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Develop expertise in the use of drafting equipment, geometric construction, orthographic projections, dimensioning, and the application of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 122, ALEC 303, ALEC 346
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Open to freshman and sophmores only.
Introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. Self-awareness, awareness of others, effective interpersonal communication, and the building of trust relationships as a basis for understanding and developing leadership. An experiential approach, field projects and a supervised service project.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 2
Prereqs:
Applying computer commands to create two-dimensional engineering and architectural drawings.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 104
Fundamental woodworking tools and processes. Hand tool, lathe, and machine related projects.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 242, ALEC 243
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 108
An introduction to the systems required to produce, distribute and sell the food that sustains life.  The course provides the opportunity to learn from international experts who specialize in the sources, production, safety, distribution, culture, sale, politics and consumption of food worldwide.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6
Forming, molding, separating, and fabricating of industrial materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Basic skills in the construction of architectural drawings, plot plans, elevation view, wall and floor sections, and roof construction. Architectural modeling.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 103
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Analyze and synthesize information about the dynamic relationships of land, food, and people and the impacts of human decisions on renewable and non-renewable resources from a local and global perspective.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Course has guest speakers and field trips.
Explore the career opportunities available in agricultural leadership, education and communication focusing on agribusiness, industry training positions, secondary agriscience instruction, extension education, agricultural and environmental sciences communication, and international agricultural education.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 234
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Agricultural leadership, education and communication major or permission.
Required of all agricultural leadership, education and communication majors.
Observing and/or performance of professional skills in agricultural education, extension education, agribusiness, journalism, and leadership.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to the study of agricultural and environmental sciences communications. Strategies and techniques for success in the major and college courses generally using a systems thinking approach, fundamental concepts of communicating information related to science, environment, agriculture and natural resources to internal and external audiences, and job shadowing experience to help prepare for careers in the field.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to the Chancellor's Leadership Class program.
Leadership development. Understanding of self, develop leadership knowledge, and how to make a difference in the community.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Pepsi Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Service recipient.
ALEC 165 requires 2 to 3 hours per week of outside of class time in community service.
Civic and social responsibility through service-learning programming. Introduction to civic life, civic agent, and life-long service.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to electricity and/or electronics and their applications to industry. AC and DC circuit design, construction, and analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Leadership and followership skills in small groups and teams. Leadership dynamics which make team leaders and members influential and satisfied in both informal and work group settings. Leadership from the perspective of student practical experience. A shadowing experience and simulation exercise.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 302
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture, Recitation
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
Automotive technology and the equipment related to automotive repairs. The design, theory, and operation of automotive systems through laboratory activities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Basic machine shop practices involving hand and precision measuring tools, bench work, layout, engine lathe, milling machine, surface and pedestal grinders.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 246
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Basic knowledge and skill in both oxygen-acetylene welding and cutting, and electrical arc welding.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 207
Communicating to Public AudiencesCrosslisted as ADPR 207
Prereqs:
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR): completion of all CASNR core communications course requirements.
Concepts and techniques of public relations. Skills and theory for relating to government, corporate, and other agricultural public audiences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Sophomore standing and ALEC 134 and/or 135.
Theory of experiential education to middle school and secondary agricultural education programs, especially leadership and career education. Development of Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE), Young Adult/Farmer, FFA, and alumni activities, appropriate to the community, school, and student needs using electronic technology in learning how to teach Nebraska's agricultural education financial management system.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 3, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Classifications, properties, and uses of common construction materials and building practices. Construction of a residential dwelling from plot plan through trim and finish work.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 243
Prereqs:
Woodworking special processes. Furniture design, frame and panel construction, veneering, and steam-bending. Project design and construction on an individual project serve as the final assessment.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 340
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) programming for tool making to include milling, computer aided manufacturing and/or drafting and/or design and electrical discharge machines.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 4, Lecture 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
Printing, desktop publishing, silk screening, and photography.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Principle and process of effective leadership in complex organizations of society and commerce. Dynamic interactions of personal characteristics, technical skills, interpersonal influence, commitment, goals and power.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 407, ALEC 495A
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC 303 is a synthesis of skill-based courses for Industrial Technology Education (ITE) majors.
Design, construct, and test a one-person electric vehicle. Enter the vehicle in a statewide competition.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Student presentations integral to the course.
Presentation strategies used in agribusiness, education, government and public service. Attention to audience need, organization, methodology and management of presentation resource, especially electronic technology.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 400
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture, Recitation
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
6 hrs mechanized systems management; advanced standing.
Student demonstrations and presentations required.
Planning, conducting, and administering the instructional programs related to experientially based education in school laboratory settings. Variety of laboratory settings, including agricultural mechanics, greenhouse, soils, etc.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Cooperative Extension in a variety of settings and its role in the land-grant mission. Processes for developing and conducting need-driven, research-based, extension programs. Relationships with public and private agencies. Straegies for volunteerism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior or senior by application.
Field course of supervised observation and participation with various phases of agricultural education and/or agribusiness.
Credit Hours: 2-5
Max credits per degree: 10
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
A structured professional and personal development experience. Small group facilitation and instructional assistance in leadership development courses.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Recitation 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC 340 is a continuation of ALEC 243.
Machine woodworking on a major individual project. Wood finishing and maintenance of hand and power tools.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Introduction to 3D modeling using sketching and Inventor software.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 388
Ethics focusing on agricultural and natural resource issues. Using case studies from the professional workplace and contemporary society, develops intellectual skills necessary to reflect critically on ethical issues and apply appropriate conceptual tools for resolution of issues arising from conflicting ethical and value systems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 8
Prereqs:
Permission.
Occupational experience or supervised occupational experience in conjunction with directed observation.
Credit Hours: 1-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Consent of instructor(s). One college level course in photography or equivalent, and knowledge of the basics of shooting still photographs or video using digital cameras. Open only to College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students and to School of Natural Resources students.
Can be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours by consent of instructor.
Concepts and techniques related to use of remote and automated digital camera technology to capture images in agriculture and natural resources contexts to communicate a narrative/story. Completion of individual project using a variety of technologies including camera traps, time-lapse camera systems, remote triggered cameras, as well as traditional audio and video and conventional photography.
Credit Hours: 3-9
Max credits per semester: 3
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Format: Field 3, Lab 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 397
Prereqs:
Permission.
Readings; in depth discussions; analysis of current theory, issues, problems, research and practice in leadership, education and/or communication. Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission and advance approval of plan of work.
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC 400/800 is designed for individuals interested in developing and/or improving program planning skills.
Theoretical and applied considerations for identifying content, design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs that vary in length from several hours to several months.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Web
Prereqs:
Senior standing and 3 hrs educational psychology, or permission.
Instructional delivery of a secondary agricultural education program in the public school system. Organizing instructional content, individual lesson planning, methods of formal instructional delivery, student behavior management, instructing the handicapped and disadvantage, and student testing. Considerable time is spent on undergraduates demonstrating instructional delivery.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 405L
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to the teaching program in agricultural education and parallel registration in ALEC 405.
Laboratory exercises that complement material covered in ALEC 405. Involve practice teaching at either the middle or secondary school level.
Credit Hours: 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 407/807
Supervisory LeadershipCrosslisted as CYAF 807
Prereqs:
Knowledge and theoretical basis for practicing supervisors in a changing workplace where supervisors have increasing responsibilities due to the flattening or organizational structures, solving supervisory challenges in organizing and planning, problem solving and decision making, performance appraisal and leading a diverse workforce.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 410/810
Environmental LeadershipCrosslisted as NRES 413/813
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Offered on the World Wide Web (WWW) fall semester of odd-numbered years and in the classroom fall semester of even-numbered years.
Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom, Web
ALEC 412/812
Practical applications in developing and evaluating multimedia resources for students. Surveys new applications, creates and develops various instructional materials, and reviews current practice against relevant theory. Use current software packages to develop materials for various audiences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing and acceptance into the student teaching program in agricultural education.
Planning, marketing and managing formal and non-formal educational programs for youth and adults. The learning process applied to learner needs and styles. Building collaborative relationships.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3, Recitation 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Requires extensive writing and oral presentations.
Leadership theory in an applied context. Leadership analyzed through a variety of genres: autobiography, drama, fiction, tracts and treaties, speeches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture, Recitation
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing. College of Journalism and Mass Communications: Junior standing; ADPR 283.
Fundamental components of issues management and crisis communications. Learning experiences in agriculture and natural resources that provide an understanding of issues facing the respective field of study.
This course is a prerequisite for: ASCI 381
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Designing new instructional programs, expanding the impact of student behavioral objectives, and evaluating the total instructional program.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Scope and structure of career and technical education within the educational system. Teacher's role and responsibilities in dealing with legislative mandates in the planning, management, and evaluation of a local program.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 428
Leadership in Public OrganizationsCrosslisted as NRES 428/828
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Leadership in theories, research, and practices in public organizations and natural resource agencies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 431
Prereqs:
3 hrs EDPS; passing score on the Preprofessional Skills Tests (PPST); and permission.
Capstone course. Placement arranged by the department. Student teaching placement arranged by the department. Seven to sixteen weeks of off-campus student teaching.  Pass/no pass only.
Guided participation in various phases of a public school agricultural education program.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per degree: 12
Course Format: Field 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
ALEC 444
Science WritingCrosslisted as JOMC 444/844
Prereqs:
Permission.
Open to all majors. Articles may be submitted for publication.
Advanced writing about science for the non-expert and/or for the general public. Issues in science communication through reading the best writers in science and journalism. Research and write short articles and longer profiles about science and scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and elsewhere. Polish writing skills for doing work in science classes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Leadership theories and their applications to human diversity in organizations and communities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Classic and contemporary motivation theories applied to leadership in organizations and communities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing.
Roles of the professional agricultural journalist and/or communicator in today's society. Synthesis of agricultural and natural resouces sciences and journalism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Organizational influence processes, power, and politics in organizations and communities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Philosophy and relationship of agricultural education in the public schools. Development and coordination of adult and continuing agricultural education programs.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Junior standing; ALEC 302; Agricultural Education major; and permission.
Capstone course. Agricultural Education majors must take ALEC 495A for 'Pass/No Pass'.
Internship in a selected agribusiness, industry, or agency. Collaboration development of a training program and leadership activities.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
Prereqs:
Junior standing; Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication major; and permission.
ALEC 495B is taken the second semester of the junior year or in the summer following the junior year. Department approval is required. ALEC 495B cannot be taken Pass/No Pass.
Internship experience with an organization selected by student and approved by instructor in an agricultural or environmental sciences organization where the focus of the internship is related broadly to communications.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission.
Projects to research, literature review, or extension of course work.
Credit Hours: 1-9
Max credits per degree: 9
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 499H
Prereqs:
Admission to the University Honors Program and permission, AGRI 299H recommended.
Conduct a scholarly research project and write a University Honors Program or undergraduate thesis.
Credit Hours: 3-6
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Major research thrusts in leadership field. Historical and contemporary research studies, surveying the literature, developing theory, and conceptualizing original research questions and problems.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC *801 or equivalent
Leadership capacity in individuals and organizations. Impact of leadership on organizational outcomes and means for diagnosing leadership developmental needs. Assessing, creating and implementing a comprehensive leadership development program for an organization or community.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Problems in instructional planning and methodology and in organizing secondary and continuing education, FFA, and agriculture experience programs.
Credit Hours: 2-5
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 805
Advanced Teaching StrategiesCrosslisted as TEAC 805, NUTR 806
Contemporary and innovative teaching strategies, emphasizing learner-centered instruction, suitable to teaching in college and postsecondary institutions, outreach programs public schools, and other settings. Students participate in active learning as they apply learning theory in practice, prepare and demonstrate teaching methods, and plan for instruction in discipline areas of their choice.
