techniques. Research examples will be a key aspect of the lectures and seminars.
Prerequisite(s): 3.00 credits
SCMA*2050 The Science of Healthy Living F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the scientific bases for practices that are consistent with improving, maintaining or enhancing healthy living. Evidence-based population health research is discussed as the mechanism for identifying factors that influence health in population or sub-population groups. The scientific method for developing hypotheses and theories is explored as it relates to recommendations for psychological wellness, healthy eating, active living and healthy weights. The evidence for lifestyle risk factors as contributors tot he development of chronic disease is discussed. Assignments evaluate the scientific evidence for popular diets and alternative health care practices.
SCMA*3000 Probability & Statistics W (3-0) [0.50]
Probability, statistical inference and process control are presented, with a specific emphasis on the role of statistics and probability in computer and network performance modelling and monitoring, reliability and fault-tolerance. The course introduces elementary data analysis. Students are introduced to systematic methods for producing data: study design; the scientific method. Theoretical concepts are explored: normal distribution; the concept of independence, methods for calculating probabilities; conditional probabilities and Bayes' theorem; discrete distributions, including binomial; expected values; variances and covariances of random variables; continuous random variables. An understanding of statistical inference is developed: populations; samples; estimates; comparing means of two continuous variables; inference for count data; correlation and regression. Students are introduced to statistical process control: causes of variation; control charts for variables data.
Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits, SCMA*1010, SCMA*1020
Restriction(s): Registration in the Bachelor of Applied Computing program.
SCMA*3010 Research Methods in Business F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines contemporary research methods employed in business. Emphasis is placed on understanding the process of business research and how it relates to theory development, problem investigation, and management questions. Qualitative and quantitative techniques and applications are discussed. Other topics include ethics and politics of research, the nature of causation, conceptualization, measurement, development of hypotheses, data description, statistical analysis, sampling techniques, and preparation of case studies. Research examples and case studies are key aspects of the lectures and seminars.
Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits, SCMA*2000
SCMA*3020 Statistics for Media Studies: Risk, Polling and Technical Reports W (3-1) [0.50]
This course provides a well grounded introduction to statistical analysis as applied to media studies. It introduces such topics as descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphing, tabulation of data, variability, elementary probability, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression, and correlation.
Prerequisite(s): 7.50 credits
SCMA*3040 Quantitative Methods for Social Science F (3-1) [0.50]
The course introduces descriptive and inferential techniques used in quantitative social research. Students will acquire the skills needed to perform statistical analyses and to read the research literature. A standard statistical computer package will be used to perform data analyses. Topics include: data organization, sample description, hypothesis testing and measures of association.
Prerequisite(s): SCMA*2040