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General Education Classes

General Studies courses include the following subject areas:

Communication, Social Science, Mathematics, and Natural Science

Upon successful completion, learners will have met the following requirements:

 

Communication

Based on a program's required communication courses, an NWTC graduate should be able to do the following:
  • Use verbal, nonverbal, and listening skills to improve communication.
  • Present information before a group.
  • Prepare job-seeking documents.
  • Compose business and technical documents using a computer.
  • Use design techniques to help readers better understand a document.
  • Follow the rules of standard English grammar, usage, and punctuation .
For students interested in assistance with their writing assignments, papers, resumes, etc., General Studies has a Writing Lab available.

Social Science

Based on a program's required social science courses, an NWTC graduate should be able to do the following:
  • Apply economic principles to life roles as consumer, worker, and citizen.
  • Interpret the complexities of globalization from a sociological perspective.
  • Evaluate physical, cognitive, and psycho-social development across the life span.
  • Apply psychological principles to life and work.
  • Develop skills to succeed in a diverse world.

Mathematics

Based on a program's required mathematics courses, an NWTC graduate should be able to do the following:
  • Apply problem-solving strategies utilizing basic arithmetic skills, including percents, ratios and proportions, into appropriate formulas and models. Outcomes will include a general sense of numeracy required in the trades, business and/or industry.
  • Demonstrate quantitative literacy by translating applied problems from business and industry into mathematical expressions and solve by applying numerical, graphical, geometric, and algebraic methods.
  • Solve problems by using algebraic methods including linear and quadratic relationships. The ability to analyze data using probability and statistical models will allow learner to organize and describe data.
  • Solve applied problems from business and industry by using algebraic methods including quadratic and trigonometric relationships. Quantitative skills will include appropriate application of technology.
  • Model and solve real-world problems in business or industry using trigonometric, quadratic, parametric, exponential or logarithmic relationships, including the ability to analyze data using probability and statistical models. Quantitative skills will include appropriate application of technology to make inferences to draw conclusions.
  • Balance graphical, numerical, algebraic/analytic and communication techniques using differential and integral calculus to obtain solutions to problems to physics and mathematics as well as in business and industry. An appreciation of calculus as a coherent body of knowledge and a human accomplishment will form the foundation for quantitative literacy.
For students interested in assistance, a math lab is available.

Natural Science

Based on a program's required science courses, an NWTC graduate should be able to do the following:
 

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Recognize and identify human anatomy.
  • Explain the physiology of the body systems and how they are affected by daily activity.
  • Explain normal and abnormal physiological processes as they relate to proper care of a patient’s needs.
  • Correlate treatment procedures and integrate these into a physiological approach to patient care.

Chemistry

  • Collect and quantitatively analyze empirical data using scientific method.
  • Describe chemical principles influencing solutions of the body/environment.
  • Utilize scientific terms/nomenclature as related to medicine, agriculture, and environmental applications.
  • Describe chemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism during health/disease.
  • Argue merits and risks of biotechnology in social and professional context.
  • Interpret molecular structures as applied to influences on water solubility, physiology, agriculture, and environmental applications.

Microbiology

  • Analyze the characteristics of infectious microorganisms (transmission, course of disease, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, treatment, prevention) related to patient care.
  • Discuss the control of infectious organisms (standard precautions, isolations, chemotherapeutic agents, disinfection/sterilization methods), and roles in controlling/spreading microorganisms.
  • Describe the nonspecific/specific defenses of the immune system in fighting disease, how vaccination/immune globulins are used to prevent disease, how immunosuppression and disorders of the immune system are related to patient care and disease.

Physics

  • Apply English and metric measurement systems to related fields.
  • Apply scientific method/stepwise problem solving techniques for success in life and work.
  • Apply statics (forces) and dynamics (motion) to program-related topics.
  • Relate various forms of energy: thermal, electrical/magnetic, sound, light and mechanical to career-related areas.
  • Utilize the concepts of properties of matter (elasticity, pressure, density, etc.) in program areas. 

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