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Semester Online

Semester Online

For the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 terms SMU participated in Semester Online, a program that offered SMU undergraduate students online undergraduate courses for SMU credit through a consortium of top-tier colleges and universities. SMU is not participating in Semester Online for Summer 2014, and Semester Online will cease operating at the end of the Summer 2014.

SMU was a Charter Affiliate Member of Semester Online, a consortium comprised of Baylor University, Boston College, Brandeis University, Emory University, Temple University, Northwestern University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, Wake Forest University and Washington University in St Louis.

The Semester Online schools offered undergraduate courses online for academic credit. The courses were vetted by SMU academic departments and assigned SMU course designations. Qualifying SMU undergraduate students had the opportunity to take a Semester Online course for SMU academic credit as part of their term course load. The Semester Online course appears on the SMU academic record with a SMU course subject and number, and a note that it was completed through the Semester Online program and taught by the school which offered the course. The course grade is calculated into the SMU GPA the same as any other SMU course. An academic record for the enrollment is also kept by the school who taught the course.

The Semester Online courses had both “synchronous” regular meeting times and “asynchronous” out of class requirements modes of online instruction through a virtual, interactive classroom environment.

Semester Online courses had the same faculty and curricula as their brick-and-mortar counterpart courses at the offering institutions adapted for instruction through new delivery methods. Students experienced a state-of-the-art virtual classroom, including live class sessions that connected students from other top universities and professors from the consortium member schools; compelling, richly produced, course materials; and a social network that allowed students to collaborate and build relationships online.


The following Semester Online courses were enrolled in by SMU students.

Brandeis University The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Then and Now - Semester Online offering by Brandeis University.  What did the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) mean in its original ancient Near Eastern context, and how does this compare to the uses made of the Bible now? We will survey the Hebrew Bible from various modern perspectives and compare the meanings that this type of interpretation yields in contrast to the modern use of the Bible in America. No knowledge of Hebrew is presumed.
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Spring 2014 Enrollment with Professor Marc Brettler
SMU RELI 43SA The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament: Then and Now  (meets major and minor requirements for RELI)    
Emory University Baseball & American Culture - Semester Online offering by Emory University.  Baseball has captured the imagination of Americans more than any other sport. It holds a central place within American culture; scores of individual writers and filmmakers have been fascinated by the game and the men--and, occasionally, the women--who have played it. This course covers the early history of baseball, the economics and labor-management relations that characterize the game, segregation and integration in sports and American society, the basic physics of pitching and hitting (why do balls curve, anyway?), and some of the larger-than-life players who are part of America’s pantheon of national heroes. We will study the ongoing themes, ideas, and motifs in the artistic and historic record of baseball, learning about a game that for more than a hundred and fifty years has expressed the mind and heart of America.  Meets general elective credits requirements.
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Fall 2013 Enrollment with Professor Bill Gruber Spring 2014 Enrollment with Professor Bill Gruber
SMU Fall 2013 - GNST 3301 Baseball and American Culture,  Spring 2014 - HUM 23SA Baseball and American Culture (meets general elective credits requirements)    
Emory University Drugs and Behavior - Semester Online offering by Emory University.  This course is a survey of neurobehavioral effects of various psychoactive drugs, including stimulants, tranquilizers, hallucinogens and others. Students will explore how these drugs influence brain function and alter behaviors. While human experience is used as a starting point for discussion, most data presented is based on animal experimentation. The goal of the course is to see how understanding the effects and mechanisms of psychoactive drugs tells us not only about the drugs, but also about brain mechanisms for pain, perception, anxiety, elation, schizophrenia, and depression.
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Fall 2013 Enrollment with Professor Darryl Neill Spring 2014 Enrollment with Professor Darryl Neill
SMU Fall 2013 - GNST 3302 Drugs and Behavior,  Spring 2014 - PSYC 43SA Drugs and Behavior (meets the same major/minor requirements as PSYC 4321; students may not receive credit for both PSYC 43SA and PSYC 4321)    
Emory University
Power, Politics, and Religion in America - Semester Online offering by Emory University.  Violence, hatred and oppression; sexuality and gender politics; immigration, urbanization and diversity; missions and empire building; solitary reflections and social experimentation; entertainment and consumer culture—the history of religions in the United States is as much about these topics as it is about particular traditions in American history. This introductory course in American religious history will foreground the larger cultural context by emphasizing the undeniable global currents and movements that have shaped, and are shaping, the diverse religious landscapes in the United States. We will also pay close attention to the deep-rooted, and quite pervasive, Protestant influence in this larger cultural milieu by exploring the historical ramifications of conquest and colonization in the birth and expansion of the new nation.
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Spring 2014 Enrollment with Professor Gary Laderman
SMU RELI 23SA Power, Politics, and Religion in America (meets major and minor requirements for RELI)
Northwestern University Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists - Semester Online offering by Northwestern University.  This course covers ordinary differential equations from an applications perspective. Specific topics are the solution of first- and second-order equations and first-order systems, using exact, numerical and qualitative methods. Applications include mechanics, heat transfer and electrical circuits. Course topics are enhanced with open-ended computational projects using MATLAB (a "high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization and programming" widely used in industry and research). Examples may include determining how submarines “hide” below thermal layers or a how a model building responds to seismic activity, such as an earthquake. Students must have previously taken differential and integral calculus and have an understanding of basic linear algebra concepts such as matrix and vector operations and methods for solving systems of linear equations.  Course equivalent to MATH 2343.
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Spring 2014 Enrollment with Professor Bill Kath
SMU MATH 23SA Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists (meets MATH major and minor requirements; students may not receive credit for both MATH 2343 and MATH 23SA)
Northwestern University Integrated Marketing Communications - Semester Online offering by Northwestern University.  Integrated Marketing Communications explores key concepts and methods used to develop and execute marketing communications in both traditional mass media as well as digital and social media platforms. Primary emphasis is placed on consumer insight, branding, market segmentation and positioning, message strategy, promotion and the execution of marketing communications through appropriate media technologies. Students will develop an understanding of marketing communications practice through readings, lectures, case analysis and discussions.
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Fall 2013 Enrollment with Professor Candy Lee
SMU Fall 2013 - GNST 3303 Integrated Marketing Communications    
U North Carolina Leading and Managing - Semester Online offering by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  An introduction to the basic concepts and topics in organizational behavior and management, this course explores the human side of management, placing equal emphasis on how a company manages its organization, its groups, and its individuals. Students will explore strategies for working with people to accomplish tasks, goals and projects, as well as how best to work for other people, work with other people, and supervise other people. Coursework will cover topics such as personal motivation, conflict and communication, managing change, organizational culture and others.  Course equivalent to MNO 3370.
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Spring 2014 Enrollment with Professor Jessica Christian
SMU MNO 33SA Leading and Managing (meets general elective credits requirements; does not meet BBA degree or Business minor both MNO 3370 and MNO 33SA)    
U North Carolina Marketing: Core Concepts and Tools - Semester Online offering by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Marketing is primarily responsible for managing the interface between the firm and the marketplace. In this role, marketing drives the revenues of the firm. Without robust revenues, the firm cannot be profitable. Therefore, marketing is of strategic importance to the firm. Marketing managers are in charge of a range of business activities, including innovation and new product development, designing and delivering services, sales, pricing and distribution, branding and advertising, and managing word-of-mouth and brand image using social networks.

