Fall 2018 Courses - Honors Sections of UF Courses

Please use the UF Schedule of Courses to find times, places, and other course information.

These are courses offered through departments across campus, reserved for Honors students.  These will count as both an honors course as well as fulfilling the normal slot of the regular course.

CourseTitleCrdSectInstructorSyllabus
ART2936 Honors Sketchbook 3 06D3     
           
CHM2047 One Semester General Chemistry 4      
CRW2100  Fiction Writing 3 1655     
CRW2300 Poetry Writing 3 1657     
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ENC3246 Prof Comm Engineers 3 6163     
ENC3254 HNR Writing Humanities 3 6179     
ENC3459 Writing in Medicine 3 1F49     
ENC3465 Writing in the Law 3 6164     
GEB2015 Intro to Business 1 1636    
GLY2010C Physical Geology 4 2346     
MAC3474 Honors Calculus 3 4 06GE     
PHY2060 Enriched Phy w/Cal 1 3 3146     
PHY2060 Enriched Phy w/Cal 1 3 3879     
PHY2061 Enriched Phy w/Cal 2 3 0829     
PHZ3113 Intro Theoret Physics 3 3924     
SPC2608 Intro Public Speaking 3 4380    
SPN2201 Intermed Spanish 2 3 24DA    
SPN2240 Intens Comm Skills 3 3047    
SPN3300 Span Grammar/Compos 1 3 0518    
           

PHZ 3113 Intro Theoret Physics

This course expands and systematizes the treatment of standard problems previously encountered in elementary physics. Mathematical techniques are developed to study problems in thermodynamics, statistical physics, the motion of coupled oscillators and electrodynamics.

CRW2100 Fiction Writing

The course will combine a fiction workshop with critical examination of contemporary fiction. In terms of writing, CRW 2100 will focus on instruction in basic techniques of voice, plot and character, as well as introducing more advanced techniques. Its aim is to help you learn to write literary fiction better than you might already.  

Each week you will be asked to read a selection of stories by an established writer, and to arrive in class prepared to discuss them cogently. The goal here is to have you read better: to read for form, recognizing strength and weakness in your own and in others’ writing, and recognizing various technical maneuvers in the published work we will read. Recognizing these techniques will improve your writing, but we will also try to move beyond what we can take from this published work. I was once told this about reading: “It's not a parade of goods for possible quiz-winners to take home if they like, and turn up their noses at if they don't. No. You take off your ego, and park it at the door (like a Muslim his shoes). You read with humility and curiosity and imagination. Almost anything you read is going to be better than you - class - it's your job to try and come up to it.” We will strive to abide by this sentiment. 

You are required to write and complete two stories, the first rather early in the semester and the second during a specified week where it will be workshopped by the class. There will also be weekly writing assignments: short analyses in response to the readings for the week, as well as short creative exercises provided in class. These analyses and exercises are pressure-free and should only serve to enhance understanding of the texts and to exercise your creative muscles. 

What differentiates the honors sections of CRW 2100 and CRW 2300 from the standard sections is the fact that they are taught by members of the CRW faculty rather than by MFA candidates.  These faculty are often the best instructors.

CRW2300 Poetry Writing

ENC2305

ENC3246 Prof Comm Engineers

This course has been expressly designed for engineering students in order to equip you for speaking and writing assignments during your undergraduate coursework and in your future careers in the field of engineering. You will learn valuable techniques and tools that will enable you to become effective communicators of technical material, capable of organizing and expressing your ideas to satisfy the demands of both general and specialist audiences. Throughout the semester, you will learn how to make your writing clearer and more concise and your ideas more coherent. You will also learn to apply the more important grammatical rules. Your writing and speaking assignments will mirror actual tasks awaiting you both in school and in the engineering field. In the process, you will learn how to become a critical evaluator of your own communication skills by commenting on and evaluating the spoken and written work of your peers in class.

ENC3254 HNR Writing Humanities

In this class, we explore works of art from the humanities disciplines of drama, music, film, and literature. 

You will analyze these works of art and critical essays about these works of art in order to learn how to write basic academic paper formats, such as summary, analysis, and argument. In order to reduce the anxiety that may accompany academic writing and allow students to improve their writing, this course allows for optional rewrites of the 4 major writing assignments for either the better or average of the two grades. 

In this course, students become more confident and effective writers, readers, and thinkers. Students also get the chance to explore, analyze, and discuss some of the most remarkable works of art produced in the last 100 years, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby, Joni Mitchell's album, Hejira, Spike Lee's film, Do the Right Thing, and various other short works of literature and art. 

This class is a good choice for students in all majors who want to improve their academic writing skills and who enjoy discussing and analyzing humanities texts. The writing skills and strategies you learn in this class are portable; they will help you succeed in this class, throughout other college classes, and beyond.

Honors students are inspired to think and write about challenging topics in project-based environments. Teachers selected to lead honors courses for the University Writing Program are experts in experiential learning and are consistently ranked among the best at UF.

