new ucci courses

new courses added to the ucci course catalog!

May 19, 2014


We're bursting with excitement over here at the UCCI home office, because FIVE (count 'em--five!!) UCCI courses have just been "a-g" approved and added to the UCCI course catalog! They include three English/health science courses, one English/games and simulation course, and one lab science (chemistry)/environmental engineering course, and they are available now to be added to schools' "a-g" course lists. These new courses are:

Mental Health Matters, a one year college and career preparatory English course for 9th graders that integrates English with the Mental and Behavioral Health Pathway within the Health Science and Medical Technology CTE sector. Through reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will explore mental and behavioral health disorders, teen challenges, disorder-related violence, and disparities in the mental health care system. Throughout the course, students conduct self-generated research related to each thematic unit, utilize the writing process to effectively communicate information and ideas using industry-specific language, analyze and justify personal perspectives regarding mental and behavioral health issues, and effectively use current media to inform and persuade multiple audiences for different purposes. By the end of the course students will have gained an awareness regarding issues in mental and behavioral health and developed into advocates for such issues. View the complete course framework for Mental Health Matters.

The Dynamic Literacy of Patient Care, an 11th grade English course that explores the many facets of the Health Science and Medical Technology CTE sector through the reading of fiction and expository text, various writing assignments with an emphasis on revision, and opportunities for students to make presentations. The course cultivates informed citizens in regards to the field of Patient Care by having students delve deeply into the areas of Communications, Ethics, Wellness, Cultural Diversity, Preventative Care, and Mental Health, with a culminating project that includes research in health careers. View the complete course framework for The Dynamic Literacy of Patient Care. 

Writing Games for Social Change, a college preparatory grade 9 English course integrated with the games and simulation pathway of the information and communication technology sector. Students engage in close reading of complex texts and technical documents to analyze and synthesize the design and development of games and simulations. This course provides a rigorous pathway for students to learn relevant technical knowledge and skills that prepare them for further education and career opportunities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies. View the complete course framework for Writing Games for Social Change.

Public Health: Reading and writing your way to a healthier world, a college preparatory grade 12 English course integrated with Health Science and Medical Technology CTE standards. In this course, students will gain proficiency in the skills emphasized in the ELA Common Core State Standards through the examination of public healthcare programs and services, related literature and technical documents, and relevant technology. This course provides a rigorous pathway to the field of Health Science through the application of critical thinking, project-based learning, and twenty-first century communication skills. View the complete course framework for Public Health: Reading and writing your way to a healthier world.

Chemistry and Environmental Engineering: Water we doing?, a chemistry course is integrated with the Environmental Engineering pathway in the Engineering and Architecture CTE industry sector. Using Chemistry skills and concepts learned in the course, students solve environmental engineering problems related to water and its interactions with the environment. The course culminates with a project in which students use chemical and engineering principles to propose, design, build, and test a solution or prototype to solve an identified environmental water problem. Through such learning students can connect the learning of the classroom to the problems they encounter in the real world, and will be all the more prepared to solve those problems using the skills that both college and career demand. View the complete course framework for Chemistry and Environmental Engineering: Water we doing?

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