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Undergraduate Courses and Syllabi

Courses are listed in numerical order. Some ALS classes are taught by AEC faculty, and you can find those syllabi listed at the bottom of this page. Contact Becky Cook (rtrammell@ufl.edu) for information about which semesters courses are typically offered.

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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Linda Perry, AEC3030

Summer C 2021: Dr. Linda Perry AEC3030C

Spring 2021: Dr. Linda Perry, AEC3030C

 

AEC 3033C: Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Prereq: junior or senior standing
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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Linda Perry, AEC3033C

Summer C 2021: Dr. Linda Perry AEC3033C

Spring 2021: Dr. Linda Perry, AEC3033C

AEC 3065: Issues in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Prereq: sophomore standing or higher 
Methods used to effectively communicate, inform, and influence policy decisions about agricultural and life sciences issues.  

Fall 2021: Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3065

Spring 2021: Dr. J.C. Bunch & Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3065

Spring 2021: Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3065

Fall 2020: Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3065

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

Fall 2021: Dr. Ricky Telg, AEC3070

Spring 2021: Dr. Ricky Telg, AEC3070C

Fall 2020: Dr. Ricky Telg, AEC3070C 

AEC 3071: Social Media Strategy and Leadership for Agricultural and Life Sciences
Prereq: sophomore standing or higher.
Learn how, when, and why to use various social media tools. Also, learn to measure the effectiveness of these tools in reaching audiences with agricultural and life science messages. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Lisa Lundy, AAEC3071

Fall 2020: Dr. Lisa Lundy, AEC3071

Fall 2019: Mr. Kevin Kent, AEC3071

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

Summer A 2021: Dr. Cecilia Suarez, AEC3073

Fall 2020: Dr. Cecilia Suarez, AEC3073

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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Kati Lawson, AEC3209

Fall 2021: Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3209

Spring 2021: Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3209

Fall 2020: Ms. Becky Raulerson, AEC3209

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. 

 Summer C 2021: Dr. Matt Benge, AEC3313

Spring 2021: Dr. Matt Benge, AEC3313

AEC 3322: Moral Leadership in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Prereq: junior standing or higher 
Explores ethical and moral foundations for organizational and personal practice within the context of agriculture, natural resources, and beyond; gain a greater understanding for the intersection between morality and ethics, effective decision-making, and applied organizational ethics. 

 Spring 2021: Dr. Laura Greenhaw, AEC3322

Spring 2020: Dr. Laura Greenhaw, AEC3322

AEC 3410: Fostering Innovation through Leadership
Coreq: enrollment in the Innovation Academy
By studying key leadership theories and models students will develop the basic skills and knowledge necessary to move an innovation from creation to implementation. Using specifically designed experiences, students will be able to think critically about leadership's direct application to innovation and change. 

Summer C 2021: Mrs. Megan Cantrell, AEC3410

Spring 2021: Mrs. Megan Cantrell, AEC3410

Spring 2020: Ms. Megan Stein, AEC3410

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

Fall 2021: Mrs. Megan Cantrell, AEC3413

Summer C 2021: Mrs. Megan Cantrell, AEC3413

Spring 2021: Mrs. Megan Cantrell, AEC3413

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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Matthew Sowcik, AEC3414

Spring 2021: Dr. Matthew Sowcik, AEC3414

Fall 2020: Dr. Matthew Sowcik, AEC3414

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

Fall 2021: Dr. Kati Lawson, AEC4031

Spring 2021: Mrs. Kati Lawson, AEC4031

Fall 2020: Dr. Lisa Lundy, AEC4031

AEC 4035: Communication Practices for Agricultural and Life Sciences
Prereq: AEC 3070C and (AEC 4031 or JOU 3101) with minimum grades of C.  
This course provides students the opportunity to master a variety of writing styles used in corporate and mass media settings. Emphasis is placed on mastery of writing skills. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Jamie Loizzo, AEC4035

Spring 2021: Dr. Jamie Loizzo, AEC4035

Fall 2020: Dr. Jamie Loizzo, AEC4035

AEC 4036: Advanced Agricultural Communication Production
Prereq: AEC 3070C
Provides directed experience in the following areas of agricultural communication: video production, graphic design, visual composition, desktop publishing, and multimedia development. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Ricky Telg, AEC4036

Spring 2021: Dr. Jamie Loizzo, AEC4036

Spring 2020: Dr. Ricky Telg, AEC4036

AEC 4052: Communication Campaign Strategies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Prereq: AEC 4031 with a minimum grade of C.  
Examines the role of communication in agriculture, focusing on strategies and methods for agricultural information transfer. 

AEC 4200: Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education 
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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Carla Jagger, AEC4200

Fall 2020: Dr. Carla Jagger, AEC4200

Fall 2019: Dr. Andrew Thoron, AEC4200

AEC 4202: Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Emerging Agricultural Technologies
Prereq: AEC 4200 
Introduces new and merging areas in food agriculture and natural resource sciences. Emphasizes appropriate teaching techniques, curricula, and resources.  

Spring 2021: Dr. Tre Easterly, AEC4202

Spring 2020: Dr. Tre Easterly, AEC4202

AEC 4224: Special Methods in Teaching Agricultural Education
Prereq: AEC 4200 and AEC 4323 
Emphasizes supervised agricultural experience programs, record keeping, and related FFA awards. Classroom management techniques, disciple, and liability issues are also discussed. 