ENC3459 Writing in Medicine

The honors section of Writing in Medicine incorporates both speaking and writing skills. This course is the new listing for “Speaking and Writing for Pre Med” previously offered. This 4 unit course focuses on preparing you for medical school. In Unit 1, you will read and synthesize important material from medical research reports. In Unit 2, you will read several medical research reports in order produce an Annotated Bibliography and a State-of-the-Art Medical Review paper. You will present your research to the class in an oral presentation. Unit 3 concentrates on professionalization. You will prepare a resume, personal statement for medical, dental, or osteopath school, and sit for a mock medical school interview. Unit 4 has you working with your peers to produce a fun and informative CME (Continuing Medical Education) unit in which you prepare a written report and oral presentation.

This course is designed to expose you to kind of writing and speaking you will engage in to get ready for medical school and then in your medical school career. Honors students are inspired to think and write about challenging topics in project-based environments. Teachers selected to lead honors courses for the University Writing Program are experts in experiential learning and are consistently ranked among the best at UF.

ENC3465 Writing in the Law

Credits: 3; Prereq: ENC 1101 or ENC 1102. ENC 3265 meets for 3 periods per week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or on Tuesday and Thursday.

In courts of law, people depend on the ability of their attorneys to use language effectively, which generally means winning arguments. And while some of the most eloquent writing about our society has been set down by lawyers and judges, the discipline of law is notorious for producing impenetrable, and as a result, ineffective documents. Our job will be to learn what we can from those well-stated arguments and opinions and to avoid what makes legal writing so notoriously difficult to read. 

Writing well and winning arguments don't happen by accident, so this course is designed to be a practical workshop in which students put legal reasoning into practice. In this setting, students learn to write the most common legal forms: the legal brief and the researched legal memorandum. Conducting legal research, students become familiar with law library resources, and, in all of the work, develop the rhetorical skills of argument and persuasion while mastering the basic elements of style. Field trips to the county court or the UF Law School's moot court will show that speaking is also integral to the discipline of law; in class, students will have the opportunity to develop their own speaking skills in moot court-style debates.

 

GLY2010C Physical Geology

This course provides a thorough introduction to the science of geology. Students will first gain a base knowledge of Earth materials and processes that shape our planet. We will then use that knowledge to relate the geological activity that we observe at the Earth’s surface to the dynamic processes operating in interior. The theory of plate tectonics will be a central theme throughout the course, providing a framework for understanding interactions between the Earth’s major sub-systems: lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Major topics include: origin of rocks and minerals, volcanism, earthquakes, mountain building, groundwater, stream processes, coastal processes and the unfathomable depth of geologic time. By the end of this course students will have gained a fundamental understanding of how the Earth has evolved in time, and developed a deep appreciation for the beauty and awe of the world in which they live.

The Honors section of this course will be taught entirely using the Team-Based LearningTM (TBL) framework. TBL is an evidenced-based teaching method that has been shown to improve higher-level thinking skills, enhance retention of concepts beyond the bounds of the course, and develop the necessary professional skills for succeeding in a team environment. Students are required to complete reading and lecture video assignments prior to class. The majority of class time will focus on the application of course content through discussion and teamwork to promote a depth of conceptual understanding of Earth processes well beyond the scope of a lecture-based course. For more information about TBL visit: www.teambasedlearning.org

There is a lab component to this course to give students a hands-on experience of the practical aspects of geology. Students will learn how to identify Earth materials, analyze topographic and geological maps, and investigate local geological processes by attending two or three fieldtrips. There will be an individual assignment associated with each lab.

MAC3474 Honors Calculus 3

Continues the honors calculus sequence. (M) Credit will be given for, at most, MAC 2313 or MAC 3474.

PHY2060 Enriched Phy w/Cal 1

First of the enriched sequence for physics majors and others wishing a deeper understanding of mechanics, kinematics, conservation laws, harmonic motion, central forces and special relativity. (P)

PHY2061 Enriched Phy w/Cal 2

First of the enriched sequence for physics majors and others wishing a deeper understanding of mechanics, kinematics, conservation laws, harmonic motion, central forces and special relativity. (P)

CHM2047 One Semester General Chemistry

SPC2608 Intro Public Speaking

Theory and practice presenting public speeches, determining communication purpose(s) and adapting to organization, evidence, language and other message characteristics for designated audiences.

The Honors Section of SPC 2608: Introduction to Public Speaking encompasses all of the elements of the non-Honors sections of the course, but with enhanced learning opportunities and expectations that other sections do not have. The major additions to the course involve one extra speech presented at a class banquet outside of class time, two additional homework assignments, and one additional peer review of a speech.

The additional speech that the students are required to present for credit is a 2-3 minute “Toast Speech”. Students are introduced to the concept of speaking for special occasions, and the techniques learned include how to create a speech that is both heartfelt and brief. Students are assigned to write and perform the Toast Speech at a “banquet” that is held outside of class time and which is catered using the funds that the Honors Program provides for class socials. Students are allowed to toast anyone they want or imagine any scenario they’d like, such as a graduation, wedding, or funeral. The banquet allows us to celebrate our own classroom community in a more relaxed setting while still doing a public speech for a grade. This event is always a favorite among the students in the class.

In addition to the Toast Speech itself, students are required to do a peer review of five of their classmates’ toasts for credit. This helps reinforce their evaluative skills of the formal components of a Toast Speech beyond the fun of actually participating in the banquet. The peer review form template has been created by the instructor, although the commentary and ratings are completed by each student.

Lastly, Honors students are required to do two additional homework assignments beyond what their non-Honors counterparts are required to do in the general sections of this course. These assignments include a self-critique of their own Demonstration Speech and their Team Presentation. All speeches are video-taped in class and then made available to the students for viewing. In each of these assignments, students are required to complete a self-critique for their own speeches, as well as produce a one to two page written reflection paper on their strengths and weaknesses in the speech. The self-critique forces students to think critically about their performance and self-reflect in depth on what speaking techniques they have or have not mastered thus far in the course beyond the feedback from the instructor and their peers. Typically, this assignment is offered in non-Honors sections as extra credit; however, it is a requirement for Honors students because of the extra critical thinking and self-reflection involved.

SPN3300 Spanish Grammar and Composition 1

SPN2201 Intermed Spanish 2

First of the intermediate Spanish language sequence. Develops intermediate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Builds communicative competence and enhances social and cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world. Taught entirely in Spanish. The section of SPN2201 designated for Honors credit is distinguished as an Honors in three ways. First, it caps enrollment at 15 students, rather than the normal 25 or 26 students, thus ensuring more attention and talk time for students, as well as the ability to investigate course themes in much greater depth. Secondly, the section is assigned to one of our most distinguished language instructors, thus ensuring high-quality instruction. Finally, students enrolled in the Honors section of the course engage in experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, allowing them to critically consider how language is used in the community, and to further their understanding of the diversity of the local Hispanic/Latino community

SPN2240 Intensive Communications Skills

Develops the ability to understand oral and written Spanish and is required of all majors and minors who are not bilinguals, unless they initially placed above this level.

The section of SPN2240 designated for Honors credit is distinguished as an Honors in three ways. First, it caps enrollment at 15 students, rather than the normal 25 or 26 students, thus ensuring more attention and talk time for students, as well as the ability to investigate course themes in much greater depth. Secondly, the section is assigned to one of our most distinguished language instructors, thus ensuring high-quality instruction. Finally, students enrolled in the Honors section of the course engage in experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom, allowing them to critically consider how language is used in the community, and to further their understanding of the diversity of the local Hispanic/Latino community.

CRW 2300 Honors Poetry Workshop

In naming colors, . . . literate people said “dark blue” or “light yellow,” but illiterates used metaphorical names like “liver,” “peach,” “decayed teeth,” and “cotton in bloom.” 

—Caleb Crain, “Twilight of the Books,” The New Yorker, December 24 & 31, 2007 

One thing was clear to me. If you want to win a girl, you have to have lots of beetles. 
—Heaven Can Wait (1943) 

The University of Florida has one of the strongest creative writing programs in the country, whose graduate faculty often offer a beginning workshop to honors students. Poetry demands close attention to the meaning and music of language, to emotion and the structures of emotion, and to the burdens of the past. The best poetry has an understanding of psychology, botany, religion, philosophy, and how much French fries cost at the mall. No one can be a poet without reading. The beginning workshop is in part a course in poetic literature. 

Poets will write one poem a week, which forms the basis of workshop discussion, along with poems of the past and present. No workshop can succeed without an inclination toward laughter and wry jokes (discussion will generally go from the sublime to the ridiculous, or vice versa). Field trips may be possible—no year in Gainesville is complete without a visit to the alligators. Students who complete this course may then take upper-division workshops in poetry. 

Students are not expected to have written poetry before, but must have strong language skills (you can't manipulate the language effectively without grammar and spelling). Please do not take this course if you're not interested in the difference between an adjective and an adverb, or the correct usage of it’s and its, lay and lie, and who and whom. Numerous students who have taken this course have entered graduate programs at Columbia, Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and elsewhere. Others have gone into editing and publishing. Others just have fun. 

Required reading: 
R. S. Gwynn, Contemporary American Poetry 
Amy Clampitt, Collected Poems 
Henri Cole, The Visible Man 
Philip Larkin, Collected Poems 
Marianne Moore, Complete Poems 

What differentiates the honors sections of CRW 2100 and CRW 2300 from the standard sections is the fact that they are taught by members of the CRW faculty rather than by MFA candidates.  These faculty are often the best instructors.

ART 2936C Honors Sketchbook

ART 2936C - Honors Sketchbook

Honors Sketchbook Development focuses on the artistic practice of a sketch journal and bookmaking as a method of investigation and research. In this course, students will learn and produce a portfolio from basic and experimental drawing methods, collage, bookmaking, conceptual development, and strategies of a successful creative habit. The course components are: material demonstrations, lectures, studio projects, readings, written responses, and field trips.