This course is designed as a robust introduction to marketing principles, concepts, tools and techniques. The goal is to expose students to these elements as they are used in a wide variety of industry settings, including consumer and industrial goods, manufacturing and service industries, small and large businesses, and domestic and global contexts. The course will provide students with a deep understanding of how to conduct a market situation analysis by deeply understanding the 3 Cs — the company, customers, and competition; how to make sound decisions related to STP — segmentation, targeting and positioning; how to craft an effective marketing mix comprising the 4 Ps — product, price, placement (distribution) and promotion; and how to integrate these sub-steps into crafting and implementing a comprehensive marketing strategy.  Equivalent to and meets the same business program requirements as MKTG 3310. Students cannot earn credit for both MKTG 3310 and MKTG 33SA.
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  Spring 2014 Enrollment Professor Sridhar Balasubramanian
SMU MKTG 33SA Marketing: Core Concepts and Tools (meets same business program requirements as MKTG 3310; students may not earn credit for both MKTG 3310 and MKTG 33SA)    
Univ of Notre Dame Shakespeare & Film - Semester Online offering by the University of Notre Dame.  This course explores the phenomenon of “Shakespeare and film,” concentrating on the meanings provoked by the “and” in the course-title. We shall be looking at examples of films of Shakespeare plays both early and recent, both in English and in other languages, and both those that stick close to conventional concepts of how to film Shakespeare and adaptations at varying degrees of distance from his language, time, plot, reaching a limit in versions that erase Shakespeare from the film. The transposition of different forms of Shakespearean texts (printed, theatrical, filmic) and the confrontation with the specificities of film production have produced and continue to produce a cultural phenomenon whose cultural meanings will be the subject of our investigations.  Meets major and minor requirements as FILM 3395.
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Spring 2014 Enrollment
SMU FILM 33SA Shakespeare and Film (meets the same major and minor requirements as FILM 3395; students cannot receive credit for both FILM 3395 w/ Shakespeare topic and FILM 33SA)    
Univ of Notre Dame The Rise of Christianity - Semester Online offering by the University of Notre Dame.  The prominence of Christianity in the modern world could lead us to assume that the success of Christianity was inevitable, but Christianity began as a small, demanding religious movement, the leader of which was executed as a common criminal. This course examines the origins and rise of Christianity and the process by which this obscure movement became a powerful world religion. Students will explore the roots of Christianity within Judaism, the appeal of Christian missionaries, the socioeconomic factors that led to the success of the missionary movement, the compilation of the Christian Bible, the role of martyrdom in the spread of Christianity, and the ways that orthodoxy Christianity came to triumph both over other religious movements and over other forms of Christianity.
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Fall 2013 Enrollment with Professor Candida Moss

SMU Fall 2013 - GNST 2304 The Rise of Christianity    
Washington Univ. Environmental and Energy Policies - Semester Online offering by Washington University in St. Louis.  This course considers the major issues in environmental and energy policy, which are increasingly important areas of public policy. Students will explore the importance of political processes and actors on such phenomena as global warming, endangered species and public lands. This course emphasizes the American experience but also considers international implications.  Meets general elective credits requirements.
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Fall 2013 Enrollment with Professor Bill Lowry  
SMU Fall 2013 - GNST 3306 Environmental and Energy Policies (meets general elective credits requirements)    


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