 Spring 2021: Dr. J.C. Bunch, AEC4224

Spring 2020: Dr. J.C. Bunch, AEC4224

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. 

Spring 2021: Dr. Carla Jagger, AEC4228

Spring 2020: Dr. Brian Myers, AEC4228

Spring 2020: Dr. Deb Barry, AEC4228

AEC 4323: Development and Philosophy of Agricultural Education
Prereq: junior or senior standing. 
Analyzes evolving concepts and philosophies of agricultural education programs by emphasizing the history, legislation, and principles underlying organization and practice.  

Fall 2021: Dr. J.C. Bunch, AEC4323

Fall 2019: Dr. JC Bunch, AEC4323

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. 

Spring 2021: Dr. Nicole Stedman, AEC4417

Spring 2020: Dr. Nicole Stedman, AEC4417

AEC 4434: Communication and Leadership in Groups and Teams
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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Laura Greenhaw, AEC4434

Spring 2021: Dr. Laura Greenhaw, AEC4434

Fall 2020: Dr. Laura Greenhaw, AEC4434 MW

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

Fall 2020: Dr. Cecilia Suarez, AEC4465

Fall 2019: Dr. Cecilia "CC" Suarez, AEC4465 

AEC 4500: Program Development and Evaluation 
In-depth analysis of the development and evaluation of human and community resource programs based on programming theories, concepts, and research. Emphasizes dimensions of responsive communities, determination of community needs, and goals. 

Fall 2021: Dr. John Diaz, AEC4500

Fall 2020: Dr. John Diaz, AEC4500

Fall 2019: Dr. John Diaz, AEC4500

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. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Debra Barry, AEC4504

Fall 2020: Dr. Debra Barry, AEC4504

Fall 2019: Mrs. Debra Barry, AEC4504  

AEC 4900: Supervised Extension in Agricultural Education and Communication
Firsthand, authentic extension experiences in agricultural education and communication under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
AEC 4905: Individual Study
Prereq: instructor permission
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.  
AEC 4911: Supervised Research in Agricultural Education and CommunicationPrereq: instructor permission
Firsthand, authentic research in Agricultural Education and Communication under the supervision of a faculty member. Projects may involve inquiry, design, investigation, scholarship, discovery or application. 
AEC 4915: Honors Thesis Research in Agricultural Education and Communication
Prereq: junior standing, upper division GPA of 3.75 or higher, and completed honors theses proposal on file. 
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.   

AEC 4930: Communication and Leadership Development Capstone Experience
Prereq: AEC 4031 and AEC 3070C and AEC 3413 and AEC 3414. Coreq: Senior standing
Integrates content and skills that communication and leadership development students have learned in their prerequisite courses. 

Spring 2020: Dr. Lisa Lundy, AEC4930

Fall 2019: Dr. Lisa Lundy, AEC4930   

AEC 4932: Special Topics in Agricultural Education and Communication
Prereq: sophomore standing or higher
Special topics in Agricultural Education and Communication.    
AEC 4941: Agricultural Education Internship
Prereq: junior or senior standing; AEC or TCH major
Practical experience in agricultural training and development through agricultural education organizations, agribusiness, and natural resources education, and/or agricultural and outreach programming.    
AEC 4942: Agricultural Education Internship
Prereq: senior standing and successful completion of all three portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE)- General Knowledge, Professional Education, and Agriculture 6-12. 
Individual capstone internship within a school-based setting where students observe, participate in, and lead educational instruction, curricula development, assessment of school-based learning, supervision, and assist in advising a student leadership organization.    

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.

Spring 2021: Dr. Charlotte Emerson, AEC4932

AEC 4946: Agricultural Communication and Leadership Development 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, or experience in leadership development including problem-solving, development of objectives and evaluation criteria, creative thinking, and leadership. 

*No syllabus required for internship sections

ALS 2410: Challenge 2050: Global Uncertainty
This introductory course explores questions in human well-being and sustainability and builds a foundation for addressing global challenges associated with population fluctuation. 

Fall 2021: Dr. Natalie Coers, ALS2410

Fall 2020: Dr. Natalie Coers, ALS2410

ALS 3415: Challenge 2050: Tools for Changing the World
Given participation in the course, students gain skills, competencies, and dispositions necessary for being global change agents. Application within real-­‐life contexts provides students with experimental learning opportunities. These opportunities provide the foundation for creating capacity to communicate the critical importance of the challenge, influencing community perceptions, and developing solutions that can be put into action. 

Spring 2021: Dr. Natalie Coers, ALS3415

ALS 3940: Challenge 2050: The Experience
Students engage in trust building, accompaniment, and community development experiences within developing global contexts. Through the immersion experience, students gain an understanding for concerns relating to population fluctuation including issues related to economics, environment, food, health, and social systems. International immersion allows students to apply sustainable practices in developing areas.

Fall 2021: Dr. Natalie Coers, ALS3940

ALS 4419: Challenge 2050: Creating Solutions
This course creates a capstone experience for the Global Change and Leadership Certificate. Through this course students demonstrate and apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions independently or in teams. Students complete a comprehensive project with a developmental initiative focused on addressing the 2050 Challenge of sustaining a global population.

Fall 2021: Dr. Matthew Sowcik, ALS4419

Fall 2020: Dr. Matthew Sowcik, ALS4419