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Office of Administration


October 25, 2017


TO:††††††††††††††††† Mary Jane Mutispaugh, Director of Instruction

FROM: ††††††††††† Dwayne E. Ross, Principal

SUBJECT:†††††† 2018-2019 Curriculum Revision Recommendation

I am making the following curriculum revision recommendations effective with the 2018-2019 school year:


Dual Enrollment or non-Dual Enrollment course:


Biology 141 Ė Human Anatomy and Physiology I††††††††††††† ††††††††††† (4) credit hour course

Course Code: ????

SCED Code: ????

Suggest Grade Level: 11- 12 for dual enrollment


Integrates anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Integrates concepts of chemistry, physics, and pathology. Prerequisites: highly motivated students who are pursuing careers in physical education, biology, and health care. Must have taken and successfully completed: Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry. In the completion of this section, a student can earn up to 4 hrs. of college credit at DSLCC that may be transferred to another college or university. (11, 12)


Astronomy (4260)  

Course Code: 4260

SCED Code: 03004

Suggested Grade Levels: 10-12

Astronomy (4260)


This elective course is an in-depth study of solar system, its sun and planets, stars, black holes, galaxies, the structure of the universe, and the constantly changing  nature of the universe. The course includes investigations of the physical world, astronomical discoveries, hypotheses and theories regarding new and evolving ideas, and key scientific principles of a vast universe. Through research, collaboration, and sharing of ideas, along with the use of technology to maximize learning and exploration within astronomy, students will be empowered with powerful tools to help them play a role in unlocking the secrets of the universe. Maximum class size is 24. (Grades 10-12)

Prerequisites:  Must have successfully completed Earth Science



Sports, Exercise, and Health Science (7638)  

Course Code: 7638

SCED Code: 08016

Suggested Grade Levels: 9-12


This elective course will explore physical fitness and gain knowledge, skills, and experience needed to become certified in personal training, strength and physical conditioning, group fitness, or in other health fitness specialty areas. The course will be centered around weight lifting and agilities to improve a studentís athletic skills by improving posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, and strength.Students will learn to develop individualized programs with goals that are based on a variety of factors that affect oneís overall health and ability to compete at the highest level in their sport(s).

(Grades 9-12)

Prerequisites:  Must have successfully completed PE 9


Complex Number Theory (3199)  

Course Code: 3199

SCED Code: 02999

Suggested Grade Levels: 10-12


This elective course will explore two mathematical topics of Number Theory and the Complex Number System.  Both topics will be explored in depth and then comparisons will be made between the two branches of mathematics.  The focus of the Number Theory portion will be on prime numbers and factorization, types of primes, primality tests and pseudo primes, modular arithmetic, the Divisibility Principle, units, and Fermatís Little Theorem.  A larger focus will be on prime numbers and what can be understood from them and what practical uses there are for prime numbers.  


The second portion of the course will focus on the Complex Number System.  This will be done completely independent of the Algebra 2 course but expose students to this knowledge for the course.  Course will introduce imaginary numbers and basic operations with them.  The theory behind the Complex Number system will be used and related to the Real Number System. Computational items such as modulus, conjugates, absolute values, and arguments of complex numbers will be discussed.  Towards the end of the course, students will explore how the two portions of the courses relate and how prime numbers can be discussed in the complex number system.

(Grades 10-12)

Prerequisites:  Must have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry