Graduate Courses & Syllabi


AEC 5032/4035: Agricultural Media Writing 
Prereq: AEC 5541.
Varied media writing assignments: feature stories, news releases, and video.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Jessica Holt, all sections
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 5037/4036: Agricultural Media Production 
Prereq: AEC 5541.
Variety of agricultural media production assignments. Agricultural websites and publication development.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Spring 2013: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections

AEC 5060: Public Opinion and Agricultural and Natural Resources Issues
Public opinion measurement and agenda setting. Media treatment, public opinion, and public relations/public information activity on issues affecting agricultural production and trade.

Typical course offering: Summer (even years)

AEC 5206: Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education
Teaching methodology course that focuses on the selection and use of teaching strategies, methods/approaches, and techniques; evaluating learning; managing learning environments; and classroom management for teaching agricultural subjects in formal educational settings.

Typical course offering: Fall (even years)

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. James Dyer, all sections
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 5227: Teaching in Agricultural Education Laboratory Facilities
Introduces pre-service agricultural education teachers to laboratory integration into the agricultural education curriculum at the middle school and secondary school level. (For MS certification students.)

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, sections 0182 & 065E
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Available
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Available

AEC 5324: Philosophy and Development in Agricultural Education 
Prereq: Admission to AEC state-approved graduate-level teacher certification program.
An analysis of evolving concepts and philosophies of agricultural education programs with emphasis upon the history, legislation and principles underlying organization and practice.

Typical course offering: Fall (odd years)

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, section 04H6/1G50
Fall 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Fall 2011 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 5454: Leadership Development for Extension and Community Nonprofit Organizations 
Application of concepts related to developing leaders for organizing and maintaining extension and community nonprofit organizations.

Typical course offering: Fall

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, section 5394
Fall 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, section 5394
Fall 2011 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, section 1327

AEC 5541: Communication and Instructional Technologies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Planning and production of written and visual instructional and communication materials for programs in agricultural and life sciences. Major instructional project or communication campaign required.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, DEPT section
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections

AEC 5544: Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Emerging Agricultural Technologies
Principles and practices used in developing agricultural education curriculum from developing objectives through instructional plans. Assessing student learning and implementing curriculum.

Typical course offering: Fall (even years)

AEC 5545: Special Methods in Teaching Agriculture
Teaching methods for active learning, critical, creative and evaluative thinking in the agricultural education classroom. Strategies for managing student behavior, utilizing instructional technology and utilizing FFA and SAE as teaching tools.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Grady Roberts and Dr. Kirby Barrick, sections 0181 and 057F

AEC 5546: Program Planning in Agricultural Education
Principles and practices used in designing courses of instruction for effective teaching and total program development.

Typical course offering: Fall (odd years)

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, section 14FF
Fall 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Fall 2011 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, section 5263

AEC 6210: Designing Education Programs in Agricultural Settings
Engages students in appropriate teaching techniques, curricula and resources. Emphasis placed on instruction in both formal (classroom) and nonformal (extension & outreach) settings.

Typical course offering: Spring and Summer

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Kirby Barrick, section 05FG
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, sections 71CC & 71CH
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6211: Delivering Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings
Focus on delivering educational programs in formal and nonformal settings. Emphasis placed on balancing theoretical and practical development and delivery of educational programs.

Typical course offering: Fall

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Grady Roberts, section 151E
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Grady Roberts, section 4G63
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Grady Roberts, section 4G63

AEC 6212: Teacher Education in Agriculture  
Designed to prepare future agricultural teacher educators with the knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in a university teacher education program. Students will investigate various models of teacher education and determine the composition of a well-developed agriculture teacher education program.

Typical course offering: Spring (even)

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Kirby Barrick, section 6979
Spring 2010 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6229: Laboratory Instruction: Theory and Practic
Research and theoretical foundations that underlie the aspects of planning, management, teaching, evaluation, safety, and facility design will be discussed within the context of laboratory instruction.

Typical course offering: Spring and Summer

Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, sections 71FG & 71FO
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, section 7E15

AEC 6300: Methodology of Planned Change 
Processes by which professional change agents influence the introduction, adoption, and diffusion of technological changes. Applicable to those who are responsible for bringing about change.

Typical course offering: Fall

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Amy Harder, section 5073
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Amy Harder, all sections
Fall 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Amy Harder, all sections

AEC 6316: From America to Zimbabwe: An Overview of International Extension Systems 
Various extension models and delivery systems, extension partners; linkages and issues affecting extension internationally. Field trip.

Typical course offering: Spring (odd years)

Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Amy Harder; all sections
Spring 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2011 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6321: The Land Grant University and University Governance
Rapid development of increasingly complex economic, environmental and social conditions at farm, community, state, national and international levels have produced factors impacting the effectiveness of the college of agriculture system of the land-grant universities to carry out the mission. This course examines implications of change and future pathways for teaching, research and extension, including global perspectives, and the role and philosophy of administrators in governing a complex university.

