June 23, 2003
Summer Session offering more special-interest
By Louise Donahue
Things may be quieting down on the rest of the campus, but Summer Session
planners have gone into overdrive, preparing for another record enrollment.
Science communication student Lucy Reading created the illustration
on the cover of the Summer Session catalog, which was designed
by Amy Sibiga, senior graphic designer in the UCSC Graphic Services
|Season of change: Campuses throughout
the UC system experiment with distance education in summer.
An estimated 3,500 students are expected for Summer Session, about
15 percent more than last year, said Pat Vani, Summer Session director.
That increase in students adds up to a wider array of courses. "We're
offering more courses, so there are more choices," Vani said.
Among those courses are three new short courses focusing on special
areas of interest.
The shortest of the short courses is British Literature 130G,
an intensive week focusing on author Charles Dickens. Students will
spend a week of 12-hour days participating in the annual Dickens
Project, July 27-August 1 and may receive five units of credit.
A three-week workshop on algorithmic computer music is led by David
Cope, a composer and UCSC professor of music. Participants will take
classes on the basic techniques of algorithmic composition and analysis.
The three-week program begins June 23.
Number, Area, Space, Time, and Motion, also known as Math
108, delves into the history of numbers and other concepts. Taught
by Professor Anthony Tromba and running from July 14 to 31, the course
is designed for teachers and prospective teachers.
"We can do a few things out of the norm in the summer," said
Vani. "The faculty is getting more interested in trying something
different, especially specialty courses, over the summer."
Last year, an online course, Computer Science 185: Technical Writing
for Computer Engineers, was introduced. The course's success (see
story) led to a doubling of enrollment this year, and there is now
a waiting list for the class. Students in the course must appear in
class just twice--at the beginning and the end of the course. "The
rest is done online," Vani said. "It enables them to be anywhere
in the world, really."
That flexibility has special appeal during the summer, when students
are trying to fit classes around jobs and other commitments. "There
are a limited number of classes that would work that way," Vani
said, adding that she'd be happy to offer more.
While some students are taking a class online, many more are taking
advantage of registration online. Students may register online at the
Summer Session web site with a
Online registration began at midnight on March 10, "and the first
registration came through at 12:03," Vani said. "It's been
very popular and convenient. This works with their schedules better
and cuts back on paperwork for us," she said.
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