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Learning Communities?

Two classes...

Two teachers...


Learning Communities are a re-imagination of the potential of education. By pulling two complimentary classes together FRCC hopes to reinforce and re-inspire our learning.


Prepare to be amazed by learning community classes offered this fall 2019.


Don't Miss out!


Check them out below to see what's best for you!


CIS 155/ACC 135

PC Spreadsheet Concepts/Spreadsheet Applications for Accounting

Wednesday CIS 5:30-6:45 p.m. CRN 54806 and ACC 6:55-8:10 p.m. CRN 54800 BOTH HYBRID


     “Absorb yourself in Excel and ‘Excel’ by the End!”


In this active-learning hybrid environment, you will dive deep into the concepts of Excel and, using an accounting perspective, apply your Excel skills to solve real-world accounting problems and use Excel as a decision-making tool in preparing such things as payroll reports, depreciation schedules, accounts receivable aging, inventory data and evaluation, interest calculations and payment schedules, fixed and variable cost analysis, cost, volume and pricing strategies, capital budgeting analysis. This learning community will blend accounting principles coverage with technology, while exposing you to a wide range of uses of the electronic spreadsheet, with special emphasis as a business tool including fundamentals and terms, creating and saving workbooks, entering and using formulas, etc. By diving into two courses at the same time, you’ll never have to wonder “How will I ever use this Excel information in real life?”…you’ll know how!  For more information, contact Roberta Dalton or Margaret Pond (roberta.dalton@frontrange.edu; margaret.pond@frontrange.edu).


COM 115/BUS 115

Intro to Business/Public Speaking

TR COM 8:30-9:45 a.m. CRN 51425 and BUS 10-11:15 a.m. CRN 50102


     “Speaking of Business…”

This pairing provides a macro view of the world of business.  We will do a fly-by of several topics in business (e.g., starting a business, ethics and social responsibility, managing people, and marketing goods) in order to prepare students for future business classes and engagement in the world of business.  Students apply what they learn through research about careers, Fortune 500 companies, and business practices in various types of speeches to hone their presentation and business skills, establishing a foundation for further business activities at FRCC and beyond. For more information, contact Tiffany Broesche or Erica Delgadillo (tiffany.broesche@frontrange.edu; erica.delgadillo@frontrange.edu).



COM 115/PHI 112

Ethics/Public Speaking

TR COM 11:25-12:40 p.m. CRN 51423 and PHI 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 52693


     “The Idiot and the Fool: How to avoid saying things that don’t make sense!”


This active learning-styled pairing uses ethical theories and public address to learn about the foundations of argument and the various ways to present those arguments to different types of audiences. Using theories from various philosophers from Aristotle to Hume to Kant and more contemporary theories about race, privilege, and feminism, we explore the nature of public discourse, deconstruct public argument, and construct our speeches to reflect what we learn about ethics, argument, and rhetorical theory. For more information, contact Chad Kerst or Erica Delgadillo (charles.kerst@frontrange.edu; erica.delgadillo@frontrange.edu).


ENG 121/BIO 111

English Composition 1/General College Biology

MW BIO 9-10:50 a.m. CRN 50082 and ENG 11-11:50 a.m.(ENG is HYBRID) CRN 52068

T BIO lab 9-10:50 a.m.


     “Moving Beyond the Method: Inquiry as a Window to the Scientific World”


This pairing emphasizes the role of primary and secondary research as the foundation of the inquiry process. As we practice posing problems, making observations, and gathering evidence toward sound conclusions, we explode the scientific method into a more recursive process that is as much about asking questions as it is about finding answers. Students practice writing in the sciences in a flipped-classroom model that emphasizes active learning and mastery of content, all based on the science of how our brains work. This course involves both laboratory and hybrid components, and is geared toward students with a major program of study in the sciences. Contact Amy Holly or Chris Romero for more information. (amy.holly@frontrange.edu; chris.romero@frontrange.edu). 



ENG 121/HIS 122

English Composition 1/US History Civil War-present

MW ENG 11:30-12:45 p.m. CRN 54849 and HIS 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 50150


     “Recent American History: Looking Through the Lens of Analytical Narrative.” 


