Undergraduate Courses & Syllabi


AEC 3030C: Effective Oral Communication 
Strategies and techniques for effective presentations in the food, agricultural and natural resource professions. Emphasis on oral and visual techniques for formal and informal situations including leadership and group settings.

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Avery Culbertson, all sections
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Avery Culbertson, all sections
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Brittany Adams, all sections

AEC 3033C: Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences 
Prereq: Junior or Senior standing. 
This course establishes the importance of effective communication to success in both the educational and professional environments; emphasizes writing as a primary form of communication; examines the elements of effective written communication in organizational and scholarly areas; and explores the causes of ineffective writing and ways to correct them.

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Arthur Leal; section 0175
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Linda Perry, section 6406
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Linda Perry, section 7C49; Jessica Holt, section 7061

AEC 3070C: Digital Media Production in Agricultural and Life Sciences 
An introduction to the history and incorporation of electronic media used in agricultural and natural resources sciences. Hands-on learning of electronic media technology as it relates to agriculture is emphasized.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 3073: Intercultural Communication 
Basic culturally coded communication behaviors, such as cultural values and beliefs, attitudes and verbal and non-verbal behavior, will be examined to identify basic differences among individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Special emphasis on cultural communication issues in the agricultural and natural resources sciences will be addressed.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Marta Hartmann, section 4331
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Marta Hartmann, section 7644

AEC 3209: Instructional and Event Planning in Agricultural and Life Sciences 
Instructional methodology that focuses on the selection and use of innovative teaching, presentation, meeting planning and evaluation strategies for teaching agricultural subjects in various educational settings.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Becky Raulerson, all sections
Fall 2013 Syllabus:Becky Raulerson, DEPT section
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 3313: Development and Role of Extension Education
Extension philosophy, programs, methods and leadership principles, and history of federal, state and local leadership in the development of the cooperative extension service.

Typical course offering: Summer

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Austen Moore, section 7A95
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 3413: Working with People: Interpersonal Leadership Skills
Identifies and defines leadership in terms of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.

Typical course offering: Fall and Summer

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Tony Andenoro, section 0854
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Tony Andenoro, section 7155
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 3414: Leadership Development
An understanding of the dynamic interactions of personal characteristics, technical skills, interpersonal influence, commitment, goals and power necessary for effective organizational leader and follower behaviors.

Typical course offering: Fall, Spring and Summer

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, section 0165
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, section 0482
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Anthony Andenoro, section 7510

AEC 4031: The Communication Process in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Survey of basic communication concepts as they apply to agriculture and natural resource industries.

Typical course offering: Fall

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Fall 2012 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Fall 2011 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections

AEC 4035: Advanced Agricultural Communication Writing
Prereq: AEC 3070C and AEC 4031 or JOU 3101, with grades of C or better.
This course provides students the opportunity to master a variety of writing styles used in corporate and mass media settings. Emphasis will be placed on mastery of writing skills.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Jessica Holt, all sections
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Jessica Holt, all sections
Spring 2012 Syllabus: Jessica Holt, all sections

AEC 4036/5037: Advanced Agricultural Communication Production
Prereq: AEC3070C
This course provides directed experience in the following areas of agricultural communication – video production, graphic design, visual composition, desktop publishing and multimedia development.

Typical course offering: Spring and Summer

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, all sections
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Ricky Telg, section 73C6 and 73C7

AEC 4052: Communication Campaign Strategies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Prereq: AEC 4031 or MMC 2100 or JOU 3101 or PUR 3000.
Examination of the role of communication in agriculture, focusing on strategies and methods for agricultural information transfer.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Linda Perry, DEPT section
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Linda Perry, section 048G

AEC 4065: Issues in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Prereq: AEC 3030C and AEC 3033.
Methods used to effectively communicate, inform, and influence policy decisions about agricultural and life sciences issues.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Becky Raulerson, all sections
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Becky Raulerson, all sections
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4200: 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

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Jim Dyer, DEPT section
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4202: Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Emerging Agricultural Technologies 
Prereq: AEC 4200.
This course is designed to introduce students to new and emerging areas in food agriculture and natural resource sciences. Emphasis will be placed on appropriate teaching techniques, curricula and resources.