Typical course offering: Spring (odd years)

Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Kirby Barrick, section 11AH
Spring 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2011 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6325: History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education
Analysis of evolving concepts and philosophies. Emphasis on history, legislation, and principles underlining organization and practice. Participation in field experience required.

Typical course offering: Fall (even years)

Summer 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Kirby Barrick, sections 7E33 and 7142
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Kirby Barrick, section 7E33
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6426: Developing Volunteer Leadership in Extension and Communities Non Profits
Identification, recruitment, training, retention and supervision of volunteer leaders. Specifically, this course will explore the praxis between volunteer leadership models and theories and the practical application of those behaviors to effectively administer and lead a volunteer program in the contexts of extension and community non profits.

Typical course offering: Summer

Summer 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, DEPT section

AEC 6512: Program Development in Extension Education
Concepts and processes drawn from the social sciences that are relevant to the development of extension education programs.

Typical course offering: Spring (even years)

AEC 6540: Agricultural and Natural Resources Communications Theory and Strategies
Communication theory and concepts as they apply to important agricultural/ natural resources issues.

Typical course offering: Summer (odd years)

Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Tracy Irani, section 014H
Summer 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2011 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6543: Teaching and Learning Theory: Applications in Agricultural Education and Communication
Contemporary and foundational theory and research on teaching and learning processes with emphasis on applications in agricultural education and communication. Emphasis will be placed upon behavioral, social cognitive, cognitive, information processing, brain-based, constructivist, developmental, motivational, and transformational theories as they apply in contemporary agricultural education and communication settings.

Typical course offering: Fall

Summer 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, section 716D
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, section 1E50
Fall 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, section 1H40

AEC 6552: Evaluating Programs in Extension Education
Concepts and research drawn from the social sciences relevant to evaluating youth and adult extension programs.

Typical course offering: Spring and Summer

Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez, sections 724F & 725F
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6704: Extension Administration and Supervision
Principles and practices for effective administration and supervision of the cooperative extension service program at the county and state levels.

Typical course offering: Summer (even years)

Summer 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Hannah Carter, section 717C

AEC 6767: Research Strategies in Agricultural Education and Communication
Application of principles, practices, and strategies for conducting behavioral research in agricultural and natural resource professions.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, section 7824
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, section 7824
Spring 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Brian Myers, section 7824

AEC 6905: Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Methods used to effectively communicate, inform, and influence policy decisions about agricultural and life sciences issues.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Becky Raulerson, section DEPT

AEC 6905: Strategies for Success as a University Faculty Member
Roles and responsibilities of university faculty members in agricultural education and communication; performance expectations; strategies for successful tenure and promotion; planning and executing teaching, research, and extension programs based upon formal position assignments.

Typical course offering: Fall

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ed Osborne, section 7465
Summer 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6905: Research Proposal Development 
This course is designed to assist students in the preparation of their thesis or dissertation research proposal. Students will submit an acceptable draft of the first three chapters of their thesis/dissertation proposal by the end of the course.

Typical course offering: Summer

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered 
Summer 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ed Osborne, section 7B78
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6905: Organizational Leadership    
This course is designed to examine leadership as it relates to organizations and provide a knowledge base of theories, research and practices necessary for effective organizations.  Topics will focus on:  organizational leadership, culture, structure, relationships, change, and conflict.  This course is designed for all graduate students who are interested in positions of leadership within organizations and who want to learn more about making the organizations they lead more effective.

Typical course offering: Summer (odd)

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered 
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Hannah Carter, section 7C75
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 6905: Applied Data Analysis and Interpretation       
Concepts and methods drawn from the social sciences for analyzing data in the human dimensions of agricultural and natural resource issues.

Typical course offering: Spring (even)

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered 
Summer 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Glenn Israel, section 028F

AEC 6905: Interpersonal Leadership           
Given their participation in this course, students should have a greater ability for self-reflection, a more integrated philosophy of leadership, and a more transcendent perspective on how they and others in organizational contexts create meaning. This course will have application for contexts within the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and beyond.

Typical course offering: Spring (odd)

Fall 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered 
Summer 2014 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Tony Andenoro, section 1E06

AEC 6905: Problems in Agricultural and Extension Education
Prereq: Approval of faculty advisor and/or course instructor.
For advanced students to select and study a problem related to agricultural and/or extension education (independent study, rotating topics).

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

Summer 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Amy Harder, DEPT section

AEC 6912: Non-Thesis Research
Research for non-thesis master's students. At least three hours are required.

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

*No syllabus required

AEC 6971: Research for Master's Thesis
Research for master's thesis students. At least three hours are required. .

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

*No syllabus required

AEC 7979: Advanced Research
Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master's degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program. Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy.

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

*No syllabus required

AEC 7980: Research for Doctoral Dissertation
Research for doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy.

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

*No syllabus required

AGG 5504: Critical and Creative Thinking in Problem Solving and Decision Making
Critical and creative thinking skills applied to agricultural, life sciences, and natural resources problem solving and decision making

Typical course offering: Spring (even years)

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Tony Andenoro, all sections
Spring 2012 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2010 Syllabus: Course Not Offered