This course is a prerequisite for: ALEC 400
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Requires extensive writing and oral presentations. Leadership theory in an applied context. Leadership analyzed through a variety of genres: autobiography, drama, fiction, tracts and treatises, speeches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture, Recitation
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Course is not offered at this time.
Management strategies for a variety of distance education situations. Planning, organization, motivation, and control provide a framework for analyzing distance education in formal and non-formal, large and small, private and public, and established and emerging organizations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC *833 recommended
Builds upon program development in extension programming and provides a basic overview of program evaluation principles and methods. Applies program evaluation principles in extension education.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to practical aspects of developing and facilitating distance education courses. Create and facilitate interaction, assessments, course delivery, assignments, course etiquette and ADA compliance. Develop a distance course module grounded in distance education theory and instructional design principles.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Web
ALEC 845
Research in Leadership EducationCrosslisted as CYAF 845
Steps in preparing a research proposal, including statement of the research question, review of relevant literature, and determination of an appropriate research design and methodology. Research methodology, including both quantitative and qualitative procedures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Work, singly or in groups, on practical educational problems, done under the supervision of staff with assistance of selected educational consultants.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Group study of technology in agricultural occupations. Workshops, special meetings, and assignments.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 897
Readings, in-depth discussions and analysis of current theory, issues and problems, research and practice in leadership education and/or communication. Offered to address emerging topics not covered in other courses.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Format: Field, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 899
Prereqs:
Admission to masters degree program and permission of major adviser
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-10
Max credits per degree: 10
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC 801, 18 hours graduate credit, or permission
Skills in leading change in the 21st Century in rural communities and organizations. Strategies for planning, organizing, and institutionalizing change. Develop a change plan for a community or organization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Field, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Preparation of agriscience teachers to supervise and mentor student teachers, evaluate/coach performance, and instructional delivery.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Ideas, theories, and practices on recent and emerging leadership research themes.
Credit Hours: 1
Max credits per degree: 4
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
ALEC 905
Practicum in Postsecondary TeachingCrosslisted as TEAC 905
Prereqs:
ALEC *805 or permission
Work with a faculty mentor in a discipline of choice and an instructional supervisor to prepare instruction and teach students in a postsecondary setting. Practicum students are assisted in arranging for the practicum and are provided consultation and feedback during the practicum. Lesson planning and reflective papers are part of the practicum experience.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Format: Lab
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC *806 recommended
Course is not offered at this time.
Major theoretical concepts and research finding of distance education, as broadly conceived. Emphasis on analyzing and deconstruction of major ideas influencing distance education in formal and non-formal settings.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Philosophy, objectives, procedures, and techniques used in organizing the program of agricultural mechanics instruction for secondary and post-high school students and adults. Determining units of instruction, evaluating student effort, procedures in shop instruction, selection of equipment, and integration into the vocational agriculture program.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Format: Lab, Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
ALEC 801 recommended
Issues of leading people in the global marketplace. Focus on understanding the impact of cultural differences, comparing and contrasting domestic and multinational leadership challenges, and review of current multinational leadership.
Credit Hours: 3
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Philosophy and objectives of occupational education. Techniques of program development, choosing instructional areas, determining sequences, planning time distributions, integrated course of study and meeting individual needs, youth activities.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Course is not offered at this time.
Personality type and its implications for personal, team, and organizational leadership effectiveness.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Format: Lecture 2
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Outcome-based scholarly activities with a faculty mentor. Working on either an individualized or small group basis, students develop, execute, and report one or more projects addressing the interaction between research and practice.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 18
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Permission
Research in selected problems in leadership education.
Credit Hours: 2-6
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs:
Admission to doctoral degree program and permission of supervisory committee chair
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Max credits per degree: 55
Campus:
Course Delivery: Classroom