Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications Program (ALEC)

ALEC Class Schedule

Courses

ALEC 110   Introduction to Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications   credit: 3 Hours.

Provides an introduction to basic leadership, communications, and educational theory. Covers the practical application of theories in professional, educational, and community contexts. Designed as the foundational course underlying the ALEC undergraduate curriculum. No credit given if already completed AGCM 110 or AGED 100.

ALEC 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 1 to 5 Hours.

An experimental course on a special topic in agricultural leadership, education and communications. Same as AGED 199. May be repeated in the same or separate terms as topics vary to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: ALEC Program approval required.

ALEC 293   Communications Internship   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Supervised experience in a field directly pertaining to agricultural leadership, education, or communications. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated up to 12 hours, if topics vary. Credit is not given for more than a total of 12 hours of Independent Study (IND) courses applying to a degree in ACES. Prerequisite: ALEC Program approval required.

ALEC 294   Research Internship   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Supervised, on-campus, learning experience with faculty engaged in research. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated up to 12 hours, if topics vary. Credit is not given for more than a total of 12 hours of Independent Study (IND) courses applying to a degree in ACES. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ALEC 295   Independent Study or Research   credit: 1 to 3 Hours.

Individual research, special problems, thesis, development and/or design work under the supervision of an appropriate member of the faculty. May be repeated up to 12 hours, if topics vary. Credit is not given for more than a total of 12 hours of Independent Study (IND) courses applying to a degree in ACES. Prerequisite: ALEC Program and instructor approval required.

ALEC 393   Internship in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications   credit: 3 or 6 Hours.

Provides an opportunity to apply principles and theories related to Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications within the field through meaningful work experiences. Upon completion of the internship experience, the student will be able to incorporate principles and theories from classroom knowledge to real-life work situations that benefit the supporting organization both qualitatively and quantitatively while enhancing the problem-solving abilities of the student. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated up to 6 hours in separate terms. Prerequisite: ALEC 110. Restricted to majors only.

ALEC 396   Honors Research or Thesis   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Individual research, special problems, thesis, development and/or design work under the direction of the Honors advisor. May be repeated for up to 6 hours in separate terms. Credit is not given for more than a total of 12 hours of Independent Study (IND) courses applying to a degree in ACES. Prerequisite: Junior standing, admission to the ACES Honors Program.

ALEC 451   Professional Development in ALEC   credit: 2 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to serve as a professional capstone to the ALEC curriculum. Students will examine their learning over the course of their academic experience and synthesize key components for practical purposes. The main point of the class is to help provide students with practical tools for their professional success. Students will be expected to perform at the highest levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy – synthesize, evaluate, and create. 2 undergraduate hours. 2 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Restricted to students with senior standing.

ALEC 499   Seminar   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Special topics in agricultural leadership, education or communications. Same as AGCM 499. 1 to 4 undergraduate hours. 1 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated in the same or separate semesters, if topics vary. Prerequisite: ALEC Program approval required.

ALEC 505   Science and Art of Teaching and Learning   credit: 3 Hours.

Students will investigate theoretical principles of education and learning; evaluate the roles of emotion and motivation and their impacts on the acquisition and retention of knowledge; and explore psychological and physiological variables that impact learning. Additional topics to examine include: metacognition, fixed and growth mindset, approaches to learning, and specific teaching and learning techniques that predict learner success. 3 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: Restricted to Graduate students.

ALEC 549   Independent Study   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Individual investigation and reporting of research on any phase of agricultural leadership, education or communications selected by the student and approved by the advisor and faculty member who will supervise the study. 1 to 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated in the same or subsequent terms to a maximum of 8 hours.

ALEC 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 8 Hours.

Individual research in the various areas of agricultural leadership, education, or communications under the supervision of faculty members. 0 to 8 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate terms. Prerequisite: ALEC Program approval required.