New UCCI Courses


March 14, 2016

We're excited to announce that three new "a-g" approved courses have been added to the UCCI Course Catalog, bringing the current number of courses we have available to 68!

These courses were produced at our "on-demand" UCCI Institutes, and they will be available for any California school to add to their "a-g" course list.  Below are brief course descriptions, with links to the full course framework for each course below.

Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology: Health Science and Medical Technology and Laboratory Science (“d”) – Chemistry

This course allows students to investigate and apply chemistry and biotechnology concepts and methods to understand and address issues related to five essential human needs -- Water, Food, Health, Waste Management, and Energy --as Chemistry and Biotechnology complement each other in addressing these essential needs. Human diseases, for  example, are treated by either small molecule drugs produced by chemistry or protein-based drugs produced by biotechnology, and environmental contaminants can be cleaned up either using chemistry or microbes. Whether a chemistry or biotechnology solution works best depends on the specific nature of the problem, and often both approaches to the problem are necessary for optimal resolution. Read the full course framework

Chemistry & Engineering Design - Facing Local and Global Challenges: Engineering and Architecture and Laboratory Science (“d”) – Chemistry

Through this course students will examine, explore, and experiment with a variety of Chemistry concepts in order to better understand how such knowledge can be used to engineer tools, products, or systems for using energy to meet human needs--such as water purification, energy needs for a community, and ways to store energy. The culminating project of the course requires students to present a report that includes CAD models or prototypes, bill of materials, and Gantt chart to achieve their selected goal. They will also present their project to an authentic audience and receive feedback. In order to demonstrate and integrate student learning of both Chemistry and Engineering design, students will be prompted to collect work samples for a portfolio that will also support them with completing their culminating project. Read the full course framework

Safe and Sound: The Physics of Hacking: Information and Communication Technologies and Laboratory Science (“d”) – Physics

This course is designed as an advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) class that integrates important physics concepts and principles with their use and necessity within the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Because cybersecurity courses at this level should focus on the fundamentals of computer science and ICT, the beginning of the course weaves programming basics with practical physics to introduce foundational knowledge that that will lead to an exploration and understanding of cybersecurity in later units. Students will be introduced to requisite high school physics topics such as: kinematics (motion), waves, energy, heat, and forces (mechanics), while learning to utilize key programming, computer science, and, ultimately, cybersecurity foundations and applications.  The course is designed to specifically allow students to develop career awareness, skill acquisition, and preparation for postsecondary education and careers for the multiple professional pathways found within the ICT spectrum.  Read the full course framework

If you're interested in implementing one or more of the above courses--or any course currently on our course catalog--but want some support in developing the instructional materials needed to make the course come to life, you can find that support through UCCI's Teacher Exchange! And if you have a need for courses beyond what's currently available on our catalog, you can request a UCCI Institute.

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- Aaron Lemos, Spring 2013 UCCI Institutes