Typical course offering: Spring and Summer

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Jim Dyer, section 1184
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Jim Dyer, all sections

AEC 4224: Special Methods in Teaching Agricultural Education 
Prereq: AEC 4200 and AEC 3323.
Emphasis on supervised agricultural experience programs, record keeping and related FFA awards. Classroom management techniques, discipline and liability issues are also discussed.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Grady Roberts and Dr. Kirby Barrick, sections 0181 and 057F
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus:TBA

AEC 4228: Laboratory Practices in Teaching Agricultural Education
Prereq: AEC 4200, AEC 3323 and AOM 3220.
Laboratory practices in teaching mechanics and other operative skills, conducting field and laboratory classes, and providing space and teaching facilities.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Andrew Thoron, sections 0182 and 065E
Falll 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4323: Development and Philosophy of Agricultural Education 
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

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Jim Dyer, DEPT section; Dr. Brian Myers, section 04H6
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4417: Leadership for Personal and Organizational Change
Prereq: AEC 3414
To prepare students for addressing complex personal and organizational issues related to leading change.

Typical course offering: Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Nicole Stedman, section 05AB
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4434: Communication and Leadership in Groups and Teams 
This course focuses on leadership and communication in groups and teams. Topics include: what makes effective groups and teams, processes of groups and teams, relationships of members, and improving group/team performance.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr. Hannah Carter, section 9159
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Tony Andenoro, section 06C4
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4465: Global Leadership
Prereq: AEC 3413 or AEC 3414.
An integrated, practical and dynamic framework for students to develop global literacy and leadership competencies.

Typical course offering: Fall and Spring

Spring 2014 Syllabus: Dr Marta Hartmann, section 1G54
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Marta Hartmann, section 3110
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4504: Curriculum and Program Planning for Agricultural Education
Principles and practices used in designing courses of instruction for effective teaching and total program development.

Typical course offering: Fall

Fall 2013 Syllabus: Dr. Jim Dyer, DEPT section; Dr. Andrew Thoron, section 05AF
Summer 2013 Syllabus: TBA
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4905: Individual Study

*No syllabus required for Individual Study sections

AEC 4909: Honors Project
Prereq: must be admitted to the CALS honors program.
An individual special project course restricted to students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences honors program. Students will complete a project on a selected topic, issue or problem. Projects may relate to research, teaching or extension. The project will be reviewed by at least two faculty members chosen by the honors coordinator.

*No syllabus required for Honors Project sections

AEC 4930: Special Topics
Topics and special problems selected from fields such as 4-H and FFA work, demonstrations, farm and home management, rural development, pre-school planning and post-school evaluation and planning.
Spring 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Summer 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered
Fall 2013 Syllabus: Course Not Offered

AEC 4942: Agricultural Education Internship
Prereq: senior standing.
An individual program whereby students are apprenticed to officials to gain practical experience in agribusiness and natural resources education, agricultural and extension programs at the county level and/or agribusiness experience in selected agricultural organizations.

*No syllabus required for Internship sections

AEC 4943: Leadership Development Internship
Prereq: 15 hours of communication and leadership courses with no grade below C.
Nine hours must include AEC 3070C, AEC 4031, and AEC 3413 or AEC 4434. An individual program whereby students are apprenticed to officials to gain practical experience in agricultural organizations, industry and/or the county extension program.

*No syllabus required for Internship sections

AEC 4944: Cooperative Extension Internship
Prereq: senior standing, AEC 3313, minimum 2.0 GPA.
The cooperative extension internship provides students the opportunity to develop practical on-the-job supervised experience in cooperative extension, primarily at the county level.

*No syllabus required for internship sections

AEC 4948: Agricultural Communication Internship
Prereq: 15 hours of communication and leadership courses with no grade below C.
An individual program whereby students gain supervised experience in agricultural communications including reporting, writing, editing, photography, graphics, broadcasting, advertising or public relations.

*No syllabus requiredfor Internship sections