This pairing empowers students to reconsider the history of the United States since the Civil War in ways that are meaningful and valuable in the context of their own lives.  By reading and critically analyzing various primary and secondary source interpretations of recent American history, including music, poetry, and oral histories, students will engage in a close-knit community of budding historical scholars, bringing their own life experiences to the table as valuable contextualizing tools.  They will develop their ability to clearly share their interpretations of events and trends informally in class discussions, and more formally in debates, group presentations, and as the centerpiece of the course, create their own effective analytical narrative about a topic of their choice in recent U.S. history. For more information, contact William Foster or Mike (Jeffrey) Long (william.foster@frontrange.edu; jeffrey.long@frontrange.edu).



ENG 121/PHI 111

English Composition 1/Introduction to Philosophy

TR ENG 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 51041 and PHI 2:25-3:40 p.m. CRN 54042


     “Truth-seeking and Philosophical Arguments.” 


This learning community delves into the maze of college composition and philosophical wonder.  Practice your academic writing skills while attempting to answer troublesome philosophical questions: Do you have sufficient evidence to support your beliefs?  What are you?  Who are you?  Does God exist? Are there limits to free speech?  How do we find common ground…?  We likely can’t escape the maze, but we will gain a better vantage point for working our way through it.  And, as Bertrand Russell argues, “The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty.”  In this class, you will sharpen both your critical thinking and your writing skills in a combined class that integrates philosophy with academic writing.  We integrate all the assignments, so you can build your writing skills and deepen your philosophical thinking at the same time. For more information, contact Mark Hussey or Jeff Warshaw (mark.hussey@frontrange.edu; jeffrey.warshaw@frontrange.edu).


ENG 121/PHI 112

English Composition 1/Ethics



     “Writing our Way to ‘The Good Life’”


What is The Good Life? Are you currently living it? Would you like to? In this dynamic, online learning community, we will explore through reading, critical thinking, and writing, what it means to live a fulfilling and ethical life. By examining the ethical theories of philosophers such as Kant, Mill, Socrates, Aristotle, and Gilligan, and by applying these theories to relatable scenarios through writing, we will build our own paths toward The Good Life. For more information, contact Kerri Mitchell or Eric Salahub (kerri.mitchell@frontrange.edu; eric.salahub@frontrange.edu).





ENG 121/PSY 101

English Composition 1/General Psychology 1

MWF ENG 9-9:50 a.m. CRN 54049 and PSY 10-10:50 a.m. CRN 52046


     “Want to Write? Psych!”


These courses combine the best of writing and psychology. With psychology as the core topic, you will learn about Freud, human motivation, memory volatility, healthy relationships and the human brain. You will also learning to write intelligent and compelling papers that explore the human condition. When you have completed this courses you should feel great satisfaction at being able to analyze cutting edge behavioral science research while composing scientifically and persuasively convincing papers. For more information, contact Ben Jacobson or James Skeen (benjamin.jacobson@frontrange.edu; james.skeen@frontrange.edu).



ENG 121/PSY 101

English Composition 1/Generally Psychology 1

TR ENG 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 54058 and PSY 2:25-3:40 CRN 50601


     “Developing Habits of Mind Through Scientific Inquiry”


This learning community encourages students to be wrong about a great many things in both Psychology and Composition.  Say what?  You heard correctly.  Why should we be encouraged to be wrong?  Well, our brains like two things in a learning environment: new stimuli and changing stimuli.  Being wrong in a productive way provides our brains a challenge as we encounter new information.  Being wrong also takes pressure off of us by having to be right all the time.  Join us as we ask important questions of inquiry such as: What’s memory got to do with?; Mind or Motivation?; and How does [Insert topic here] shape the experience of what’s ‘out there’ [What’s out there?].  In this process of inquiry, we will develop habits of mind to demystify research, science, and writing.  If you are the kind of student who likes to ride the machine without getting hassled by the man, this is the learning community for you. For more information, contact Matt Stilwell or John Mandley (matthew.stilwell@frontrange.edu; john.mandley@frontrange.edu ).



