Course Descriptions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Course Descriptions

INTS 1000  On Course   1 cr

Introduces proven strategies to help students create greater success in college and in life. Provides an interactive environment for students to identify their motivation and opportunities for personal growth, engage in academic and career decision making, and explore and utilize campus resources and services. Strongly recommended for all new degree-seeking students.

INTS 1001  First Year Experience: On Course to College & Career Success   2 cr

Is a dynamic and engaging course that students will find academically and personally meaningful and empowering. Students will utilize career assessment and create a Career Action Plan and also develop a comprehensive Academic Plan that helps them achieve their goals in a timely fashion. The comprehensive Academic Plan will include components such as transfer, specific coursework, time management, and a time line. Students will develop strategies for success in college and in their career by learning about motivation, decision making, personal responsibility, self-awareness and how to overcome academic and personal barriers to success. This course covers proven strategies for success as national research shows that students participating in a student success course achieve their goals to a higher degree than students who do not. Consequently, this course is recommended for all students. Prerequisites: Completion of READ 0090 or higher level placement.

INTS 1010  Educational Planning and Assessment   3 cr

Explores concepts and processes in higher education to help adult learners develop a comprehensive academic plan that encompasses their professional and personal goals. Students will develop educational goals, an individualized degree plan, and analyze knowledge/skills gained from life and work experiences that may translate in to college credit. Prerequisites: Assessment at English 0099 or above. Recommended: Referral from ASAP staff, a counselor, or an advisor. Class Note: Visit the ASAP web site to learn more www.inverhills.edu/asap

INTS 1011  Prior Learning Assessment Development   1 cr

Examines the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process for earning college credit by integrating practical application/knowledge and theory. Students will analyze knowledge and skills gained through work and life experiences and prepare for the completion of a minimum of one PLA, which includes new learning and written documentation to substantiate competence in the subject matter. Prerequisites: CBE1102 or permission of instructor or program director and placement into ENG 0099 or above.

INTS 1080  Medical Dosages   1 cr

Provides a problem solving approach to the basic understanding of mathematical principles and calculations related to administration of drugs. Includes mathematical conversions using the metric, apothecary and US systems of measure; and mathematical concepts/formulas required to calculate oral, parenteral, and intravenous (IV) orders. Prerequisites: Recommendation based on the IHCC Assessment Inventory of MATH 0940 or higher, or a grade of ¿C¿ or higher in MATH 0820 or MATH 0840 or any college level math course.

INTS 1101  College Success Strategies   2 cr

Assists students in successfully making their transition to college. Provides a supportive environment for the critical transition for students. Topics include: higher education culture, campus and community resources, financial and digital literacy, campus technology, academic and career goal setting, communication skills, time management and academic skills. This course is highly recommended for students placing into Read 90.

INTS 1102  Online Learning Success Strategies   2 cr

Assists students in successfully making their transition to college in the online classroom environment. Topics include learning styles, test taking strategies, online research skills, accessing online tutoring and other online student and academic services, academic and career goal setting, money management, and time management.

INTS 1103  Adults with Disabilities   2 cr

Explores the various types of disabilities and how they impact the individual, the family unit, and society. A particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the unique behavioral, physical, cultural and psychological issues associated with each type of disability. NOTE: INTS 1103 and HSER 1103 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wanting to fulfill Goal 7 of the MnTC must enroll in INTS 1103.

INTS 1125  Creative Problem Solving   3 cr

Provides information and practice to help students become more effective problem solvers in their academic, career, civic, and personal lives. Students will study findings of current problem-solving research and apply them to ethical and international problems. The course will emphasize creativity, team problem solving, and conflict management as well as the technical heuristics of problem-solving, hypothesis testing, and decision-making.

INTS 1140  Human Sexuality   3 cr

Presents an interdisciplinary study of human sexuality in a pluralistic society. NOTE: INTS 1140 and HSER 1140 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wishing to earn MnTC credits must enroll as INTS 1140.

INTS 1145  Introduction to Technical Writing   4 cr

Introduces students to the principles of organizing, developing, and writing technical information with a special emphasis on the design and use of graphics (print and electronic) to enhance visual appeal. Students work on a variety of assignments including designing, writing, and revising technical reports and articles, procedures, proposals, and mechanism descriptions. Some work on specialized software may be included. Emphasis is on audience analysis, effective design, and clear, concise, accurate expression. Prereq: P in ENG 99 or placement in ENG 1108.

INTS 1185  Special Topics   3 cr

This course is a topics course. Please see course section note for a complete course description.

INTS 1400  Leadership Development: A Humanities-Based Approach   3 cr

Develops students' knowledge of leadership in culture, history, society, and ethics for their own academic, civic, and professional lives. Students will examine the works of great scholars and leaders in multiple cultures and times--e.g., Plato, Shakespeare, Susan B. Anthony, African Nobel winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, or others--using philosophical, historical, social, political, literary, and other scholarly, cultural, and artistic expressions of their leadership. Students may use leadership positions and training programs in civic, campus, or professional organizations as part of homework and as service learning. Prerequisites: Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

INTS 1777  The Journey of Love and Relationships   2 cr

Explores various dimensions of love: biological, psychological, and sociological. The majority of our songs and movies have as a theme something about love. Never before in our culture have we devoted so much time and energy to the topic of love, yet so many are so confused and suffer so much pain around it. This is a course that will add clarity and understanding toward your comprehension of what love is.

INTS 2250  Issues and Perspectives   3 cr

This course is designed to provide students with an experience which allows them to see the relationship between premise (or viewpoint), data gathering and conclusions. Assigned readings from a variety of authors serves as the basis for the discussion of topical issues selected by each class.