ENG 122/ECO 201

English Composition 2/Macroeconomics

MW ENG 12-12:50 p.m. (HYBRID) CRN 50157 and ECO 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 54253



     “The Big Picture: Making Arguments in Macroeconomics”


Have you ever wondered what the differences are between fresh-water economists and salt-water economists? Learn the answer to that question, and invest in your own human capital by participating in this active learning environment where we look at how households, businesses, and governments create economies. Let’s entertain some ideas and make arguments about long-run economic growth and what factors contribute to unemployment, inflation, and policy by deep-diving into the data. For more information, contact Shawna Jackson Van or Niroj Bhattarai (shawna.van@frontrange.edu; niroj.bhattarai@frontrange.edu



ENG 122/HIS 102

English Composition 2/Western Civilization 1650-present

MW ENG 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 54900 and HIS 2:25-3:40 CRN 50431


     “Disease, Discourse, and History”


Disease is the single greatest killer in history, and it is only a matter of time until there is another outbreak.  What can the past teach our society about how to prevent, cure, and halt an epidemic?  Viewing history through the lens of disease provides a very different picture of historical events.  For instance, what could the world have learned from Aztec civilization had it not been destroyed by smallpox?  How did the Ghost Map of the 1854 cholera outbreak in London impact science and the growth of metropolitan living?  I know, right?  We tend to think that history has been a long progressive march toward scientific and cultural enlightenment; however, the historical record tells a story of superstition and science existing side-by-side all the way up to the Fall of 2019.  Using rhetoric and argumentation we will explore how past people and governments have handled epidemics, science, and medicine. For more information, contact Matt Stilwell or Cory Reinking (matthew.stillwell@frontrange.edu; cory.reinking@frontrange.edu).



ENG 122/LIT 115

English Composition 2/Introduction to Literature

TR ENG 10:30-11:20 a.m. (HYBRID) CRN 53809 and LIT 11:30-12:45 p.m. CRN 52670


     “Diving into the Wreck: Literary Argument as Inquiry into the Human Condition”


This pairing uses poetry, short fiction, and drama as entry points to scholarly research and argumentation focused on our collective experience as humans in the world. Various literary critical lenses like post-colonialism and psychoanalytic criticism are used to further entertain ideas and employ a scout mind-set so we can, to summarize the poet Adrienne Rich, understand the wreck itself and not just the story of the wreck. We go deep (pun intended) in this class, and also have a lot of fun in an active-learning environment that appreciates the many funds of knowledge our students already have. If you like literature, fighting the power, and potlucks, this learning community is for you! For more information, contact Matt Stilwell or Shawna Jackson Van (matthew.stilwell@frontrange.edu; shawna.van@frontrange.edu)




ENG 122/PHI 214

English Composition 2/Philosophy of Religion

MW ENG 10-11:15 a.m. CRN 54899 and PHI 11:25-12:40 p.m. CRN 54045


     “Rhetoric and Religion”


Evil, miracles, souls, God… Find common ground amidst contentious but intriguing questions, to move beyond cursory reactions and rhetorical impasses. Create successful, well-structured arguments for philosophically interesting ideas surrounding religion. Work on one set of assignments for feedback from both teachers--you’ll find our courses interwoven during the class sessions and in the assignments. Join our fully-integrated, holistically-evaluated Learning Community class that practices an engaged learning approach to teaching. For more information, contact Mark Hussey or Alyson Huff (mark.hussey@frontrange.edu; alyson.huff@frontrange.edu).



ENG 122/SOC 101

English Composition 2/Introduction to Sociology 1

TR ENG 11:30-12:45 p.m. CRN 54866 and SOC 1-2:15 p.m. CRN 54252


     “Looking for the Helpers: Pairing the Science of Sociology with the Art of Argumentation”


Fred Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping.’” In this learning community, we are all helpers. Whether we are participating in active learning experiences, funding micro-loans through Kiva, or learning to communicate in a way that moves others, this learning community is designed to allow you to do meaningful work that challenges you to step outside of yourselves and see society with new eyes. This process can be difficult and uncomfortable and may even tread on personal practices or beliefs. However, this pairing creates a supportive learning environment that leads to a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of sociology and the power of argumentation while providing opportunities to unleash your inner helper. For more information, contact Kalynn Amundson or Marissa Bailey (marissa.bailey@frontrange.edu; kalynn.amundson@frontrange.edu).